The American Burn Association (ABA) estimates that 486,000 patients seek treatment for burn injuries in U.S. hospitals each year. Severe burns not only require expensive medical treatment, such as skin grafts, but they can also cause permanent disfigurement or loss of limb. Many burn victims also experience post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, and anxiety.
For people with severe burn injuries, these secondary complications make it difficult or impossible to earn a living. However, if someone else’s negligence caused your burn injuries, then you may be entitled to compensation that can help cover the costs associated with the physical and emotional trauma. A Washington, DC burn injury lawyer from our firm can help determine if you have legal options to recover compensation.
As a personal injury law firm in Washington, DC, Regan Zambri Long PLLC has more than 100 years of combined experience in personal injury law, including claims involving severe burns. We can investigate the accident or product defect that caused your injuries and determine all responsible parties. Our law firm has a reputation for success in complex personal injury claims involving burns.
For example, in one product liability claim, we recovered a $3.8 million settlement for a five-year-old child who suffered burn injuries caused by a defective home appliance.
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What Are the Different Types of Burn Injuries?
Serious burn injuries may result from exposure to chemicals, electricity, r radiation, or heat. Such exposure can damage soft tissue, including the skin, muscles, and nerves. Generally, burn injuries are classified based on severity. The four main types of burn injuries are:
- First-degree burns. These types of burns damage only the outer layer of skin. First-degree burns are mild and may heal quickly without any secondary complications.
- Second-degree burns. Second-degree burns damage both the outer and middle layers of skin, often causing blistering and infection. These types of burns are often treated in the emergency room, but, in some cases, they may require inpatient hospitalization.
- Third–degree burns. Third-degree burns involve damage to the outer and inner layers of skin. These burns often cause serious secondary health complications for survivors and may necessitate amputation of severely burned finger, toes, or limbs. Treatment may involve skin grafts and prolonged hospitalization. In many cases, permanent disfigurement results.
- Fourth-degree burns. This is the most serious type of burn and involves damage to the muscle, tendons, and bones. Depending on the circumstances, fourth-degree burns can result in loss of limb, extensive disfigurement, disability, and/or wrongful death.
The severity of a burn injury has a direct impact on the financial and psychological costs to victims and their families. Second, third, and fourth-degree burns are more likely to cause disfigurement, amputations and other complications. These may severely reduce the quality of life and require extensive medical care.
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What are the Possible Consequences of Burn Injuries?
Burn injuries are financially and emotionally costly because they can lead to multiple secondary complications. Many individuals with severe burns will require skin grafts, psychological therapy, and rehabilitation.
- Motor vehicle accidents. Car crashes and truck accidents are major cause of vehicle fires and burn injuries. Usually, crash survivors may file injury claims against the at-fault driver responsible for the accident.
- Work accidents. Unsafe work conditions may lead to burn injuries. Workers can be burned by exposure to fire, molten materials, chemicals, and electricity. Deep fryers in fast food restaurants can also cause severe burn injuries. In cases where third parties cause work accidents, injured workers may be able to file a third party lawsuit in addition to a workers compensation claim.
- Defective products. Defective appliances, consumer electronics, and vehicles may cause burn injuries. For example, defective lithium-ion batteries in smartphones and electronic cigarettes may explode and cause burn injuries. Defective cars and auto parts can cause fires and severe burns. In these cases, it may be possible to file a product liability lawsuit against the manufacturer, retailer, and/or wholesaler.
- Structural fires. Landlords who ignore fire safety regulations or allow unsafe conditions may put tenants at risk for burn injuries. For instance, a landlord may neglect to install smoke alarms, which could cause a resident to become trapped in the event of a fire. Tenants may then be able to file premises liability lawsuits.
Schedule a Free Consultation With a Top Burn Injury Attorney
Our Washington DC personal injury lawyers have recovered millions of dollars in compensation for our clients. Backed by more than 100 years of combined experience, our firm has an established reputation for pursuing legal excellence. As our client, you will enjoy peace of mind in knowing that your rights will be protected from start to finish. We will do everything in our power to secure the maximum compensation you need to pay for injury-related expenses, such as medical care and lost income, as well as full compensation for all of the physical and emotional consequences of your injuries.