Injury or wrongful death resulted from Burn Injury?
A burn injury can be devastating for the victim and his or her family members. The injury may require extensive medical treatment, lead to a permanent disability, prevent one from working, cause physical scarring and disfigurement and trigger anxiety and depression. Family members may also suffer due to the loss of the victim’s income, services and companionship.
Why Do Burn Injuries Occur?
Unfortunately, burn injuries rarely result from pure “accidents” – meaning no one is to blame. Instead, they are the products of the negligent or otherwise wrongful conduct of others, including:
- Drivers who cause car, motorcycle or truck accidents.
- Employers who fail to provide proper training, supervision or safety equipment.
- Home or apartment residents who leave hot items on a stove or lit items such as candles or cigarettes unattended.
- Home or apartment owners and landlords who fail to inspect and maintain electrical wiring or who fail to provide proper smoke alarms and fire exits.
- Doctors, nurses or other medical professionals who expose patients to harmful radiation.
- Manufacturers who allow dangerous and defective products to enter the market or who fail to provide proper warnings about fire hazards.
The above parties may potentially be liable in a burn injury lawsuit, which would seek compensation for the victim’s losses.
Consequences of a Burn Injury
- First-degree – A “superficial" burn that damages the outer layer of the skin, heals relatively quickly and leaves little or no scarring.
- Second-degree – A “partial thickness” burn that reaches the second layer of skin tissue and may cause scarring, cellulitis (skin infection) or contractures (tightening of skin and muscle tissue that can severely limit movement).
- Third-degree – A “full thickness” burn that reaches the fatty layer beneath skin tissue and destroys nerve cells.
- Fourth-degree – A possibly fatal burn injury in which the burn reaches bones, muscles and tendons
Depending on the degree of the burn, a victim may suffer extreme pain, scarring and disfigurement, skin loss, bone loss, nerve damage or soft tissue damage. The victim may also suffer damage to the lungs or internal organs due to inhaling smoke. As a result, heart and lung failure may occur. Infections are also common.
A burn injury victim may also need to undergo treatment that includes debridement (removing dead skin tissue), skin grafting (replacing damaged or destroyed tissue with healthy tissue from another part of the body) or plastic surgery. Compression therapy may be needed to treat contractures. Amputations could be ordered to save a victim’s life. Oral and topical medication may also be required for infections.
Additionally, a burn injury victim may need to undergo long-term physical and occupational therapy or mental health counseling that is aimed at getting the victim’s life back to “normal.” However, despite counseling, the victim may be unable to return to work – or at least to the job he or she once had.
Insurance Company Goals
The goal of the insurance company is to pay the smallest amount possible to settle your burn injury case. Insurance companies make billions of dollars every year by settling claims as quickly as possible and employing high-priced defense attorneys who make sure their dollars stay out of your hands. Burn Injury victims are often pressured into giving recorded statements to the insurance company and signing medical authorization release forms that expose your health history. In both instances, this information is used against you to limit how much they pay for your burn injury. (It's also common for the insurance company to use often-heard excuses to deny or limit your claim. The burn injury wasn't your fault, and you shouldn't be made to feel guilty.)
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