A burn injury can cause severe harm, pain, and even permanent damage. Those who suffer from burn injuries may have sustained them because of the negligent actions of someone else. If this has happened to you, seeking your legal options with a Jackson burn injury lawyer from Pittman, Roberts & Welsh may put you on the right path to move forward. Our experience, skill, and compassion drive us to get you the justice you deserve. We’ll work diligently so you can get compensation for your injuries.
The Facts About Burn Injuries
There is more than one way to get a burn injury, and some people may not even be aware of the ways it can happen. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), burn injuries can be caused by the following:
- Hot liquids
- Hot surfaces
- Electric currents
They’ve provided the following information about burn injuries and how many people they affect every year:
- There are nearly 10,000 fatalities a year from burn-related infections in the United States.
- 1 million burn injuries need medical attention each year.
- Of those 1.1 million, about 50,000 need hospitalization, 20,000 have burns that cover 25 percent of their body surface, and 4,500 people die.
With the ways that burns can happen and the high number of injuries each year, Pittman, Roberts & Welsh know it’s important to be well-versed in how these incidents occur. Sometimes, the injury happens because of negligence. Someone’s careless decision can leave another with debilitating, painful injuries that will require intense medical care.
The Extent of Burn injuries
Burn injuries can be categorized into two groups: minor and major. The differences are as follows:
- Minor burns include first-degree burns and second-degree burns that are less than two to three inches wide.
- Major burns include second-degree burns and third-degree burns that are wider than two to three inches and are on particularly sensitive areas like the face, hands, feet, over a joint, and more.
The Chemical Hazards Emergency Medical Management (CHEMM) breaks down the different types of burns and what happens with each one. The degree of the injury will correlate to the amount of time spent in the hospital and care required to treat it.
- First-Degree Burns. These burns affect the upper layer of the epidermis. They’re usually dry, painful, and appear red and swollen. Sunburn is a common form of a first-degree injury.
- Second-Degree Burns. This affects more layers of skin, reaching the dermis. The area may be moist, red, and painful.
- Third-Degree Burns. At this stage, the skin is destroyed and the burn reaches the tissues underneath. There will likely be less pain because the nerves are destroyed. Skin grafts may be needed to heal. The wound will likely scar.
- Fourth-Degree Burns. These are the most severe kind of burn injury. At this point, the burn reaches the muscle, tendon, and bone. Skin grafts do not work at this stage. There could be permanent disfigurement or disability as a result.
It’s possible to have more than one kind of burn at a time. If you’ve suffered from a serious burn, you need to seek medical care immediately. This may help prevent the wound from leaving a permanent mark or disability.
In some cases, burns can be fatal. If you’ve lost a loved one because someone’s actions caused fatal burn injuries, you can get justice for them in Mississippi. While the process may be difficult and painful, you deserve the chance to speak up for your loved one. We know that this won’t replace them, but it may provide some financial security and peace of mind.
How Can Burn Injuries Occur?
There are a number of ways that a person can suffer from a burn injury. Some of the causes are:
- Motor Vehicle Accidents. Car accidents, truck accidents, and motorcycle accidents can all cause these types of injuries. The crashes could cause fires that harm the passengers. Motorcyclists are also at risk of road rash, or burns when there is friction between their skin and the ground, if they’re thrown off their vehicle.
- Workplace Injuries. If someone works near flammable or hot objects, they could get an injury if their place of employment doesn’t have strict safety policies.
- Fires. Household or apartment fires can be a cause of these injuries.
- Defective Products. When a product isn’t safe, there’s a chance it could have electrical problems, making it a fire hazard for consumers.
- Exposure. When skin comes into contact with scalding water, radiation, or chemicals, burns can develop.
No matter how your injury happened, a Jackson burn injury lawyer from our firm can investigate your case and find the cause, who was responsible, and how it affected you.
Pittman, Roberts & Welsh Will Fight for You
It’s easy for people to become overwhelmed when they’re recovering from a serious injury. They’re worried about missing work, affording hospital bills, and how quickly they can recover; however, they need to give themselves time to rest and heal. The attorneys from Pittman, Roberts & Welsh will defend your rights so you don’t have to do it on your own. We’ll demand fair compensation and make sure the people who caused your injuries are held liable for their actions. Get in touch with us today for a free consultation. We’re here to help.