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Atlanta Burn Injury Lawyers
If a burn injury occurs because of a person or other party’s misconduct or negligence, burn victims may seek compensation for the often costly medical treatment that burns require, as well as pain and suffering and other losses. An experienced attorney can help you seek recovery by filing a legal claim.
Causes of Burn Injuries
Though burns are usually associated with fire, such injuries may actually arise out of a wide variety of scenarios. Some examples of burn accidents include the following:
- Explosions following a motor vehicle accident
- Electrocutions from ungrounded or faulty wires
- Contact with toxic chemicals
- Fireworks accidents
- Road rash
- Contact with scalding liquid
- Contact with a heat source, such as a stovetop
These are only some examples of causes of burn injuries, and all of the above may cause very severe burns. Many burn injuries take weeks, months, or even years to treat and may require numerous painful skin grafts and other surgeries during the course of treatment. Some burn victims are left permanently scarred, disfigured, or disabled.
Categories of Burns
There are three major categories of burns:
- 1st degree—only the outer layer of the skin is damaged
- 2nd degree—burn goes through the first layer of skin and causes some damage to the second layer
- 3rd degree—burn affects all layers of skin and possibly muscle, fat and bone may be damaged. This most serious type of burn usually causes permanent damage.
What to do if you are a Burn Victim
For serious burns, you should always call 911 for emergency medical care. While you wait for emergency medical team to arrive, you should stay still and do not try to remove burned clothing or immerse the burn in ice or cold water. Instead, simply try to raise the burned area above heart level and wait for assistance. When you get to the hospital, make sure you receive a tetanus shot as burns may be susceptible to tetanus infections.
Finally, after you have received the necessary medical treatment for your burn, you should always contact an experienced attorney to help you recover for your injuries and all accident-related losses.
What are burn injury victims entitled to?
Burn injury victims will need surgery, rehabilitation, ongoing medical treatment, and even counseling to deal with their damages and life-altering injuries.
Burn injury victims need compensation for their hospitalization costs, medical bills, surgical bills like skin graft surgery and plastic surgery, rehabilitation costs, counseling costs, other out-of-pocket expenses, and lost wages. Burn injury victims may also be due compensation for their pain and suffering and emotional distress.
Because burn injuries are severe and cause infection, dehydration, shock, internal injuries, and even kidney failure, burn injury victims need the best medical and legal teams possible to make sure they can make the best physical and financial recovery possible.
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