D.J. Banovitz, a Glendale personal injury attorney, knows that when burn injuries occur in an accident or on someone else’s property, it’s sometimes a result of negligence. When a burn injury is the result of careless or reckless actions on behalf of another individual, that person may be held liable.
If someone else’s negligence was the cause of your burn injuries, contact a Glendale personal injury attorney. An attorney can explain the legal options that you may have available.
Common Causes of Burn Injuries
Burns are one of the most catastrophic types of injuries to suffer from. The impact can be devastating financially, physically and emotionally.
Common causes of burn injuries include:
- smoke inhalation;
- thermal burns;
- hot water;
- chemical sources;
- structural fire;
- automobile accidents; and
- motorcycle accidents.
Burn injuries are generally classified as first, second or third degree. First-degree burns are minor, with second-degree burns causing damage to the tissue. However, third-degree burns can go into the deepest layers of a victim’s skin.
The more severe your injuries, the more painful treatment will be. Surgically removing the skin and allowing it to heal is one form of treatment. Sometimes the damage may be so severe that skin grafts are necessary. After surgery, physical therapy may be required. When the burned areas of the body haven’t been used, they will require extensive exercise.
Consequences of Burn Injuries
In addition to skin grafts and physical therapies, there are other physical consequences of burn injuries.
A burn injury can lead to:
- nerve damage,
- scarring, and
- loss of a limb (or other body part).
There are also emotional consequences suffered as well. A burn injury can cause debilitating depression. Not only is the victim left to deal with physical healing, but he or she also may require ongoing counseling.
Victims may not return work for several months or years – if at all.
As a result of a burn injury, lost earnings or compensation for permanent disability may be available. You also may be entitled to damages that address medical expenses, pain and suffering, mental anguish, and other losses.
Consulting a Glendale Personal Injury Attorney
The best way to understand your rights as a burn victim is to contact D.J. Banovitz at 303-300-5060 as soon as possible. He can get started on collecting evidence and building a strong case.
You then can spend your time concentrating on the healing and recovery process. In the meantime, you should prepare for your case by ordering our FREE injury guide.