Serious burns are some of the worst injuries caused by accidents for several reasons. First, burn injuries tend to be very painful. Second, for serious burns, the treatment is often even more painful than the initial burn. Third, serious burn injuries are often disfiguring and debilitating. Unfortunately, in the United States, every 2 hours someone dies from a burn injury, and every three minutes someone is injured by a burn. Each year, 1.1 million burn injuries will require medical treatment, and approximately 15,000 people will die from burn-related infections.
Burns are generally classified by severity:
- First-degree burns damage only the outer layer of skin.
- Second-degree burns damage the outer layer and the layer underneath.
- Third-degree burns damage or destroy the deepest layer of skin and tissues underneath.
Burns can be caused by many factors - fire, heat, electricity, radiation, steam, water, chemicals, or other hazards. Burn injury victims often suffer from painful and debilitating symptoms, and many deal with disfigurement and disabilities for the rest of their lives. These individuals may require lengthy and extensive medical treatment and face a lifetime of emotional and physical pain and suffering.
The medical costs involved in treating burn injuries are significant and are one of the most expensive types of injuries to treat. They often involve repeated hospitalizations for reconstructive surgeries such as skin grafting, as well as physical therapy and rehabilitation. Serious burn injuries can also take a toll on a person’s self-image due to the scarring they will have to endure for the rest of their lives and therefore they often require counseling to help overcome these issues. And, of course, there are often other financial losses associated with a burn injury such as lost wages, out-of-pocket expenses, etc.
If you would like to speak with us regarding a potential burn injury case, we offer a free, initial consultation so that you can understand your legal rights and obligations without obligation. If we think we can help you and you decide to hire us, we handle all burn accident cases on a contingency basis, which means that you only get paid if we win. We also advance all case expenses from filing fees to deposition costs to expert witness fees so that you do not have to pay anything out of pocket to pursue your case. To get started, just reach out to us. You can contact us online or call us at one of our three Middle Tennessee locations. While our offices are in Middle Tennessee, we represent burn victims and their families across the State.
For more information on fees and expenses and the legal process, we encourage you to review our FAQ and Legal Guide page for helpful information on a number of topics including: