According to the American Burn Association, 2.4 million burn injuries require medical attention each year. Of the victims, 75,000 require hospitalization – half of those in a specialized burn unit. Up to 12,000 burn injury victims die annually. Negligence reported as the leading cause in house fires.
A severe burn injury can be one of the most traumatic personal injuries a person can suffer. The costs (monetary, physical, and psychological) of recovery are staggering. Months of hospitalization may be required, and victims frequently require extensive counseling to overcome the trauma.
We Are Here To Help After Your Burn Injury
Burn injury victims have the right to file personal injury claims against the negligent parties responsible for their injuries. If you have suffered a burn injury, you may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, rehabilitation costs, diminished earning capacity, and lost income.
The cost of a severe burn injury can be immense. In addition to causing blisters on a large portion of the victim’s skin, burns can cause permanent organ damage or even wrongful death.Burn injury victims who lose significant amounts of skin are at serious risk of infection, dehydration, or shock. Even after victims recover,severe burns often cause unsightly and irreversible scarring.
At Michael T. Gibson, P.A. our severe burn injury attorneys represent catastrophically injured victims throughout Florida. An Orlando-area severe burn lawyer can help youhold those responsible for your injuries financially accountable for their actions.
Severe burn (full thickness or third-degree) injuries destroy the first two layers of the skin and frequently causes damage to underlying nerves, bones, and muscles. Severe burns may require extensive plastic surgery, skin grafts, as well as psychological care to overcome trauma.
Severe burn survivors may experience any of the following problems:
- Physical and emotional trauma
- Persistent pain
- Permanent organ damage
- Body chemistry damage
- Sensitivity to temperature changes
Burn Injury Severity
The severity of a burn injury is determined by how deep it penetrates the surface of the skin. Burn injuries are generally classified into three categories:
First-degree burns are superficial burns that affect only the epidermis (the top layer of the skin). The burn injury is red, painful, and dry but has no blistering.
Second-degree(or partial thickness) burns damage the first layers of skin, the epidermis and the dermis. Second-degree burns often do cause blistering and may require skin grafts if the injury is deep enough.
Third-degree(full thickness) burns destroy the first two layers of the skin and may also cause damage to underlying nerves, bones, and muscles.Third-degree burns commonly require skin grafts and long-term use of compression garments to reduce scarring.
Burn Injury Classifications
Burn injuries are generally classified by the type or cause of the burn. Our attorneys handle burn injury claims involving the three most common types of burns:
Thermal Burn Injury
Thermal burn injuries are caused by flames, steam, scalding liquids, hot metals, and other external heat sources.
Chemical Burn Injury
Chemical burns are caused result from contact with caustic chemicals such as acids, alkalies, detergents, or solvents. Chemical burns can cause deep tissue damage, pain, infection, low blood pressure, muscle twitching,seizures, and cardiac arrest. Chemical burn injuries can be caused during common household projects.
Electrical Burn Injury
An electrical burn injury consists of damage to the skin and/or internal organs caused by direct exposure to an electrical current. Though some electrical injuries appear minor, they may cause significant internal damage, particularly to the heart, muscles, or brain. The severity of an electrical burn injury depends on the intensity of the voltage to which the victim was exposed, the current’s route through the body, and the promptness and effectiveness of treatment.
Are You Ready To Take The Next Step After Your Burn Injury?
If you or a loved one has suffered a severe burn injury, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. At Michael T. Gibson, P.A. our attorneys have an exceptional record of successful personal injury verdicts and settlements. We can help you obtain the compensation to which you are entitled. Contact the severe burn injury attorneys at our office now by calling 407-422-4529 for your free consultation.
If you are burn injury victim, an Orlando Burn Injury Attorney at Michael T. Gibson, P.A. can help you recoup any expenses resulting from your injuries. Call 407-422-4529 right now to schedule your free consultation.