Mobile Alabama Burn Injuries Attorneys
Each year there are nearly half a million serious burn injuries in the United States. Severe burns are some of the most catastrophic and devastating injuries that a person can suffer. In addition to being incredibly painful, burns can also leave a person disfigured and permanently disabled from lack of motion or death of tissue. In some cases, burns are even fatal.
If you have been the victim of a burn injury due to someone else’s carelessness or lost a loved one due to wrongful death, you need an experienced and knowledgeable Alabama burn injury attorney to protect your rights and pursue just compensation in your case. The Law Office of J. Allan Brown, L.L.C. has more than a decade of experience providing burn injury victims with compassionate and personalized legal support.
What is a Burn Injury?
Burn injuries can range from minor to catastrophic. Nearly 3,500 Americans lose their lives each year from burn injuries. In cases of extensive burn injuries, three-quarters die from related infections. A burn’s severity is classified into four major degrees:
- First Degree Burns are burns to the skin’s outer layer only. These are still painful and will cause some swelling and redness. One example of a first-degree burn is a minor sunburn. Most of these injuries can be treated at home, but widespread first degree burns may need professional medical attention.
- Second Degree Burns are burns that damage both the top layer of the skin and several underlying layers. The skin will blister and could appear moist. Some second-degree burns can also be treated at home but may need a physician’s care or an urgent care visit.
- Third Degree Burns are severe burns that damage multiple layers of skin as well as the underlying tissues, muscle, and bone. These burns may appear charred or white, and there could be less pain due to the extensive nerve damage. Emergency medical care is always necessary with third-degree burns as is plastic surgery and skin grafts in many cases.
- Fourth Degree Burns are the most severe burn injuries. Burns have black or charred appearance and are often life-threatening. There could be loss of limbs, permanent loss of dexterity, and the need for extensive surgeries and follow-up medical care.
In addition to skin contact burn injuries, smoke inhalation and internal injuries are other common results of fire-related incidents. In many cases, smoke inhalation can cause death. Other internal injuries can occur if someone inhales toxic chemicals or fumes, which can burn the lungs or throat.
Major Causes of Burn Injuries
One of the most disturbing things about burn injuries and accidents is that most of them are preventable. While accidents or forces of nature will happen, most burn injuries result from a lack of care or preventative measures. The major causes of burn injuries include:
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Property fires
- Steam or vapor burns
A majority of burns and burn injury cases result from exposure to flames and their extreme heat. This isn’t the only way to receive a burn injury, however.
Chemical Burn Injury Cases
A chemical burn might occur from the toxic exposure to a variety of dangerous compounds. These are different from other types of burn injuries because a heat source isn’t necessary for danger to be present. Toxic substances that could cause chemical burns include sulfuric acid, lye, hydrochloric acid, and silver nitrate.
Electrical Burn Injury Cases
An electrical burn injury could be caused by defective electrical products, defective wiring, or problem outlets. Approximately 1,000 people in the U.S. die each year from electrical burns. A strong current can not only burn the skin, but it can also damage internal organs and tissues.
Scalding Burn Injury Cases
If your skin comes into contact with a hot liquid or even hot steam, you can suffer from some severe burn injuries. In fact, the same heat from a steam injury can cause deeper damage than a burn from dry heat. These injuries occur from spilled liquids or such things as exploding radiators.
Radiation Burn Injury Cases
While a sunburn is a radiation burn, most burns in this category are much more serious. A radiation burn is caused by the over-exposure to ultraviolet light, nuclear energy, radio waves, or high-frequency microwaves. These burns can change your body’s cell structure, causing some mutations or even cancer.
Damages in a Burn Injury Case
Most burn injury cases are personal injury cases, although an injury that occurred in the course of employment might fall under worker’s compensation. If your burn injuries took place outside of a work environment, you might be entitled to three types of damages.
- Economic damages:These are damages related to medical care, missed work, and even figures to cover future care and lost wages.
- Non-economic damages: If a defendant is found liable, there may be an award for pain and suffering caused by the accident and burn injuries.
- Punitive damages: In a case of reckless conduct, the courts could award an additional amount to the victim that is designed to punish the defendant for their actions and to discourage future negligence.
If you are a severe burn injury victim, you will likely suffer from the effects of this unfortunate incident for the rest of your life. In addition to the physical damage, any disfigurement may lead to isolation and additional emotional trauma.
Medical care alone for burn injuries can continue for many years, with surgeries, skin grafts, and physical and psychological therapy. Because of this, it’s important that you recover enough compensation to pay for both your long-term care and the other losses to your quality of life.
Our Alabama Burn Injury Attorneys Can Help
Due to the many different causes of burn injuries and the extensive medical care required in these cases, it’s important that you get legal assistance as soon as possible. An attorney that is experienced in personal injury, worker’s compensation, and all areas of liability claims can help you gain some peace of mind and will fight to ensure that you receive just compensation after this devastating accident. Contact the experienced personal injury attorneys at the Law Office of J. Allan Brown, L.L.C. online or call (215) 473-6691 for a free case review. You pay no attorney fees until we obtain your settlement.