Burns are some of the most damaging types of injuries. Burns can affect the superficial and deep layers of tissues, as well as the underlying muscles and tendons. Severe burns can lead to scarring, disfigurement, and amputations – not to mention significant emotional damage. If someone else’s mistake or carelessness led you to sustain bad burns, you may be eligible for financial recovery. This recovery can compensate you for medical bills, physical pain, and emotional suffering. The Atlanta burn injury attorneys at Butler Wooten & Peak LLP can help with your burn injury case in Georgia. Call them today! (404) 321-1700
Burns happen most often in the home. Accidentally touching a scalding pan or getting a mild steam burn while cooking might not be grounds to sue anyone, but an incident like a product defect could be. Product defects that lead to electrical, chemical, thermal, or radiation burns may come with the opportunity to bring a claim against the item’s manufacturer. Household items such as hot water heaters, electrical appliances, and chemical cleaners can all lead to serious burn injuries. In these cases, a product liability lawyer could help you fight for compensation.
Another common circumstance that leads to burn injuries is a motor vehicle accident. Crashes can cause significant burns on victims in the event of a car fire. In these cases, burn victims could potentially bring claims against the at-fault driver or a third party. The workplace is another frequent setting for burn injuries. Employees who have to handle electricity, hazardous chemicals, or explosion risks like oil and gas industry equipment, are at high risk for burns in the workplace. Before you file a workers’ compensation claim in Georgia, explore your opportunities with the civil courts. If the incident involved negligence, you could receive more in a personal injury lawsuit.
Sadly, some burn injuries result in wrongful death. Fatal third-degree burns can occur in numerous circumstances. Most burn-related deaths do not stem from the burn itself, but complications that arise from this type of injury. Shock, infection, sepsis, respiratory failure, lack of oxygen to the brain, and hypothermia are all common causes of death following bad burns. If a loved one passes away from complications of a burn, you may be able to file a wrongful death claim on behalf of the deceased and your surviving family members.
Even if a burn doesn’t result in death, it often leaves behind permanent scarring. Burn survivors commonly have to undergo multiple surgeries, therapies, skin grafts, and rehabilitation sessions to get back to “normal” – typically a new normal that isn’t the same as before the accident. Burn injury recovery can be incredibly expensive due to extended hospital stays and numerous treatments. Burn survivors can lose thousands of dollars in missed time at work. Those with permanent disabilities will never be able to resume their old careers.
After a burn injury, you may likely wonder how much a personal injury claim could be worth. At Butler Wooten & Peak LLP, we can assess your injuries, listen to what happened, and give you an accurate idea of the possible value of your case. We base case worth on many different factors, including the severity of your burns, cost of medical care, and time missed from work. You could be eligible to recover the following types of damages:
According to the laws in Atlanta, GA the statute of limitations for a Georgia personal injury case is 2 years, and this begins from the date of the injury in question. This timeframe applies to wrongful death cases as well. There are special circumstances where you can go past the 2 year mark, but generally speaking, your case would be void after that period of time. Because of this, it’s important to not delay your case if you are the plaintiff. Get our experienced personal injury lawyers to help you quickly file your claim.
Burns are surprisingly common injuries in the United States. The American Burn Association recorded 486,000 burn injuries that received medical attention in 2016. There were 40,000 hospitalizations related to burns the same years. The vast majority (73%) of serious burn injuries in 2016 occurred at home. “Occupational” accounted for 8%, “street/highway” for 5%, and “recreational/sport” 5%.
House fires are main perpetrators of burn injuries in Georgia and around the country. In 2017, one person died in Georgia home fires, and 85 people died in home fires around the country. House fires can start because of unattended cooking equipment, faulty appliances, old or frayed electrical wires, and candles. Scalds from hot liquids, house fires, and flammable liquids and gases are the most common causes of serious burn injuries.
Burns can be extremely painful, causing swelling, stinging, and blistering of the superficial dermal tissues and deeper layers. Damage to the underlying flesh, tendons, and muscles can occur in the most serious burns. The victim can go into shock and even die from these injuries. Recognizing the three degrees of burns and their symptoms can help you know when to go the hospital. The three degrees of burns are as follows:
These type of burns damage the outermost layer of the skin. They do not affect the deeper tissues or muscles. First-degree burns are the mildest, but can still cause reddening of the skin and pain. You will not see blistering with this type of burn. You typically do not need to go to the hospital to treat minor burns, unless it affects an area of skin larger than three inches or if it’s on your face or a major joint.
This level of burns can cause blisters, redness, and soreness. They affect the outermost layer of the skin and the second layer. You might want to visit a doctor for second-degree burns because there is a greater risk of infection. You need proper antibiotics and bandaging to help prevent infection. Second-degree burns typically won’t leave scars, but they may affect skin pigmentation.
This is the most serious type of burn injury and can destroy the deepest layers of the skin and the underlying muscle. You may not experience any kind of pain with these burns since they can damage the nerves. You may notice your skin turns a white color or looks charred. Third-degree burns often require surgery to prevent severe scarring. Call 911 immediately if you have this type of burn.
In addition to burn injury degrees, victims should know about burn injury phases. Burn phases are important because they can decide on burn management and how to properly treat the injury. Severe burns don’t only affect the skin or dermal tissues – they can impact all the organs, as well. Learning the phases of a burn injury can help caretakers know which organs the burn may affect, and how to treat accordingly. Unlike degrees, there are only two burn phases:
The ebb and flow phases of a burn injury can cause many major, life-threatening complications, even if the individual survives the burn itself. The most common complications of a burn injury are shock, blood loss, and infections such as tetanus. Low body temperatures relating to a burn could also cause hypothermia, while losing too much blood could cause hypovolemia. As you can see, prompt medical care is vital to properly treat a burn injury and prevent possible complications.
The “depth,” or thickness, of a burn injury refers to how deeply into the tissues the burn impacted. The greater the depth of tissue damage, the more severe the burn. Determining the depth will help inform a prognosis in terms of wound healing time and the possibility of permanent damage. A main indicator of burn injury depth is the speed of capillary refill when someone presses on the burn. There are five different tissue damage depths in a burn injury:
Physicians can generally assess a deep partial thickness or full thickness burn right away due to the severity of the wound. Intermediate-thickness burns, however, can be difficult to assess and classify until at least 48 hours after the injury occurs. Most burn wounds have different depths of damage in different places, making them even more difficult to assess. Epidermal to mid-dermal depths generally won’t have permanent complications, but deeper levels can affect a burn survivor for life.
Burns come in four different types:
The symptoms and treatments for burns will depend on the type. Electrical burns, for example, might not show outer signs of damage, but can severely damage the body internally. After any kind of burn, shock, or ingestion of harsh chemicals, go to the hospital. Prompt treatment can help prevent permanent scarring, disfigurement, and infections. You need professional help to treat your specific type and degree of burn.
A personal injury lawsuit aims to compensate burn victims for all of these losses and more. With help from the Atlanta Burn Injury Lawyers at Butler Wooten & Peak LLP, your injury lawsuit in Georgia doesn’t have to be daunting. Our exceptional legal team will take care of the red tape for you. We can easily navigate Georgia’s civil legal system, maximizing compensation for catastrophic burn injuries. For a free consultation to discuss your recent incident, contact our team today. Call us in Atlanta today! (404) 321-1700
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