Douglasville Burn Injury Lawyer
Burn injuries are among the most painful type of injury that anyone can experience. Not only are burns incredibly painful, but they can be difficult to treat. Burn injuries can result in infection, permanent scarring or disfigurement, and the requirement for additional corrective surgeries in the future. At The Embry Law Firm, we help clients who have suffered burn injuries due to the negligence of another party.
Whether you suffered a burn injury at work, in an auto accident, or as a result of a defective product, we can help. Our Douglasville burn injury lawyer helps burn victims protect their legal rights when someone else’s actions have caused their injuries. We can help you navigate insurance claims and determine if you are eligible to file a personal injury claim.
Causes of Burn Injuries
There are many situations that can lead to burn injuries. Sometimes burns are caused by exposure to heat or flame. Other times, they are the result of chemicals or hazardous materials. Burns are also caused by more catastrophic events, such as explosions. At The Embry Law Firm, we represent clients who have suffered burns from the following:
- Industrial accidents
- Industrial fires
- Chemical spills
- Electrical fires
- Car fires
Many burn injuries are caused by negligence. Sometimes they are the result of an employer who failed to properly train employees, or who fails to maintain a safe working environment. In other cases, burn injuries are caused by products that are defective or malfunction. And yet other cases may be caused by neglected property, such as defective or improper wiring, insulation, or other factors.
Different Types of Burn Injuries
We all know that burns can be caused by many things, and that they range in severity. But many people don’t realize that there are several different types of burns. The four most common types of burn injury include:
- Thermal Burns: Thermal burns are the most common, resulting from heat, hot liquid, steam, or contact with an extremely hot surface (stove, pan, heater, etc.).
- Chemical Burns: Chemical burns are the result of contact between harmful chemicals and the skin. Chemicals can burn the skin on contact, or may burn over time if they are not properly cleaned. These burns require immediate medical attention and may require neutralization chemicals to remove the chemicals and stop the burn.
- Electrical Burns: Electrical burns occur most often when someone comes into contact with faulty or exposed wiring. These burns begin as an electrical shock, and can result in burns to the skin, and also internal damage.
- Radiological Burns: Radiological burns are uncommon, but they do occur. Common causes of radiological burns include exposure to ultraviolet light, radiation therapy, or exposure to high frequency radio waves or microwaves. Exposure to nuclear energy can also cause radiological burns.
No matter what type of burn you experience, the impact can be significant. Burn injuries are incredibly painful, and severe burns can take a long time to heal.
Burn Injuries Can Be Catastrophic
Burn injuries cause a range of physical injuries and pain. The healthcare industry classifies burns based on a scale. This is what most people will recognize as being one to four degree burns. The scale is based on the severity of the burn and how much damage is done to the skin. The scale is broken down as follows:
- First-Degree: First-degree burns are generally mild. They may cause redness and pain, but usually can be treated at home with over-the-counter (OTC) medications.
- Second-Degree: Second-degree burns are more serious, affecting the inner and outer layer of skin. Second-degree burns cause redness and blistering, and may require medical attention if swelling persists or pain is uncontrolled with OTC medication.
- Third-Degree: Third-degree burns are among the most severe. These burns affect the deeper tissues of the body, and can impact nerve endings. With third-degree burns, skin may turn white or appear charred.
- Fourth-Degree: Fourth-degree burns are the most severe, affecting skin, deeper tissue, and nerve endings. Fourth-degree burns often penetrate to the bone, and can cause serious disfigurement, scarring, and disability.
In addition to the burn injury itself, burns are also susceptible to infection, nerve damage, or shock. Even minor burns can impact your life, and it is always advisable to get medical attention for any burn that blisters, is open, or is excessively painful.
What to Do When Burn Injuries are Caused by Negligence
Burns are incredibly common, and a lot of times, the cause is purely accidental. But at The Embry Law Firm, we know that sometimes burn injuries are caused by negligence. That’s why we are dedicated to helping burn injury victims protect their legal rights and get the compensation they deserve. At The Embry Law Firm, we represent clients who have suffered burns due to:
- A property owner failing to follow fire safety regulations
- An employer failing to provide safety equipment
- An employer failing to maintain a safe work environment
- A manufacturer failing to recall a defective product or warn consumers
- Car accidents caused by someone else’s negligence
If you or someone you love has suffered a burn injury due to someone else’s negligence, recklessness, or maliciousness, contact The Embry Law Firm to speak with a Douglasville personal injury attorney. Get the justice and compensation you deserve by contacting us today. Call our office at 844-443-6279, or fill out our online form to schedule a free consultation.