Burns are some of the most physically painful injuries anyone can experience. They often result in severe and permanent scarring and in the worst cases, infection or death. Treatment for burn injuries make take several years and cost hundreds of thousands of dollars. Burn victims not only suffer immense physical pain, but emotional distress form the actual burn as well as the disfigurement burns often cause.
If you were burned on someone else’s property, you may be able to make a claim for personal injuries if the property owner or occupier’s negligence caused your burn. Common causes of burn injuries that are caused by the negligence of a property owner include:
- Gas leaks,
- Exposed electrical wires,
- Hot charcoal dumped in an area where others walk,
- Scalding water,
- Chemical burns,
- Space heaters,
- Overloaded electrical outlets, and
- House fires
Too often children are the innocent victims of burn injuries. Unprotected hot grills, electrical outlets, stoves, and unguarded fire places are some of the most common cause of burn injuries to children.
Burns are typically classified by degree:
- First Degree Burns: First degree burns affect the outermost skin layer (the epidermis) and generally get better within a short amount of time. Sunburn is a good example.
- Second Degree (Partial Thickness): These burns involve the entire outer layer of skin and upper layers of the next layer of skin called the dermis. These burns often appear pink or red in color and will blanch when pressure is applies. They normally heal in 2-3 weeks without skin grafting.
- Second Degree (Full Thickness): Second degree full thickness burns result in destruction of the entire outer layer of skin and most of the dermis. They can be red or white in appearance and appear to be dry. These burns often require excision and skin grafting to heal.
- Third Degree Burn: These burns destroy all layers of the skin and extend into the subcutaneous tissue. The often appear black or white and are dry. Extensive medical care is needed for these burns. Even with exceptional medical care, scarring is almost always present.
- Fourth Degree Burn: Fourth degree burns extend through all layers of skin and into the fat, muscles, or bone. They often result in amputation, significant functional impairment, and sometimes death.
If you or a loved one have sustained a burn injury on someone else’s property due to their negligence, call Joel today. He can help you understand your legal options and determine whether you have a valid claim for damages.