Helping Burn Injury Victims
Burn injuries are among the most painful and disabling injuries a person can experience. They can lead to disfigurement, ongoing medical care, and a reduction in quality of life. If you are severely burned, you may be unable to work, you may need assistance with basic tasks, and you may experience ongoing emotional issues.
Burns can happen for a variety of reasons, but if they happen in an accident that was caused by someone else’s negligence or reckless behavior, you need to take action. The Hopkins Law Firm has a team of Charleston, South Carolina attorneys with years of experience dealing with personal injury cases. They will make sure you are covered for your damages.
Read on to find out more about how they can help you protect your rights.
What are the Types of Burn Injuries?
Burn injuries range in severity. They are measured based on the thickness and depth of the burn as follows:
First Degree Burn
A first-degree burn affects the outer layer of the skin. The affected area may be red and painful, but symptoms will usually go away in three to five days. This type of burn does not typically require medical care, but patients may see a doctor for pain management and loss of fluids.
Second Degree Burn
This type of burn affects the top layer of skin (the epidermis) and the second layer of skin (the dermis). Symptoms include pain and redness at the site of the injury. Second degree burns typically heal in two or three weeks. In some cases, a skin graft may be required.
Third Degree Burn
A third-degree burn affects all layers of skin as well as the subcutaneous tissues underneath the skin. It results in back and white leathery texture on the injured site. The burn itself may not be painful but the surrounding areas will be in an intense amount of pain. These types of burns are likely to become infected and are usually treated with a skin graft. They may take months to heal, and they will probably leave a scar.
Fourth Degree Burns
These burns go through skin and tissue to affect the muscle and bone. They may result in amputation, permanent disability, and even death.
What are the Common Causes of Burn Injuries?
Burn injuries can happen for a variety of reasons. Here are some of the most common.
Exposure to excessive heat may result in a thermal burn. Injuries may happen due to touching a hot stove, an iron, boiling water, or even sunlight. More severe thermal burns occur if there is a fire or explosion.
There are many chemicals that can cause burns. These commonly affect the hands and eyes if proper equipment isn’t worn while handling the chemicals. But if chemicals are ingested or inhaled, internal organs like the esophagus or lungs can also become damaged. The severity of the burn will depend on how powerful the chemical is and the length of exposure.
Electricity is another common cause of burns. When electrical components are damaged or handled in a careless manner, electrocution can occur. Because the injury is caused by an electrical current, it can lead to internal damage to organs like the heart and brain.
Radiation burns are often caused by the sun, but radiation can also be found in some household appliances. Like electricity, radiation will cause internal damage and may affect major organs.
What Compensation Can I Get in a Burn Injury Case?
Burns can lead to a loss in wages, ongoing medical expenses, and a reduced quality of life. If your burns were caused by someone else’s negligent or reckless behavior, you may receive compensation for the following:
lost wages will include compensation for time taken off work for treatment and recovery. They may also cover a loss of wages if the victim is unable to return to work on a permanent basis or if they are forced to take a lower paying job because their injuries prevent them from performing the duties of their current position.
This includes expenses for immediate care after the accident as well as any ongoing care that may be necessary.
Emotional and physical pain and suffering
These intangible damages may be hard to put a monetary value on, but your lawyer will use their expertise to come up with a fair amount.
Hopkins Law Firm Can Represent You in Your Charleston, South Carolina Burn Injury Case
If you were injured in a burn injury accident in the Charleston area, do not hesitate to call the Hopkins Law Firm. We are a family-owned business with years of experience in personal injury law. We will treat you with care and respect see to it that you are covered for your damages.
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