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Burn Injuries

Burn injury victims face a myriad of problems, as they have to deal not only with physical but also psychological issues relating to burns caused by traumatic injury.  Burn injuries are often considered one of the most painful non-fatal injuries that injury victims endure. Nerve endings are damaged as a result of burns, which is why victims experience extreme pain.  If you or a loved one has suffered a burn injury due to someone else’s negligence, you may be able to obtain compensation for your harms and losses from the liable party.  While you focus on healing and getting back to your life, let an experienced burn injury attorney investigate and handle your potential case against those responsible.  The personal injury attorneys at the Halperin Law Center have the experience necessary to assist you with getting justice.

Generally speaking, a burn is defined as damage to tissues of the body caused by fire/heat, chemicals, electricity, sunlight or radiation. The most common causes of burns in the United States are scalds from steam or hot liquids, building fires and flammable liquids.  Another type of burn that may not immediately come to mind but can also be serious and even fatal is an inhalation injury caused by breathing smoke.

Burns are classified according to their severity.  There are three types:

  • First-degree burns damage only the outer or surface layer of skin
  • Second-degree burns damage the outer layer of skin and the layer underneath
  • Third-degree burns damage or destroy the deepest layer of skin and tissues underneath  (including nerve endings) and are the most painful burns

Burns can cause an array of physical problems, including swelling, blistering, scarring and, in more serious cases, shock and even death. Burns can also result in infections because they damage the skin’s protective barrier. Treatment for burns varies depending on the type, severity, location and cause of the burn.  Major advances in the treatment of burn injuries have improved survival rates, but complications after initial treatment remain a major problem.  In the 1970s, most people whose bodies were burned more than 20% had little chance of surviving.  Now, even people with burns over 90% of their bodies can survive (but with permanent impairments).  Every year in the U.S. millions of people are burned and of those million burn victims, thousands die as a result of the burns. Although the number of fatalities due to burns in the United States has dropped, the National Institute of Health reports that approximately 3,800 people per year die as a result of burn injuries in the US.

In addition to the severe pain and scarring, burn injuries often can impact other functions and parts of the body, to include nerves, bones, muscles, and blood vessels, as well as the body’s respiratory system. Burns can impair the function of joints in the body, as well as impairing normal body temperature, thermal regulation, fluid balance, manual dexterity and physical appearance of the skin and body.

Treatment of burns is determined by the nature and severity of the burn.  Antibiotic creams can prevent or treat infections.  First and second - degree burns generally heal without the need for grafts. After a third-degree burn, victims need skin or synthetic grafts to cover exposed tissue and encourage new skin to grow.  Thick scarring is also very common with third-degree burns.

It may be difficult to determine if your burn injury or the death of a loved one due to burns is due to the negligence of a third party, as they often are.  An attorney experienced in handling burn injuries and identifying their causes can help to determine the source and cause of the accident or fire that caused the injuries, so that you can determine who is at fault and should be held responsible for the pain, suffering, and expenses incurred.  The Halperin Law Center has represented numerous burn injury victims successfully.  We have the experience, resources, compassion and dedication to assist burn victims and their families in receiving just compensation for their harms and losses. 

If you have been seriously injured by a burn or lost a loved one due to burn injuries in Virginia, the District of Columbia or Maryland, contact the Halperin Law Center at 804-527-0100 or info@halperinlegal.com to schedule a no-cost, no-obligation consultation with an experienced burn injury attorney.

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