According to the American Burn Association nearly 500,000 Americans suffer from burn injuries that require medical treatment every year. Among those harmed by burn injuries, an alarming percentage of these individuals were burned due to defective products they trusted. In addition to defective products, it is also common to see burn injuries from work-related accidents and motor vehicle accidents. Burns can drastically alter an individual’s life and in many cases leave the individual debilitated. If you have been affected by a burn injury the best thing you can do is contact a personal injury attorney. Your attorney will advocate on your behalf and fight for the compensation you deserve due to the wrongful pain and suffering you experienced.
Different Types of Injuries
The classification of burn injuries are typically broken down by degrees. In general the spectrum of degrees ranges from fourth-degree to first-degree burns. The classification system breaks down as follows:
- First Degree: These are the mildest type of burns, this level burn only affects the first layer of your skin. An example of this would be sunburn.
- Second-Degree: This occurs when the first and second layer of your skin are burned. Second degree burns typically involved blistering, bubbling, and swelling of the skin. In most instances you will need emergency room treated. It is likely that you will have damage to hair follicles, sweat glands, nerve endings, and lymph nodes.
- Third-Degree: These type of burns destroy the skin completely and largely damage underlying tissues. All three levels of are seriously damaged and recovery will require several months of recovery. It is common to have skin grafts used to repair damage related to third-degree burns, however, scarring is still common.
- Fourth-Degree: This is the most severe type of burn. Those affected by fourth-degree burns will experience severe muscle and bone damage. It is common to see life-long disability and death associated with this level of burn.
Additionally, inhalation burns are another common form of burns. This occurs when an individual breathes smoke, heat, or flames. The inside of the body can sustain severe burns along the airway and lungs. This can result in swelling that leads to suffocation if not quickly treated. Inhalation burns can also occur when an individual inhales irritants and toxic fumes. These type of burns are extremely lethal and individuals affected by these burns should receive immediate medical treatment.
Do You Need Help?
If you have sustained an injury due to another individual’s negligence then it is likely that you have a viable personal injury claim and are potentially entitled to monetary compensation. At the Van Johnson Law Firm we are committed to helping injured individuals seek the justice and compensation they deserve. Insurance companies and faulty product designers will be doing everything in their power to discredit your claim and cast doubt on your side of the story. However, with the help of an experienced personal injury attorney you will enjoy the peace of mind of knowing you have knowledgeable individual aggressively advocating on your behalf. For additional information contact the Van Johnson Law Firm at 404-551-2428, or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org for a free consultation.