A burn injury leaves lasting physical harm, as well as psychological and emotional scars. Have you or a loved one suffered severe burns due to an accident caused by someone else’s negligence? Perhaps you’re not sure if the other party’s fault can be proven, but you want to make sure you receive the full amount of compensation you deserve to cover the cost of medical treatments and surgeries both now and in the future, as well as lost wages and other losses you’ve sustained.
At Kogan & DiSalvo, we understand that the impact of a burn injury extends far beyond the visible wounds. Allow our burn injury attorneys to assist you in securing the financial damages you are rightfully owed for what you’ve had to endure. Contact our firm for a free consultation and let us fight for justice on your behalf.
Damages in a Burn Injury Lawsuit
Depending on the specific circumstances of your case, you may be eligible for compensation to cover:
- Medical Expenses: Reimbursement for the cost of medical treatment, surgeries, medications, and ongoing care related to your burn injury.
- Lost Income/Wages: Compensation for income lost due to the inability to work during your recovery period or any long-term disability caused by the burn injury.
- Disability: If the burn injury results in a permanent disability that affects your ability to work or perform daily activities, you may be entitled to compensation for the associated challenges.
- Disfigurement: Compensation for any scarring, disfigurement, or permanent marks resulting from the burn injury.
- Pain and Suffering: Damages for the physical pain and emotional distress caused by the burn injury and the recovery process.
- Emotional Distress: Compensation for psychological trauma, anxiety, or emotional distress resulting from the incident.
- Property Damage: If personal property was damaged in the incident, you may be eligible for compensation to repair or replace the damaged items.
Our St. Petersburg catastrophic injury attorneys are dedicated to providing comprehensive support for our clients, meticulously evaluating the specifics of your case. We commit ourselves to constructing a robust claim to secure the maximum compensation you deserve. While no amount of money can fully compensate for the pain endured, securing a recovery through a settlement or jury verdict holds wrongdoers accountable and can provide essential funds to the victim and their families.
Types of Burn Injuries
According to the World Health Organization, “Burns are a global public health problem, accounting for an estimated 180,000 deaths annually.”
The organization acknowledges that nearly every burn is avoidable, especially those primarily occurring in the workplace and home settings.
Some types of burns include:
- Chemical: Substances such as acids or alkaline chemicals can cause serious burns on the skin. Individuals working in chemical plants, truck drivers, engineers, researchers, and certain technicians may face exposure to these types of chemicals.
- Radiation: Caused by exposure to various forms of radiation, such as ultraviolet (UV) rays, X-rays, or nuclear radiation
- Electrical: Resulting from contact with an electrical current. Electrical burns may not always appear severe on the surface, but they can cause internal damage to tissues and organs.
- Thermal: These burns arise from direct contact between the skin and hot liquids, steam, hot surfaces, or flames. Approximately 85 percent of all burn injuries requiring medical attention are thermal burns.
Burn injuries can vary from minor wounds to severe medical emergencies with the potential for fatality. Burns can be categorized into the following stages:
- First-degree burns: These are the mildest form of burns, affecting only the outer layer of the skin (epidermis). They typically heal on their own within a week, and medical attention may not be necessary.
- Second-degree burns: These burns penetrate beyond the outer layer into the second layer of skin (dermis). Symptoms include more intense pain, redness, swelling, and the formation of blisters. In severe cases, skin grafts may be necessary.
- Third-degree burns: These extend into the deeper layers of skin, potentially extending into the innermost layer, known as subcutaneous tissue. Treatment may involve skin grafts, surgery, and other intensive interventions. Recovery is a lengthy process, and scarring is common.
- Fourth-degree burns: Represent the highest level of burn severity and pose a potential threat to life. These burns are the most severe, affecting all layers of the skin, muscles, tendons, and bones.
The most severe burns typically affect vital organs and often result in permanent deformities and disabilities.
Burns, regardless of their degree, can lead to pain and suffering, limiting your ability to enjoy day-to-day activities. The cost and extent of treatment can be long and overwhelming for victims and their families. We are devoted to maximizing our clients’ financial recovery by leveraging the rules, procedures, and laws governing personal injury claims in the Pinellas County, Florida area.
Common Causes of Burn Injuries
- Industrial and workplace accidents
- Auto Accidents
- Defective Products
You may have grounds for a burn injury lawsuit if another party’s negligence played a role in your injury.
If you are unsure if the injuries in your case were caused by negligence, your next course of action should involve reaching out to a burn injury attorney who can conduct a thorough investigation into your incident. Depending on the circumstances, the responsible party or parties will vary but can involve anyone from a reckless driver, to a property manager/owner, or your employer.
Our legal team will conduct a comprehensive investigation into the accident, pinpoint responsible parties, and compile evidence to establish their negligence or misconduct.
How Kogan & DiSalvo Can Help Burn Victims
Whether you have experienced a burn resulting from a workplace incident, road accident, or other cause, at Kogan & DiSalvo, we understand the profound impact that burn injuries can have on your life.
We are here to assist burn victims in St. Petersburg and Pinellas County. Our attorneys are ready to provide compassionate guidance and legal expertise if you have suffered a burn injury due to a negligent act of another. Contact us by phone or through our website to learn more about initiating the claims process and take the first step toward justice.