Each year thousands of Americans suffer extensive burn injuries that require hospitalization. Personal injuries of this nature are both physically and psychologically scarring, and many victims require counseling to recover from the traumatic experience.
Major second-degree and full thickness third-degree burn injuries are some of the most devastating personal injuries a person can sustain. The financial burden a serious burn injury carries can bog down an individual or family for years to come. If a burn injury was the result of another party’s negligence or misconduct, you need the assistance of an attorney to help obtain the financial compensation you may be entitled to.
Causes of Burn Injuries
Many people associate burn injuries with a home or office fire that started due to an inadequately extinguished cigarette or disposed match. However, some of the most common causes of burn injuries include:
- Scalding water
- Gas explosions
- Auto accidents
- Industrial accidents
- Chemical burns
- An exploding boiler, stove or furnace
- Contact with electricity
Burn Injury Levels
Burn injuries are categorized by severity:
- First-degree burns generally result in irritated red skin and mild pain. These are the least severe burns.
- Second-degree burns can cause the skin to blister and scar. Additionally, damage is often inflicted to the underlying layer of skin.
- Third-degree burns are the most serious type of burn injury and can completely destroy the skin it affects. Treatment usually requires skin grafting to replace damaged skin.
While first-degree burns rarely result in a burn injury claim, more serious burns can cause catastrophic damage, including organ damage, respiratory complications, nerve damage, circulatory issues, and even the wrongful death of an individual.
Burn Injury Compensation
No amount of money can compensate you for the physical and emotional scarring of a burn injury. However, if another party’s negligence or misconduct resulted in your burn injury, you may have a right to compensation. A successfully litigated burn injury claim can help achieve closure to the event and provide you with a financial umbrella to aid in your recovery.
You may be entitled to receive compensation for:
- Related medical bills, both past and future
- Loss of wages
- Rehabilitation costs
- Mental and physical pain and suffering
- Scarring and disfigurement
- Loss of companionship
If you have suffered a burn injury in Phoenix, Mesa, or Tucson, Arizona, please contact Arizona burn injury lawyer Jerrold A. Mayro today or call (602) 604-8400 to schedule a no-cost consultation.