Burn injuries are some of the most serious personal injuries one can sustain. Not only are they extremely painful, but they can cause disfigurement and leave you with expensive medical and rehabilitation bills. When you’ve been burned because of an accident caused by the negligence of another, it’s important to know that you have people on your side to fight for you, and to make sure you receive fair compensation for your pain and suffering.
At Portner & Shure, our lawyers handle burn injury claims in Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C., and focus our efforts on obtaining the full recovery our clients are entitled to. For a free consultation, please call us today at one of our offices in Maryland at 410-995-1515 or 301-854-9000, in Virginia at 703-734-8790 or in Washington, D.C. at 202-554-1449.
Common Causes of Burn Injuries
Severe burn injuries can result from a number of scenarios. Our experienced personal injury lawyers understand the extent of this trauma and work on your behalf to make sure that you are taken care of in your time of need. Do not hesitate to contact us if you’ve suffered burn injuries as a result of a:
- Car accident
- Truck accident
- Motorcycle accident
- Bus accident
- Defective product
- Premises liability accident
- Workplace accident
These types of accidents are often caused by the negligence of another person or party. Whether due to a design flaw in a product, improper warnings of fire danger, or an unsafe work environment, the lawyers at Portner & Shure will fight to hold those who are responsible liable.
Types of Burn Injuries
No matter what the cause of a burn, the results can be catastrophic. As mentioned above, there are many scenarios in which burns can occur. Whether electrical, chemical, fire-related or even radiation-related, severe burns require immediate medical attention to prevent scarring and permanent disfigurement.
Understanding the severity of your burn injury can help you determine when to seek emergency assistance, though we recommend getting medical attention for any burn, especially if caused by the negligence of another.
Types of burn injuries include:
- First-degree: A minor burn that affects the outer layer of skin, such as sunburn.
- Second-degree: This burn goes deeper, to the second layer of skin, and can cause red or white spotted skin, blisters, along with pain and swelling. This degree of burn may cause scarring.
- Third-degree: The worst of all degrees, this burn goes through all layers of skin to the fat beneath. The skin may look charred black or white with a waxy or leathery appearance. This degree of burn can cause nerve damage and numbness in the affected area.
Effects of Burn Injuries
The effects of burn injuries can last a lifetime. Not only may you suffer severe physical pain and the need of serious medical attention, but the trauma associated with the accident, and the disfigurement caused to your body, may have lasting psychological effects as well.
Because of this, extensive treatment is often needed to address the burns and prevent long-term damage to the skin. Examples of the types of treatments you may need if you suffer a severe burn injury include:
- Multiple surgical treatments
- Painful skin grafts
- Physical therapy if motor functions are affected or nerves are damaged
- Psychological treatment and therapy
Compensation for Burn Injuries
The effects of severe burn injuries may require extensive medical treatment along with lasting rehabilitation and therapy. Our burn injury lawyers understand that these treatments can be expensive, that’s why we fight on your behalf to pursue compensation from the negligent party to pay for the care you need to get your life back.
Our highly-trained lawyers can pursue compensation for:
- Medical expenses
- Rehabilitation expenses
- Lost wages from time missed at work
- Psychological/therapy expenses
- Pain and suffering
- Funeral expenses in cases of wrongful death
Contact an Experienced Burn Injury Lawyer Today
At Portner & Shure, we work tirelessly to represent your best interests and hold the responsible parties accountable for your injuries. We understand the pain and suffering, as well as the financial burden, which can be placed on you and your family and use our talented and passionate legal team to fight for you in the pursuit of compensation.
If you or someone you love has sustained burn injuries as a result of the carelessness of another, contact the experienced lawyers at Portner & Shure to schedule a free consultation at any one of our many offices in Maryland at 410-995-1515 or 301-854-9000, in Virginia at 703-734-8790 or in Washington, D.C. at 202-554-1449.