Richmond Burn Injuries Attorney
Almost everyone has experienced the minor burn from sun exposure, but when burns are caused in accidents, they can damage much more of the body than a simple sunburn. Not only are the initial injuries more significant, a person who has suffered burns can become permanently scarred or disfigured. If you or a loved one has been involved in an accident that resulted in significant burns, then you need to contact a skilled Richmond burn injuries attorney to discuss your case. While you focus on your medical needs, we can compile documentation of who is liable and work towards determining what the damages will be.
Common Causes of Burns
- Scalding liquids or steam;
- Chemical burns from solvents, acids, or detergents;
- Electrical burns;
- Burning metals such as from machinery;
- Friction burns from crashing a motorcycle or bicycle;
- Inhalation burns from breathing in toxic chemicals;
- Workplace fires;
- Defective products that spark or improperly heat; and
The Different Classifications of Burns
- First Degree Burns—These burns are superficial and according to Healthline, most first degree burns will heal in 7-10 days without scarring. If the burn covers a large area, is on the face or a joint, it is still important to seek guidance from a doctor. Signs of first degree burns include redness, pain, and swelling.
- Second Degree Burns—Also known as a partial thickness burn, these affect some of the second layer of skin called the dermis. These burns frequently blister and will be painful unless the nerve endings have been destroyed.
- Third Degree Burns—These are considered full thickness burns. In addition to fully destroying the dermis, there is potential for damage to the muscle, bone, and tendon underneath. The skin will look charred and could be white or blackened. Since nerve ending will have been damaged in the burn, the immediate area will not feel painful.
- Fourth Degree Burns—After burns like these a patient will require surgery and may have to adjust to permanent disfigurement. According to Stanford Health Care, burns that cover over 10 percent of a child’s body or 15-20 percent of an adult’s body will require hospitalization and extensive rehabilitation.
Recovery from more severe burns can mean years of medical treatment. The victim may require reconstructive surgeries, skin grafts, and both physical and mental health therapy to cope with the initial damage. Even less extensive burn victims will experience pain and suffer psychologically, and should receive compensation for their injuries.
Contact a Richmond Burn Injuries Attorney Today
If you or a loved one has suffered a burn injury that was the result of another party’s negligence, you may be able to seek compensation through a personal injury claim. Compensation can help pay for the medical treatment required to heal, the lost wages of time away from work, therapy for any emotional distress, and more. A knowledgeable Richmond burn injury attorney at MichieHamlett can advise you on whether you have a case and what next steps to take in order to file a comprehensive claim for maximum compensation. Contact our offices today to schedule your free consultation.