Burns are among the most painful, debilitating, life-changing injuries a person can suffer. Victims may cope with serious scarring and physical disabilities. In addition, those with catastrophic burn injuries are more likely to suffer psychological trauma from the excruciating pain and disfigurement.
If you suffered a burn injury in an accident that was caused by someone else, you need to know that you have legal options. Whether you were burned in a motor vehicle crash, in a fire on dangerous property, by a defective product, or in any other type of accident, you may be able to recover compensation for your devastating losses.
Our respected Philadelphia burn injury attorneys at Eisenberg, Rothweiler, Winkler, Eisenberg & Jeck, P.C., have decades of combined experience and a successful track record of fighting for the legal rights of burn victims. We are prepared to aggressively take on insurance companies and other at-fault parties to demand the maximum compensation you deserve.
Please contact our law firm now to set up a free case evaluation with a knowledgeable severe burn injury lawyer. We can assess your case and explain all your legal options.
How Our Respected Burn Injury Lawyers Can Help
Our attorneys at Eisenberg, Rothweiler, Winkler, Eisenberg & Jeck, P.C., are committed to pursuing maximum compensation for victims of catastrophic burn injury accidents. We have an in-depth understanding of the legal challenges associated with burn injury claims, and our team has the skills and the resources to handle the most complex cases.
When you choose our firm, you can trust that our team will:
- Thoroughly investigate your accident and gather critical evidence for proving your case
- Manage all communication with the insurance companies and other parties involved in your case
- Collect extensive documentation of your injuries and associated losses
- Work with medical experts and other professionals to develop a comprehensive assessment of how your burn injuries will affect you in the future
- Aggressively negotiate on your behalf for a full settlement offer
- Provide excellent representation for you throughout the litigation process if your case must go to trial in order for you to achieve justice
If you or a family member has suffered severe burn injuries in an accident that should have been prevented, please contact us now. Our Philadelphia burn injury lawyers will meet with you personally to talk about your case in a free, no obligation consultation.
Demanding Maximum Compensation for Your Burn Injury
In a personal injury claim, you are pursuing monetary damages that are intended to put you in the same position as if the burn accident had never happened. With this in mind, burn injury compensation may include payment for:
- Medical costs (current and future)
- Lost wages (current and future)
- Pain, suffering, scarring, and disfigurement
- Emotional distress
- Losses based upon how burns affect your quality of life
- Other damages, depending on your situation
In the most tragic cases, where a person has died from a burn injury, family members may still be able to seek compensation through a wrongful death claim.
Our knowledgeable burn injury attorneys have extensive experience handling these complex catastrophic injury claims. We will thoroughly evaluate the details of your case and help you demand the full and fair compensation you are owed.
What to Do If You Have Suffered a Burn Injury
If you suffered burn injuries in an accident that wasn’t your fault, you may have the right to recover compensation through a burn injury claim. Our lawyers will take care of the complicated legal process involved with seeking monetary damages. However, there are some steps you can take to protect your rights if you were injured in a fire:
- First, seek proper medical attention. Burns are extremely agonizing, so you’ll want to get treatment and relief from the pain right away. Plus, prompt medical care will help support your claim for compensation.
- If you’re able, try to obtain evidence from the scene. You may ask someone to take pictures and get the names and contact information for witnesses. As soon as you are able, write down as many details as you remember about how you were burned.
- Other than notifying the responsible party and/or insurance company, don’t make any statements without contacting our attorneys. Your words could adversely affect your claim.
- Set up a consultation with our lawyers as soon as possible. We can handle additional tasks for you, enabling you to focus on your recovery.
Common Causes of Burn Injuries
Although every case we handle is unique, there are some common causes of burn injuries that can result in personal injury claims. Examples include:
- Car accidents caused by driver negligence or defective parts
- Truck collisions, particularly when the semi is carrying hazardous substances
- Motorcycle crashes, in which it’s common for a rider to get “road rash,” a type of friction burn
- Pedestrian and bicycle accidents
- Dangerous conditions on a property that lead to a fire
- Medical malpractice, which is common when a health care provider doesn’t use caution with radiation therapy or when a hospital mistreats a burn injury
- Defective or dangerous consumer products, such as household cleaners, appliances, children’s toys, electronics, etc.
Our attorneys at Eisenberg, Rothweiler, Winkler, Eisenberg & Jeck, P.C., have meticulous knowledge of the common causes of burn injuries, which may involve critical subtleties from a legal standpoint. It’s important to work with lawyers who have in-depth experience in these types of cases and can protect your interests.
Sources of Burn Injuries
Although people typically think of burns as coming from exposure to fire, there are multiple sources of burn injuries. These include:
- Thermal Burns: When you touch an extremely hot object, the contact raises the temperature of your skin and causes surface cells to die off. Very hot metals, steam, and scalding liquids are all sources of thermal burns. Note that you can also get a thermal burn at the other extreme – extremely cold surfaces can also kill skin cells.
- Friction Burns: This type of burn injury occurs when a hard object rubs against your skin, either through repeated chafing or a single, forceful blow. A friction burn encompasses characteristics of both an abrasion and a burn.
- Radiation Burns: Many sources of radiation, including X-rays or radiation medical treatments, can cause this type of burn.
- Chemical Burns: Hazardous chemicals, solvents, cleaning agents, acids, and other substances can cause burns when they come into contact with your skin.
- Electrical Burns: You can also be burned when you touch any object that has electrical current running through it.
No matter the source of your burn injury, if you believe someone else was to blame, you should seek legal advice as soon as possible.
Types of Burn Injuries
Medical experts have established a classification system for burn injuries, which works according to the severity and how deeply the burn penetrates into the skin. There are four categories:
- First-Degree Burn Injury: Affecting only the outer layer of skin, this is the least severe class of burns. Your skin will be reddish and tender to the touch, but long-term implications are rare.
- Second-Degree Burn Injury: This type of burn causes damage to the outer skin and dermis, which is they layer immediately beneath it. The skin will be bright red, blisters may develop, and your pain will be more intense.
- Third-Degree Burn Injury: When the burn damages or destroys both the outer skin and dermis, it falls into this category. Your skin may appear charred, but you likely won’t feel extreme pain – even though the burn may impact muscle, bones, and other tissues. This is because the burn has singed nerve endings.
- Fourth-Degree Burn Injury: The most extreme class of burns is likely to cause death due to the severity of the damage. All layers of skin are gone, having been incinerated. Body tissues and internal organs may be destroyed.
Burn Injury Treatments
The nature of your medical care depends upon the degree of burn, the source, and many other factors. Your health care provider may implement such therapies as:
- Water treatment to clean the burn and stimulate skin regrowth
- Intravenous fluids to hydrate organs
- Morphine and other pain medications, as serious burns can be excruciating
- Topical treatments, such as creams and ointments that promote healing and prevent infection – many of which may also include pain relief
In addition, you may require skin grafts, cosmetic or reconstructive procedures, and other invasive medical surgeries. Your physician may need to take healthy skin from other parts of your body and apply it in the location of the damaged tissue. For burn injuries that cover your body, skin from deceased individuals or pigs may be used.
You should also note that because the complications from burns can affect your health for months or years, you may need additional long-term care. You could require physical and/or occupational therapy when the location of the burn is near a joint.
Call Now to Schedule a Free Consultation With a Severe Burn Injury Attorney
There is no substitute for the in-depth knowledge and extensive experience that a skilled legal professional brings to your burn injury case. Our lawyers at Eisenberg, Rothweiler, Winkler, Eisenberg & Jeck, P.C., will aggressively fight for you, whether we are negotiating with an insurance company or advocating on your behalf in court.
To learn more about our legal services for burn victims, please contact our firm now to set up a free case assessment with a skilled burn injury lawyer.