Empathetic Advocacy for the Victims of Serious Burns
Knowledgeable personal injury attorneys protecting the rights of burn injury victims throughout Kentucky
Severe burn injuries can devastate lives both from a physical and an emotional perspective. In addition to causing physical pain and scarring which requires a long period of time for healing, burn injuries can also cause significant psychological distress. According to research compiled by the American Burn Association, there were 3,240 deaths from fire and smoke inhalation and 486,000 people received burn injuries that required medical treatment in 2014. In the United States, one civilian death occurs every 2 hours and 42 minutes.
At CPW Law, our team of experienced personal injury attorneys investigate the accident that led to your injury in order to determine the cause and discover who is at fault. We are strong advocates for our clients’ rights in Kentucky and we are ready and willing to seek justice on your behalf by fighting for the compensation you deserve after your injury.
Causes of burn injuries
Most burns happen in the home but they can also happen in the workplace, on roads and highways from vehicle fires, through recreational and sporting activities or many other causes. They are usually the result of:
- Fire. Exposure to fire from fireplaces, ovens, backyard grills and exhaust systems in vehicles are the most common sources of burns, and they can cause first, second or third degree burns.
- Scald burns are caused by contact with hot liquids or gases. These burns are quite painful and are limited to the parts of the body that came in direct contact with the liquid.
- Electrical. An electrical burn can happen when a live electrical current comes in contact with a human body, and it can cause significant injury to the skin and internal organs. Lightning strikes can also cause electrical burns.
- When caustic chemicals come in contact with the skin it can cause burns that can be severe depending on the amount of exposure to the chemical.
Construction workers, emergency service providers and skilled technicians are at risk of these types of burns, though medical negligence can also lead to a patient being burned; a faulty MRI electrode can give a patient 2nd or 3rd degree burns.
Categories of burns
Burn injuries are classified by the degree of severity from first to third-degree. Depending on the nature of the accident, some burn victims may have first, second and third degree burns all over their body.
- First degree burns affect the epidermis or the topmost layer of the skin. The burned skin may turn red but usually heals within a week’s time.
- Second-degree burns penetrate the epidermal layer and reaches the reticular dermis layer of the skin. It may produce red patches and blisters on the skin’s surface and it will feel far more painful than a first-degree burn because the injury may have penetrated deep enough to singe nerve endings.
- Third-degree burns are the most dangerous with charred skin and the injury penetrates all the way down to subcutaneous tissue. In some places, third degree burns may not be as painful as second-degree burns because the nerve endings have been destroyed. Treatment for third degree burns often involves skin grafting.
Long after the physical pain has ended, catastrophic injury victims are reminded of the trauma of their accident by the disfiguring scars. Some burn victims suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder which causes them to relive the accident in their minds. Others are reminded every day of their plights because the scars make it impossible to regulate their body temperatures, putting them at greater risk of dehydration or fevers. At CPW Law, while we may be fighting aggressively with the negligent party who is responsible for your injuries, we have deep compassion for our clients and the ordeal they have been through and will continue to suffer. We work diligently to obtain compensatory damages on your behalf.
Contact CPW Law if you are have burn injuries caused by the negligence of another
At CPW Law we are here to help you achieve your goals and to get the compensation you deserve when you have been injured. You are welcome to schedule a free consultation at one of our office locations in Kentucky. Please call us today at 877.686.8879 or fill out our contact form and we will get back to you.