A mild sunburn can cause a lot of pain, so it’s hard to imagine the amount of pain and damage a more serious burn has the potential of causing. Serious burns can be life-altering and arise from a variety of causes. Whether from a trucking accident, chemicals, house fires, or another cause, Metier Law Firm can help you get the compensation you need to recover from your burn.
Our team of personal injury attorneys has experience with a wide range of personal injury claims — including burns. We know how debilitating and painful burns can be, and we understand how hard it is to go through the process alone. If insurance companies are taking advantage of you or the responsible parties aren’t compensating you fairly, then our burn injury lawyers can help. Our personal injury attorneys are keenly aware of the sensitive nature of burn injuries and can help you through the process of recovery with dignity and respect.
In today’s blog, we’re going to discuss types of burns and burn injuries, some of their causes, the statistics associated with burns, and how a personal injury attorney can help. Throughout Gillette, Casper, Cheyenne, and Laramie, you can count on Metier Law Firm. Contact us today to get started with a risk-free consultation with a burn injury lawyer in Wyoming.
Types of Burns & Burn Injuries
Most elementary-aged children can likely tell you to “stop, drop, and roll” in a situation involving fire. There is, of course, much more to preventing, stopping, and recovering from a burn than this. Depending on the type of burn you’ve sustained as part of your car accident injuries or from other causes, your recovery time, treatment options, and capabilities can vary greatly.
Sunburns are a first-degree burn. This type of burn only involves the top layer of skin. Signs include redness, mild swelling, or pain upon touching your skin.
These types of burns involve the first two layers of skin. Signs include deep reddening of the skin, blisters, glossy appearance from leaking fluid, pain, and possibly even loss of some skin. Second-degree burns typically affect sweat glands and hair follicles, and they can become third-degree burns if not properly treated in an appropriate amount of time.
These types of burns penetrate the entire thickness of the skin and permanently destroy tissue. Signs include the following:
- Loss of skin layers
- Dry, leathery skin
- Skin that appears charred or has white, brown, or black patches
- Painless (surrounding first- and second-degree burns are most likely painful)
These burns typically result in extensive scarring, and healing can be slow and painful because of the extensive skin tissue damage.
These types of burns also affect all layers of the skin. However, they also penetrate down to the tendons, bone, ligaments, and muscles. Fourth-degree burns require surgery or grafting in order to close the wounds. If you’ve been the victim of a fourth-degree burn, you may have a permanent disability at the location of the burn.
There are three types of inhalation injuries: damage from heat inhalation (lung burn), damage from systemic toxins that can cause permanent injury to organs (including the brain), and damage from smoke inhalation. When inhalation injuries accompany external burns, the risk of death and more serious injury can significantly increase.
Causes Of Burn Injuries
The causes of burn injuries can vary greatly. As burn injury lawyers and personal injury attorneys, we’ve made it our duty to be familiar with a wide range of causes. We’ve handled burn injury cases where burns were caused by many different factors. Because of this, our burn lawyers are adept at analyzing cases and helping victims get representation and compensation — no matter the cause.
The causes of severe burn injuries can include:
- Defective products (faulty electrical equipment or defective household appliances)
- Industrial accidents or other work-related mishaps
- House fires
- Natural gas and propane explosions
- Boiler explosions
- Motorcycle accidents
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Trucking accidents
If you’ve sustained serious injuries from any of the accidents listed above, then our personal injury attorneys can help you. Whether it was a burn, a burn with other personal injuries, or another personal injury entirely, our team of injury lawyers is here to help.
Burn Injury Facts & Figures
- In the U.S. in 2000, someone died in a fire every two hours; someone was injured in a fire every 23 minutes.
- Approximately 1.1 million burn injuries require medical attention in the U.S. every year.
- Of these, approximately 50,000 require hospitalization; 20,000 experience major burns involving at least 25% of their total body surface; and approximately 4,500 die.
- As many as 10,000 people in the U.S. die every year of burn-related infections.
- Only 60% of Americans have an escape plan in the chance their home is on fire. Of those 60%, only 25% have practiced it.
- Smoke alarms decrease the chances of dying in a fire by 50%.
Whether you’re pursuing help from a personal injury attorney on your behalf or on behalf of a loved one, Metier Law Firm can help. From successfully handling third-degree burn cases to wrongful death cases, we have the experience and compassion needed to guide you through this time and help you find justice.
How Can A Burn Injury Lawyer Help?
Our personal injury attorneys have worked on a variety of burn cases. Burn victims deserve compensation, and we have successfully helped many burn victims obtain substantial verdicts and settlements. These cases include a wife and mother who died after suffering third-degree burns from scalding tap water and a disabled man who was burned by a caretaker.
Experienced burn injury lawyers will be your advocate and resource throughout the process. You want a personal injury attorney who is knowledgeable in handling burn injury cases — not just knowledgeable with personal injuries in general.
A burn lawyer may be able to help with more than you realize. Here at Metier Law Firm, our personal injury attorneys are unyielding in their determination to help you get compensation for many of the following areas:
- Current and future medical bills
- The opportunity to take advantage of new, innovative burn injury treatments
- Retraining for job performance
- Pain and suffering
- Compensation for future permanent scarring
Meet With A Personal Injury Attorney In Wyoming Today
For strength when you need it, Metier Law Firm is here. Our personal injury law firm knows the financial, physical, and emotional toll that burns and other personal injuries can take on you and your family. Let our personal injury attorneys provide the legal help and emotional support you and your family deserve during this difficult time.
Metier Law Firm has represented accident victims for more than 30 years. In this extensive time as personal injury attorneys, we have earned a national reputation for providing comfort, safety, and strength to those who are catastrophically injured. If you’re in Gillette, Casper, Cheyenne, or Laramie and are in need of representation following your burn injury, then you can count on our personal injury attorneys. Contact us today to schedule a risk-free consultation with a burn injury lawyer.