A burn injury can be one of the most traumatic personal injuries a person can suffer. The pain, discomfort and recovery process are intense and long lasting—requiring months, sometimes years, of hospitalization, doctor visits, physical therapy and extensive counseling to overcome the mental trauma.
Many victims have suffered their burn injuries as a result of defective products or improperly maintained property. As a consequence of such negligence, burn victims will spend years in painful rehabilitation and go through multiple reconstructive surgeries in an attempt to rebuild their lives.
At Hauptman, O’Brien, Wolf & Lathrop, P.C. we understand the complexity of burn injuries and know how long it takes to complete the treatment process. We develop and document the complete range of medical, therapeutic and rehabilitative services necessary to sustain a burn victim for years, or even a lifetime.
For information to help you and your family in a burn injury lawsuit, and to give you the resources to support the long and difficult recovery ahead, contact one of our expert burn injury attorneys at Hauptman, O’Brien, Wolf & Lathrop. We can represent you in cases with any of the following characteristics:
- Burns and lacerations suffered in motorcycle or other motor vehicle accidents
- Workplace accidents involving explosion, electrocution, radiation or chemical exposure
- Loss of joint motion due to tissue contracture
- Psychological problems, including post-traumatic stress disorder, depression or flashbacks
- Occupational therapy needs due to years out of the workforce during recovery
- Physical discomfort, including itching, sensitivity to heat or cold, or intolerance of clothing
Types of Burn Injuries
Burn injuries can be caused by a number of circumstances, including but not limited to:
- Contact with open flame
- Exposure to corrosive or otherwise toxic chemicals
- Contact with thermal objects such as a stove or iron
- Contact with scalding liquids
- Exposure to live wires or electricity
- Overexposure to sun
- Contact with explosives, such as fireworks
Burn injuries are typically categorized by one of three levels:
- First-degree burns: Comparatively mild burns that affect the epidermis, or outer layer of skin; first-degree burns can be uncomfortable and cause skin reddening on the burn site, but they can usually be treated at home with cool water, a lidocaine-based topical solution like aloe vera, and an antibiotic ointment to prevent infection
- Second-degree burns: Moderate burns that cause redness, swelling and blistering of the skin; second-degree burns penetrate more deeply than first-degree burns, and while some second-degree burns can be self-treated it’s advisable to see a doctor if a large area of skin is affected or the burn site seems infected
- Third-degree burns: Severe burns that penetrate multiple layers of skin tissue and can result in swelling, blistering and scarring; third-degree burns require emergency medical treatment, and they can have life-changing impacts on victims
Free Consultation with a Burn Injury Attorney
If you need advice and representation to pursue your rights in a severe burn case, contact us today for a free initial consultation. We will listen to your story, ask pertinent questions and give you an honest assessment of your case. If it merits legal action, we will represent you at no cost, collecting a fee only if you win your action. Our attorneys are zealous advocates for people who have been injured because of the negligence or carelessness of other individuals or organizations. We will represent your best interests with passion and purpose.
For your convenience, we offer home, hospital and nursing home visits. Our team of professionals at Hauptman, O’Brien, Wolf & Lathrop will provide you with the experience, strategy and commitment that protect your rights and claims.
Contact one of our burn injury lawyers today for a free initial consultation on your case. No fees unless you win.