Burn Injury Lawyer Illinois
When you think of a person suffering a burn injury, you may think of a house fire. Maybe the fire was starting by cooking. Perhaps there was an electrical issue. Maybe somebody left a fireplace fire or candle unattended.
In some cases, another person’s negligence may have caused a fire and subsequent burns. In these cases, you may be able to file a lawsuit and sue for compensation.
Chemicals can cause burns. If you were exposed to chemicals in the workplace, for example, and you suffered serious burns, you should seek legal help. The same goes for burns caused by a car accident. Vehicles often catch fire after they collide, often due to the gas and other fluids involved. In the case of arson, fires may be started on purpose. This may be done for insurance purposes or maybe even to seek revenge on someone. Burns may also be caused by abuse. For example, a parent may burn their child with a cigarette as a form of punishment.
Burns can cause a variety of damages. The most common is scarring. While minor burns may disappear over time, deeper burns can cause lifelong scarring and even disfigurement, especially if a person’s face got burned. Burnt treatment can take many months or even years. A person could accrue hundreds of thousands or even millions of dollars in medical bills. Lost wages is another type of damages. Many severe burn victims must take time off work for treatment and this can affect their income. Property damage is something else to consider. A huge fire can burn a vehicle, home and other possessions. A lawsuit can compensate a victim for these losses.
Burns can also cause emotional damage. Pain and suffering is another reality of burns. Burns are very painful. Even minor burns can hurt a lot. A claim can help an injured person recover compensation for their pain and suffering.
If you or a loved one has been injured by a burn, contact a burn injury lawyer in Decatur. Patel Law can help you recover compensation caused by another person’s negligence. Do not lose out on your rights to compensation. Contact us today to get started.
Degrees of Burns
There are four degrees of burns, based on the severity:
- First-degree. These are the most minor burns. First-degree burns affect only the outer layer of skin and can make the skin painful and red. A sunburn would be considered a first-degree burn.
- Second-degree. In a second-degree burn, the outer layer of skin, as well as the layer underneath—the dermis—have suffered damage. Like a first-degree burn, the skin will be red and painful, but it will also be inflamed and may look shiny. You may have blisters.
- Third-degree. A third-degree burn is also called a full thickness burn. It damages two whole layers of skin and may look black, brown, yellow, or white instead of red. Because your nerve endings are damaged, you will not feel much pain.
- Fourth-degree. This is the most serious type of burn. A fourth-degree burn is very deep, destroying all the layers of skin. Your muscles, tendons and even your bone may be damaged.
The treatment methods for a burn will depend on the severity. First-degree burns are minor and can be easily treated at home. Use skincare products such as antibiotics (Neosporin) and aloe vera cream to alleviate the pain and prevent infection.
Second-degree burns should be assessed by a medical professional. Your doctor can prescribe medications and ointments to alleviate pain and promote healing.
Third-degree burns are much more serious. These are emergency situations that may require treatment in a burn unit. To repair the burnt skin, skin grafting may be required. If the burn is covering a large part of the body, IV antibiotics may be needed to replenish lost fluids caused by the burn.
Treating a fourth-degree burn can be difficult. The burn often extends to the victim’s body fat and the skin is often charred. Doctors will do what they can to save the skin, but in many cases, if the affected area is a limb, amputation is a real possibility.
Contact our Decatur Burn Injury Attorneys Today
Burn injuries can be serious in nature. Many cause scarring and disfigurement, which can affect a person’s face, neck, arms, legs, and back for life.
Burns can impact a person physically and emotionally. The experienced lawyers at Patel Law can help you get the compensation you deserve. We will help you pursue a claim against the liable party. Schedule a free case evaluation by calling (217) 384-1111 or filling out the online form.