Urbana Burn Injury

Urbana Burn Injury Attorneys

Thousands of people require medical attention each year for burn injuries. This includes not just burns from fire, but also electrical currents, radiation, chemicals, hot liquids, steam, and even ultraviolet light. And many of these burn injuries are the direct result of third-party negligence.

The Urbana burn injury attorneys at Patel Law, PC, provide legal advice and representation to victims of such accidents. Unlike other common types of injuries, severe burns often require extensive medical treatment and a lengthy rehabilitation period. We therefore understand the importance of holding negligent parties accountable for your burn injuries, and fighting to ensure you receive any compensation you are entitled to under the law.

What are the Different Types of Burn Injuries?

Medical professionals classify burn injuries as either first-degree, second-degree, or third-degree. Here are the common symptoms of each class:

  • First-degree burns – This is the lowest class of burn injury, and is typically characterized by redness and pain affecting just the outer layer of the victim’s skin (i.e., the epidermis).
  • Second-degree burns – This type of burn affects both the epidermis and the dermis, which is the second layer of the skin; victims often exhibit red, white, or splotchy skin in the burned areas, which may develop blisters and cause scarring and severe pain.
  • Third-degree burns – This is the most serious type of burn, as it affects not just the outer layers of the skin but also the underlying fat layer; the victim’s skin often appears leathery and either black, brown, or white.

Beyond the immediate visible damage to the skin, burn injuries can lead to a host of additional medical complications, including but not limited to the following:

  • bacterial infection, which can get into the bloodstream and cause sepsis;
  • loss of fluids, leading to low blood volume;
  • hypothermia, i.e., a sudden loss of body temperature;
  • difficulty breathing due to the accompanying inhalation of hot air or smoke;
  • long-term bone and joint problems, which may arise if scar tissue from the burns causes a tightening of skin and muscles.

How can Negligence Cause Burn Injuries?

Not all burn injuries implicate third-party negligence. For example, if you forget to wear an oven mitt before handling a hot pan, you will probably burn your hand. This does not give rise to a potential lawsuit

But far too many burn injuries can be attributed to the negligent or reckless conduct of another person or business. Here are just a few examples:

  • Motor vehicle accidents – In some car and truck accidents, a fuel tank may ignite and cause one or more vehicles to burst into flames.
  • Dangerous and defective products – A consumer product with faulty wiring may spark or overheat and catch fire, especially if the product relies on a battery or fuel source.
  • Building fires – There are thousands of apartment, hotel, and other structure fires each year, which can leave tenants or guests trapped and unable to avoid severe burn injuries.
  • Workplace accidents – If you work in an industry that requires the use of chemicals or industrial equipment, you are at-risk of burn injuries from fire, explosion, or electrocution.
  • Gas pipeline accidents – There are millions of miles of natural gas pipelines in the United States, and workers and other persons can suffer serious burn injuries if there is an explosion.

How can I Seek Compensation for a Burn Injury?

As with any personal injury claim, burn injury victims can seek damages from the negligent parties. Such damages include the costs of past, current, and future medical treatment, as well as lost income and compensation for “non-economic” losses, i.e., the victim’s pain and suffering. Additionally, if the burn injuries were the result of a workplace accident, the victim is normally entitled to workers’ compensation benefits from their employer, regardless of fault.

Keep in mind, Illinois has a two-year statute of limitations for most personal injury claims. This means a burn victim only has two years from the date of their injury to identify the negligent parties and sue them. While this might sound like enough time, in practice it often takes months to conduct a proper investigation into the underlying causes of a burn-related accident, and the clock remains ticking during this time.

So if you or someone you love has sustained serious burn injuries as the result of another party’s negligence, you cannot delay in taking action. Contact Patel Law, PC to schedule a consultation with a member of our team right away.