A serious burn injury can occur in many different ways:
a defective appliance in the home or work, exposure to scalding liquids or caustic chemicals at work, in a car accident involving fire or explosion, or as a result of a medical equipment that is used improperly or is unsafe.
Recovering from a serious burn injury often takes multiple surgeries and months of rehabilitation and therapy. Many serious burn injury victims face significant expenses and months away from work and find themselves struggling financially.
At Morris King & Hodge, we understand how a serious burn injury can disrupt your life and put stress on you and your family. Every client we serve receives compassionate and personalized legal representation.
Having the right personal injury lawyer guiding you through a difficult period standing up for your interests can make all the difference in your recovery from a serious burn injury. Trust the proven experience and record of success of our attorneys. Let us put our more than 75 years of combined legal experience to work for you.
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An experienced personal injury attorney will investigate the accident and identify all the potentially responsible parties who may owe you compensation and their insurance providers. We will substantiate your losses based on your medical expenses and past and anticipated future lost income.
An open flame or a hot object such as a stove may be the first things that come to mind when considering burn injuries. But here are a number of ways burn injuries occur.
A person who suffers burns as a result of overexposure to radiation may be entitled to seek compensation from a health care provider or other responsible party. Minor skin irritation including reddening of the skin, blisters and swelling may occur normally as a side effect of cancer treatment involving radiation therapy.
Burn injuries are described by the severity of skin damage and destruction of underlying muscle tissue. Doctors assess the severity of a burn by the depth of damage and the percentage of body surface that is affected.
The American Burn Association defines severe burns for people ages 10 to 40 as those involving 25 percent or more of the body surface or a burn involving the eyes, face, hands, feet or genitals.
More severe burns that penetrate into deeper tissue require specialized emergency medical care, cosmetic surgery and intensive long-term rehabilitation at a burn center such as the University of Alabama Birmingham Hospital Burn Center or the University of South Alabama Burn Center in Mobile, which take burn patients from throughout the state of Alabama.
Here is how burns are categorized:
Third degree burns may be fatal if they cover a large area of the body and aren’t treated promptly.
Serious burn injuries are complex wounds requiring intensive and specialized care. They often cause serious complications and require months of treatment and therapy in a burn center, rehabilitation center or outpatient facility. Burn victims may suffer dangerously low body temperatures because the skin normally helps regulate body temperatures. Burn victims also are highly susceptible to serious infections because the skin has been burned away and no longer provides a barrier to the introduction of germs.
Infections that get into the bloodstream, known as sepsis, can spread rapidly and cause shock and organ failure and be life threatening. Burn victims who inhaled smoke or hot air may have difficulty breathing. A burn injury victim may need skin grafts to replace scar tissue caused by deep burns or reconstructive plastic surgery to improve flexibility to damaged joints or repair disfiguring scarring.
Burn victims also may need the help of an experienced Alabama burn injury lawyer to seek compensation to cover medical bills. Severe burn injuries may prevent you from returning to work for months and significantly reduce your family’s income. You should not have to pay medical bills if your burn injury or your loved one’s burn injury was caused by someone’s else negligence.
A burn injury lawsuit can lead to an insurance settlement to compensate the victim of the injury to help pay for ongoing medical expenses, loss of income and catastrophic injuries.