From Burn Injury Victim to Survivor
Our Injury Lawyers will help you Every Step of the Way
The skin is the largest organ of the body. It provides protection, contains nerve endings to allow for sensation and regulates body temperature. Serious burn injuries can be life threatening and life altering. Metier Law Firm, LLC has been representing accident victims for over 30 years and has earned a national reputation for providing comfort, safety and strength to the catastrophically injured. Our attorneys are aware of the sensitive nature of burn injuries and understand how devastating a burn injury can be for the victim and victim’s family.
Burn injuries produce intense pain, followed by painful treatments. Often, these expensive treatments and therapies go on for years. Disfiguring and scarring can be a result, as well as loss of fingers or toes, noses and ears and loss of mobility and function. The psychological trauma that burn injuries produce is intense and can be long lasting.
Severe burn injuries can have many causes, including:
- Motorcycle accidents
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Trucking accidents
- Defective products, such as faulty electrical equipment or defective household appliances
- On the job injuries from industrial accidents or other work related mishaps
- Natural gas and propane explosions
- House fires
- Boiler explosions
Medical professionals use several factors to determine the severity of a burn injury, including the victim’s age, the victim’s size, the depth and size of the burn and the location of the burn. Generally, classified by degree, the severity of a burn falls into one of four categories.
First-degree burns involve some tissue damage to the skin’s surface. These burns affect the outer-layer of skin causing pain, redness and swelling. An example of a first-degree burn would be sunburn.
Second-degree burns affect both the outer layer and the underlying layer of skin, causing redness, pain, swelling and blisters. These burns affect sweat glands and hair follicles. Second-degree burns, if not properly treated, can become third-degree burns.
Third-degree burns affect the outer and underlying layers of skin, as well as the hypodermis (loose connective tissue that attaches the skin to bone and muscle). Healing from third-degree burns is a slow and painful process because of the extensive damage to the skin tissue. Third-degree burns usually result in extensive scarring.
Fourth-degree burns (full thickness burns) affect all layers of the skin as well as tendons, bone, ligaments and muscles. Fourth-degree burns require surgery or grafting to close the wounds and often result in permanent disability.
When inhalation injuries accompany external burns, the chance of death can increase significantly. The three types of inhalation injuries are 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.
Burn injury cases require a burn injury attorney knowledgeable in handling them. Our injury lawyers have multiple years of experience representing burn victims. Unyielding in their determination to provide exceptional client service, our attorneys have been able to get compensation for burn victims so that they can pay their current and future medical bills and take advantage of new, innovative burn injury treatments. We also have worked tirelessly in an effort to get compensation for our clients to pay for retraining for job performance, pain and suffering, and to compensate them for future permanent scarring.
We have helped burn victims obtain substantial verdicts and settlements including:
- A wife and mother who died after suffering third degree burns from scalding tap water.
- A disabled man who was burned by a caretaker.
Metier Law Firm, LLC represents burn victims throughout the country, including Colorado, Texas, Louisiana, Wyoming, South Dakota, North Dakota, California, Oregon and Washington. If you or a family member has suffered a burn injury, contact an accident attorney at Metier Law Firm, LLC and let us provide the legal help and emotional support you and your family deserve during these difficult times.