Wesley Chapel Burn Injury Attorney
Everyone has suffered a superficial burn, like a sunburn, at some point in their life. But more serious burn injuries often stem from car accidents, fires, or defective and hazardous products. These injuries can be catastrophic depending on their size and depth. Many victims will need skin grafts or other surgery to get back to normal.
At Moore Law, our team of Wesley Chapel burn injury attorneys represent people injured by the negligence or wrongful conduct of another person. This is a difficult time for all involved, so contact us as soon as possible.
Burn Severity & Disability
Burn severity is typically measured by how deep the burn goes. More severe burns damage deeper tissue, which can make medical treatment much more complicated. The Mayo Clinic classifies burns by degree:
- First-degree burns damage only the skin’s outermost layer. A sunburn which causes redness is an example.
- Second-degree burns injure both the epidermis and dermis. A patient can experience blisters and intense pain with a second-degree burn, which can also result in scarring.
- Third-degree burns go down to the subcutaneous fat below the skin—and sometimes deeper. Third degree burns can damage a person’s nerves, muscles, and bones. These burns often look white or black.
The location and size of the burn matter as well. A burn covering a joint can severely limit movement as the skin contracts, requiring multiple surgeries and long-term rehabilitation to keep the skin sufficiently loose.
When burns cover a large part of the body, the odds of death increase as well. Any burn the size of a palm should be looked at by a doctor, regardless of its depth.
Damages for a Burn Injury
Although a superficial burn might heal on its own, more serious burn injuries cost our clients large sums of money. These injuries also impair their quality of life so that they cannot resume normal activities. Some burn injury victims might withdraw from society because the burn causes crippling social anxiety or mental distress.
The goal of a lawsuit or settlement is to compensate victims for injuries they did not cause. To that end, we have sought money damages for:
- Transportation to the hospital
- Surgery for skin grafts or amputation
- Hospital overnight stays
- Doctor visits
- Prescription drugs
- Reconstructive surgery
If your burn injury prevents you from working, you can seek lost income. Some burns permanently disable a person, so they cannot go back to their old job. Any future lost income should be compensated as well.
Burns also cause intense emotional distress. Many victims have reasonable fears that their lives will never be the same. They can sink into a deep depression or suffer anxiety or post-traumatic stress disorder. This emotional fallout also warrants compensation.
Speak with Our Wesley Chapel Burn Injury Lawyer
Burns cause distress for the entire family, which might be buckling under financial and emotional pressures. Contact Moore Law today. One of our Wesley Chapel burn injury attorneys can meet to discuss your case and offer frank advice about your odds of successfully bringing a claim for compensation.