Serious burn injuries are among the most painful and life-changing injuries one can suffer. They can cause intense physical pain and result in multiple surgeries and extensive hospital stays to treat. Additionally, burn injuries lead to scarring and disfigurement. The emotional and mental suffering caused by a burn injury can be as debilitating as the burn itself.
Often, serious burn injuries are the result of the negligence or wrongdoing of another party. This can occur as a result of a dangerous product, a vehicle collision, or explosion, among others. When another person or entity is responsible for causing a burn injury, that party can be held liable for damages caused by the burn injury.
Serious burns can drastically affect your life and leave you with lifelong disability or disfigurement. Due to that fact, making sure you receive fair compensation is vitally important. At Pansini, Mezrow & Davis, our Philadelphia burn injury attorneys understand how important your case is and will aggressively fight to protect your rights and secure your future. Contact us today for a free consultation.
Causes of Burns and Degrees of Burns
Thermal burns are one of the most common types of burns. This type of burn injury can be caused by fire, touching a hot object, and scalding steam or liquid. An airbag deploying in a car accident can cause a thermal burn if you come into contact with the airbag components or the compressed gas.
However, there are other causes of burns. Electrical burns occur when you come into contact with an electrical source, such as a defective product or exposed wiring. Chemical burns are caused by contact or exposure to hazardous chemicals. A person could receive a chemical burn from too much chlorine in a swimming pool. Employees are often exposed to dangerous chemicals in the workplace.
Friction burns can occur in bicycle accidents and motorcycle crashes from the skin coming into contact with the pavement of other surfaces. Radiation burns are also possible if a person is exposed to high levels of radiation, such as those founds in certain cancer treatments and x-rays.
The severity of the burn injury is expressed in degrees. The degree of the burn indicates the amount of damage caused by the burn. There are generally four degrees of burns.
First Degree Burns are the least severe burns. The outermost layer of the skin is damaged. First-degree burns often heal with minimum medical attention or scarring.
Second Degree Burns cause injury to the outer layer of skin and a portion of the lower layer of skin. Swelling, blistering, and pain are common signs of a second-degree burn.
Third Degree Burns cause damage to the innermost layer of skin. The skin may appear blackened, white, or charred. Third-degree burns over a large portion of your body can be life-threatening.
Fourth Degree Burns and higher-level burns are the most severe burns. These types of burns go through all layers of the skin and damage the deeper tissues, muscles, and bones. Intensive care is required for this level of burn injury.
Because burns can lead to complications, such as infections, it is wise to seek medical attention if you sustain a burn injury. Prompt medical attention can save your life. Even a first-degree burn could result in complications if not treated properly.
Causes of a Burn Injury in Philadelphia
A burn injury can result from a variety of accidents and situations. Common causes of burn injuries include, but are not limited to:
Identifying who may be liable for a burn injury can be challenging. Proving that a party is liable for your damages can require extensive investigation and expert testimony. The good news is that you do not need to answer liability questions or investigate your personal injury. The Philadelphia burn injury lawyers of the Pansini, Mezrow & Davis law firm handle that for you.
Our legal team has extensive experience handling claims involving burn injuries. We have the skills, knowledge, and resources necessary to conduct a comprehensive investigation into the circumstances that led to your injury. We have a network of experts and resources we can call upon to assist us with the investigation.
Whether you are fighting a large corporation that produced a defective product, a company that exposed you to hazardous chemicals, or a property owner who negligently caused you to be burned, we are prepared to fight to get you the compensation you deserve.
Contact Our Philadelphia Burn Injury Lawyers for a Free Case Review
A burn injury can result in debilitating conditions. Some burn victims spend months or years fighting to recover from a burn injury. Let the legal team at Pansini, Mezrow & Davis handle your claim.
We provide compassionate, trusted legal advice and support to each of our clients. To the parties that caused our clients to be injured, we are aggressive, skilled, and formidable advocates who do not stop until we exhaust every legal course of action to hold the parties accountable for their wrongdoing and negligence.
Call 1 (215) 732-5555 to schedule a free consultation to discuss your injury case.