Orlando Burn Injury Lawyer
Burn injuries are some of the most excruciatingly painful and devastating injuries you could sustain. Burns often require hospitalization, surgery, and long-term, inpatient care in a burn center for specialized treatment. Scarring from severe burns may require multiple surgeries and, in some cases, can result in permanent disfigurement. Such disfigurement from burns can create emotional trauma that may require therapy. If you have suffered a burn injury, you should seek medical attention and then contact an experienced attorney as soon as possible.
Fighter Law has been successful in recovering substantial compensation for injury victims. To determine whether you have a legitimate burn injury case in Orlando, consult with one of our highly qualified burn injury lawyers. Our attorneys can help you file a personal injury claim.
Causes of Burn Injuries
Burn injuries can occur in many ways. Burns are often a result of car accidents, motorcycle accidents, workplace accidents, and defective products. Severe burns occur in catastrophic accidents. The following are types of burn injuries and their causes:
Contact burns result from physical contact with a hot object or surface, such as a household appliance, heated pan, or scalding liquid. A contact burn might cause severe injury if there is extended contact between the burning object and the skin. You may require surgery to close a contact burn wound.
Thermal burns include scalding by steam or hot liquids, contact with open flames, sunburns, and burns from radiation equipment.
Electrical burns can occur from touching energized electrical wire or the arcing of a high-voltage electrical current. Low-voltage currents can cause deep contact burns and irregular heart rhythms. A high-voltage electrical burn can leave extensive tissue damage and cause loss of limbs.
Medical equipment, such as X-ray machines, tanning beds, and radiation therapy, may cause radiation burns.
Chemical burns involve damage to tissue from exposure to hazardous chemicals, such as a strong acid. Breathing chemicals released in smoke will injure the windpipe and the lungs, resulting in breathing problems. Severe chemical burns could lead to disability or even death.
Sustaining a chemical burn is very likely in workplaces that use large amounts of chemicals; however, chemical burns can occur at home or at school as well.
If you suffered a severe burn in an accident, your injury might prevent you from working for a long time. Severe burns sometimes can require multiple skin grafts or reconstructive surgery. An experienced burn injury lawyer can listen to the details of your case and determine if you have the legal grounds to seek compensation for your injuries.
The Severity of a Burn Injury
Evaluating whether a burn is minor, moderate, or severe involves determining the depth of the tissue damage. Burns are classified in degrees by the thickness of the damaged tissue. The degrees are listed below:
1st Degree Burns
First-degree burns, such as minor sunburns, cause pain and redness to the outer layer of skin. First-degree burns, however, do not cause blistering or damage to deeper layers of tissue. These burns typically heal within a few days. All first-degree burns are minor.
2nd Degree Burns
Second-degree burns are partial-thickness burns, and the burn wounds often appear shiny and wet. The burn affects the skin surface and the underlying layer of skin (the dermis). Second-degree burns could be caused by sunburn, scalding liquids, flames, electricity, or chemicals. Deep second-degree burns usually cause severe pain and scarring. A second-degree burn that covers less than 10% of the body is minor. Burns covering over 10% of the body are moderate or severe.
3rd Degree Burns
Third-degree burns are full-thickness burns, and they affect deeper tissue, result in charred skin, and cause nerve damage. Patients with third-degree burn injuries usually require surgery and intensive care. A burn victim might spend weeks or months in a specialized intensive burn care ward when a significant portion of their body is burned. Severe burns make the victim vulnerable to severe infections; therefore, they may require an oxygen tent. The medical goal is to achieve the best cosmetic and functional outcome using skin grafts from unburned parts of the patient’s body. Third-degree burns that cover more than 1% of the body are severe.
The personal injury lawyers at Fighter Law understand the impact that a severe burn injury might have on the burn victim and their family. The victim may undergo months of medical care and endure significant financial hardship. Our lawyers will fight to win maximum compensation for you while you focus on your recovery.
Florida Compensation and Damages for a Burn Injury Victim
Seeking compensation for your burn injuries will require showing how your wounds have affected your life and limited your earning capacity. Your lawyer will gather documentation of your burn injuries and medical treatment to build a strong claim for compensation. Your damages could include the following:
Financial Remuneration for Past, Current, and Future Medical Costs
Burn victims often require surgery and extensive rehabilitation. Victims with severe burns require multiple skin grafts and cosmetic surgery.
Severe burn injuries often cause disfigurement, despite the efforts of plastic surgeons to repair the damage. Disfigurement may cause a reduced enjoyment of life. You may be entitled to seek additional compensation for disfigurement.
Lost Income and Lost Earning Ability
A burn injury could leave you unable to handle the physical demands of your former job and reduce your earning power.
Pain and Suffering
Burns usually cause severe pain, and you should be compensated for your pain and suffering caused by the burn injury.
A burn injury can be devastating and life-changing. Burn injury patients might experience emotional distress, depression, and anxiety as they face changes in their lives due to disfigurement caused by their injury. Some burn injury victims need professional counseling to grasp and accept the reality of their injury. You could be entitled to compensation for the many hours of mental anguish you have experienced.
A jury may sometimes award punitive damages to punish the defendant for cruel and outrageous behavior that resulted in harm to another individual.
If you have been injured due to the negligence of others, you may seek compensation for your past and future medical expenses, lost income, pain and suffering, and other expenses related to the burn injury. The lawyers at Fighter Law will walk you through every step of your case.
Speak to an Orlando Burn Injury Lawyer at Fighter Law Today
At Fighter Law, we care about our clients. Our mission is to fight and win compensation for you. Our personal injury lawyers work on a contingency fee basis and offer free consultations. We are constantly working with your best interests in mind. If we cannot reach a settlement covering all your needs, we are prepared to file a lawsuit and go to trial.
Fighter Law is a top-rated Florida law firm. Thomas Feiter is Board Certified by the Florida Bar and AV Rated Preeminent by Martindale Hubbell. We have over a decade of successful legal experience and are driven to get you results.
To set up your free consultation, you can call us at (407) 344-4837 or contact us online.