Burns are among the most painful and life-altering injuries that an individual can experience. It is not uncommon to suffer disfigurement, scars, and psychological consequences from your burn. The burn itself could cause disability or secondary complications with may endanger your life. If you suffered a burn injury due to someone else’s negligence, you deserve justice. A Georgia burn injury attorney at Schneider Hammers can help.
Burns take many forms. For example:
- Thermal: contact with a hot substance such as fire, heated pans, and boiling water
- Electrical: contact with a live wire or other source of electric current
- Chemical: contact with a harsh substance or irritant like cleansers, chlorine, and acid
- Friction: results from rubbing or scraping skin against a hard or rough surface
- Radiation: usually results from radiation therapy for cancer patients
There are generally three recognized degrees of burns:
First-degree: damage is limited to the outer layer of skin, known as the epidermis. Redness and minor inflammation are common, along with mild pain. First-degree burns usually heal in about a week without any major medical attention.
Second-degree: damages the epidermis and dermis, which is the next layer of skin beneath the epidermis. Blistering and extreme redness are common, and these burns may take weeks to heal. Some require skin grafts.
Third-degree: damages all layers of the skin, and sometimes bones and organs. Common signs include white or blackened, charred skin. Tissue, sweat glands, and hair follicles may be damaged. Skin grafts will be required.
If you suffered a first-degree burn, you will likely be able to recover without seeing a doctor. Second- and third-degree burns, however, require medical attention. You may need to be hospitalized, depending on the severity of your burn.
Some of the possible consequences of your burn injury include:
- Skin grafts
- Breathing problems
- Bone and joint problems
- Therapy and rehabilitation
- Brain and nerve damage
You can count on significant medical bills and related expenses if you suffer a serious burn. That includes follow-up treatments, referrals to specialists, and medications. You will likely miss work to get the treatment you need. You may not be able to return to the same level of productivity as before your burn.
Burns are often caused by some form of negligence, such as:
Automobile accidents. If you’re in an accident, you could experience thermal or friction burns. Some of the worst accidents result in fires or explosions, causing life-threatening burns.
Defective products. Product defects relate to design, manufacturing, and marketing (lack of adequate instructions or warnings).
Premises liability. When property owners don’t correct unsafe or hazardous conditions on their properties, they may be held liable for injuries. An example would be a live wire on a construction site which causes electrical burns.
Workplace hazards. Factory, industrial, and other workers may be exposed to chemical, thermal, and other types of burns. Workplace hazards, of course, can occur in any business or industry.
Demanding the compensation you deserve starts with hiring the right law firm. An experienced Georgia burn injury attorney will uncover all relevant facts in your case. We will also try to anticipate any argument that you may have contributed to your own accident. In Georgia, defendants can point to the negligent actions of plaintiffs to reduce their own liability. This has the effect of lowering your ultimate monetary compensation. We work to establish the defendant’s negligence and demand the compensation you need to get back to your life.
Call a Georgia Burn Injury Attorney at Schneider Hammers Today
The personal injury law firm of Schneider Hammers represent burn victims throughout Georgia. If you or a loved one were burned, turn to us. We will review your case, let you know about your legal options, and fight to hold the responsible party accountable. Call us today to schedule your consultation.