Severe burns are extremely painful, damaging, and often result in lifelong disfigurement. In many cases, burn injuries are catastrophic, preventing the victim from returning to his or her normal life, employment, and daily routine. The financial and emotional cost of such injuries can be a terrible burden on victims and their families.
If you or your loved one suffered severe, life-altering burn injuries as a result of someone else’s negligence, you have the right to take legal action against the liable party/parties. The Virginia burn injury attorneys at Breit Cantor Grana Buckner—a personal injury firm with a long history of successful case results—work as a team to represent our clients as effectively and aggressively as possible in serious injury cases. We are experienced trial lawyers with a long track record of case wins, including over 150 individual verdicts and settlements each totaling over $1 million. If you or a loved one was involved in a burn injury accident, we encourage you to speak with a competent and experienced lawyer from our team.
Types of Burn Injuries
Burn injuries are categorized based on extent and severity. The more severe the burn, the more treatment required. Very severe burn injuries can even result in death.
The three main categories of burn injuries are:
First-Degree Burns: Generally considered to be relatively mild when compared to other types of burns, first-degree burns affect only the top layer of skin (epidermis). These types of burn-injuries can result in pain and redness at the burn site.
Second-Degree Burns: More severe than first-degree burns but less severe than third-degree burns, second-degree burns affect both the outer layer of skin (epidermis) and the lower layer of skin (dermis). They often result in pain, redness, swelling, and blistering at the burn site.
Third-Degree Burns: Third-degree burns are the most severe type of burn injury. These burns penetrate both layers of skin and affect underlying tissue and, in very severe cases, bone. They often result in blackened or charred skin, whiteness of the skin, numbness, and tissue damage
How Severe Burns Occur
Burn injuries can be severe and may cause lifelong deformity and/or disability. These types of injuries are often classified as “catastrophic” due to their damaging nature. While many assume burns are solely caused by fires, this is not the case. Burns can also be caused by water, steam, chemicals, defective products, and even medical malpractice.
Burn injuries can be caused by many types of accidents and mishaps, including:
- Workplace accidents/explosions
- Car accidents
- Commercial / recreational fires
- Daycare incidents
- Sporting activity accidents
- Truck accidents
- Tanker explosions
- Restaurant incidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Household fires
- Apartment building fires
- Defective product accidents
- Electrical accidents
- Medical malpractice
If the accident that caused your injuries can be attributed in whole or in part to the actions or negligence of a third party, you could be entitled to compensation for your injuries. This includes compensation for your medical expenses, missed paychecks, physical suffering, scarring, and more.
Compensation in Burn Injury Cases
Determining compensation for a burn injury rests on a variety of factors. Each victim’s individual case will vary according to their circumstances and, subsequently, to the compensation awarded.
The most significant factors considered in awarding compensation are the following:
- The severity of the burn
- Type of burn (electrical, chemical, or thermal)
- Percentage of skin area involved in the burn
- Location of the burn
- Amount of medical care necessary to treat the burn
- Emotional injuries (such as depression due to pain or scarring)
- Extent and permanency of the scarring
- Long term physical therapy required to treat burn
Medical Malpractice Burn Injury
One of the least expected places to experience a burn injury is at the hospital, or other health care location. Unfortunately, medical malpractice can result in serious burn injuries to patients.
Victims of medical malpractice-induced burn injuries often experience these:
- Thermal burns: As a result of a misplaced instrument or lap pad (i.e. cautery instrument)
- Radiation burns: As a result of negligent cancer treatment
- Electrical burns: As a result of a piece of equipment used during a medical procedure
- Laser burns: As a result of cosmetic surgery
- Chemical or medication burns: As a result of an IV or form of medication
In addition, the negligent treatment of a burn can result in charges of medical malpractice. Negligent treatment could include a failed dermabrasion procedure, cosmetic procedure, skin graft error, infection, or bleeding.
Request a Free Consultation with Our Team
At Breit Cantor, we take a team approach to every case we accept. Our Virginia burn injury attorneys work together to achieve favorable results for our clients who have been injured. We believe strongly in what we do. Our clients come first, and we work hard to advocate for their rights. When the defense does not offer a compelling or fair settlement, we are prepared to go to trial for you and win. We have been serving clients in Richmond, Virginia Beach, and throughout the state since 1979. Our years of experience and our long history of success in and out of the courtroom point to our continued ability to adapt to the needs of each client and his or her particular case for a successful outcome. Let us stand up for your rights.
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