Burn injuries are unlike any other type of injury. The nerve damage caused by the burns leads to excruciating pain. Managing the physical pain and difficulties is only the beginning of the rehab process. The scarring and trauma from the burns can cause long-term emotional and psychological damage. Even more traumatic; knowing that your burn injuries could have been prevented if not for the recklessness or carelessness of another.
The Ohio injury lawyers at The Boerst Law Office are trained to research the causes of burn injuries, and determine who may be liable. From our Ohio offices, we prepare your case for trial at every step, and negotiate aggressively when a settlement is preferable.
A report by U.S. News and World Report states that burns are the third leading cause of home fatalities. Burns can also happen from vehicle accidents, work, or even in recreational activities. Construction workers, technicians, electrical workers, and emergency care providers are susceptible to burns. Children are also vulnerable to being burned because they might be unaware of the danger.
The main types of burns include:
Fire Burns: The American Burn Association also states that over 40% of admissions for burns are caused by fires. People can suffer fire burns from home fireplaces, ovens, and backyard barbecues. Vehicle exhaust systems are also known to cause fire burns.
Scalding Burns: Another 33% of burns are caused from scalding injuries stemming from wet or moist heat. Liquid gases and hot liquids such as overheated coffee can cause scalding burns. Scalding burns are especially painful and are usually confined to exposed skin.
Electrical Burns: Faulty wiring and exposure to electrical currents can cause electrical burns. These burns not only affect the skin but can immediately harm the internal organs. A rare cause of electrical burns is being struck by lightning.
Chemical Burns: Chemicals that are spilled or improperly labeled are another cause of burns.
Burns can be caused by motor vehicle accidents, including trucking accidents, construction accidents, nursing home negligence, and other preventable causes. When your burn is the fault of someone else’s negligence – such as faulty wiring at a construction site – you deserve justice. The burn injury attorneys at The Boerst Law Office serve as advocates for families throughout Ohio. We can determine the cause of your injuries and what remedies may be available.
Burns are classified by severity and type. Most people have heard of first, second, or third degree burns when they hear a news report, but here is a specific breakdown of each type:
This type of burn involves the outer skin known as the epidermis. The burn site is red, painful, dry, and with no blisters. Mild sunburn is an example. Long-term tissue damage is rare and usually consists of an increase or decrease in the skin color. Most first-degree burns heal in about a week.
This burn category penetrates the outermost skin level and affects the inner level called the reticular dermis layer. In addition to red skin, the burn victim may have blisters and red patches. If nerve endings are impacted, the pain is severe.
This degree of burn reaches every skin layer including the subcutaneous tissue. When the burn heals, the person will likely have deep scarring and may need skin grafting.
Burns can affect the respiratory system and damage muscles, bones, and blood vessels. These catastrophic injuries can affect the way you walk, your body temperature (causing fever or dehydration), how your joints function, and the balance of the fluids in the body.
Disfiguring scars are perhaps the most debilitating part of severe burns. Scars on visible body parts such as the face or arms may impact your psychological wellbeing. You might require professional counseling. Many burn victims relive the incident that caused the burn. This reliving is known as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
We handle injury cases throughout Ohio including, but not limited to the following areas: Toledo, Bowling Green, Bryan, Clyde, Defiance, Delta, Findlay, Fremont, Kenton, Lima, Maumee, Monclova, Napoleon, Perrysburg, Port Clinton, Oregon, Ottawa, Sylvania, Swanton, Sandusky, Tiffin, Upper Sandusky, Van Buren, Waterville, Wauseon, Whitehouse, Woodville, and many more.
At The Boerst Law Office, Inc., our experienced Ohio burn Injury Lawyers work tirelessly to determine who or what caused the injury and to see to it that you are fairly compensated. If you or someone you love suffered a burn injury, please contact our attorneys today.
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