Burn injuries have a high propensity for leaving victims with bad physical scarring, but they can also cause significant mental and emotional damage. Burn injuries are very painful and often take a long time to heal. There may be complications during recovery, such as infection or the need for reconstructive surgeries. A traumatic burn accident can affect a victim for life and include costly ongoing medical bills. At Fiol Law Group, our Tampa Bay burn injury attorney is on hand to offer a free case evaluation as you may be entitle to compensation if an outside source is found at fault for your injury.
Types of Burn Injuries
Children and the elderly are especially vulnerable to at-home burns as their skin is more delicate and susceptible to injury. Medical professionals classify burns according to their degree. First-degree burns are the least damaging while third-degree burns are the most damaging. Some scales also include a fourth degree. Third-degree burns destroy the top layer of skin and damage the underlying muscle, ligaments, and tendons. They damage the nerves, so often the victim will not feel the extent of damage right away. Scarring is unavoidable from third-degree burns.
Sometimes burn injuries result in major infections or areas too badly burned to ever recover. This results in amputation and expensive plastic surgeries to reduce scarring. If someone else’s negligence resulted in your severe burn injury, you may have the right to sue the responsible party. With the help of a burn injury attorney, compensation for burns and scalds in a personal injury case can include financial awards for physical pain and suffering, emotional distress, mental anguish, and medical expenses.
Negligence-Related Burn Accidents
A person can sustain a burn injury anywhere, but the majority of burns happen right at home. At-home burn injuries can result from ovens, butane burners, hot steam, short circuits, and grills. It can be easy to assume that your own mistakes caused a burn injury, such as failing to avoid a steam burn while cooking, but many burns in fact come from manufacturer errors. Defective products can malfunction during typical use, resulting in burns and scalds. Defective and dangerous products that cause burn injuries may be grounds for a product liability lawsuit in Tampa Bay. Vehicles can also cause burns through regular use if the vehicle is found to be defective, in which case our auto defect attorneys can handle your case.
While heat and flame cause a large percentage of all burn injuries, many burns also stem from extreme cold, electricity, harsh chemicals, and sunlight. Common household cleaning chemicals can cause burns if used incorrectly. It is a manufacturer’s job to include a warning label with any potential burn dangers clearly expressed. Lack of a warning label, leading to a chemical burn, may be negligence. Other common causes of burn injuries are workplace irregularities such as operating machinery your employer did not train you to use, equipment malfunctions, explosions, or chemical spills.
Car accidents can also cause significant burn injuries if the vehicle catches fire. A burn injury, on top of other accident-related injuries, such as concussions or broken bones, can make for a lengthy and painful recovery. In these cases, the victim may be able to secure compensation for damages from the responsible driver or third party. To learn your rights as an injured burn victim, contact Fiol Law Group.
Defend Your Rights as a Burn Victim | Tampa Burn Injury Attorney
Burns are a very serious type of personal injury that often have lifelong repercussions. If you or a loved one suffered a burn injury from a defective or dangerous product, faulty equipment, negligent employer, distracted driver, or another at-fault party, don’t hesitate to speak to a lawyer. There are time limits for filing claims in Florida. Missing your deadline could mean losing your ability to sue forever. Call (813) 223-6773 to schedule a consultation with a personal injury attorney at Fiol Law Group.