Rhode Island Burn Injury Lawyer
Burns are classified as traumatic injuries because they’re often sudden, severe, and require immediate professional medical attention. Between skin grafts and debridement, burns often leave considerable scarring that can impact mobility and self-esteem. Severe injuries may even affect your ability to work, causing financial stress if your medical bills pile up.
Common Causes Of Burn Injuries
Thermal sources, including fire, steam, and contact with hot surfaces, are the most common cause of burn injuries. Other causes include chemicals, radiation, and UV light. Some of the most common sources of burn injuries are the following:
Liability for Burn Injuries
Our team can evaluate your case to determine who the negligent parties are and work to hold them accountable for your injuries. Our investigation into your case will provide our skilled attorneys with the answers to the following questions to establish the elements of your case.
Who Owed a Duty of Care at the Time of the Accident?
A duty of care includes any obligation to help another party avoid injury. For example, landlords are responsible for a certain level of care to their tenants, including installing smoke alarms, safe hot water heaters, and appropriate fire exits.
How Was the Duty of Care Breached?
Your attorney will investigate the details of how the breach of duty occurred. For example, a property owner might have failed to provide adequate fire exits or a safe cooking space.
How Did the Breach Lead to Your Burns?
Liability for burn injuries can be complex when multiple factors contribute to the accident. A knowledgeable attorney experienced with burn injury claims will work to prove that your injuries are a direct result of the negligent party’s failure to meet their duty of care. For instance, guests may be prevented from leaving a building during a fire when a property owner doesn’t provide adequate fire exits.
Types Of Burn Injuries
Medical care providers grade the severity of burn injuries according to the following criteria:
- First-degree burns: The first layer of skin, the epidermis, is compromised, and it usually doesn’t lead to significant scarring. Most sunburns are first-degree burns.
- Second-degree burns: Both the first and second layers, epidermis and dermis, are affected. With this degree of burn, you may experience pain, blistering, and scarring. Sometimes skin grafting is necessary as part of healing.
- Third-degree burns: The injury destroys the two first layers, hair follicles, sweat glands, and nerve endings. Skin grafts are almost always required for healing.
- Fourth-degree burns: These are marked by damage to muscles, tendons, and bones. They may leave the skin blackened or charred.
- Fifth-degree burns: Everything up to the bone is burnt. The layers of skin, muscles, ligaments, and tendons are completely burnt, and there is some damage to the bone.
- Sixth-degree burns: The bone is greatly damaged and may be charred. Humans can’t survive such severe burns.
While the top three degrees of burns are often survivable, survival of the three higher degrees of burns is nearly impossible.
The Mental And Physical Effects Of Burn Injuries
The type of burn degree you have experienced will come with physical effects. Third-degree and severe second-degree burns may cause you to lose limbs, possibly leading to decreased mobility. The amount of scaring may leave you disfigured. Burned skin also affects your body’s ability to fight infections.
Burn injury effects are not limited to physical ones, as victims also deal with some mental impacts. It’s difficult to accept the changes in your body, which may be permanent. It’s not uncommon to experience depression and flashbacks of the accident. The psychological toll on some burn injury victims sometimes leads to post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms, such as problems with sleep and loss of interest in social activities.
If you have sustained injuries from a burn due to another’s negligence, you can pursue compensation to help during your healing. The monetary value of your burn injury claim depends on the details of your accident, such as your burn’s cause, severity, and size. For instance, third-degree burns likely see higher settlement values.
Contact Marasco & Nesselbush For A Free Consultation
Our Rhode Island burn injury attorneys will fight tirelessly to ensure you see justice and are awarded the financial compensation you deserve. We know you have been through a traumatic event, and we’ll exhaust all avenues to protect your rights and bring your case to a favorable outcome.
We focus on the entire picture, educating, guiding, and steering each client as we work for the best possible case outcome. We firmly believe that justice can be served for you and your family by getting the compensation you deserve for your burn injury.
To learn more about how we can help you file a burn injury claim, contact us for a free consultation today.