Burn Injury Lawyer Philadelphia Pennsylvania
Every year more than 4,000 people die of burn injuries in the United States. Burn injuries can have many causes: an overheated electrical cord, a defective appliance, a defective heater, flammable products and liquids, propane and natural gas explosions, gas grill explosions, leaking propane tanks, stove tip overs, flammable hardwood and plywood interior wall paneling, flammable sofas, mattresses and other furniture, flammable clothing. In addition, many car accidents and fiery crashes result in severe vehicular burns. Victims of pedestrian, bicycle and motorcycle accidents often suffer serious burn injuries.
Electrical burns occur when electrical current is released from an outlet, cord, or machine and passes through a person's body. These types of burns can result in serious complications, and are capable of causing external and internal damage. The extent of physical damage is usually determined by the degree of electrical burn that was sustained. Electrical burns are classified as first, second, or third degree. First degree electrical burn injuries are considered minor and will heal with time, while third degree electrical burn injuries are considered catastrophic, and can lead to extensive nerve damage and scarring.
One of the most common injuries industrial and construction workers incur are electrical burn injuries. Electrical burns are so common in the construction industry because workers must deal with electrical devices, outlets, and wires everyday.
A burn injury is damage to a person's body tissues caused by heat, sunlight, hot liquid, electricity, chemicals and radiation. The most common causes of burns are scalds from hot liquids and steam, building fires, car fires, flammable liquids and gases. Burns are categorized according to the degree of severity. There are four types of burns:
1) First-degree burns damage only the outer layer of skin;
2) Second-degree burns damage the outer layer and the layer underneath it;
3) Third-degree burns damage or destroy the deepest layer of skin and tissues underneath it.
4) Fourth-degree burns are the most severe burns. In addition to charring of all skin layers, the burn causes charring to muscle tissue and even the bone. Fourth degree burns are life threatening and will require extensive burn treatment, such as skin graft surgery or other plastic surgery.
Burns can cause swelling, blistering, scarring and, in serious cases, shock and even death. They also can lead to infections, because they damage your skin's protective barrier. If a person suffers a third-degree burn, he or she may need skin or synthetic grafts to cover exposed tissue and encourage new skin to grow. The appropriate medical treatment is critical to the successful recovery of a burn injury.
Burn injuries are extremely painful and can result in disfiguring and disabling scarring, amputation of affected parts or death in severe cases. Shock, infection, organ failure, electrolyte imbalance and respiratory failure can occur. Large burns can often be fatal, but immediate medical treatment can significantly improve the prognosis of full thickness burns, especially in children and young adults. More than 50 percent of burn patients are treated in specialized burn centers and hospitals. Because of potential complications, it is important to seek professional medical help when you sustain any degree burn injuries.
Asphyxiation/smoke inhalation (suffocation)
House fires and car accidents resulting in fires present another danger – the danger of asphyxiation/smoke inhalation (suffocation). Before fire victims see the fire, flames consume the available oxygen and produce toxic products of combustion, including carbon monoxide hydrogen cyanide and other poisonous gases in the air. This may cause people inhaling the gases move in a sluggish way, feel increased drowsiness, lose rational judgment, or lose consciousness, thus preventing escape. In addition, carbon monoxide inhalation causes death in a matter of minutes. If a house fire or a mobile home fire starts when a person is asleep, the chances of that person suffering from asphyxiation are very high.
Severe scald burns, third degree burns, and fourth degree burns can have a life long impact. Smoke inhalation may cause the lungs to be seared. Victims of fires can suffer permanent pulmonary problems requiring medication and prolonged medical treatment. In addition, burns may result in scarring, such as keloid scars (which have a raised rope-like appearance) and contractures (which involve the tightening of the skin tissue, muscle, and tendons, particularly around joints that limit range of movement).
At the Lassen Law Firm, we understand that accidents happen for a variety of reasons. However, we believe that many accidents can be prevented. If you, your child, or another loved one sustained a burn or a scald injury, our Philadelphia personal injury attorneys can help. Contact the Lassen Law Firm to consult with a burn injury attorney. Our attorneys are experienced in handling personal injury claims involving child burn injuries, second degree burns, third degree burns, flashback burns, and other scald burns. The Lassen Law Firm attorneys know the devastation and pain severe burn injuries can cause. We help our clients hold negligent parties accountable and recover necessary compensation for proper medical attention. We are committed to helping clients through this difficult time and helping them secure financial recovery.
Why You Need A Lawyer
When you or your loved one has suffered a burn injury, you need an experienced burn injury attorney to represent you. Accidents resulting in burns happen for a variety of reasons. Identifying responsible parties and conducting an investigation may be extremely difficult for someone who has no experience in such accident. When a loved one is injured, the family may be looking for answers as to why the accident happened. A burn injury attorney can help investigate the scene and inform you of the applicable laws and regulations in order to determine how to proceed with the case. A burn injury attorney will help identify responsible parties and file a lawsuit against them.
The Lassen Law Firm has been helping injured individuals and their families obtain compensation for their losses for over a decade. Our law firm investigates negligent workers who may have failed to inspect valves, failed to comply with safety regulations, or failed to take proper precautionary measures when working in your home. We pursue all areas of liability, including negligence liability, product liability, or other areas of liability.
The Pennsylvania personal injury attorneys at the Lassen Law Firm have extensive knowledge of burn injuries. We understand the trauma the injured individual will endure and the extensive medical treatment they will require to rehabilitate following the accident. The medical bills and other expenses tend to accumulate fast creating financial hardship on the family, especially with loss of income. Our personal injury and wrongful death attorneys analyze all aspects of your case to ensure maximum compensation is recovered
Contact our burn injury attorneys at the Lassen Law Firm for compassionate, understanding and experienced assistance in Pennsylvania and throughout the nation. During your free initial consultation with a burn injury attorney at the Lassen Law Firm you will learn about your right to recover compensation for your losses.
The Lassen Law Firm only deducts a 29% contingency fee, not the standard 45% like other firms. We serve ALL of Pennsylvania. We can sign you up over the phone and start working on your case today.
Stop Searching. Start Calling. 215-510-6755.
Authored by: Christian Lassen