Frequently Asked Questions About Burn Injuries
Burn injury victims often face not only agonizing pain but also severe physical damages that require extensive rehabilitation and treatment, the costs of which can add up to a staggering, unmanageable amount. If you or a loved one has suffered a burn injury due to the negligence of another party, please contact the Grant Law Office as soon as you can for immediate legal assistance. You may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost wages and loss of earning capacity, pain and suffering, and more. Our experienced Atlanta personal injury attorneys are ready to answer all of your questions. Just pick up the phone and give us a call at (404) 995-3955.
What are the common causes of burn injuries?
What are the different classifications of burns?
How long does recovery usually take?
Who’s responsible for my burn injury?
What damages can I recover in my burn injury claim?
Why should I contact an Atlanta burn accident lawyer for help with my burn injury claim?
A: Burn injuries can occur anywhere – at home, in the workplace, on a public property, etc – and are commonly caused by the following:
- Household fires
- Hot liquid and steam
- Hot metal, glass, or other objects that conduct heat
- Electrical accidents
- Exposure to chemicals such as acids, lye, and gasoline
- Sunlight or ultraviolet light
- Gas explosions
A: Burns are classified according to their severity or the "depth" of damage. There are three "degrees" by which burns are classified:
- A first-degree burn only affects the epidermis (top layer of the skin).
- A second-degree burn includes damages to the epidermis and the dermis.
- A third-degree burn includes damages to the epidermis, the entire dermis, skin appendages, and, in extreme cases, the deeper tissue. This type of burn often requires hospitalization.
A: Recovery times vary with location and the severity of the burn injury. More serious burns often require highly skilled and specialized medical treatment that can take months, even years to finish. Unfortunately, not all victims heal fully – some are left with long-term, if not lifelong, debilitation and disability.
Depending on how severe the burn, treatment may include:
- Skin grafts
- Physical therapy
- Smoke inhalation treatment
- Closely monitored nutrient and fluid intake
A: Depending on the circumstances surrounding your burn incident, the following parties may be held liable for your damages:
- The negligent and/or reckless driver of the vehicle that hit you;
- The manufacturer of a dangerous and/or defective product;
- A property owner who did not address dangerous conditions on his or her premises; or
- Any individual who caused your burn injury through negligence – or failure to act with reasonable care.
A: The general rule of thumb for burn injury claims as well as other personal injury claims is this: the stronger your claim, the more damages you could receive. Below is a list of damages that you could be entitled to recover in your case:
- Past and future medical expenses
- Past lost wages and future loss of earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Permanent disability
- Scarring and disfigurement
- Loss of enjoyment of life
A: It can be difficult to handle the complex legal procedures pertaining to personal injury claims, especially when you’re recovering from a painful and debilitating burn injury. However, an Atlanta burn accident lawyer who has experience in these matters can handle your case in your stead and help you get the full and fair compensation you deserve for your losses. Do not forego getting professional legal representation – or you may regret it!
To learn more about your right to file a claim after suffering a burn injury, contact an Atlanta injury lawyer at the Grant Law Office in Atlanta today. You may reach us by calling our office at (404) 995-3955 or filling out an online contact form.