When most people think of accidents and accident injuries, fires and burns don’t often come to mind. However, burn injuries can arise from a number of different accidents, including structural fires, work-related accidents in the manufacturing, culinary, or construction industries, and even freak incidents such as explosions and auto accidents. The burns sustained in these accidents are categorized by degree, from first to fourth–first degree burns are not considered serious, but second degree and onward are considered substantial enough to warrant medical attention and treatment.
If you were injured in an accident and suffered second-degree burns or worse, you will likely want to find quality legal representation to help you recover compensation. Thankfully, the elite fire and burn injury attorneys from Van Law Firm are ready to defend your rights when you need it most. Insurers and opposing counsel love to minimize burn accidents and their impact on your life–take control by calling our office nearest you today for a free consultation.
Diagnosis and Treatment of Second-Degree Burns
While first-degree burns are largely surface-level and not severe, second through fourth-degree burns can have adverse effects on your nerves, joints, ligaments, muscles, and even bones in extreme cases. Additionally, if an individual sustains burn injuries to their face or extremities, it could damage their sensory systems and motor skills, including touch, sight, smell, and walking ability.
Most burns are considered second-degree or worse if they affect more than just the surface of the skin–anything second-degree or higher will require dedicated treatment in order to heal correctly. Most second-degree burns will take anywhere from three weeks to two months to heal, but in a lot of cases, victims will be left with scarring or even disfigurement. Older victims or those with weakened immune systems will usually take longer to heal, and additional procedures such as skin grafting may be necessary.
Here are a few common accidents that result in second-degree burn injuries, in both work and civilian capacities:
- Accidental fires or explosions
- Exposure to hot steam, usually in kitchens or boiler rooms
- Electrical burns
- Chemical burns
Differences in Second-Degree Burn Injury Settlements
Settlements for second-degree burn cases will vary from a few thousand all the way up to a million dollars or more for a few reasons. The first is that it can be difficult to definitively determine fault in a burn case, due to the fact that claimants must prove negligence on behalf of the defendant. Fires and other burn causes are usually freak accidents, so sometimes it truly is just bad luck.
However, for those who can prove negligence, their settlement will be impacted by factors such as:
- Any damage caps applicable to your jurisdiction
- The overall severity of your injuries
- The extent of the defendant’s negligence or intent
- The number of parties involved in proceedings
- The financial standing of the defendant
Call Elite Fire and Burn Injury Attorneys Now
While second-degree burns may warrant different settlement amounts, all claimants should remember that without the help of an experienced professional, they will likely not be able to recover what they deserve. At Van Law Firm, our award-winning fire and burn injury attorneys have recovered millions of dollars on behalf of accident victims all over the U.S., and we’re ready to help you too. Call our office nearest you today for a free, no obligation consultation.