Nearly half a million people are treated for burns in emergency rooms across the U.S. annually, according to data collected by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Depending on the severity of the injury, burns can be the most painful type of accident. Because burns inflict damage upon skin, bone, muscle, nerves, and blood vessels, multiple body functions may be damaged or destroyed during a bad burn accident. If you suffered a serious burn, you may be entitled to substantial financial compensation from the at-fault party. To find out more about this compensation, which can help pay for or cover the entire costs of your extensive medical bills, as well as compensate you for your pain and suffering and disfigurement, do not hesitate to contact a Baltimore burn injury lawyer at once.
Degrees of Burn Injuries
Burns are measured on a scale of fourth, third, second, and first degree, with the most severe being fourth-degree burns. According to WebMD, A first-degree burn is mildly painful compared to second and third-degree burns, and the outer layer of the skin, called the epidermis, becomes reddened. A second-degree burn, also termed a partial thickness burn, causes damage to the epidermis and the dermis, which is the lower layer of skin. A second-degree burn causes pain, blistering, swelling, and redness. A third-degree burn, or a full thickness burn, affects all of the skin’s layers and causes damage to the tissue below the skin. The skin will appear to be white, charred, or blackened, and the outer skin may feel numb. Similarly, a fourth-degree burn burns through all of the layers of the skin and causes damage to muscle, tendon, nerves, and sometimes bone. Third and fourth-degree burns are often life threatening. The larger the burn area, the more serious it becomes. Burns to the face, neck, or groin are often the most traumatic.
Causes of Burns
Burns can be caused by excessive heat, electricity, radiation, or chemicals. Our attorneys frequently assist clients who have suffered the following types of burn injuries:
- Heat burns, also called thermal burns, are caused by scalding oil, water, or grease from the kitchen; fireworks; explosions; fire; stoves; and heating units;
- Radiation burns are commonly caused by X-rays, cancer therapy radiation treatment, malfunctioning or exploding lightbulbs, and tanning beds;
- Electrical burns are caused by electrical outlets, damaged or malfunctioning appliances, down telephone or high voltage lines, and electrical cords;
- Inhalation burns affect the nose, mouth, throat, and lungs when smoke, deadly fumes, or hot steam is breathed in; and
- Chemical burns can happen anywhere: at home, at work, in a grocery store, or at any other premises when skin comes into contact with certain types of cleaning fluids or other chemicals that are very acidic or basic. Some of these chemicals are common household cleaners.
Contact Your Burn Attorney Team Today
If you have suffered a serious burn, we encourage you to reach out to us today at 803-359-6194. Call the law offices of Walker Morgan, LLC in today for assistance with your case.
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