Possibly the only thing as painful and agonizing as a serious burn is looking at your bank account months later, and the stack of unpaid hospital bills that are sure to have piled up on the kitchen counter. Burn injuries are extremely expensive due to:
- Potential lengthy hospital stays;
- Lost time at work;
- Lost earning ability;
- Extensive surgeries;
- Future surgeries; and
- The overall rising cost of medical care.
However, the Chicago burn accident attorneys of Walker Morgan are here to help mitigate these costs by seeking financial compensation from the negligent party. Chances are, you were not at fault. Even though the accident may have happened at home (73 percent of burns happen at home, according to the American Burn Association), your injuries may have been the cause of a defective product or faulty wiring. Call a lawyer today for assistance in acquiring this crucial financial aid so that you and your family not only have a little peace of mind in this terrible situation, but so that you can continue to afford the finest care and not have to worry about your financial future.
Types of Contact that Cause Burns
Thermal burns are caused by touching something hot, such as a stove, by fire, or by an explosion. Thermal burns are the most common type of contact burn,
Chemical burns occur when the body comes into contact with a chemical irritant. Examples of chemicals that can cause such a burn include sulfuric acid, silver nitrate, and hydrogen peroxide (not the diluted formula that can be purchased in the pharmacy).
Radiation burns, like chemical burns, are not caused by heat. Instead, the source of injury is high levels of radiation. The sun, for example, can cause a nasty first or second degree burn. Other, more powerful forms of radiation burns can occur during cancer treatment, for example.
Electrical burns are caused by heat, though the injury often is not isolated to the burn site alone. While an electrical shock can cause third degree burns, it may also cause nerve damage and severe, permanent disability.
Inhalation burns can be caused either thermally or chemically. Inhalation burn injuries occur when chemical, hot vapor, or smoke is inhaled. Smoke, during a house fire, is actually the usual cause of death, not the flames themselves. According to a recent study published in the U.S. National Library of Medicine, the cause of injury during an inhalation burn is due to:
- A thermal injury that is restricted to the upper airways;
- A steam jet exposure injury that affects the upper airways and more;
- A local chemical injury throughout the entire respiratory tract; or
- Total system toxicity, as such with carbon monoxide or cyanide.
Call a Professional Burn Injury Lawyer Today
Whether you suffered a first, second, or third degree burn, it is highly suggested that you talk to an attorney before agreeing to a settlement from the liable party. We strongly encourage you to call a lawyer at Walker Morgan today. We only serve burn injury victims and our attorneys are highly skilled in handling these personal injury cases.
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