Philadelphia Burn Injury Lawyer
Do You Need a Philadelphia Burn Injury Lawyer?
Given the potential severity and long-lasting effects of burn injuries it’s important you have a highly skilled Philadelphia burn injury lawyer at your side when you take on insurance companies.
Most people experience mild burns throughout their lives from everyday actions like quickly touching a hot pan. While these burns may be painful and lead to temporary discomfort, they are unlikely to cause long-term mental trauma or physical damage. However, many types of burns are far more serious than a superficial burn.
According to United States Vital Statistics, there are 450,000 emergency room visits due to burn injuries every year. After emergency treatment, 45,000 will be admitted to long-term care or treatment at burn centers. Tragically, an average of 3,500 (just under one percent) of these burn victims will not survive. Fortunately, though, most will live, thanks to advanced medicine practices.
Without a doubt, survival rates among burn injury victims are high, at just over 93%. However, many survivors of this type of catastrophic personal injury will face long-term rehabilitation and medical intervention. In addition, permanent disfigurement, loss of physical ability, and even brain damage can be lifelong results of burn injuries.
Our team of Philadelphia burn injury attorneys has the experience and compassion you need to get the compensation you deserve. We serve clients throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Call us today for help at (215) 569-0900.
Your Burn Injury Case
The burn injury attorneys at Wapner Newman take these cases seriously, and recognize that you could face complications long after the initial incident. During your consultation, we will discuss the physical, emotional and financial impact burn injuries might have on you and your family and help you begin building a case against the party responsible for your injuries.
To make a strong claim on your behalf, our burn injury attorneys will assess multiple aspects of the incident that caused your injuries, such as:
- Your medical records, including reports on emergency treatment, hospital care, surgeries, etc.
- Expert medical evaluations of future procedures and rehabilitation you might have to undergo to facilitate your recovery
- Fire and police department reports
- Accident scene photos
- Expert testimony from safety inspectors and other professionals determining the cause of the accident
After reviewing aspects of your case, our attorneys will be able to guide you through each step of your claim and help determine what types of damages you might be able to recover.
To schedule your free initial consultation with one of our experienced Philadelphia burn injury attorneys, please contact Wapner Newman or call 1-800-LAW-6600 (1-800-529-6600) today. Our firm is proud to represent clients in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
Reasons For Burns
Burns happen for a variety of reasons and in many circumstances. Below are some of the most frequent types of burns.
- Contact with a flame (dry heat)
- Contact with steam
- Contact with hot liquids
- Contact with hot objects
- Contact with certain chemicals
- Contact with electrical circuits
- Exposure to radiation
- Exposure to the sun’s rays
- Friction created against the skin
Although many burns are completely accidental or self-inflicted, others can be caused by unsafe conditions or defective products. In those cases, the burn victim (or his or her family members) may pursue legal means to receive compensation.
For example, a Pennsylvania landlord who does not install or maintain working smoke detectors may be found negligent if a fire occurs and tenants are not warned. The tenant (or visiting guest) with burns–even if they are superficial–or other personal injuries could work with a lawyer to recover damages.
As for defective products that caused not only burns but fatalities, one Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, case that hit the headlines in 2017 illustrates the problem. A house fire broke out, ostensibly from a malfunctioning hoverboard. Not only was property destroyed, but two young girls died in the blaze. Others were hurt, but survived. Additionally, the plaintiffs in this lawsuit charge that the smoke detectors in the building never went off; accordingly, the property landlord is named in the case as a defendant.
Stages of Burns Identifies in a Burn Injury Lawsuit
Regardless of how a burn occurs, the immediate damage to the skin and body parts is staged according to seriousness. As with any injury, the more invasive the wound, the longer the healing process.
First-Degree Burns – The least worrisome of burns is the first-degree burn. Generally, the pain and any discoloration of the skin is fleeting. Blistering is not present, and scars are exceedingly rare. However, even first-degree burns can be the basis for a negligence lawsuit. Just because the burn is mild doesn’t negate its effects.
Second-Degree Burns – These burns go deeper into the second layer of skin, the dermis. As such, they can cause swelling and blistering. Typically, the site of the burn heals but may lead to scarring. Plus, second-degree burns can lead to side effects like infections and hypothermia. For workers, a second-degree burn may make going to the office or job difficult.
Third-Degree Burns – A third-degree burn is the most serious of all burns because it permanently damages not only all the layers of the skin, but often the underlying soft and hard tissues and nerves. Not only can a third-degree burn leave lasting marks, but it can lead to more troubling problems, including brain damage.
Brain Damage in Burn Injury Lawsuits
Although most people envision damage to the skin when they picture any type of burn, a burn can go much deeper. In fact, one of the most common impacts of burn injuries sustained in a fire is brain injury caused by other factors involved in the incident.
Cerebral hypoxia is a condition in which oxygen is cut off from the brain, causing brain cells to die. Cerebral hypoxia can result in death, but more often results in permanent brain damage. Recovery from this type of injury is generally not possible, placing an immense burden on victims of burn injuries and their families.
Burns caused by electrical shock can also result in brain injuries.
When your body is exposed to a live electrical current, it can act as a conduit, causing cardiac and respiratory damage that cuts oxygen off from the brain. In other instances, the surge of electricity may cause a concussive shock to your brain, resulting in irreversible damage. In both of these instances, permanent disability may be added to disfigurement, further impacting every aspect of your life.
Compensation Sought by A Burn Injury Attorney
Depending on the severity of your burn, you may suffer from extreme pain, disfigurement, and even paralysis surrounding the burn area. If your injury was caused by the negligence or wrongdoing of another party, you may be entitled to compensation from those responsible.
The experienced burn injury lawyers at Wapner Newman can help you carefully assess the full extent of your damages.
In burn injury lawsuits, our lawyers generally seek the following types of damages:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Emotional distress
- Physical pain and suffering
- Loss of quality of life
Questions about Your Burn Injury Case
Who is at the largest risk for burn injury?
According to the American Burn Association, 70 percent of burn injuries are suffered by men and 30 percent by women. Caucasians suffer 60 percent of burn injuries, African-Americans suffer 19 percent, and Hispanics 15 percent. However, anyone can suffer burn injury and incur the financial costs and physical and emotional suffering associated with them.
What costs are associated with burn injuries?
The costs associated with your burn injury will be largely dependent on the amount of your body that was burned and the degree of the burns. Initial medical expenses for emergency burn treatment can exceed $200,000, but these may only be the beginning of your damages. Lost wages combined with rehabilitation and reconstructive surgery can put the total cost of a burn injury into the millions.
What causes burn injuries?
Burn injury statistics from the American Burn Association suggest that a majority (68 percent) of burns occur at home. 44 percent of burns are caused by fire or flame, 33 percent are caused by scalds, nine percent by contact, four percent by electricity, and three percent by chemicals.
The cause of your burn injury is immaterial. If you have suffered a burn injury due to someone else’s negligence, our experienced lawyers can help get you the justice you deserve.
Experienced Burn Injury Attorney
If you or a loved one has sustained burn injury in the Philadelphia area of Pennsylvania, or anywhere in the state of New Jersey, please contact Wapner Newman to schedule a free consultation with a burn injury lawyer today.