Did you or a loved one suffer second or third-degree burns?
Scholle Law has over 20 years of experience helping injured Georgians.
We handle all types of burn and fire injuries.
Burns are very serious injuries. In addition to causing serious and prolonged pain, severe burns forever rob victims of their skin. With serious enough burns, this puts the victim at risk for infections, dehydration and other potentially life-threatening complications.
Burns also leave permanent scars, which can be unsightly or limit your movement, and may require multiple surgeries to address.
Serious burns are catastrophic and create complex personal injury cases.
If you’re considering suing the person or organization responsible for your burns, you need a law firm that understands how to properly value and prove damages from these complex injuries. Scholle Law has ample experience working with victims of serious personal injuries, and a strong record of results to show for it.
Burn injuries typically fall into 1 of 2 categories: minor and major. While minor burns typically heal on their own in time, major burns usually require urgent medical treatment and can result in scarring, disability, deformity and tremendous pain.
The classification of a burn is determined by the amount of damage inflicted upon the skin. This damage is rated by “degrees.”
- First-degree burns. These burn injuries only damage the outermost layer of skin (epidermis) and usually heal on their own. The skin may be sensitive or sore.
- Second-degree burns. These burn injuries damage the outer and secondary (dermis) layers of the skin. Depending on where the burn occurs, medical treatment may be required. Painful blistering, swelling and redness often result.
- Third-degree burns. These are the most serious types of burn injuries, resulting in damage to the deepest layers of skin and the underlying tissue. The skin may be charred black or white, and become numb. Emergency medical treatment is needed immediately.
Why consult our Atlanta burn injury attorneys?
Charles Scholle is a leading Georgia personal injury attorney who specializes in burn injury cases. Together with his team of experienced lawyers, paralegals and legal professionals, Charles can skillfully navigate the complexities of burn injury cases.
For example, we were able to secure a $100,000 settlement in a house fire case for our client. The man was asleep in his rental home one night when he awoke to his house engulfed in flames.
To escape the fire, he had to run through flames to get out of the house. He was taken by ambulance to a burn center where he spent the next month getting skin grafts and recovering from the extensive burns he suffered in the fire.
After requesting investigative reports from both local and state fire agencies, we discovered that at least one fire official had listed the fire’s origin as electrical in nature. When we exhausted all pre-litigation investigation methods, we filed a lawsuit and requested documentation from the landowner and the rental management company. Because we knew from our client about previous electrical incidents in the house, we were able to find references to a previous fire in the house and subsequent work done in repair.
Due to the extensive investigation we performed, we were able to negotiate with the insurance company for the full policy limits available under the landowner’s home insurance policy. Had we not been able to assist our client by investigating the cause of the fire and locating evidence of previous electrical problems, our client likely would have received far less compensation for his substantial injuries.
Common causes of severe burn injuries
Catastrophic burns are frequently the result of accidents that are catastrophic in themselves. The American Burn Association reported that 43 percent of burn injuries treated at hospital burn centers from 2005 to 2014 were caused by direct contact with flame, with scald injuries close behind at 34 percent. The vast majority of these injuries (73 percent) were sustained in the home.
Common types of burns
While a majority of burns are caused by fire, this is not the only way that people may suffer a severe burn injury. Different types of burns require different treatment and care, which is why it’s important for you to understand the difference and tell your doctor which type of burn you suffered.
Some common examples of different types of burn injuries include:
- Thermal burns (fire, flames, etc.)
- Chemical burns (toxic substance)
- Electrical burn (electrocution)
- Friction burns
- Radiation burns
- Scalding burns
- Cold burns (frostbite)
Recovering from a serious burn injury: physically, emotionally and financially
More than 40,000 Americans were hospitalized for burn injuries in 2016, according to the American Burn Association. When a second or third-degree burn destroys significant amounts of someone’s skin, the skin can no longer perform important jobs like keeping infections out of the body or regulating body temperature and hydration. If the damage is serious enough, victims may need skin graft surgeries.
Taken together, these things mean that burn victims can spend quite a lot of time in the hospital. In addition, patients who suffer burns to the face or other highly visible areas may need to follow up with cosmetic surgery. And when scars heal by contracting or building up tissue (as in a keloid scar), patients may need therapy or additional surgeries to restore a full range of motion.
In all, these can be very expensive injuries to treat—and those are the medical costs alone. Victims who are unable to work during their treatment may also suffer from a sharp loss of income over many weeks. When the injury was caused by someone else’s negligence, an injury lawsuit can help victims recover those costs from the people who caused them.
In a burn injury lawsuit, you can recover compensation for:
- The wrongful death of a family member
- Medical expenses
- Physical therapy
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional trauma
- Permanent disability
- Disfigurement and scarring
Scholle Law offers free consultations for Georgia burn injury victims
Scholle Law has more than 20 years of experience helping victims of catastrophic personal injuries in Georgia secure compensation for their injuries, pain, disability and medical bills. If you’re in this position and you’re interested in talking to an attorney about your options, you should contact us immediately. We offer free consultations, so there’s never any risk or obligation from telling us about your situation and learning what we can do to help.
Contact us to speak with a lawyer about your accident.We’re available 24/7 and your first consultation is free.
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