Burn injuries can be difficult to understand because there are so many different types and the severity can be so varied. However, if you or a loved one have suffered a burn injury you know they can be quite serious and painful both physically and psychologically. If you have attempted to recover damages for the suffering and expenses caused by your burn injury, you may have also run into roadblocks with the insurance company.
In the below article the legal team at Moraitakis & Kushel, LLP provides information to help you understand burn injuries and when you should seek compensation.
What is a Burn Injury
The most basic definition of a burn injury, according to the Mayo Clinic’s website, is tissue damage resulting from heat, overexposure to the sun or other radiation, or chemical or electrical contact. However, there are many different types of burns and a wide scale of severity or degree.
When doctors assess a burn injury, they consider the depth and size of the burn, the age of the person injured and other factors such as:
- Location of the burn
- Type of burn
- Inhalation of smoke or toxic gases
- Other traumatic injuries
- Other health issues
Seeing a Doctor for a Burn Injury
Whatever the cause, burns can be quite severe and you should seek emergency medical assistance if the burn is in a sensitive area or covers a large area of your body. You should also be seen for any type of chemical or electrical burn or a burn that has affected multiple layers of skin. Similarly, if the burn appears to have patches of black, brown or white or has a charred appearance you should get it checked out.
It is also important to seek immediate medical attention if you are having difficulty breathing due to smoke or gas inhalation or you think you have experienced burns to your airway. When in doubt, always seek medical attention for your burn. It’s better to be safe!
Main Causes of Burn Injuries
Burns can be caused by a variety of factors but some of the main ones include:
- Flame – Caused by the skin’s contact with fire
- Contact – Contact with a hot object such as a cigarette, or stove top
- Scald – Skin contact with hot liquid
- Electrical – Caused by contact with currents of electricity
- Chemical – Contact with flammable gases or liquids
When to Seek Compensation for a Burn Injury
If your burn was caused by another person or business, either due to negligence or intentionally, you may be able to seek compensation for your expenses. You may also be able to seek damages if your burn covers a significant portion or your body, is severe, or has caused you to be hospitalized.
Careful documentation on your part can be very helpful to your lawyers in getting you the compensation you deserve. Documentation can include photographs of your injuries, a log of lost income or wages, receipts and records to document medical expenses and care, and the testimony of anyone who witnessed the burn accident.
Contact the Burn Injury Lawyers at Moraitakis & Kushel, LLP
If you have experienced a burn injury the attorneys at Moraitakis & Kushel, LLP can help you recover the compensation you deserve. Give us a call at (404) 445-1411, or fill out our online form, to set up your free consultation appointment today.