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Burn Injury Lawyers

Burn injuries can be the most devastating and painful injuries a person can endure. burn injury lawyers are here for you.

Serious burn injuries often require extensive and expensive medical treatment. If you or a loved one has sustained a traumatic burn injury because of someone’s negligence or a defective product, you may be able to seek compensation for your losses.

Degrees of Burn Injuries

Burn injuries are typically categorized based on their severity. First-degree burns are limited to the epidermis and may heal on their own in three to five days whereas second-degree burns may take several weeks to heal. The higher the degree of burn, the more severe the trauma.

  • First-Degree Burns: These only involve the top layer of skin (epidermis) and may result in painful redness. Sunburn, for example, is typically classified as a first-degree burn.
  • Second-Degree Burns: These damage the epidermis and the second layer of skin (dermis). There may be visible blistering and nerve damage may be present. This type of burn should be professionally treated and may require skin-grafting.
  • Third-Degree Burns: These typically damage the skin all the way down to the third layer (subcutaneous). The epidermis will be charred and extensive nerve damage may be present.
  • Types of Burns

    There are many different types of burns and they all can be devastating to the victims. If you have suffered any of these types of burns because of someone’s negligence, you may be eligible for compensation.

  • Chemical Burns are typically caused by dangerous acids and caustic chemical compounds such as sulfuric acid, sodium hydroxide and hydrofluoric acid. These types of burns may result in product liability claims or workers compensation claims depending on how and where the accident took place.
  • Electrical Burns are caused by electrical shocks. Electricians and construction workers often sustain electrical burns while working on dangerous job sites. Homeowners who are electrocuted by faulty electrical work may be eligible for compensation for their losses.
  • Fires are the most common causes of burn injuries. Defective products such as toasters, ovens and dryers have been known to cause household fires. Certain mattresses and clothing are prone to catching fire and put the wearer at risk. There are federal guidelines with regard to flammability, but not all products meet those guidelines. Victims of household fires may file a claim to hold the negligent party accountable for the damages.
  • Radiation Burns result from overexposure to UV light, radiation therapy, X-rays and tanning booths. Faulty microwaves may even cause microwave radiation.
    Scalding can be caused when gases or hot liquids come into contact with the skin. People with delicate skin such as children and the elderly are particularly vulnerable to scalding injuries.
  • Burn Injury Statistics

    According to the American Burn Association there are an estimated 500,000 burn injuries a year. On an average, 4,000 people are killed every year from burn injuries. About 46 percent of all burn injuries result from fires and 43 percent of burn injuries are sustained at home. A burn injury attorney can assess the cause of a fire to determine liability.

    Our burn injury attorneys have a long history of protecting the rights of burn injury victims in Illinois. If you have sustained burn injuries as a result of someone else’s negligence, you may be eligible to seek compensation for medical expenses, therapy bills, time away from work, pain and suffering and even reconstructive surgery. Call today for assistance.