Port St. Lucie Burn Injury Lawyer
Burn injuries happen in a variety of situations, and their complications can vary considerably as well. Although there is no one “typical” burn injury, any burn should be treated seriously because it could become infected and lead to permanent disability. Please call Smith, Ball & Báez if you have questions about your ability to receive compensation for a burn injury. When someone else’s negligent conduct injures you, you have legal recourse. Call us today to speak with a Port St. Lucie burn injury lawyer, who can explain the process for seeking a settlement.
Types of Burn Injuries
A person can suffer a burn injury in many types of accidents, including:
- Car accidents. A person can suffer a burn when the car catches on fire or if the battery splashes acid on their skin.
- Bicycle accidents. Someone who falls off the bike could suffer a friction burn when their skin drags across asphalt.
- Electrical burn. Construction sites often involve working around live wires. But anyone could suffer an electrical burn when a product malfunctions.
- Food accidents. Coffee or other hot liquids could spill on a person and cause serious burns.
- Premises liability accidents. Fires and explosions on property can lead to burns.
A burn is a serious injury, and you should head to the hospital to have a doctor check it. Generally, doctors classify burns by degree:
- A first-degree burn only affects the outer layer of skin. Although painful, it should heal in a week or two. Someone who briefly touches a hot pan could suffer a first-degree burn, which will show some redness.
- A second-degree burn will damage both layers of skin. You can experience blistering and infection. You should go to the hospital for treatment and avoid at-home remedies like applying butter, which only makes the burn worse.
- A third-degree burn impacts both layers of skin and reaches the tissue underneath. This is a serious burn injury which usually requires skin grafts.
- A fourth-degree burn can damage muscle and bones and often leads to amputation. This burn might be charred or white looking.
Burns do more than cause physical damage. Many victims report intense emotional anguish, including fears about whether they can recover. Burns also cause skin to contract and become disfigured, which is difficult to improve, even with surgery.
Our legal team can assist anyone injured in a burn accident. We will review who you might sue, such as a property owner, motorist, or manufacturer of a defective product. Those burned at work might also claim workers’ compensation benefits.
You Can Get Well
The weeks following a serious burn injury are stressful, but we are here to help you and your family obtain compensation for your injury. Please call our firm. We can provide an overview of the settlement process and advise you about whether you should bring a lawsuit instead. A Port St. Lucie burn injury lawyer is only a phone call away, and we never charge an upfront fee so there is no risk in calling.