When your skin is burned, the injury can leave lasting effects including permanent scarring, nerve damage, disabilities due to scarring or nerve damage, chronic pain, and other complications.
Years of medical treatments are often required and depending on the severity of the burn, some of the long-term medical treatments include skin grafts, surgeries, and physical therapy.
What should I do after a burn injury?
Depending on the type of burn, it may be best to seek immediate medical treatment even if the burn does not appear life threatening. There are four types of burns, each treated differently.
First-degree burns affect the outermost layer of skin only. They generally do not require medical attention unless extensive.
Second-degree burns extend beyond the first layer of skin and require immediate medical attention.
Third-degree burns penetrate the entirety of the skin, are life-threatening, and require immediate medical attention. Third-degree burns generally cause nerve damage, leave lasting scars, and require skin grafts and surgeries
Fourth-degree burns penetrate the entirety of the skin and enter the underlying tissues or bones. They require immediate medical attention and usually result in permanent mobility loss, nerve damage, and a higher susceptibility to infections.
What do I need to know about compensation for a burn?
- When a burn is the direct result of the negligent actions of another person or entity, a burn victim might be eligible to collect compensation no matter if they’ve suffered thermal or heat burns, chemical burns, radiation burns, electrical burns, or friction burns.
- Compensation may include damages for medical expenses, future treatments, missed time from work, and pain and suffering.
How the Law Office of Ramiro Lopez Can Help
The Law Office of Ramiro Lopez understands local laws and utilizes the resources necessary to investigate an accident. Our attorneys are experienced with working with insurance companies and hospitals on your behalf and are skilled in the art of negotiation when pursuing a case.
Contact the Law Office of Ramiro Lopez to set up a consultation. 512-326-5006