Burn Injury Accident

Serving Daytona, Deltona and Palm Coast

(updated 2/17/2017)

Burns are among the most serious and painful injuries a person can sustain. Often, burn injuries can leave victims with severe scars that can significantly affect a person’s confidence and psychological well-being. In addition, many burns require long-term and intensive medical care in a specialized hospital unit that may result in significant medical expenses. While burns are commonly associated with accidents involving fires or explosions, they can also be the result of electrical shock or exposure to hazardous chemicals.

When burn-causing accidents are the result of a person or party’s negligent act or omission, victims may be able to recover by filing a personal injury claim. The first step in getting the compensation that you deserve after an accident resulting in burn injuries is contacting an experienced personal injury attorney to determine whether and against whom you may have a claim.

Classifying Burn Injuries

In order to determine how a burn should be treated, it is important to first determine the severity of the injury. Traditionally, burns are categorized into 3 degrees, each having their own characteristics and recommended course of treatment.

  • 1st Degree Burns – 1st degree burns are the least serious type of burn a person can sustain. Generally, these burns require little medical treatment outside of pain management. Often the skin is red at the site of the injury, and swelling may be present. Many sunburns are classified as 1st degree burns.
  • 2nd Degree Burns – The defining characteristic of a 2nd degree burn is that the first layer of skin has been burned through and the second layer has also been affected. In a 2nd degree burn, blisters are usually present and there is significant pain and swelling at the injury site. In most cases, 2nd degree burns require pain management treatment as well as covering the burn with a sterile gauze bandage.
  • 3rd Degree Burns 3rd degree burns are the most serious type of burn and involve damage to a person’s fat, muscle, or even bone, as well as permanent damage to the tissues. A person who has sustained a 3rd degree burn should seek medical attention immediately.

Even though minor burns may seem more like an annoyance than a serious injury, they may still have a significant impact on a person’s quality of life. In addition, a person may be unable to perform basic tasks or work after sustaining a burn injury, leading to loss of quality of life or lost income. As a result, victims of burn-causing accidents should be certain to consult with an experienced attorney to determine whether they may be able to recover for their injuries.

What Causes Burn Injuries?

There are variety of accidents that have the potential to result in burn injuries. Some of the most common include the following:

Whether or not your burn injury is compensable depends on a variety of factors, and an attorney will be able to review the facts of your particular case and advise you how best to proceed. You can call us at (386) 777-7777 or fill out our online contact form below for a free case evaluation.

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