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Causes of Burn Injuries and How an Attorney Can Help

Apr 14, 2016 @ 04:49 PM — by Lynn Harris
Tagged with: Burn Injury | Personal Injury |

Open flame and fireLynn C. Harris is a well-respected attorney who helps the people of Provo seek justice when they have been wronged. He is a highly experienced personal injury attorney, and will not rest until he knows he has done the most he can for each client.

This commitment to the injured is especially important when burn injuries are involved. These can be quite severe, and they can occur anywhere, whether at work, at home, or just out in the city.

The Different Degrees of Burns

You are probably aware of multiple classifications for burn injuries. Let's quickly define each degree so you know what they involve and how severe they can be:

  • First-Degree Burns – The mildest type of burns compared to the others, first-degree burns lead to the reddening of the topmost layer of the skin (epidermis)

  • Second-Degree Burns – Second-degree burns (partial thickness burns) affect the epidermis and underlying dermis, which results in redness, swelling, and blistering of the skin

  • Third-Degree Burns – Third-degree burns (full thickness burns) are the most serious kinds of burns, affecting deeper tissues of the body (e.g., muscles, nerves, bone) and resulting in charring of the skin, turning it white or black in the process

Potential Causes of Burn Injuries

Below are some of the most common causes of burns:

  • Fire and Flames – Open flames and fire are an obvious cause of burn injuries, whether they come from burning building or something as simple as a candle or gas range

  • Hot Liquids or Steam – Severe burns can occur when a person scalds themselves with a hot beverage or has their skin exposed to very hot steam

  • Hot Solid Objects – Heated surfaces, such as a clothes iron or a heated element on an electric range, can result in serious burn injuries

  • Electricity – Electrical currents can shock people and also lead to serious burn injuries and trauma

  • Chemicals – Acids, cleaning solutions, and other caustic materials can result in serious burns if not handled properly or responsibly

  • Sun Damage and UV Rays – Prolonged exposure to the sun or UV ray bulbs can damage your skin severely, resulting in serious burns

  • Radiation – Excessive radiation exposure or a high-dose exposure to radiation has been shown to cause burns on victims

Burn Injuries Should Be Taken Seriously

When a person suffers third-degree burns, these are major injuries that can require years of medical treatment to address. Multiple surgeries may be required to restore function to a limb or part of the body and to reconstruct damaged skin and muscle tissue. In such cases, it's imperative that you seek the help of an attorney to hold the negligent party accountable for the injury they caused.

Seeking Damages Against Negligent Parties

During a burn in jury lawsuit, an attorney will help a client seek out compensatory and punitive damages in a case. Compensatory damages are meant to cover medical expenses, lost wages, and future reconstructive or rehabilitative needs. Punitive damages are meant to punish the negligent party for their actions. We will fight diligently to ensure justice is served.

Speak with Lynn C. Harris About Your Case

If you and your loved ones would like to learn more about burn injury lawsuit and how our legal team can help you, be sure to contact a skilled personal injury attorney today. Lynn C. Harris will provide expert legal counsel, offering guidance every step of the way.

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