Burns are quite a common type of injury and can occur in almost any setting – homes, offices, factories, construction sites, vehicle accidents, etc. They are more common in women and children at home or in restaurants. Often a defective kettle, scalding liquids, contact with hot surfaces etc can lead to severe burns. Serious burns tend to leave scars which look unattractive and could impact the self-esteem of the victim. If you or a loved one has suffered burn and scar injuries, apart from immediate medical attention, you also need a personal injury lawyer to help you get compensation for the damages, pay for medical expenditure and care.
How Burns Are Caused and Classified
Burns are classified according to their severity and source of the burn.
Source of burn:
• Chemical: caused by acids or alkaline substances
• Electrical: caused by contact with electricity
• Thermal: caused by flash explosions like gas-leaks, flammable liquids, explosives etc, flame burns caused by exposure to prolonged heat from fires, scald burns caused by hot liquids like water or oil and contact burns due to contact with intensely hot surfaces made of metal, glass, plastic etc.
Thermal burns are most common among children and older adults, especially the scald type.
Classification of burns is according to severity:
• First-degree (superficial) burns affect the top layer or epidermis of the skin and leave it hot, red and dry.
• Second-degree (superficial) burns affect the epidermis and the second layer or dermis. The skin is wet and red, with blisters. It is more white in color and painful when touched. These burns generally don’t leave scars.
• Second-degree (deep) burns penetrate deeper layers of the dermis and appear white. They leave scars.
• Third-degree (full thickness) burns are the most severe. They affect all layers of the skin and the subcutaneous fat, leaving the skin with a dark, charred look. They cause very severe scarring.
As a victim of burns or scarring you are entitled to seek compensation from those responsible for the accident that caused it. Our free consultation injury lawyers can provide a swift, comprehensive and genuine assessment of your claims and assist you with taking further legal steps.
The natural process of healing results in the formation of a scar on the site of the injury or burn. Superficial burns rarely cause scars, but when the burn penetrates into deeper skin layers, the dermis which is a thick deeper layer is damaged. Collagen fibers are produced by the body to repair the damage and these are of a different texture and appearance from the surrounding skin. Scars may be flat or raised. They may also be sunken if the underlying fat or muscle is lost, or they may appear as stretched skin. There are different types of treatment for scars which include:
• Topical applications
• Steroid treatments
• Plastic surgery
• Laser resurfacing
• Chemical peels and dermabrasion
• Filler injections
Why You Need Compensation
All these treatments can be expensive and long-drawn out, depending on the extent of scarring. Some of them may not be available locally, and you or the victim may have to travel to a larger city to get treatment. Scar treatments, multiple surgeries and laser treatments are conducted by professional skin-specialists and are time-consuming. You will have to incur enormous expenditure and inconvenience. Loss of income, long or short term disability, psychiatric treatment, care-giver expenses etc are a huge financial burden. Our free consultation injury lawyers can assist you with computing the present and future expenditure.
Most burn accidents are caused due to the fault or negligence of another person, or by defective products, making their manufacturers and distributors liable. Burns like air-bag burns are due to faulty deployment of airbags and cause severe pain and scarring. Our experienced personal injury lawyers can conduct their own investigations and establish the true cause of your burn and scarring.
How We Can Assist
Burns are among the most painful injuries that people can suffer, while scars leave not just a physical impact but also a deep psychological impact on victims. Our 24×7 personal injury lawyers can begin working on your claim immediately, since compensation cases are governed by strict time-frames. We can ensure that all the required paperwork is filed in time, and represent you in all negotiations with the opposite party’s legal team and insurers. Insurance companies which have to make the pay-outs may delay, deny or dismiss claims or try to minimize the extent of injuries. Our serious injury lawyers can ensure that your rights are protected and your case is strong and robust enough to win the maximum compensation.
If you, your family or a friend has been injured in an accident, please feel free to speak to one of our injury lawyers for a free consultation about how we are able to assist in making a personal injury claim. We consult in all cities across Ontario with a no win no fee guarantee. Our personal injury lawyers have helped victims secure millions of dollars in personal injury cases. Call us Toll Free On our 24/7 Injury Hotline: 1 – 844 495 7333 or Text a Personal Injury Lawyer 24/7 and get instant help.TM (416 807 3486)
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