BURNED IN AN ACCIDENT?
Burn injuries are extremely painful and often result in permanent disfigurement. Although burn injuries are fairly common, they are often misunderstood. Bradley Law Group has successfully handled many burn cases. Although burn cases are often very involved, you need to understand some of the basics right now so that your rights are not compromised:
General Burn Information: Burn injuries are extremely painful and can be life threatening if not treated properly. Burns are classified in “degrees” based on their severity.
First Degree: A mild burn characterized by heat, pain, and reddening of the burned surface but not exhibiting blistering or charring of tissues.
Second Degree: A burn marked by pain, blistering, and superficial destruction of dermis with edema and hyperemia of the tissues beneath the burn.
Third Degree: A severe burn characterized by destruction of the skin through the depth of the dermis and possibly into underlying tissues, loss of fluid, and sometimes shock.
Fourth Degree: A severe burn that extends through the skin to injure muscle, ligaments, tendons, nerves, blood vessels, and bones.
Treatment for burns can take several forms, but typically involve burn creams, pain killers and antibiotics to prevent infection. More serious burns can require extensive surgery such as skin grafting or plastic surgery.
What should I do following a burn injury?
- Seek medical attention immediately!
- Call a lawyer to discuss your case.
- Take pictures of your burns and the location where the injury occurred.
- Gather contact information for any witnesses.
- Keep your medical bills and prescription receipts in a folder.
- Keep a journal of your treatment and daily activities following the injury.
- Follow the advice of your doctors.
- Do NOT speak with any insurance adjusters.
- Do NOT sign anything sent to you by the insurance company.
Who is going to pay for my medical bills and other damages?
- A burn case is like other personal injury cases in that we look to the negligent party to pay your damages. If your burn was the result of a work injury, you may have a workers compensation claim. Either way, there will typically be an insurance company that will be responsible for paying your damages. Damages include things like medical bills, lost wages, pain & suffering, future medical expenses, permanent disfigurement (scarring), etc. We can help you identify any and all applicable insurance policies to assist in paying your damages.
Should I speak with the insurance company?
- No. You should never speak with an insurance company before you have spoken with a lawyer. Insurance companies have a duty to their shareholders to run a profitable business. They do this by collecting as much as they can in premiums and paying out as little as they can in cases like yours. It may be necessary to do a recorded statement with the insurance company at some point in your case, but this should only be done in the presence of your lawyer.
Burn cases are complex and need qualified legal representation. Bradley Law Group can protect your rights so that you can focus on healing. Call us today for a free evaluation.
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