Compassionate Joliet Burn Injury Lawyers
Of all the various types of accidental injuries which can occur, burn injuries are among the most painful. Even a minor burn can require extensive medical treatment, and can leave you suffering permanent scars and disfigurement. At Sabuco, Beck, Hansen, Massino & Pollack, P.C., we understand the serious consequences that result from these types of injuries, and the effect they can have on your health, finances, and personal well-being. When you have suffered this type of injury, you need aggressive legal representation to get the compensation you deserve.
Common Causes of Burn Injuries
According to the American Burn Association (ABA), roughly 486,000 suffer burn injuries each year in the United States. These injuries can result from direct contact with hot surfaces or substances, chemical burns resulting from toxic substances, as well as burns resulting from actual fires. The ABA National Burn Repository reports that the most common causes of burn injuries include the following:
- Burns caused by exposure to fire or flames;
- Burns associated with being scalded by hot liquids;
- Surface burns due to contact with hot objects;
- Chemical burns, resulting from direct or indirect contact with harmful substances,
- Electrical burns, due to contact with live wiring;
- Burn injuries due to inhalation of substances;
- Burns caused by exposure to radiation.
While a minor burn can result in surface injuries which heal over a period of weeks or months, more severe burns can result in injuries that impact internal organs, require skin grafting, and leave permanent scarring. Doctors at the Mayo Clinic classify burn injuries in the following ways:
- First degree burns, which are minor burns impacting the outer layer of skin, resulting in redness, pain, and swelling;
- Second degree burns, which impact both the inner and outer layer of skin, result in increased pain, swelling, and redness, as well as blisters which may have the potential for permanent scarring;
- Third degree burns, which go beyond the inner and outer skin layers into the fat layer beneath the skin. These burns are the most severe, and can destroy nerves, leaving lasting scarring and numbness in the affected area, and could result in organ failure.
In addition to the above, inhalation of toxic chemicals can result in burning of the throat and lungs, while smoke inhalation from fires can result in breathing problems and carbon monoxide poisoning.
Contact Our Experienced Will County Personal Injury Attorneys
If you or someone you care about has suffered a burn injury as the result of an accident or due to another’s reckless or negligent conduct, contact our experienced Will County personal injury attorney today. At Sabuco, Beck, Hansen, Massino & Pollack, P.C., we can assist you in getting the compensation you need to recover from your injuries, either through an insurance claim or through a personal injury lawsuit.