A serious burn is a painful and potentially deadly injury. Serious burns result in lengthy hospitalization, which may include reparative or plastic surgery, as well as extended rehabilitation therapy. Many burn victims die from complications such as infection, low blood volume (hypovolemia) caused by damage to the circulatory system, or respiratory problems caused by breathing hot air or smoke.
If serious burns were caused by someone else’s negligence, the at-fault party may be held liable for the victim’s losses, including medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
The attorneys at Tinker Law Firm, PLLC have the experience to handle even the most complex cases involving serious burns and other catastrophic injuries. Let us put our experience to work for you.
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Fire or open flame caused 43 percent of serious burn injuries that required treatment at a specialized burn care center between 2003-2012, according to The American Burn Association’s fact sheet.
The vast majority of fatal burn injuries occur in residential fires (house, apartment, condo), but serious burn injuries are also caused by negligence that leads to contact with electricity, scalding liquids, or hot objects, corrosive chemicals, and other sources.
Burns are also commonly identified by source or type:
Burns are classified according to severity:
Serious burns (third- and fourth-degree burns) may cause the victim to go into shock. The organs of a person in shock don’t get proper blood or oxygen, which can lead to permanent organ damage or death if not treated promptly.
The victim of a serious burn suffers a painful injury that requires lengthy and expensive medical treatment, and may prove fatal despite prompt professional care. If a burn injury has been caused by someone else’s negligence, the injured victim or the family of a deceased victim may pursue a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit under Washington State law to obtain compensation.
Accidents that cause severe burns are complicated from a medical and a legal standpoint. It is critical that you discuss your case with a highly qualified lawyer.
The attorneys at Tinker Law Firm, PLLC are experienced in handling cases that involve catastrophic injuries caused by others’ negligence. To talk to our team about your situation, call us today or fill out our online contact form for a free claim evaluation.