We Advocate for Burn Victims
Nobody expects their propane grill to unexpectedly explode or their house to catch on fire due to faulty electrical wiring, but when those incidents occur, the resulting burn injuries can be devastating. Apart from a physical burn, there are also other types of injuries that can be caused by a fire, such as lung damage. Our team of attorneys understands the complexity of burn and fire cases and we have the resources necessary to investigate the root cause of the fire and resulting injury.
We know how to prepare for a trial on burn injuries and can help fight for the compensation you deserve. Our trial attorneys have years of experience dealing with burn and fire cases, and we work to improve the immediate circumstances of the burn victim as well as compensation for future suffering due to the fact that burn injuries typically impact the victim for life.
We will dedicate our time and resources to your cause in order to obtain the outcome you need to move on with your life and lead the best life possible after suffering such a traumatic experience.
Damages you may be entitled to include:
- Medical Expenses – Costs can be high for serious burn injuries. We can help you receive compensation for doctor visits, skin grafts and surgeries, and other treatments.
- Pain and Suffering – Physical discomfort from burns can be incredibly painful and complications after a burn accident can be ongoing.
Scarring and Disfigurement – Burns can cause horrible and disfiguring scars — some that can restrict mobility. Future surgeries to revise scars and to graft skin may last for years. Victims of burns are entitled to claim damages for the scarring, disfigurement, and visible results of their injury.
- Mental Anguish – Severe emotional suffering may result from having to cope with the consequences of scarring and disfigurement.
- Loss of Income – Victims may lose the ability to use the part of the body that was burned and may not be able to work, therefore, you lose income. We can help you receive compensation for the income that you have already lost or are projected to lose in the future.
Types of Burn Injuries
Types of burns that are commonly caused by accident or by another’s negligence include thermal burns (contact with flames, steam, hot liquids, or any other source of extreme heat) and chemical burns (contact with an acid or alkali). The type of burn you suffer can dictate not only the severity of the burn but the degree of pain and scarring that results.
Burns are classified in varying degrees:
- First-degree burns – This is the least severe level of a burn. These burns affect only the outer layer of the skin (epidermis). Symptoms include redness, pain, and swelling. First-degree burns usually heal in a week and permanent scarring is uncommon. Sunburn is a common example.
- Second-degree burns – With this burn, the epidermis has been burned through to your second layer (dermis). Symptoms include blisters, severe redness, and severe pain and swelling. Scarring often occurs.
- Third-degree burns – These severe burns destroy your first and second layer of skin, burning down to your third layer (subcutaneous). Symptoms include skin that appears white, black, or leathery. Your skin’s nerve endings may have been destroyed, so you may not feel pain, but the skin surrounding your burn can be incredibly painful. Blisters and scarring are common. Victims often have difficulty breathing and could have trouble regulating their internal body temperature if the scarring covers a significant portion of their body.
Because the skin’s protective barrier is destroyed, infection is a strong possibility, thus burns must be carefully taken care of. Other dangers include low blood volume that can risk heart function, low body temperatures that can risk hypothermia, and damage to bones and joints. However, many people who suffer burns find that coping with the emotional consequences of disfigurement can be just as painful as the physical pain.
Reasons Burn Accidents Occur
Burn injuries are often the result of another’s negligence, such as in:
- Household fires
- Faulty electrical wiring
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Industrial explosions and other workplace accidents
- Defective products
- Chemical leaks
- Gasoline spills
- Scalding water or liquids
Whatever the cause of your burn injury, our attorneys are prepared to represent you!
Fire Attorney for Burn Accidents
If you or a loved one have suffered second-degree burns, third-degree burns, chemical burns, or some other type of injury caused by a fire, our personal injury attorneys want to help make things right for you and your family. Our team of experts can represent you in your burn injury case and help you move on with your life.
For a free initial consultation, call us at (501) 221-0444 or toll-free at (800) 603-5100, or contact us online. The Brad Hendricks Law Firm is located in Little Rock, Arkansas, and our lawyers are licensed to practice in Arkansas, Texas, and Missouri.