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Burn Injury Attorney in Peoria
We Fight for the Rights of Catastrophic Injury Victims
The harm caused by burn injuries is severe and affects much more than a person’s physical wellbeing. In addition to the damage that burn injuries cause to the body, sustaining a burn injury can result in significant financial and emotional distress for victims and their families.
At Joel E. Brown, Attorney at Law, we are dedicated to helping injury victims recover compensation for the damages caused by negligent parties and ensuring those parties are held accountable for their careless actions. We will do what it takes to help you and your family get the care you need following a burn injury. Contact us today to learn more.
Types of Burn Injuries
Burn injuries range in severity and result in different symptoms. To categorize the different levels of burn injury, there are 4 degrees that classify how a burn injury physically affects a victim.
When burn injuries occur, they are categorized into 1 of the 4 degrees of burns:
- First degree burns are the least damaging category of burn injury. Only the outer layer of skin is affected, and victims generally recover quickly.
- Second degree burns are more severe than first degree burns. Additional layers of skin are affected, and blisters can form. A second degree burn may cause the skin to look red, shiny, and swollen.
- Third degree burns are one of the most severe categories of burns. The affected layers of skin, as well as the nerves, are completely destroyed. Third degree burns cause the skin to look discolored.
- Fourth degree burns are the most severe type of burn injury. Every layer of skin is damaged, and muscles and bones can be affected as well. Fourth degree burns can be fatal.
Causes of Burn Injuries
In many cases, burn injuries are caused by high levels of heat. However, heat is not the only cause of burn injuries. This type of injury can be caused by many different elements.
Burn injuries can be caused by:
- Radiation (including sun burns)
Compensation for Burn Injury Victims
Burn injuries can result in extensive physical harm, significant financial distress, and life-altering emotional trauma. The damages caused by burn injuries are compensable through a personal injury claim.
The cost of medical treatment generally accounts for most of the financial damage caused by a burn injury. A burn injury victim may require surgery, medication, therapy, in-home care, the use of medical devices, and other methods to treat and manage their condition. In any case, treating a burn injury can be costly. Compensation from an injury claim can cover the cost.
Another significant financial damage caused by burn injuries is the loss of wages. A burn injury may leave a victim unable to work and earn an income for an extended period of time. An injury victim and their family may need to pay for additional expenses resulting from the injury as well, such as the cost of traveling to medical appointments. These damages may also be compensable through a personal injury claim.
It is also possible to recover compensation for the non-economic damages caused by a burn injury. Although damages such as pain and suffering do not have a monetary value, injury victims can receive compensation to account for these effects.
Contact A Peoria Burn Injury Attorney Today
We are available to discuss the details of your burn injury case and answer any questions you may have. It is our goal to get you the care and compensation you deserve — we will fight for you!
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