Burn injuries are the second leading cause of accidental death in the United States. They are also some of the most painful and disfiguring injuries an individual can sustain. Healing can take years before reconstructive surgery can be performed, which can cause severe emotional anguish.
At Harvey L. Walner & Associates, Ltd., our Chicago burn injury lawyers understand the devastation of burn injuries and are never too busy, too distracted, or on vacation to our clients. We are dedicated to providing you with personal service that goes beyond being in the office, and will get you the money you deserve.
Each year in America, an estimated 3.5 million burn injuries are reported, and about 1.5 million burn victims suffer considerable disabilities from their burn accident. A burn can damage your skin, muscle, tissue and nerves.
Types of Burns
The type of burn can dictate not only the severity of the burn, but the degree of pain and scarring that results. There are four main types of burns people suffer:
- Thermal burns: these are caused by contact with flames, steam, hot liquids, or any other source of extreme heat.
- Light burns: these burns are caused by any source of ultraviolet exposure.
- Chemical burns: if you come in contact with an acid or alkali, you may sustain a chemical burn.
- Radiation burns: these can be the result of contact with nuclear radiation or ultraviolet light.
Varying Degrees of Burn Injuries
Burn injuries are also classified by their depth. The treatment for a serious burn injury can take years, cost thousands of dollars and require extensive, multiple surgeries. The location of your burn is also prone to infection and must be carefully taken care of. In severe cases, a burn injury can damage your nerves and affect other body parts and bodily functions.
The degrees of burns are:
First-degree burns: These burns affect the outer layer of your skin, called your epidermis. Symptoms include redness, pain and swelling. First-degree burns usually heal in a week, the most common being mild sunburn.
Second-degree burns: With this burn, the first layer of your skin has been burned through to your second layer, called your dermis. Symptoms include blisters, severe redness, and severe pain and swelling.
Third-degree burns: These severe burns destroy your first and second layer of skin, burning down to your third layer called your subcutaneous. Symptoms include skin that appears white, black or leathery. With third-degree burns, 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. These severe burns and the pain associated with them can cause a rapid pulse and difficulties breathing.
Common Causes of Burn Injuries
Some of the most common burn injuries are the result of:
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Exploding furnaces, boilers, stoves, or other appliances
- Industrial accidents
- Chemical spills
- Electrical accidents
- Scalding water, liquids or the water heater located too high
- Cooking accidents
- Industrial accidents and other workplace accidents
- Gasoline spills
- Defective products
- Household fires
- Defective Citronella candles
- Plant explosions
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If you live in the Chicago area and have suffered a burn injury, please contact our Illinois burn injury lawyers today to learn more. Our lawyers work on a contingency basis, which means you pay no fee unless we win your case.
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