Burn Injury Lawyers in Phoenix
The effects of a burn injury can be long-lasting and even life-threatening, including chronic pain, infection, and amputation. If you have suffered this kind of trauma and believe another party is to blame, you may be able to pursue your claim through Arizona's court system. Often all it takes to mount a compelling suit is a viable case and quality legal representation from an experienced Phoenix personal injury attorney.
The Husband & Wife Law Team offers a consistent and reliable approach to personal injury litigation in the state. With considerable experience in catastrophic injuries and a deep network of medical experts on call, this firm's commitment and care are without peer in the area. Burn injuries can easily snowball into systemic issues that may plague the victim for years to come, so you will want to retain an effective firm as soon as possible. Don't hesitate to call our Phoenix burn injury lawyers today at (602) 457-6222 for a FREE comprehensive case evaluation.
According to the American Burn Association (ABA), in the United States, close to half a million people go to the emergency room each year to receive treatment for burn injuries. Although burn injury victims have a high survival rate, they often experience excruciating pain and are left with lingering physical effects and traumatic memories.
Below are statistics provided by the ABA on the various causes of burn injuries:
- 46% of burn injuries are caused by contact with fire or flame
- 32% of burn patients are scalded by steam, hot water, spilled coffee, etc.
- 8% of burn injuries result from contact with hot objects like ovens
- 4% of burn accidents involve inadvertent contact with electricity
- The remaining 10% of burn incidents involve chemical burns, sun burns, fireworks, and other causes
The most common place for burn accidents is actually the home, so be sure to stay vigilant and address burn hazards in your house before they hurt you or someone you love.
Burn injuries are classified by severity, with first degree burns being the least harmful and fourth degree burns the most damaging:
- First Degree burns result in red skin that’s sensitive to touch. These burns are topical, not penetrating the skin, such as a minor sunburn.
- Second Degree burns are characterized by swelling, red skin, pain, and blisters. When left untreated, second degree, can become infected.
- Third Degree burns cause charred and semi-transparent skin. These burns are painful and will require medical attention to heal because tissue is destroyed. Third degree burns may also lead to serious scarring.
- Fourth Degree burns go beyond the skin to affect muscles, ligaments, tendons, and even bones. These are life-threatening burns that may result in amputation.
Here are the leading types of burns:
- Thermal burns, which are the most common, resulting when you come into direct contact with hot objects, such as a stovetop, boiling water, steam, or an open flame.
- Chemical burns result from ingesting, touching or being exposed to strong acid or base chemicals.
- Electric burns occur when you come into contact with an electric current, such as a live wire.
- Radiation burns can be caused by x-ray machines, but the most common type is sunburn from exposure to tanning lamps or the sun.
A burn injury can range from minor to catastrophic to even fatal. Depending on the severity of your burn incident, you may be able to get compensation for the following damages:
- Cost of past and future medical treatment and rehabilitation
- Lost wages during recovery
- Diminished earning capacity
- Physical pain and mental anguish
If the party responsible for your burn injury acted in a particularly reckless fashion, the court may award you punitive damages as well.
In Arizona, you have two years to file a personal injury lawsuit. After you find the right Phoenix personal injury lawyer, they will investigate the accident that caused your injury to determine liability. Your attorney will start by collecting evidence to prove that the other person’s actions caused your injury. For example, if an intoxicated driver ran a red light, leading to an accident in which you sustained burns, or if an employee at a restaurant accidently poured scalding hot liquid on your arm, a strong case could be made that their negligence led directly to your injuries.
Once it’s established that another’s person’s negligence caused your accident, your lawyer will have to demonstrate that the person had a duty of care that was violated when they harmed you. This is determined by arguing that a reasonable person would agree that the person who injured you should have been more careful. Your lawyer will review your medical records and then they will file a claim to cover the cost of your injuries so you can get your life back in order.
If you decide to hire us as your legal representatives, we will advance all costs related to pursuing your Arizona injury claim so you do not have to pay out of pocket for our legal fees. The Husband & Wife Law Team operates on a contingency fee basis, which means you won't owe us a cent if we're not able to obtain a judgment or settlement. Contact the Phoenix personal injury attorneys at The Husband & Wife Law Team at (602) 457-6222 to learn more.
- What You Should Know About the Different Kinds of Burns
- Tips for Preventing Burn Injuries in the Home
- Burn Awareness and Preventing Arizona Child Injury
- American Burn Association
- Burns - MedlinePlus
- Burns - National Institute of General Medical Sciences
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