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While any trauma to the human body can have harmful consequences, burn injuries are unique in the pain and devastation they can cause. The American Burn Association reports that 486,000 people suffer burns every year, 40,000 of whom are hospitalized and/or treated at hospital burn centers. Additional statistics reveal the dangers to children: 1 in 5 of victims who are treated for nonfatal burns in emergency departments are children aged 0 to 14 years old. Victims are left with significant scarring, often requiring a series of skin graft surgeries to repair extensive damage.

Fortunately, you do have remedies under Pennsylvania law if you sustained burns in an accident that was not your fault. You may qualify to recover compensation for your tremendous losses, and the Quinn Injury Lawyers is prepared to fight for your rights. Our team has extensive experience helping victims through the legal process, backed by in-depth knowledge of the laws that impact your claim. Please contact us to set up a free case assessment today. A Philadelphia Burn Injuries Attorney can provide personalized advice, though an overview is also informative.

How Burn Injuries Happen

Burns are generally the result of exposure to heat from thermal, electrical, chemical, or electromagnetic energy. These sources of energy are present in many types of accidents, so victims may suffer burn injuries from:

  • Car accidents, such as those involving gas leaks or explosions.
  • Truck collisions, particularly when the semi is hauling gasoline, petroleum products, or other hazardous chemicals.
  • Motorcycle crashes, which can lead to a unique type of injury called road rash – part burn, part abrasion, and very painful.
  • Accidents that occur because of dangerous conditions on property, such as fires at apartments, office buildings, and warehouses.
  • Construction accidents.
  • Overexposure to radiation, a severe problem in the medical field linked to an overdose of x-rays or radiation therapy for cancer patients.

Classifying Burn Trauma

You might be familiar with the most common, least serious injuries that are considered first-degree burns. Sunburn or touching a hot pot would typically be classified as first-degree. From there, the level of injury is based upon how far the trauma has penetrated the skin. Second-degree burns affect the first layer, the dermis. Skin may appear red, swollen, and the pain can be aggressive. You may also develop blisters, which often become infected.

With third-degree burn injuries, the trauma has reached to the epidermis under the outer layer of skin. The pain is excruciating in some affected areas, but you may not feel any sensation where the burns have destroyed nerve tissue. Some medical professionals recognize a fourth-degree burn injury, in which the burn penetrates all layers of skin, decimates nerves, and causes extensive damage to muscle, organs, bone, and other tissues.

Your Rights as a Burn Victim

Though the exact causes of burns may vary, accidents like those described above are typically the result of negligence. Under this theory of liability, you must prove that the at-fault party breached the duty to exercise reasonable care, directly causing the incident. You also need evidence showing that you suffered losses, since this is the basis for your compensation. You may be entitled to recover monetary damages for:

  • Medical costs, including burn trauma care, cosmetic surgery, reconstructive procedures, and skin grafts.
  • Lost wages.
  • Pain and suffering.
  • Scarring and disfigurement.
  • Emotional anguish.
  • Many other losses.

Assistance with the Legal Process

With most accidents, you will be dealing with an insurance company. Businesses, motorists, and property owners carry liability policies, so you file a claim with the responsible party’s insurer. If the insurance company refuses to pay a fair amount, the next step is going to court to get the compensation you deserve.

At Quinn Injury Lawyers, our team is ready to serve your needs throughout the legal process. You can trust a Philadelphia Burn Injuries Lawyer to:

  • Conduct an investigation and gather evidence of fault.
  • Review your medical records to assess your burn injuries and losses.
  • Complete all insurance claims and submit them with supporting paperwork.
  • Negotiate options to settle your claim out of court; and,
  • Advocate on your behalf during litigation.

Count on a Philadelphia Burn Injuries Attorney for Guidance

If you or a loved one suffered burns in an accident, please contact Quinn Injury Lawyers to discuss your legal options. You can call (215) 709-8923 or visit us online to schedule a complimentary case review with a Philadelphia Burn Injuries Attorney. Once we learn more about your story, we can discuss strategies for moving forward with your claim.

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