A burn injury is one of the most complicated, painful and severe injuries one can suffer. If you or a loved one has suffered a serious burn injury due to the negligence of another party, contact Hanson & Mouri today to discuss your case. You may be eligible for significant compensation.
Recovery from even a minor burn injury can be a difficult and trying road. Skin grafting procedures are grueling and painful, and the need for amputation will have a life-long effect on an individual’s quality of life. You may need to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on these procedures, and may be unable to work and earn a living.
Our attorney can assist you in negotiating a settlement that will effectively compensate you for all of the damages you have incurred. Your compensation should not cover just one year of medical expenses and lost wages, it should be a value that will manage these concerns for years, or a lifetime, based upon the extent of your burns.
To file an effective lawsuit or negotiated settlement, we will first obtain and preserve the evidence to establish that another party is responsible for your burn injury. This includes but is not limited to:
Collecting evidence is vital and necessary procedure on which your entire case outcome depends. Hiring an attorney with years of personal injury experience is a necessity when recovering from a burn injury.
First degree burns – This is a burn that is only limited to the epidermis. The effects are relatively minor, such as moistening or redness of the burned surface. Minor scalding burns or typical sunburns fall into this group, and the burns usually heal within a short amount of time.
Second degree burns – These types of burns can vary in intensity, listed as either deep or superficial. Second degree burns destroy the epidermis layer and affect the dermis, or second layer of skin. A superficial second-degree burn can permanently alter the skin color and pigmentation of the burned area, while deep second-degree burns can require painful skin grafts.
Third degree burns – These types of burns destroy both the epidermis and dermis layer of skin, causing damage to all the tissue underneath. As a result of this burn, the skin becomes leathery in appearance and texture. The color of the skin can vary widely. There can be no pain involved in third degree burns due to the fact that the nerve endings in the injured skin have been completely destroyed. These burns are very disfiguring, and skin grafts are a necessary requirement.
Fourth degree burns – This is a burn that goes deeper than the subcutaneous (fat) level and destroys muscle and bone. These types of burns can be fatal and almost always require amputation.
Disfigurement can be defined as a permanent physical alteration that impacts an individual’s appearance. Disfiguring scars are visible to others, on arms, legs, face, or neck, permanently altering appearance. Disfiguring burn scars have a terrible impact upon a person’s self-esteem and confidence. Both children and adults can suffer extreme emotional anguish due to an altered appearance.
One of the difficulties surrounding scarring and disfigurement is that it is highly problematic and, in most cases, incurable. Scar tissue becomes easily infected and amputated limbs can result in a host of problems including phantom pains, slow wound healing, pneumonia and heart complications. Cosmetic procedures, in some cases, will improve scar appearance, but in many cases, it is impossible to restore a natural appearance after a serious burn.
When scarring and disfigurement affect appearance, it has a heavy emotional impact. It is important that the final value of the compensation take into account psychological and physiological trauma. This may include social embarrassment, depression, alienation and grief.
Hanson & Mouri Riverside personal injury attorneys has a successful track record of securing fair and just settlements for those who have been injured due to no fault of their own. We have extensive experience in dealing with insurance adjusters and have proudly secured high dollar settlements for burn victims. If you need a burn injury or medical malpractice lawyer, call today for your free consultation.