Burn injuries can happen at home, at work, or in other locations around the community. These injuries are painful, and the harm from a burn injury may linger for years. In some cases these injuries materially affect your quality of life.

When you are injured this way, working with an injury attorney can be a way to seek out the compensation you deserve. Professional legal help is the way to bring suit against those responsible for your burn injuries.

Whether it was the result of a car accident, chemical burns at work, truck accidents, defective products, fireworks, or other issues, a burn injury can cause disfigurement, permanent nerve damage, and other devastation.

How A Greenville Burn Injury Attorney Can Help

Without a settlement to address the medical bills and treatments a burn victim often needs, you and your loved ones may have significant debt that is difficult or impossible to repay. There are additional costs that come with this kind of accident, and you deserve to receive compensation to cover those costs for the foreseeable future when you have been injured at the hands of a negligent actor.

A South Carolina personal injury lawyer can help burn injury victims receive the maximum level of settlement for the injuries they have sustained where someone else is legally responsible for causing the accident. HawkLaw Fights to Win, and we will fight for your needs and rights in your burn injury case. That can help you pay bills and heal with financial support and peace of mind.

Contact HawkLaw today by calling 888.HAWK.LAW or using our contact page and let us help with your case. A knowledgeable burn injury attorney can make a difference in the settlement you receive. When you work with a trusted Greenville personal injury lawyer you have the opportunity for security in the long term.

What Does Burn Injury Mean?

A burn injury is any kind of damage that comes from flame and heat. These kinds of injuries can also come from substances, in the case of chemical burns. Burns can cause disfigurement, nerve damage, and other problems that go far beyond some time to heal. In severe cases, they can even result in a wrongful death lawsuit due to the loss of a loved one.

With a personal injury attorney on your side, you have the option to seek proper compensation for your injuries or to seek justice for someone whose life was taken due to a serious burn injury and its complications. Burn injuries can happen in so many different ways that many people do not realize. But understanding where these injuries can come from in and around the Greenville and Spartanburg areas can help you process the injury.

Some of the most common sources of burn injuries include:

  • Motor vehicle accidents (including truck accidents)
  • Tanker explosions
  • Electrical accidents
  • Defective products
  • Inadequate fire emergency plans
  • Locked fire exits
  • Apartment building/recreational fires

Nearly any kind of event or location can result in a burn injury, making these injuries one of the most common types of harm. According to the CDC there are 1.1 million burn injuries every year that are significant enough to require medical care. When you work with a law firm for your burn injury case you can seek out both medical treatment and legal representation that can make moving forward after a burn injury easier.

Types of Burn Injuries

There are four main types of burn injuries that people face. These are first, second, third, and fourth degree burns. Understanding the differences between these kinds of burns can help you determine when to seek legal representation for an injury you may have sustained at work, in a car accident, or through other means.

First Degree Burns

A first degree burn is a superficial burn that only affects the epidermis or outer layer of your skin. It can be painful, but it generally does not cause lasting damage. A good example of this type of first degree burn would be a mild sunburn. Typically, these kinds of burns heal quickly and on their own. A small difference in skin color in the affected area may remain.

Second Degree Burns

A second degree burn goes through the epidermis and into the dermis, which is the second layer of skin. The site of the burn can look red and be blistered. It may also be very painful. These second degree burns often heal on their own, but that may take some time.

Third Degree Burns

A third degree burn is much more significant than the first two types. These destroy both the epidermis and dermis and frequently make their way through to the subcutaneous tissue underneath. The burn injury site can look blackened and charred or completely white. Burns of this type require medical attention.

Fourth Degree Burns

A fourth degree burn is the most significant type. These can burn into the muscle and bone, destroying the nerves in the area in the process. There is typically no pain from these burns because of the destruction of the nerve endings, but the damage done can be extremely severe. This damage is often irreparable. It results in permanent nerve damage, disfigurement, and is life-threatening. Significant medical care is required.

Different types of issues that may result in a serious burn and create personal injury cases include:

  • Thermal burns – Thermal burns are the typical kind that people think of, such as getting a sunburn or accidentally putting their hand on a hot pot or pan. These burns are typically not anything that requires significant medical or legal attention, and they heal well. It is possible that a severe sunburn would require medical care, but not the services of a personal injury attorney.
  • Electrical burns – Electrical burns often come from a short or other problem that causes an electrical fire. They can also occur when live electrical wires are accidentally contacted. While these are not common injuries in the general public, people who work with electricity for a living are at greater risk of an electrical burn that can be very serious or even life-threatening.
  • Chemical burns – Scientists, those who work with chemicals and substances, and anyone in a profession where these items are easily accessed has risk for chemical burns. Burns of this type can be very serious and can need immediate medical attention. Most labs and other places where chemicals are present have washing stations to start removing the chemical from skin or eyes immediately. Still, medical attention is often required.
  • Radiation burns – The use of radiation is a very valuable way to conduct certain types of medical tests, and radiation is also used in other ways. When it is too highly concentrated in one area, though, radiation burns can occur and cause significant damage to the skin. Anyone who suffers radiation burns will need medical care and can take significant time to heal from the damage.

Burn Injury Treatment

The types of injuries sustained from a burn affect the treatment needed. Typically, there is specific medical treatment associated with each type of burn.

For example, first-degree burns really need little to no treatment. People often use a pain-relieving ointment or ice. Second-degree burns are similar in their treatment, although some people do seek medical care for them. There is a chance of infection or other problems with these burns, so watching them closely is important.

With third-degree burns, and especially with fourth-degree burns, victims need medical care. People who experience these kinds of burns may lose skin, can end up with infections, and may also find that they are experiencing nerve damage, disfigurement, and other issues that go far beyond the actual burn itself.

There are often secondary serious injuries and difficulties that become problematic for someone with a burn injury. The seriousness of the burn is a large part of whether there will be additional issues to face. But that is not the only factor. Another important factor is the size of the burn, as burn injuries that cover large areas of the body can be particularly devastating.

These secondary problems include:

  • Limited mobility
  • Infection
  • Pain management
  • PTSD
  • Disfigurement/Death

Why Hire a Greenville Personal Injury or Burn Injury Lawyer?

There are many benefits to hiring a burn injury lawyer to help with your case. From dealing with medical costs to addressing compensation for physical pain, disfigurement, and other issues, a free case evaluation* at a law office can help you get the legal representation you are looking for and deserve.

There are many common causes of burn injuries, but that does not mean you should have to just live with the consequences of another party’s negligence. From truck accidents to medical malpractice and more, a strong attorney-client relationship can help you receive fair and just compensation for your injuries. Some of the biggest benefits in choosing a personal injury attorney for your burn injury case include:

  • Expedite the claim process
  • Representation in court
  • Know the personal claim process
  • Takes stress off your plate while you heal
  • Respected/trusted by others in the field

Our Process

HawkLaw Fights to Win, and we will fight for the compensation you deserve. We have a simple, easy-to-follow process that can get you started on the support you need for medical bills and treatments, as you move your case forward. There are only three steps, which are:

  • 1: Talk to Us
  • 2: Build Your Case
  • 3: Begin Negotiations

You can request a free consultation* today by calling us at 1-888-HAWKLAW, or complete the online contact form to speak with an experienced personal injury lawyer in the Greenville area about your burn injury case today. We are here to help you get the compensation you are entitled to for your injuries, so you can begin to fully heal.


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