A burn injury can occur almost everywhere, especially around the home or in the workplace. According to experts at John Hopkins Medicine, the leading causes of burn injuries are smoking or open flames for adults, and scalding for young children. Many of these burns are classified as thermal burns, in which scalding liquids, hot metals, steam, or flames make contact with exposed skin.
Accidents do occasionally occur, but negligence or bad intentions leave innocent victims forced to live with unsightly scars and damaged skin for the rest of their lives. Someone must be held accountable for those injuries, and that is what we, at HawkLaw, vow to fight for on your behalf. We believe in accountability and reparations to innocent victims, and we use all of our skills to fight for justice.
If you have been the victim of a burn injury, you’ll likely face serious psychological issues as a result of the incident, even after the wound has fully healed. The scars from a burn injury are more than just physical, and they amount to a personal injury that affects your entire persona.
At HawkLaw, we believe in seeking justice for negligent behavior that, one, causes bodily harm to innocents and, two, leaves permanent scars that victims must live with for the rest of their lives. That is why our team of attorneys and investigators will work diligently to fight for your right to fair and just compensation. As a digital-first law firm, you can get your case initiated immediately so we can provide legal advice and start fighting for you. Call 888-HAWKLAW today or use our live chat, and we will get to work right away!
Non-fatal burns are a leading cause of extended hospitalizations, disfigurements, and disabilities, according to the World Health Organization. The consequences of these injuries often result in social stigmas and rejections that cause permanent psychological scars.
Children and adult women are more likely to lose their lives as a result of a serious burn. However, burn injuries, in general, are more common in adult men than in other demographics.
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These are the most common burns and are a result of a heat source causing searing damage to exposed skin. Hot products, steam, car accidents, and small fires are the most frequent causes of thermal burns.
Unlike other types of burns, damage from an electrical burn occurs beneath the top layer of skin. They occur when an electrical current courses through the body, typically due to exposure to a live power wire or a defective electrical appliance.
These burns occur when dangerous chemicals are mixed together in unsafe environments. Chemical burns are often unintentional due to a lack of clear warning labels on the chemical products that cause the burn.
Radiation burns are a result of long periods of exposure to thermal radiation or ultraviolet light. Sunburns, particularly severe sunburns, are also classified as radiation burns due to the sun’s damaging ultraviolet rays.
Burn injuries are broken down by the severity of the injury. According to Healthline, the categories of injuries burn victims suffer are described by degrees.
Regardless of the types of burn injuries suffered, medical treatment, especially for a serious burn injury, can be long-term. Over time, this can result in substantial medical expenses.
Burns should be treated right away, especially since some types of burns, such as chemical or electrical burns, cause damage inside of the body even if the exposed areas of the skin are minor injuries. Not all burns should be treated the same. How you should treat an injury depends upon the severity of the burn.
Immediate steps for first-degree burns:
Immediate steps for second-degree burns:
Immediate steps for third and fourth-degree burns:
In any burn injury, avoid using cotton balls and ice, because these can cause complications to the burn injury. Home remedies, such as butter and eggs, are also not proven to be effective and should be avoided. If a chemical or electrical burn occurs, seek emergency treatment immediately.
Generally speaking, the healing time for a burn will vary depending upon the degree and type of the burn. According to the American Family Physician web page:
Full-thickness burns don’t fully heal; the edges will heal but the rest of the burn will likely require a skin graft to facilitate healing.
According to Johns Hopkins, unintentional injury is a leading cause of death in children under the age of 14, with burns being one of the top causes. If your child suffers a burn, it’s important to take immediate action since they produce and lose heat at a faster rate than adults. Steps to take when a child suffers a burn injury include:
Statistics indicate approximately 75% of scalding burns in children are preventable. Burn injuries also are often caused by the negligence of another person(s). As a skilled child burn injury attorney law firm, HawkLaw can help determine the cause of your child’s burn injury and if any negligence was involved.
If you’ve suffered a burn injury at work, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation to cover your medical bills, therapy bills, medications, bandages, and some of your lost wages. If another type of negligence was involved, you may be entitled to file a claim for a burn injury case.
Speaking to an experienced burn injury lawyer is important. Your lawyer will advocate so you can receive the maximum amount to cover your losses, which include injury-related costs and loss of current and future income. Your burn injury attorney will also investigate to see if your injury was caused by a third party’s negligence or if any other legal issues are present, including but not limited to defective machinery or equipment, or another factor present at your job.
It’s important to speak to an attorney right away since South Carolina does have a statute of limitations of three years to file a personal injury claim.
Burn injuries can be complex and create significant hardships, including but not limited to having a significant impact on your life, causing physical pain, financial struggles, emotional distress, and psychological suffering. For some victims, life is never the same after a severe burn injury occurs due to decreased quality of life because of the accident.
If you, or a loved one, have suffered a burn injury or wrongful death, the compassionate and experienced attorneys at HawkLaw can help you obtain compensation through a burn injury lawsuit. Any money you receive can help you pay for the medical costs associated with your injuries and any other needs you have struggled with since being injured.
To request a free consultation*, call the South Carolina burn injury attorneys at 888-HAWKLAW or complete our online contact form. A member of our legal team will get back to you right away.
Our personal injury attorneys work with clients from Charleston, Columbia, Greenville, Spartanburg, and in towns like Myrtle Beach and Rock Hill, ultimately serving all of South Carolina. We Fight to Win for injury victims and promise to advocate on your behalf and protect your legal rights every step of the way.
Call 888-HAWKLAW or talk to us using our live chat and we’ll get to work right away. You take care of you and we’ll take care of the rest.
Once we have what we need to build a case for your claim, we will contact the insurance company or at-fault party and attempt to negotiate a fair and just compensation for your injuries. Our goal is to do right by you and agree on a fair and just settlement for your damages, pain, and suffering. If an acceptable settlement can’t be reached, your lawyer* will advise you about the option of going to court.
Burn injury negligence is classified as injury caused by preventable accidents. Incidents such as defective products, household chemicals without proper warning labels, and preventable workplace hazards are among the most common causes of burn injuries and, yet, also the most preventable. The failure to improve environmental conditions is what makes a burn injury a result of negligence.
Examples of burn injuries likely due to negligence include: