The Virginia Burn Injury Lawyers of MartinWren, P.C. have experience handling catastrophic burn injury and thermal injury cases. Severe burns can result from a number of causes, including fires, electrical fires, chemical exposure, explosions, fireworks, automobile accidents, or malfunctioning or defective products. When burn injuries result from another’s negligence, the injured party may be entitled to financial compensation.
The severity of burn injuries is generally evaluated according to the percentage of the body covered by the burn and the depth of the burn into the victim’s body. Burns are classified as follows:
- First Degree Burns are the least severe burn injury, where the outer layer of the skin, called the epidermis, is partially burned. Swelling occurs, skin is red, and there is some pain involved.
- Second Degree Burns occur when the burn extends past the epidermis and partially burns the underlying layer of skin, called the dermis. The skin becomes blistered, swells, and the burn victim experiences intense pain.
- Third Degree Burns, the most serious types of burns, occur when a burn penetrates every layer of skin, damages the underlying flesh and tissue, and possibly causes damage even to bones. The burned area may appear black or white.
The danger of burn injuries extends beyond just direct exposure to open flames, as there are a number of internal thermal injuries that individuals may suffer due to inhaling intense heat, smoke and other toxins. Inhalation injuries, in fact, occur among many burn victims and such injuries are the leading cause of death among those injured by burns. This is because fires may release a number of noxious and poisonous fumes, including carbon monoxide, hydrogen cyanide, ammonia, chlorine gas, and hydrocarbons, possibility resulting in poisoning or injury to lungs or other respiratory system components.
The consequences of burn injury cases can be extensive and complex. Victims will often be disfigured by the external burn injuries they experienced and they may take years of hospitalization and surgeries to reach maximum medical improvement. And, even then, the consequences of the accident will remain and the burn victim may face a life of scarring and painful lifelong physical and emotional injuries. The pain and suffering involved in burn injury cases can be significant and settlements or verdicts in burn injury cases can be large as a result.
Because any recovery in a burn injury case depends on the negligence of another party, defendants often aggressively defend these types of claims. Because of that, it is important to choose a personal injury lawyer for your burn injury case who is familiar with the complex issues of causation and who can work closely with expert witnesses to help identify the cause and origin of the ignition of the fire that caused the injury.
For serious burn injury cases it is also important to choose a burn injury litigator experienced in handling complex claims for compensatory damages, as burn cases often involve enormous medical bills and expenses for hospitalization and treatment. In addition, the burn victim may have lost wages, lost future earning capacity, experienced emotional distress and psychological trauma, and felt other pain and suffering. It is oftentimes the case that expert witnesses, such as life care planners, surgeons, and others, may be needed to properly present a claim for damages.
MartinWren, P.C.’s burn injury litigators have experience with burn injury cases and have experience with complex issues of fire origination and other fire-specific matters.
Virginia Burn Injury Lawyers
If you are seeking an attorney for a severe burn injury case, please contact Jonathan T. Wren or Robert E. Byrne, Jr. of MartinWren’s Virginia Burn Injury Lawyers practice group, toll free at 855-812-9220, or at (434) 817-3100, or Kirk D. Becchi at (540) 437-1243. Our attorneys have experience with both injury and wrongful death claims involving burn injuries, and we can use our knowledge and experience to work for you.
You will not owe any legal fees unless we recover money for you.