When Do I Need a Lawyer For a Burn Injury?
You need a burn injury lawyer if you have a burn that is a 2nd-degree, 3rd-degree burn, or 4th-degree burn. Read why you should not try to settle your burn injury claim without a lawyer.
Do I Need a Burn Injury Lawyer in New York?
If you were burned in New York, then your claim or lawsuit will be in New York State Supreme Court, so you will need a Burn Injury Lawyer in New York.
What Kind of Lawyer Do I Need For a Burn Injury?
Burn injury lawyers are personal injury lawyers. Burn injuries are one of the types of injuries in the field of personal injury lawyers.
What Questions Should I Ask a Burn Injury Lawyer?
- Do you only represent people injured in an accident?
- Have you had other personal injury cases involving scars?
- Can you show me photos of the scars your clients have had and tell me how much money they got for their scars?
Do I Need a Personal Injury Lawyer For a First-Degree Burn?
Usually not. You do not need a personal injury lawyer for burns if you do not require medical treatment and the burn disappears after a few days.
First-degree burns are superficial burns affecting only the top layer of your skin. More severe burns penetrate deep into the skin.
When Do I Need a Personal Injury Lawyer For a First-Degree Burn?
When the burn leaves a mark or scar that doesn’t go away after a few months. If that happens, it is likely that the burn was at least a 2nd-degree burn. Is my burn injury serious enough?
See more information about burn injuries below, including a diagram image showing the difference between the types of burn injuries, the causes of burn injuries, and what a burn injury is worth.
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What Causes Burn Injuries?
Burn injuries can be caused by any of the following:
- Hot water/scalding water – see more information about hot water burns
- Contact burns with hot objects such as playground equipment, a stove, or motorcycle exhaust
- Extreme cold
- Friction burns, such as road rash from a motorcycle accident
- Electrical burns
- Chemical burns
- Radiation burns
What Are the Degrees of Burn Injuries?
The seriousness of a burn is described in degrees called a first-degree burn, second-degree burn, third-degree burn, or fourth-degree burn.
1st Degree Burns
A first-degree burn causes pain, redness, and swelling but is not a serious burn.
You usually do not need a burn injury lawyer for a first-degree burn. But please call us for a free consultation to find out if you should have a burn injury lawyer for your 1st-degree burn.
2nd Degree Burns
Second-degree burns or partial-thickness burns are usually serious and can be worth a significant amount of money in a personal injury settlement. These burns usually do not cause scarring, but the pigmentation of the burned area may change. Second-degree burns affect both the outer and underlying layers of skin and cause blistering.
A U.S. government agency, the FAA, part of the Department of Transportation, says that a second-degree burn is a serious injury. 49 CFR § 830.2 states, “Serious injury” means any injury which: (5) involves second-degree or third-degree burns or any burns affecting more than 5 percent of the body surface.
You need a burn injury lawyer for a 2nd-degree burn.
3rd Degree Burns
Third-degree burns are always serious and often extremely serious. Third-degree burns, also called full-thickness burns, affect the deep layers of skin and may require skin grafting.
Third-degree burns affecting a large area of the body are life-threatening. Even third-degree burns affecting a small area of the body can be dangerous due to the possibility of infection. Third-degree burns can cause significant disfiguring and debilitating scars.
You need a burn injury lawyer for a 3rd-degree burn.
4th Degree Burns
Fourth-degree burns are third-degree burns (full-thickness burns) that extend into the muscle and bone and are life-threatening. Obviously, fourth-degree burns are extremely serious.
You need a burn injury lawyer for a 4th-degree burn.
Will I Need An Amputation If I Have a Burn Injury?
Burn injuries that cause an amputation are extremely valuable and can be worth as much as $100 Million.
Amputation can reduce the probability of death because of very severe burns. If a severe burn results in death, there may be a wrongful death case.
How Much Is a Burn Injury Worth?
Due to their visible nature, burn injuries are worth a lot of money and are more easily settled than many other injury cases. Insurance companies are terrified by burn injuries when a burn injury or scar is visible.
Serious burns result in scarring. More serious burns result in disfigurement, and extremely serious burns result in restrictions of movement and extensive treatment, including skin grafting and other types of medical treatment.
The burn injury lawyers at 1-800-HURT-911 may be able to get you as much as several million dollars for your burn injury.
Because a burn injury is so valuable, it is very important to know how to properly do a complete search for all insurance policies and assets of all defendants. See how we investigate to find insurance policies and assets.
This photo shows a serious 2nd-degree heat burn on our client’s calf caused by contact with his motorcycle exhaust and a serious 2nd-degree friction burn on his thigh from the tire.
$19,786,818 was awarded to a 23-year-old who was severely burned with third-degree burns when a gas company employee negligently opened the wrong gas valve.
Read The Real Facts About the McDonald’s Hot Coffee Lawsuit and find out about the third-degree burn that was caused by McDonald’s hot coffee, written by New York Attorney Phil Franckel.
Read more about How Much Is My Injury Worth?
Children With Burn Injuries
Burn injuries on children are usually worth more than adults with burn injuries, although burn injuries on adults are already extremely valuable.
Why are burn injuries on children worth more?
- Burn injuries can cause growth issues
- Sympathy factor for children
- Children have a much longer life span with many more years of pain, suffering, and medical expenses
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