Our law firm helps fire and burn injury victims rebuild their lives and recover, and we are ready to help you fight for maximum financial compensation. If you or a loved one has experienced a severe burn injury due to the carelessness of another, contact our Washington burn injury lawyers today online, by phone or in person and request your free consultation!
In order to be considered severe, a burn must have 25% of the body’s surface affected. Burns in the eyes, ears, hands, face, feet and perineum are also considered severe. These burns typically require multiple surgeries, extensive hospitalization skin grafts, cosmetic surgery and other treatments. Severe burn patients have been known to receive expert care at the Regional Burn Center at Harborview in Seattle. However, it’s not an easy road to recovery as treatments are very painful and expensive.
Burn injuries can damage the skin, muscles, tissues, blood vessels, nerves and bones. The severity of the burn injury depends on factors such as depth, size, surface area and the age of the victim.
Three Grades of Burns
First-degree: Burns to the top layer of skin leading to redness, swelling and pain.
Second-degree: Burns to the first two layers of skin, causing deep redness, blisters, and glossy appearance from fluid and skin loss.
Third-degree: Burns that completely penetrate the skin and destroy tissue. These burns appear black or white and are dry to the touch.
Second and Third degree burns can leave scars and disfigurement. Regardless of the extent of the injury, the pain is often excruciating. The more severe the injury, the higher the risk of infection.
Physical and Emotional Trauma
Recovering takes all kinds of tolls on people and their loved ones. The rehab needed to make a decent enough recovery is very time consuming and expensive, and simply moving on is a challenge in itself. PTSD is common when dealing with burn injuries, and the road ahead is long and daunting. If you can take any recourse, you should consult with an attorney to make things a bit easier.
There are some routes you can go in order to be properly compensated for your injuries. Here’s a list of ways you and your family can recover from this traumatic ordeal.
Emergency transportation, treatment costs, hospitalization, etc.
Rehab: Covering efforts needed for a full recovery that aren’t covered by insurance.
Cosmetic Procedures: Cosmetic procedures may be needed to treat scars.
Lost Income: Recoup losses from missing work.
Home and Vehicle Modifications: Get changes needed to your home or vehicle made at no expense to you.
Pain and Suffering: Be compensated for the emotional trauma experience.
Prosthetics: Receive the prosthetics you need to carry on and live a normal life.