If you, your spouse, or one of your family members was burned in an accident, you may be able to recover compensation for your medical bills, lost earnings, and pain and suffering. You deserve the benefit of aggressive legal representation by an experienced attorney who will fight tenaciously to recover the full amount to which you are entitled.
To set up a free legal consultation, call Salt Lake City burn attorney Jay Sheen at (801) 618-3580. Jay can help you understand whether you have grounds for a personal injury claim or lawsuit.
How Burns Are Classified by Degree and Cause of Injury
Burns are categorized in two ways: by the type or source of the burn, and by the burn’s severity.
There are six different kinds of burn injuries by type:
- Chemical Burns — You don’t need to work with industrial chemicals to suffer a serious chemical burn. In fact, many common household products are capable of delivering burns, including ammonia, bleach, drain cleaners, antifreeze, and windshield wiper fluid.
- Cold Burns — Extremes of cold can burn similar to extremes of heat. Cold burns are more commonly known as frostbite. Tissue death (gangrene) and permanent loss of sensation may result without prompt intervention.
- Electrical Burns — Electrical burns are caused by contact with an electric current. Up to 5% of electrical burns are fatal, causing about 1,000 deaths annually in the United States.
- Friction Burns — Friction burns are sometimes called “rope burn” or “rug burn.” They are caused by rapid contact between human skin and another surface, like asphalt or a polished gym floor. Friction burns and skin abrasion from asphalt, common in motorcycle crashes, are called “road rash.”
- Radiation Burns — Other than sunlight, radiation burns also have several man-made causes, including tanning booths, x-ray machines, sunlamps, and chemotherapy devices used in the treatment of cancer.
- Thermal Burns — Thermal burns, or heat burns, are the most well known type of burn injury. They can be caused by contact with any hot substance, such as fire, steam, scalding water, fryer oil, or defective products that overheat.
There are also four different degrees of burn injuries: first, second, third, and fourth degree. The higher the number, the greater the damage inflicted.
- First Degree Burns — First degree burns are minor and usually heal within seven to 10 days without leaving any permanent scars. They are also called “superficial burns” because they damage only the epidermis, or outermost layer of skin.
- Second Degree Burns — Second degree burns can be “full thickness” or “partial thickness.” Both are red or pink in color, but partial thickness burns have a wet, slick appearance, while full thickness burns appear dry. Partial thickness burns may heal without grafts, but skin grafting will probably be necessary for a full thickness burn.
- Third Degree Burns — Third degree burns destroy every layer of the skin, including nerve endings. The affected area will have no sensation, but the surrounding tissue will be extremely painful and sensitive. Skin grafts are needed for treatment, which may take many months. Permanent scarring will result.
- Fourth Degree Burns — Fourth degree burns are burns that penetrate past the skin and into the body’s core, damaging bones and muscle tissue.
What is the Settlement Value of a Burn Injury Claim in Utah?
All serious injuries are painful and disruptive, but burns are notorious for causing excruciating agony and, in many cases, extensive scarring and disfigurement. In addition to causing great physical pain and, for many victims, feelings of shame and depression, severe burns may also require dozens of surgeries to repair even partially, inflicting emotional, physical, and financial devastation upon the victim and his or her loved ones.
Depending on how and why the injury occurred, it may be possible to recover compensation for a variety of financial, emotional, and physical hardships resulting from a serious burn. These losses and hardships, which are called “damages,” may include:
- Medical Bills
- Pain and Suffering
- Income Losses
With that in mind, the value of every claim or lawsuit is different. The worth of your case will be determined by a complex set of factors, which include:
- The severity of the injury.
- The length of time the injury has kept and will keep you out of work.
- The extent to which the injury reduced your future earning capacity.
- Effects on your personal life, such as loss of a marriage or career.
- The size, visibility, and severity of any scars resulting from the burns.
Accident Attorneys Representing Burn Victims in Salt Lake County
For more than 33 years, Salt Lake burn lawyer Jay Sheen has dedicated his legal career to helping accident victims recover fair compensation for negligently inflicted injuries. Jay has earned a reputation as a tough courtroom opponent, and is not afraid to fight aggressively and persistently in order to defend his clients’ best interests. Jay’s goal is to obtain a settlement or award that will help you get the care you need without having to worry about medical debt or financial hardship.
Jay handles cases throughout Salt Lake County and the state of Utah. If you cannot travel to our office in Salt Lake City because of your injuries, Jay is more than happy to come to your location. He wants to make the legal process as convenient and easy as possible for you, so that you can simply focus on healing and resting.
To set up a free legal consultation with Jay, call the law offices of Overson & Sheen right away at (801) 618-3580. You will never be charged any legal fees unless we recover compensation for you.