According to the American Burn Association, there were over 650,000 burn injuries reported in the United States last year which required medical attention. Of these injuries, approximately 43% were from a fire injury, 33% from a scald injury, 9% from a hot object injury, 4% from electrical injury, and 3% from a chemical burn injury. Burn Injuries are generally classified into three categories:
- First Degree Burns only involve the outer layer of skin, the epidermis. It may cause redness, swelling, and pain. Healing generally occurs within 3-5 days.
- Second Degree Burns involve the entire epidermis and upper layers of the dermis. Wounds will be pink, red in color, and appear wet.
- Third Degree Burns involve all layers of the skin and underlying fat. Muscle and even bone may be affected. Burned areas may be charred black or white.
The burns themselves can be extraordinarily painful and can lead to infection, other complications, disability and in some cases, death. The most common complications from a burn injury include cellulitis, pneumonia, respiratory failure, wound infection, septicemia, arrhythmia, and bacteremia.
When these injuries are the result of negligence, our experienced Atlanta, Georgia burn injury lawyer will work tirelessly to achieve the compensation you deserve. Sometimes, determining who is responsible for a person’s burn injuries is difficult. Ponton Law will ensure a detailed investigation takes place. For example, in a car accident, burns may not necessarily be entirely the fault of the party that caused the accident. The manufacturer of the victim’s automobile or one of its component parts could be equally or fully liable for placing a defective product on the market. Burn injuries may be caused by chemicals or by fire. Fires can start because of any number of hazards including faulty or defective wiring in an apartment, condominium, home or commercial building, from defective propane tanks, downed power lines or arson. We make sure that we explore all potential sources in an effort to maximize your recovery.
Damages arising from burn injuries include:
- Medical expenses (past and future)
- Lost income
- Pain and suffering
- Scarring and disfigurement
- Disability or physical impairment
- Loss of ability to enjoy life
- Among other elements of damage under Georgia law
If you or someone you know has been injured or killed as a result of a burn injury, contact an Atlanta, Georgia burn injury lawyer at Ponton Law or call 404-418-8507 to speak with an attorney today.