If you have been injured or a loved one has been killed in any type of accident resulting in a burn injury you may be entitled to significant compensation. Bakersfield burn injury attorney Mickey Fine will evaluate your case for free to help you determine if you have cause to file suit and seek damages for medical expenses, lost wages, and personal pain and suffering.
The National Institutes of Health reports that more than two million people require medical treatment for burns each year. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has found that 50,000 burn injuries require long-term hospitalization, and nearly 15,000 people die each year from these traumatic injuries or complications associated with them, such as infection.
The most common cause of burn injury is fire, but other causes such as radiation or chemicals can be equally dangerous. Explosions, common on oil rigs, frequently result in both burn injuries and others such as head trauma, spinal cord injury, and amputation.
Types of Burns
There are four degrees of burns:
- First degree burns – These burns involve only the epidermis. They may appear red and be quite painful, but they generally require only minor medical intervention and heal within a week
- Second degree burns – These burns involve the epidermis and the papillary and reticular dermis. They will be moist and are often accompanied by a blister. Second degree burns are painful and will require some medical care during their two to three week healing period. Infection can accompany this type of burn and scarring is often an inevitable consequence
- Third degree burns – These burns extend through the entire dermis. Third degree burns look white and leathery, and require excision to remove. Depending on the area burned, amputation may be necessary. Contractures, scarring, and a loss of function are all common with this type of burn
- Fourth degree burns – These burns extend into subcutaneous tissue and may impact underlying muscle and bone. With their black appearance, fourth degree burns require excision to remove. As with third degree burns, treatment may necessitate amputation. Even when a limb is saved, disfigurement and a permanent loss of function will accompany these burns. Fourth degree burns commonly result in death
You Deserve Justice
At the Law Offices of Mickey Fine we have over two decades of experience in helping victims of these serious injuries get compensation for all of their damages. We will work with you on an individual basis to determine how your burn injury will impact every area of your life and fight tooth and nail to ensure you are provided with the compensation you deserve.
If you or a loved one has sustained a burn injury in an accident, please contact the Law Offices of Mickey Fine to schedule a free consultation with our Bakersfield burn injury attorney today.