Understanding Your Rights After a Severe Burn Injury

Doctor's hands holding female hand with second degree burnsThere are four degrees of burn injury:

  • First Degree (epidermis)
  • Second Degree (epidermis and some dermis)
  • Third Degree (complete epidermis and dermis)
  • Fourth Degree (Epidermis, dermis, and potential muscles, tendon, and bone damage)

Under most circumstances, first and second-degree burns can be handled through at-home medical care and, while they can be painful, will not result in any lasting or severe consequences. Third-degree and fourth-degree burns will, however, necessitate medical intervention and may result in permanent damage, including disfigurement and loss of physical abilities.

When you suffer a burn injury in an accident, you may be entitled to seek compensation for all of the damages that ensue. This can include:

  • Physical Pain
  • Adapting to New Limitations
  • Emotional Suffering
  • Medical and Rehabilitation Expenses
  • Current and Future Lost Wages
  • Special Home Modifications or Care
  • Adaptive Technologies

And while some of these damages can be easily established, others, such as pain and suffering, have no fixed cost. Having an experienced attorney on your side can help ensure that the maximum compensation is sought to help you receive the real compensation your injury demands.

A Note on Christmas Tree Fires

There are hundreds of Christmas tree fires every year. Many of these are caused by faulty wires or defective lights. You can help prevent a fire by checking your wires for kinks or exposure, ensuring all of your lights are in working order, and never leaving your lights on when you go to bed or leave home.

Brown & Brown is Here to Help

Voted a favorite law firm by readers of STL Today, Brown & Brown is a plaintiffs’ law firm with a long and proud history of fighting for victims of serious and debilitating injury. Intelligent, attentive, and tireless, our lawyers take the time to understand how burn injuries impact the individual victim and build solid cases to seek appropriate compensation in each case.

We have offices in Southern Illinois and Missouri and serve people throughout the greater St. Louis area. If you need a burn injury lawyer, please call 314-333-3333 or 618-888-8888 to schedule your free case review today. And remember: If you can’t come to us, we’ll come to you.

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