Burn Victims

Going through a devastating experience like a fire, an explosion, a serious car accident, or breathing smoke or toxins is frightening. When such an experience results in a burn injury, it can become horrifying. The physical and mental pain caused by burns is some of the worst imaginable. It can be overwhelming.

If you've suffered a burn injury due to the carelessness or negligence of someone else, you're entitled to answers and to be fairly paid for your pain and loss of quality of life.

Burn Injuries 

There are many causes of burn injuries, for example:

  • Inherently unsafe products and equipment, such as certain chemicals
  • Unstable products, such as fuels
  • Explosive liquids and materials
  • Defective and poorly designed and manufactured products and equipment
  • Motor vehicle and other crashes and accidents
  • Anything that is extremely hot, such as water pipes
  • Workplace environments and machinery
  • Anything that carries electricity, such as wires
  • Anything that prevents escape, such as emergency exits that don’t work
  • Badly designed or manufactured warning devices, such as fire and smoke alarms

These are only a few of the things that can cause fires and burn injuries.

What the Law Says

Burns are personal injuries. Burn victims have a limited period of time to take legal action against whoever caused their injuries. That period is known as the statute of limitations. In Iowa and Illinois injured persons, including burn victims, generally have two years from the time of injury to file a lawsuit.

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TYPES OF BURNS

While you're probably familiar with first, second, and third-degree burns, the degree of a burn can go all the way to the sixth degree.

  1. A first-degree burn is relatively mild and usually causes the outer level of the skin to become red and sting or ache.
  2. A second-degree goes deeper into the outer and inner layers of the skin and can cause swelling and blisters.
  3. A third-degree burn penetrates the skin down to deeper tissues, including muscles, tendons and ligaments, and can cause charring or numbness.
  4. Fourth, fifth, and sixth-degree burns have similar characteristics as third-degree burns, but can also affect the bone. All burns have the potential to cause scarring and disfigurement.

The degree of a burn shows how serious it is. Generally speaking, the higher the degree of a burn the greater will be the pain and anguish and short and long-term effects upon the victim’s life, as well as the short and long term medical costs and expenses and financial impact. A badly burned person will probably need ongoing medical care, both physical and mental, just to cope with daily living.

The only remedy the law offers to a burn victim is the opportunity to take legal action against whoever caused the harm and seek monetary compensation, called damages. Damages can include the cost of past, present, and future medical care, lost income, impaired earning capacity and fair and reasonable compensation for physical and mental pain and anguish and disfigurement, if appropriate, that the burn victim has experienced and can be expected to experience in the future.

I take all of these considerations into account for my clients.

Quad City Area Burn Injury Attorney

Experiencing a burn injury can be overwhelming on the body as well as the mind. If the injury results in second or third-degree burns, matters can become even worse. If you are attempting to heal from a burn injury that was caused by someone else, attorney Earl Payson can help you get the compensation you deserve. Schedule a consultation today.