Severe burn injuries are often catastrophic, resulting in permanent nerve damage, scarring, and disfigurement. Victims may have to adjust to a decreased quality of life, and may face long-term medical treatment and therapy. Our firm is passionate about guiding clients through the Florida legal system. We will help you pursue justice from those responsible.
Understanding the Types of Burn Injuries
There are four classifications of burn injuries:
- First-degree burns. These burns affect only the outer layer of skin, known as the epidermis. The affected area may appear red and slightly swollen, but will heal quickly without medical treatment.
- Second-degree burns. These burns affect the epidermis and dermis, the second layer of skin. The affected area may appear red and swollen, with blisters. These injuries will usually heal without needing extensive medical treatment.
- Third-degree burns. These burns are more serious, affecting both layers of skin as well as the layer of fat under the skin, known as adipose tissue. The affected area may appear waxy or leathery, and be white or tan. Immediate medical attention is needed to treat these injuries.
- Fourth-degree burns. These are the most serious burn injuries. They affect both layers of skin, the adipose tissue, and the bones, muscles, and soft tissues. The affected area may appear blackened, and the skin may be completely burned away. If not given emergency medical treatment, these burns could be fatal.
What Compensation Am I Entitled To?
Because third and fourth-degree burns are so severe, they often lead to expensive medical bills, and may prevent a person from maintaining gainful employment. If another party caused your burn injuries, it is important to file a claim to seek justice as soon as possible.
Depending on the situation, you may be able to receive:
- Economic damages
- Past, present, and future expected medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Non-economic damages
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Loss of enjoyment of life
Other types of compensation may also be available, depending on the facts of your case. It is important to obtain representation by an experienced Miami catastrophic injury attorney to fight for the maximum amount of compensation. You will need financial support as you recover, and our firm is here to help.
If you or a loved one have suffered a severe burn injury, Mitchell & West LLC can provide efficient representation. We know you are going through a stressful situation, and will communicate with you honestly throughout the process. We will help you file the documents in a timely manner, and will represent you as you seek the settlement you deserve. Call our office today at (305) 783-3301 to schedule a consultation.