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what to do after a burn injury

Burn injuries cause life-altering disfigurement, pain and suffering, as well as expensive medical bills. You may be unable to work and support yourself as a result of your burns, and you may be facing years of rehabilitation and medical treatments.

Our experienced injury lawyers serve the greater Louisville, Kentucky and Jeffersonville, Indiana areas. If you or a loved one was burned because of someone else’s negligence or because of a workplace accident, please call our law firm at (502) 222-2222 for a free case evaluation.

Every year in the U.S., almost half a million people seek medical treatment for burn injuries, and 40,000 of those cases require hospitalization, according to the American Burn Association.

Along with immediate pain and trauma, burn injuries can produce devastating, long-term effects such as disfigurement, muscle and organ damage, loss of sensation and deep scarring.

The severe injury attorneys at the Karl Truman Law Office recognize the staggering physical and financial impacts of burn injuries, including:

  • Emergency care
  • Surgery
  • Rehabilitation
  • Physical therapy
  • Loss of work
  • Counseling
  • Ongoing assisted care

Working with a qualified personal injury lawyer is a critical first step in seeking the maximum compensation for your unique situation. Our experience in burn injury cases gives you an excellent advantage in regaining your sense of financial stability and beginning to heal from the trauma of your burns.

Levels of Burn Injuries

First-degree burns affect the outer layer of skin only, causing redness and slight inflammation. These burns can often be treated at home, but sometimes need medical treatment for pain and possible fluid imbalances.

Second-degree burns penetrate deeper epidermal layers and involve red or blotchy skin, blisters and swelling. Medical treatment may be necessary depending on the severity of the injury.

Third-degree burns destroy all skin layers and are distinguished by a charred, leathery appearance. Third-degree burns are severe, and require medical treatment.

Fourth-degree burns reach beyond the skin layers to harm muscles, organs and bones. Hospitalization is always necessary for these extreme cases.

Types of Burn Injuries

Burns are commonly the result of accidents at home; however, some severe burns are the result of auto accidents, workplace accidents or otherwise the result of someone else’s carelessness causing your injury. The main types of burns are:

  • Thermal burns result from contact with fire or flames and are the leading cause of burn injuries in the U.S., often occurring in the home.
  • Scalds are caused by hot liquid or steam and most commonly associated with elderly, disabled or pediatric victims.  
  • Electrical burns are prevalent in construction accidents and often occur when a power source is not properly grounded or covered.
  • Chemical burns typically arise on worksites that utilize industrial compounds and can result from fume-inhalation or direct contact.  

You may be entitled to compensation if your burn was caused at the workplace or because of someone else’s carelessness. Our experienced and compassionate injury lawyers will fight tirelessly to pursue compensation on your behalf.

If you or someone you know has suffered a severe burn injury, please contact the Karl Truman Law Office by calling us toll-free at 812-282-8500 or locally at (502) 222-2222 today to schedule a free case evaluation. Our offices are conveniently located in Louisville, Kentucky and Jeffersonville, Indiana locations.