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Burn Injuries are some of the most intense and excruciating injuries you can suffer. Not only do you have to manage the physical pain, but often there are long-term psychological and emotional effects caused from trauma and scarring. Whether the injury resulted from a faulty appliance such as a pressure cooker, or whether you sustained a chemical burn injury in the workplace, Akron burn injury lawyers at Kisling, Nestico & Redick have years of practice and know-how to help you and your family reclaim compensation for your injuries.
Burn injuries can cause deep tissue damage, scarring, and lead to months, even years, of expensive treatment and recovery. Losses from being unable to work and costly medical expenses can add up quickly and cause added stress and anxiety. In some extreme cases, burn victims will be unable to work for a living again. If you are in this situation talking with an experienced attorney may help you navigate through this difficult time. Call (330) 869-9007 and speak with an Akron burn injury lawyer and see how we can help and support you through the recovery of your burn injuries.
Common Causes of Burn Injuries
There are many causes of burn injuries from motor vehicle accidents to faulty electrical equipment or wires. According to the American Burn Association, over 40% of admissions for burns are caused by fires – fires in the home or backyard, work, and motor vehicle accidents.
In Ohio, almost 40% of burn injuries resulted from residential fires. MetroHealth, one of the eight burn centers in Ohio, treats more than 1,700 burn injuries a year, including various degrees of burns caused by electricity, lightning, chemicals, and smoke inhalation.
The different types of burn injuries can be described as:
Scalding Injuries – These may occur from steam, hot water, spilled hot beverages etc. According to Ohio’s Children’s Hospital, young children are the highest percentage to suffer these types of burns, as their skin is thinner.
Thermal Burn Injuries – These often take place in the workplace, but can happen in your home through contact with hot objects such as an iron or oven.
Electrical Burn Injuries – These occur from direct contact with electricity. Electrical current enters and travels through the body. Serious damage may occur along the path of the current.
Chemical Burns – These can take place in the workplace or home and are often a result of misuse of products such as bleach, oven cleaner, battery acid etc. Chemicals continue to burn the skin until the chemical is removed, neutralized, or flushed. According to the United States Department of Labor, skin exposure to chemicals in the workplace is a significant problem in the U.S.
Direct Contact with Fire / Flame – This includes residential fires, fireworks, and motor vehicle accidents. Residential fires can start from a variety of ways including:
- Faulty or overheated space heaters or portable heaters
- Faulty electrical wiring
- Overloaded outlets
- Light fixtures, for example installing a bulb with a wattage that is too high
- Defective household appliances
- Smoking or unattended candles
Degrees of Burn Injuries
In Ohio alone, there are eight burn care facilities that specialize in the treatment of severe burns. These include Ohio State University’s Wexner Medical Center, which treats over 700 adult patients for burn injuries every year, and the Akron Children’s Hospital Burn Center, which provides specialized care for burn victims of all ages and is a certified Level I Trauma Center- the highest designation a burn unit can receive by the American College of Surgeons.
Ohio State University’s Wexner Medical Center describes the degrees of burns as:
First-degree burn – also called a superficial burn. One of the mildest forms of skin injuries affecting the first layer of your skin. They often don’t require medical burn treatment. Skin may become red, painful, and swollen.
Second-degree burn – damage extends beyond the top layer of the skin (epidermis) and affects the dermis (lower layer of skin). This can be extremely painful as the skin blisters and becomes very sore. Usually, this type of burn takes a few weeks to heal and will leave pigment changes to the skin as well as possible burn scar.
Third-degree burn – involves all the layers of the skin. Fat, nerves, muscles, and even bone may be burned. The skin may be charred black or appear very white. Pain is likely to be severe. If nerves are damaged, no pain may be felt at all. Burn treatment is extensive and will result in scarring.
Fourth-degree burns – involves all layers of the skin and the underlying and deeper tissue. It usually involves muscle and bone. There is no feeling since the nerve endings are destroyed and burn treatment can often result in loss of the burned part.
Unfortunately, one of the results of second, third, and fourth-degree burn injuries are burn scars. Burn scars can cause serious disfigurement and can be very difficult to deal with. They can harm not only the body, but a person’s self-confidence and self-esteem, potentially leading to emotional or psychological distress.
Seeking Compensation after a Burn Injury
Burn Injuries can be costly due to the long-term treatments and management they require. Many burn injuries are the result of negligence, inadequate workplace safety systems and standards, and defective home products. If you, or a member of your family, have sustained a burn injury, a burn injury attorney can help you navigate through this difficult time and help you figure out who was responsible.
As with all personal injury cases, gaining compensation depends on a number of factors, including where the burn happened and how it happened and being able to prove external negligence. This is where working with an experienced attorney can really be beneficial.
If your injury happened while at work you may be entitled to immediate payment of your medical expenses as well as lost wages and potentially other forms of relief.
Our Akron Burn Injury Lawyers Can Help You
Akron injury lawyers at Kisling, Nestico & Redick can help you seek compensation for any burn injury and after-effects you may be suffering, from residential fire, to workplace chemical incident, or motor vehicle accident. We have offices in 11 cities throughout Ohio and have a diverse team that can provide support in many other areas, including work injuries, road accidents, and wrongful deaths.