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Legal Help for the Injured
According to the American Burn Association, an average of 486,000 burn injuries receive medical treatment in the United States each year. In some instances, a burn injury can be a catastrophic event and alter your life’s course.
Even if the burn injury is not life-threatening, you must have competent legal representation that can alert you of your rights and pursue fair compensation for your loss and suffering. If you experienced a burn injury due to another person’s negligence, you should reach out to the Cleveland Burn Injury Attorneys at Kisling, Nestico & Redick.
If you have any questions regarding burn injuries or accidents, call our Cleveland burn injury lawyers at (216) 658-1330 or contact us via our online contact form to schedule a free initial consultation today.
Serious burns can happen anytime you encounter a flammable or heated object. Some of the most common situations involving negligence and burn injuries are:
Many causes of chemical burns include accidental discharges of chemicals through mishandling of dangerous substances. What makes chemical burns especially problematic is that the scope of the impairment is not immediately perceptible to the naked eye. Due to this fact, chemical burns can go untreated and result in serious injuries.
Chemical burn injuries affect the face, eyes, arms, and legs. The extent of the burn can depend on a plethora of considerations. Some include but are not limited to:
Chemical burns can be very volatile, so immediate treatment is critical as death can be the consequence.
First degree burns usually heal within one week and typically do not leave burn scars on the skin. Second degree burns most often leave burn scars that heal in about two to three weeks. If a person has a more severe burn, there is often no pain. The skin, however, may be torched black or white. This is indicative of a third-degree burn or higher.
There are three primary types of burn scars that affect burn injury sufferers. These types of burn scars are:
Chemical burns are not addressed the same as non-chemical burns. You should call the Poison Control Center and 911 immediately for chemical burns. Cleveland Area chemical burn victims can call (216) 658-1330. When calling in your chemical burn, it is imperative that you make sure to identify the chemical involved to ensure a successful recovery.
First-degree burns can be treated with many resources at home and items that can be acquired at your local pharmacy. Upon experiencing a first-degree burn, it’s imperative to clean the area with warm water. Next, remove all tight clothing and objects from the affected area. Then, put a topical ointment, such as Neosporin, on the burn area.
A follow-up tetanus shot is highly encouraged. If you feel that the burn is more severe, it is recommended that you seek medical attention from a local hospital such as Cleveland Clinic, Metro Health, or University Hospital.
For second, and third-degree burns, quick action is a must. You need to remove the victim from the burning area and quickly remove any burning substances from the person. Call 911 and try to keep the patient warm and still until the paramedics arrive.
Under no circumstances do you use cold water on the victim. Doing so can cause hypothermia. Other treatments include IV fluids, pain and anxiety medications, and drugs to fight infections that may develop.
Depending on the severity and other factors involved, you may be able to recover compensation for the economic and non-economic damages associated with your burn injury. This requires identifying the negligent party and establishing legal liability for the harm you endured. This is usually accomplished through an insurance claim or lawsuit.
To prove negligence, establish liability, and ultimately have a successful claim, you must show:
For instance, if you suffered burns in a truck accident, you and your lawyer will usually file a claim against the appropriate liable car insurance party and prove that the other driver had a duty to follow the traffic laws.
They subsequently breached this duty by speeding, and your burn was caused by a fire resulting from the collision. Finally, you’ll have to demonstrate that you suffered financial and other losses. This could be your medical bills, inability to work, or pain and suffering.
If you or a loved one were burnt in Cleveland because someone was negligent, you deserve to hold the liable party accountable. KNR can guide you, help you get treatment, negotiate with the insurance company, and fight for everything you deserve.
Fight for Everything You’re Owed
You shouldn’t be forced to bear the financial cost of someone’s reckless or negligent behavior that causes you to suffer a burn injury. Nor should you blindly accept a lowball insurance offer.
A burn injury lawsuit or insurance claim can help you recover your:
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What Makes KNR Special?
The injury lawyers at KNR have considerable courtroom experience and a record of winning cases related to a wide variety of burn injuries. We know what burn victims and their families need to recover so they can move on with their lives. Let us explain the law and maximize your compensation.
KNR will illustrate what you endured and how suffering from burns impacted your life, making the harm apparent to a judge or jury. Your attorney will work with your physicians and medical experts to delve into the consequences of this injury from your inability to work or enjoy life as you did before the accident.