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Nobody ever plans to get a burn injury; heat, chemicals, and fire in their many forms can cause unexpected damage and injury to anyone, particularly during chilly Ohio winters when stovetops, lights, and home furnaces are working at full capacity. Your injuries may have caused psychological, as well as physical, damage, and may even be severe enough to cause long-lasting or permanent damage. Chemical and third-degree burns in particular can leave long-lasting burn scars. Burn injuries may be keeping you out of work, on disability, in pain, in debt, or simply unable to participate in your day-to-day life at full capacity.
Our Columbus burn injury lawyers at Kisling, Nestico & Redick have years of collective experience navigating the difficulties of dealing with burn injuries, whether they were the result of chemicals, kitchens, or other circumstances on the job or in someone’s home. For 500 years, KNR has advocated for burn injury victims in a variety of situations and capacities.
If you are a victim of a burn accident caused by anything from chemical burns to kitchen ovens to electrical fires, immediately contact the Columbus burn injury attorneys with KNR. Call us at (614) 487-8669 or use our online contact form to reach out.
Common Causes of Burn Injuries
According to the Ohio State University’s Wexner Medical Center, external burns result from damage to body tissue caused by accidents related to heat, radiation, chemicals, or fire. Internal burns and respiratory problems are also possible side effects from exposure to scalding liquid or smoke.
In Ohio, residential structure fires cause 39.3 injuries and 8.2 deaths per 1,000 fires. According to the Ohio Committee for Severe Weather Awareness, Ohio winters are a prime time for heat and fire-related injuries. In 2017, there were 109 reported accidental residential fire fatalities in Ohio. The city of Columbus reported common causes of burn injuries in Ohio, including:
- Electrical fires due to overloaded outlets, misuse of extension cords, worn out appliances or electrical cords, and not turning off lights and decorations before going to bed or leaving the home.
- Unattended cooking
- Space heaters, which cause almost half of reported U.S. fires during the winter months.
- Smoking and smoking-related accidents.
- Generators, which can cause fire hazards as well as electrical shock and carbon monoxide poisoning.
Degrees of Burn Injuries
The Ohio State University classifies burns according to three levels:
- First degree burns: Mild damage to the topmost layer of skin, or epidermis.
- Second degree burns: Moderate, deeper damage to the epidermis as well as the lower layer of skin (the dermis).
- Third degree burns: Deep tissue damage that exceeds both the epidermis and dermis and can even result in “charred” or numbed skin and long-lasting injury.
- Fourth degree burns: Can be deadly and often affects ligaments, tendons, and bone.
Depending on the burn degree your skin has sustained, you may experience a variety of side effects which require varying treatments.
Seeking Compensation After a Burn Injury
Much of the time, the victim is not at fault for causing their burn injuries. The cause is often negligence due to lack of training, oversight, or other inattention to safety practices and equipment maintenance in the workplace or in residential settings.
As with any personal injury lawsuit, a burn victim must prove that external negligence from another person or entity are at fault to gain compensation. Proving this negligence can be tricky, as can navigating the legal system. Our KNR Columbus burn injury attorneys can guide you through every step of understanding the legal process, help you win burn treatment, and assist you in seeking compensation for burn injuries.
After sustaining burn injuries, you may wish to file a personal injury lawsuit or for worker’s compensation, particularly if your injury occurred on the job, or you are seeking burn treatment for your injuries. A number of losses may receive compensation in a Columbus personal injury lawsuit. The burn injury attorneys at KNR have helped numerous Columbus-area burn victims get compensation for physical, psychological, and financial damages.
Our Columbus Burn Injury Lawyers Can Help You
Our skilled legal team at Kisling, Nestico & Redick can help you seek compensation for any burn injuries and after effects you sustained from fire hazard-related experiences. Because our eleven locations permeate Ohio, we cover extensive ground and leave no Ohio city behind. In addition to burn accidents, our attorneys have skills in numerous other legal areas including wrongful deaths, truck accidents, work injuries, and motorcycle accidents.
If you have any questions regarding your case, call our Columbus personal injury lawyers at (614) 487-8669 or contact us via our online contact form to schedule a free initial consultation with an experienced Ohio burn injury attorney.