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Many victims suffer from burns as well as other harm when they are in extremely destructive accidents. Traffic accidents, boat collisions, or accidents in the house or a work can suddenly present a serious threat of fire. You can sustain significant tissue damage and ongoing discomfort even in an accident that is not life threatening. A burn injury will generally take weeks or months of medical attention and can result in lasting physical damage and inability to do many routine activities for a long time. Many burn victims suffer greatly when their condition and treatments don’t allow for them to return to the life they once took for granted. Do not hesitate to contact one of our skilled Toledo burn injury lawyers if you are in this position. You have the right to compensation, and your recovery cannot wait any longer than necessary.
Contact Kisling, Nestico, & Redick to speak with a Toledo personal injury lawyer who understands how to secure damages for you after a serious burn injury. Our legal team has years of experience with Ohio burn injury law, and we know how important compensation is after a terrible accident. Call our office today at (419) 324-8205.
The Toledo Area Has Many Incidents of Serious Burns
Many different types of accidents have the potential to leave you with burns. Unfortunately burn injuries are common in Ohio. The United States Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has found that there are over three fatalities and 15 injuries for every fire reported in Ohio. These rates are about 30% greater than the national average. As burn injury attorneys who have represented many families, we know that burns are often a devastating setback. Common types of accidents that cause burns include:
- Car accidents – Your vehicle can catch fire after being in a collision on a city street or highway such as Interstates 90 or 75. A recent collision in Ottawa County caused a car to burst into flames and resulted in the death of one victim.
- Boat accidents – Small recreational boats or larger commercial vessels can catch on fire or burst into flames in a collision. There have been many incidents on the Maumee River as well as Lake Erie near Toledo.
- Defective product accidents – A dangerous tool or appliance can cause a terrible fire at your home or place of work. Your lawyer will have to investigate what went wrong and caused the object to ignite into a serious fire.
- Camping and recreational accidents – Many people are hurt while using camping equipment or pyrotechnic devices. A man was recently rushed to St. Vincent Hospital after a large firework shell exploded as he was handling it.
- Dangerous buildings – Owners of buildings must take appropriate sets to keep visitors safe in the event of a fire. You can be badly injured if smoke detectors are defective, exits are blocked, or flammable materials are dangerously stored.
Different Degrees of Burns
No two burns are the same, and you may experience many different physical reactions in the moments and days after a burn. The many nerves in your skin and possibly the tissue beneath may be damaged beyond repair. Even mild burns cause great discomfort and can keep you immobile or bedridden for a long time. The complexity of burns cannot be overstated. For example, a chemical burn must be addressed very differently than one caused by an electrical shock. Medical professionals differentiate burns by the amount of damage they do to tissue. The deeper the burn on a victim, the more harm done. The different degrees of burns that you can sustain are:
- First degree – These burns only affect the top layer of skin and are considered least serious. While you may experience pain for several days, it’s likely that you will have a full recovery without any lasting tissue damage.
- Second degree – This involves damage to the second layer of skin known as the dermis, and you must not delay in seeking medical help. While you may have permanent loss of sensation, it’s possible that you can heal over several weeks without the need of surgeries or invasive medical operations.
- Third-degree – Significant tissue damage requires surgeries in order to prevent infection which can result in death. This type of burn will have lasting effects on the nervous system and possibly the victim’s mobility.
- Fourth degree – Unlike the other degrees, this is generally due to electrical accidents where organs or other tissue under the skin are affected. It’s possible that you will need ongoing medical care and operations in order to recover.
Recovering Compensation That You Need After a Burn
Burns are very painful and must be addressed without delay. A minor burn should be treated with cool water, antibacterial ointment, and be wrapped in gauze to allow healing. However, more serious burns need the attention of medical professionals as soon as possible. Your life can be in immediate danger. Infection and organ failure can begin shortly if not properly treated. Your second or third-degree burns may keep you in the hospital for an extended period of time. It’s important that you contact skilled legal counsel if you are in this position. Your lawyer must understand how to investigate fault in your accident, and how to negotiate with the insurance companies in order to secure the financial help you need.
Our Toledo burn injury lawyers have recovered damages for many injury victims. We understand how difficult and painful a severe burn can be. You will not only need help for your current bills, but for ongoing treatment and financial needs going into the future. The legal team at Kisling, Nestico, & Redick can help you recover compensation for the following after an accident results in terrible burns:
- Medical bills – Your current doctor bills can quickly add up after seeing numerous physicians for extensive treatment. Ongoing treatment including skin grafts and physical therapy may be needed.
- Lost wages – People with serious burns often cannot return to work for a long time after their accident. You can recover damages for your lost earnings as well as lost future income that is no longer available due to your accident.
- Medical and therapy equipment – Your injuries may make it difficult to do simple tasks at your home or in your vehicle. It may be necessary to purchase expensive equipment in order to help you perform routine activities.
- Pain and suffering – The pain you experience after an accident that results in burns can be immense. You have the right to pursue damages for suffering that you have sustained as a result of another party’s careless actions.
- Punitive damages – Ohio law allows for these extra damages to be recovered if it can be demonstrated that the party responsible for the accident acted with particular malice or extreme recklessness.
A Lawyer From Kisling, Nestico, & Redick Can Help You
Any serious accident can have a long-lasting impact on you and your family. There are countless ways to be injured in an auto wreck, power tool accident, or work-related accident. Burns are unfortunately quite common in Ohio, and many victims will need extended care for a long period of time. It’s possible that your burn injuries may permanently change your life. For these reasons we strongly encourage you to hire a skilled personal injury lawyer if your accident was caused by the reckless or negligent actions of another. Our Toledo burn injury lawyers have investigated many cases, and we know that your recovery will require significant financial help. Ohio has a very strict statute of limitations which may prohibit you from seeking damages for personal injury after two years have passed since your accident: Act as soon as possible and to call a lawyer today.
Contact Kisling, Nestico & Redick to speak with one of our burn injury attorneys in Toledo. We can help you understand your options for recovery after a terrible accident has caused you or a loved one extensive harm. Call our office today at (419) 324-8205.