Portland Burn Injury Lawyer
Burn injuries are one of the scariest consequences of an accident. Burns, of course, affect the skin which is the body’s first level of protection against infection. When someone suffers a serious burn injury, they are at increased risk for a number of life-threatening complications on top of dealing with the actual damage to their skin and surrounding tissue.
There are many examples of another person or legal entity’s negligence causing a burn injury, such as car accidents, defective electrical wiring, and faulty consumer products. A skilled Portland burn injury lawyer can assist you in seeking compensation from the at-fault parties. Rosenbaum Law Group, PC, represents burn victims and their families in pursuing personal injury claims and dealing with insurance companies who are responsible for covering losses sustained as the result of a preventable accident.
Why Do Burn Injuries Happen?
There are a few common scenarios we see with burn injury victims:
- Car accidents. There is always a risk in a car crash that damage to a vehicle’s gas tank will ignite the contents and start a fire. Victims trapped inside their cars may be unable to escape before they are engulfed in flames.
- Faulty wiring. Many home and structure fires are the result of bad wiring. This includes wiring that was faulty by design as well as wiring that simply becomes worn down over time with use. If a property owner is negligent in regularly inspecting their wiring and repairing any known faults, they can be held liable if someone suffers a burn injury in a subsequent fire.
- Industrial accidents. Many industries, including construction and logging, expose workers to hazardous materials, chemicals, and equipment. A lack of property safety standards on the job site can lead to workers suffering serious burns due to a fire or chemical exposure.
Medical professionals classify burns based on the extent of the damage to the body. A first-degree burn is considered the least serious type of injury and typically only involves minor redness and swelling in the affected area. Second- and third-degree burns generally require medical treatment. Third-degree burns are especially serious since the injury affects all layers of the skin and often results in scarring and disfigurement. It is also possible to suffer fourth-degree burns, which are often fatal.
Burn injury victims can seek a variety of damages in a personal injury claim. Legal damages are generally divided into economic and non-economic losses. Economic damages are those costs that can be readily quantified, such as the burn victim’s medical bills, lost income, and their need for rehabilitation services. Non-economic damages are more difficult to quantify yet are still subject to compensation. In burn injury cases this often includes pain and suffering and the victim’s ongoing mental trauma.
Contact Rosenbaum Law Group Today
Any burn injury should be taken seriously. Victims should always seek emergency medical attention. And if your injury was the result of an accident caused by someone else, you should not hesitate to contact a qualified Portland burn injury lawyer. Call Rosenbaum Law Group, PC, today to schedule a free initial consultation with a member of our staff.