Fort Myers Burn Injury Lawyer
A serious burn is not only one of the most painful types of injuries anyone can sustain, but they often require extensive medical care and may result in permanent disfigurement and scarring. Skin grafts and plastic surgery are usually necessary when a burn victim suffers third degree burns, though second degree burns can also require a hospital stay and medical care. In addition to medical expenses, a burn victim may also be entitled to compensation for their pain and suffering, lost income, loss of joy of life, scarring, disability, and more. The Fort Myers burn injury lawyer at Cardinal Law, P.A. assists clients who were burned, and injured in other ways, in car crashes, work accidents, premises accidents, and more.
Types of Burn Accidents
There are almost no places in modern society in which a burn cannot happen. We are surrounded by electricity and/or combustible fuel in virtually all aspects of life: in vehicles, at our places of work, school, stores, at home, etc. Whether you were burned in an auto accident, by a defective consumer product, or on the premises of another party, there may be one or more liable parties. We handle a variety of burn accidents, including the following:
- Traffic collisions
- Defective consumer products
- Work accidents
- Power lines
- Dangerous chemicals
- Premises accidents
The Three Degrees of Burn Injuries
There are three categories of burns, not counting chemical burns, that can occur from thermal or electrical shock exposure:
- First Degree Burn—Only the outer layer of skin (the epidermis) is burned. First degree burns usually heal on their own within a few days.
- Second Degree Burn—Second degree burns are characterized by damage to the epidermis and the outer dermis layer. Second degree burns are red and blistered, and usually result in swelling and significant pain.
- Third Degree Burn—All of the layers of skin are burned. The skin appears white or black, and the burn site is extremely painful. However, if the nerve endings are totally destroyed at the burn site, there may be minimal pain and sensation. If fat, muscle, bone, and/or ligament are also burned, it may be classified as a fourth degree burn. Such burns are often fatal, or result in amputation.
In general, the actual degree of burn matters less than the surface area burned, and the part or parts of the body affected. Burns to the face are more serious an injury than the same burn to the legs or the hands. Similarly, a small third degree burn may actually be less serious—in terms of medical outcome and potential long term disability/impairment—than a much larger second degree burn.
Contact a Fort Myers Burn Injury Lawyer Today
If you or a loved one suffered a burn injury caused by a negligent driver, defective electronic device, careless business owner, or by any other party that owed you a duty of care, it is in your best interest to call a Fort Myers burn injury lawyer today. Call Cardinal Law, P.A. at 844-874-PAIN to schedule a free consultation.