Rochester Burn Injury Lawyers
Dedicated personal injury attorneys helping burn injury victims, and those injured in fire and explosion accidents in Rochester, NY
The largest organ in your body is the human epidermis, otherwise known as your skin. Your skin’s main job is to protect your body and control body temperature. In most instances, skin heals very fast when it is injured. Burn injuries are a whole different story. Some burn injuries could be with you for life, leaving scars that will never leave your body. These burn marks can permanently alter your appearance. If you’ve suffered a severe burn through the negligence of someone else, you need to contact our experienced Rochester burn injury lawyers for a legal consultation. We have helped countless burn victims recover the compensation they deserve for their injuries.
It is very important to know the different types of burns one can receive.
Burns are classified four ways.
- Burn Injuries from Light
- Burn Injuries from Thermal sources
- Burn Injuries from Chemicals
- Burn Injuries from Electrical sources
An example of a light burn would be a sun burn. The skin turns red and is very sensitive to even the slightest touch. Sometimes people can get light burns form an actual light bulb. If a caregiver leaves a child or an elderly person in the sun for too long the child or elderly person could be entitled to compensation due to the carelessness of the caregiver.
Burning yourself on a hot stove, or grill is an example of what we call thermal burns; when the skin is exposed to extremely hot temperatures. Thermal burns have a wide range of effects from mild to severe. If you are burned because of the negligence of someone else, you need to contact an attorney ASAP in order to see what your legal rights are. There is a famous case where someone was burned from a scolding hot McDonald’s coffee. They were awarded their rightful compensation.
Most chemical burns are a result of products you have lying around the house such as bleach, pool chlorine and some cleaning products. Chemical burns can be devastating because they burn into deeper layers of skin.
Electrical burns are the result of high voltage electricity traveling through the body. Electrical burns may be caused by lightning, but more common is direct contact with a source of electricity. If enough voltage passes through the body the heart can stop. Frequently though, contact with an electric source can cause severe burns and damage internal organs.
These burn injuries are most often seen by those who work in an industrial or construction setting. If you’ve suffered an electrical burn while working, take a few minutes and contact an attorney that is experienced in work-related burn injuries.
Severity of Burns
There are three different types of classifications for burns; 1st degree, 2nd degree, and 3rd degree.
- First degree burns are superficial and damage the top layer of skin (the epidermis) – think sunburn.
- Burns extending into the second layer of skin, the dermis, are known as second degree burns.
- Third degree burns damage the epidermis, the dermis, and fat tissue beneath the layers of skin. Third degree burns are the most serious type of burns because they permanently damage the skin’s nerve endings. However, third degree burns are potentially fatal and require long-term, painful treatment.
If you or a loved one is burned – and the cause was no fault of their own, it is crucial to seek medical attention immediately and get the injuries taken care of. Don’t worry about the cost, just get the best treatment possible. Once treated, let the experienced Rochester burn injury lawyers at Friedman & Ranzenhofer deal with ongoing costs and responsibility for the injury. You focus on your recovery.
If you wish to talk about your burn accident, or the injury that happened to a family member, please contact us. There is no charge to speak with us, we offer a free confidential consultation. Our Rochester burn injury lawyers will spend the time needed to discuss what happened and what rights you have regarding the incident.
Have you been badly burned which caused severe injuries? Contact Friedman & Ranzenhofer P.C. for experience you can count on. Our dedicated burn injury lawyers have decades of experience fighting the insurance companies to obtain positive results for burn injury victims.