Burn Injuries

Why Burn Injuries require unusual expertise

An estimated 2.4 million burn injuries are reported each year in the United States, and thousands of these occur in Washington. Burn injuries are especially challenging to translate into economic terms, and healing from a burn can be a long, painful, and expensive process. A severe burn injury will often have far-reaching consequences including emotional and psychological damage. Burn victims who have been hurt through no fault of their own should be entitled to focus solely on their rehabilitation without having to worry about how their bills will be paid or if and when they will receive justice for their injuries.

19710.jpgOur staff of skilled and experienced Seattle Personal Injury attorneys will ensure your legal representation is not something you need to worry about; you can rest assured knowing we will work hard to get you the maximum compensation available.

What is a burn injury? A burn is an injury that is caused by heat, radiation, chemicals or electricity. The most common causes of burn injuries are:

  • Chemicals at work and in the home, such as drain cleaners;
  • Defective smoke detectors;
  • Scalding from spilled food and liquids;
  • Defective appliances, including barbecues, hot water heaters and furnaces;
  • Fireworks;
  • Inhalation of dangerous fumes; and
  • Defective industrial products.

Burn Classifications:

First-degree burns affect only the outer layer of skin, the epidermis, and cause swelling, pain, tingling and sensitivity of the skin. Being burned by hot liquids, including beverages like hot tea or hot coffee are one possible cause of first-degree burns. Recovery time for a first degree burn is usually less than a week.

Second-degree burns affect the epidermis and the underlying layer, the dermis. The area around the burn will be red, swollen and blistered and will be accompanied by extreme pain. Second-degree burns can leave extensive scarring. Common causes include scalding liquids, flame injury, or flash injury. Second-degree burns are usually healed in three to four weeks.

Third-degree burns affect the skin as well as the underlying muscle tissue below it. Sweat glands and hair follicles may be destroyed. After a third-degree burn, skin may often by brown, white, yellow, red, or a black. Third-degree burns require hospitalization, most likely at a specialized burn center, and often skin grafts. Common causes include chemicals, electricity, heated objects, radiation, fire, and steam. Third-degree burns can take months to heal.

Burn injuries are one of the most costly type of injuries to treat and medical expenses can be breathtaking.  Our staff of skilled Seattle Personal Injury lawyers will make it their highest priority to get you maximum compensation for your current and ongoing medical costs, loss of income, pain and suffering, and loss of quality of life. If the accident was intentional or was caused recklessly, you could also receive punitive damages.

As with all personal injury cases, it’s important that you act quickly before time limits run out and your claims are forever barred. Call Perez & Perez Law, PLLC today for a free consultation.