Burns can be severely damaging injuries that leave the survivor permanently scarred, disfigured, disabled, and emotionally scarred. First and second-degree burns damage or destroy the skin’s tissues, while third-degree burns damage deeper layers of muscles and tendons. Survivors often have long hospital stays and surgeries during recovery. If someone else’s negligence or wanton disregard for your safety resulted in burn injuries, contact our Louisville burn injury attorneys. The team at Meinhart, Smith & Manning, PLLC may be able to secure you financial compensation.
When we discuss burn injury law, we encompass four types of burns: thermal, chemical, electrical, and radiation. Burns can happen anytime the skin comes into contact with something harmful and damaging to the tissues, such as flames, harsh chemicals, a live electrical wire, or excessive radiation. Our Louisville burn injury lawyers have worked with victims who suffered serious burns at work, in car accidents, and right at home. Common causes of burn injuries include:
Burns can occur in three main degrees, with first degree the least harmful and third degree the most harmful. Third-degree burns can result in permanent disfigurement, amputation, and scarring, while first-degree burns typically don’t break the skin or cause blisters. Second- and third-degree burns require medical attention and can be costly and extremely painful to victims. After receiving proper medical attention, the first step in securing justice for your burn injuries is to identify the party responsible.
One piece of advice we give to all our clients, not just burn survivors, is to document your case as much as possible. From the day you suffer the burn injury, gather information about the incident. If it occurred at work, report the accident to a higher up. Keep copies of any accident reports or workers’ compensation claims. Take photographs of the object that burned you, and of your injuries. If there is a police report or medical documents, hold onto them. The more information you have about your case, the better.
You also need to seek medical care for your burns right away. Delaying care can make your injuries worse, increase the risk of infection, and give the defendant the opportunity to allege that your burns must not have been very serious. Go to the hospital as soon as possible after suffering a major burn. Then, give us a call. We’ll meet with you at your Louisville home or hospital if you can’t come to us and discuss your possible legal claims free of cost.
If we believe a driver, employer, product manufacture, or property owner could be legally responsible for your burns, you could be eligible for recovery. Our Louisville burn injury attorneys will fight for fair compensation for your exorbitant medical costs, lengthy recovery, rehabilitation, surgeries, pain and suffering, mental anguish, lost quality of life, lost wages, and loss of consortium. Keep in mind, however, that in Kentucky you only have one year from the date of the burn injury to bring a claim against the at-fault party or parties. Call (502) 589-2700 immediately after your incident to maximize your odds of recovery.