Indianapolis Burn Injury Attorneys Representing Burn Victims Throughout Indiana There many ways the skin surfaces of the body can be burned: heat, steam, chemicals, sunlight, fire, and more. These injuries can be accidental or the result of someone else’s negligence. Sadly, burns can lead to devastating, life-changing injuries and even death. They place a physical, psychological, social, and financial burden on the victim. If your or one of your loved one has suffered a burn injury or death due to the negligence of others, you can take steps to hold them accountable and pursue the compensation you deserve. Start by calling our Indianapolis burn injury lawyers at Wagner Reese for a free consutlation. We have been representing accident victims in Indiana since 1997. Protecting Your Right to Compensation After suffering a serious burn, it’s critical that you: Seek medical attention immediately or have someone help you to a medical facility.Contact an attorney at Wagner Reese for assistance with your burn injury case.Do not agree to anything or sign anything without the assistance of a lawyer.Assemble anything pertinent to your case, such as names and contact information of possible witnesses, and keep all of your medical documentation. The Long-Lasting Impact of Severe Burn Injuries A burn injury is one of the most painful injuries a person can experience. The skin is the largest organ in the human body with billions of neuroreceptors. A burn injury exposes these neurons to the air, which causes them to produce high frequency impulses. Unlike other injuries where pain decreases with time, the pain from burn injuries can worsen because the subsequent wound care is often more painful than the burn itself. The process of treating a burn injury involves frequent dressing changes, followed by other painful procedures like skin debridement, skin grafting, and physiotherapy. However, a burn victim’s suffering does not end there. Burn injury victims also endure debilitating chronic pain, which often affects their sleep, work, and quality of life. Many times, they lose their sense of touch and ability to perspire in the affected areas. The skin also loses its elasticity and is prone to infections. Added to that, they must also deal with the trauma of disfigurement. A majority of burn victims suffer psychological disorders such as depression, anxiety, or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as a result of their injuries. Sadly, burn victims are often scarred mentally as well as physically. Burn Injuries Caused by Negligence Burns are defined as damage to the skin tissue as the result of heat, steam, fire, chemicals, sunlight, or electricity, and are categorized by different levels of severity: First-degree: the outer layer of skin is damagedSecond-degree: the outer layer of skin and the layer of skin underneath is damagedThird-degree: all layers of the skin are damaged In America, one person dies almost every three hours and one person is injured every 30 minutes in a fire. Annually, there are around 3,400 burn deaths and 40,000 people require hospitalization due to a burn injury. These injuries often require a long hospital stay with skin grafts and reconstructive surgery, severely inflating the cost of hospital bills. Many of these burn injuries and deaths are preventable and are caused by negligence. A few examples of burn injuries caused by negligence include workplace explosions, malfunctioning or defective smoke detectors, fires started by a defective product, improperly stored gasoline, blocked fire exits, and building code violations. Call Wagner Reese for a Free Consultation The Indianapolis burn injury lawyers of Wagner Reese have been helping victims since 1997, and handle all types of burn injury cases, no matter how serious the burn may be, and we consult with medical experts to evaluate the needs of your situation and your future. Wagner Reese will help you secure the compensation you deserve as a result of your burn injury. Call us at (888) 204-8440 for a FREE review.