Indianapolis Burn Injury Attorneys
There many ways that the skin surfaces of the body can be burned: heat, steam, chemicals, sunlight, fire, etc and these can be accidental or the result of another’s negligence.
However, if you have ever experienced even a minor burn from an oven or getting too close to a campfire, it is understandable that burns cause immediate extreme pain even from minor 1st or 2nd degree burns.
Burns are defined as injury or damage to the skin tissue as the result of heat, steam, fire, chemicals, sun light, or electricity. Burns are then categorized into three different levels of severity:
- First-degree: outer layer of skin is damaged
- Second-degree: outer layer of skin and the layer of skin underneath is damaged
- Third-degree: all layers of the skin are damaged
While most 1st degree and 2nd degree burns are incredibly painful and can leave behind scarring, individuals that are the victim of 3rd degree burns experience potentially excruciatingly painful burns, painful recoveries, and may require skin grafts which are also painful, and may potentially require plastic surgery as part of their recovery. In addition to the pain and recovery associated with 3rd degree burns, victims are also at an increased risk of developing infection due to exposed body tissues from the burns.
BURN INJURY STATISTICS
- According to the American Burn Association, in 2013, almost half a million Americans sustained a burn injury that required medical treatment.
- 40,000 burn victims required hospitalization in 2013.
- 30,000 individuals with burn injuries required specialized treatment at a burn center.
- Almost 1 in 10 burn injuries were work-related.
- Approximately 70% of burn injuries happen in the home.
Burn victims do not just suffer for a short time, the effects can be life-long as a result of these injuries, which can include disfigurement and scarring. Even after the healing and recovery process, burn victims often cannot expose their skin to sunlight for any extended period of time, and the risk of developing skin cancer can increase as well.
BURN INJURY ACCIDENT PROCEDURES
- Seek medical attention immediately or have someone help you to a medical facility
- Contact Wagner Reese for assistance with your personal 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 or individuals relevant to your case, and keep all of your medical documentation.
The burn injury lawyers of Wagner Reese have been helping victims with burn injuries since 1997, and handle all types of burn injury cases, no matter how serious the burn may be, and 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.
A Note About Recovery Limits
In 2012, Indiana put a compensation cap on non-economic based damages. For personal injury cases in the state of Indiana, any case paid by the government may not exceed an award of $5,000,000. The Indiana Supreme Court is currently contesting this cap as unconstitutional, so these limits may soon be abolished.
About the Lawyers
Stephen Wagner and Jason Reese can handle your burn injury claim with years of experience and proven results. Call the law firm of Wagner Reese today 888-710-9377 for your FREE consultation!