Denver Burn Injury Lawyers
Faulty equipment. An explosion. Other people making errors on the job, on the road, or in your home. They may claim “uncontrollable circumstances,” but that is hardly ever the case. People are responsible for their own actions, and when they are negligent – or worse, reckless – innocent bystanders can and will be hurt.
Take, for example, a landlord whose unit has a faulty space heater. It’s old; turns on and off by itself; the wires are rubbing loose. The tenant complains, but the landlord doesn’t want to replace it, and keeps putting off maintenance to save money. Next thing you know, the defective heater causes a house fire – and the tenant is badly burned. The landlord should be held accountable.
Negligence is not always this clear-cut, but when you turn to some of the top trial lawyers in the country, we can determine if someone else is responsible for your damages. Leventhal Puga Braley P.C. handles all personal injury cases on a contingency-fee basis. We front the cost for litigation, research, experts, and trial to get you the justice you deserve. Call (877) 433-3906 to schedule a no-cost consultation.
Burns are extremely painful injuries, and last long after the heat source is removed, the chemicals are cleaned up, or after initial contact is severed. Though burns usually involve “burning” pain, they classify a type of injury that causes death to many of the victims skin cells. Ranging from minor to catastrophic, burns are classified as:
- First-degree burns: Red, dry skin that is warm to the touch. First-degree burns involve top-level damage to the epidermis, or first layer of skin. It is a good idea to visit a doctor if your burn is in a sensitive area, to prevent scarring. Sunburns are typically classified as first-degree burns.
- Second-degree (partial thickness) burns: Skin blisters and thickens; involves damage to both the epidermis and dermis beneath it. The wound needs to be kept clean to prevent serious infection, and depending on the blisters, skin grafts may be necessary to cover the damage.
- Third-degree (full thickness) burns: Damage beyond the dermis, reaching the deeper tissue underneath the skin. The skin may be white or black, and the area may be numb because of damage to nerve endings. These burns require surgery to attempt to prevent scarring and contracture, and come with serious complications like shock, hypothermia, blood loss, and tetanus or sepsis.
In other words, you require immediate medical assistance after a serious burn. The type of burn will vary with cause, but some sources cause all classifications of burn levels.
In descending order by number of people burned each year, here are the American Burn Association’s classifications for how people are burned:
- Thermal: Meaning “heat,” thermal burns can be wet or dry.
- Flame: The classic burn injury, which comes from skin making contact with fire. House fires claim many lives every year, and smoke inhalation is another serious risk associated with open flames.
- Contact with a hot object: Often, these burns come from touching a pot on the stovetop, an oven door, or another object.
- Scalds: Whether due to boiling water or steam, scalding is a serious danger for restaurant and food industry workers.
- Chemical: Acids, alkalis, and chemical explosions tend to be more of a danger on the job, especially in the construction, manufacturing, and janitorial industries. Even fumes from chemicals can burn the lining of lungs, causing respiratory distress, in addition to skin irritation. Cleaning products that are found in nearly every home have the potential to cause chemical burns. Because chemicals can do more than burn the skin, victims require immediate medical attention.
- Electrical: Live wires, faulty outlets, and powered machinery tend to cause these burns. Because an electric shock can affect the inner workings of the body as well as burn the skin, victims need immediate medical attention following an electrical burn.
- Light: Did you know getting multiple sunburns can increase your likelihood of developing skin cancer? Prolonged exposure to UV rays can cause serious burns, as well. If you entrusted your children to a daycare center and they allowed them to develop horrific sunburns, you may have a claim.
- Radiation: Though radiation can also come in the thermal variety, UV radiation is the most widespread and therefore dangerous.
In our experience, many burns are caused not by the victim him or herself, but by a series of poor choices made by other individuals. We have seen numerous:
- Residential fires
- Vehicle crash fires/explosions
- Workplace injuries, often chemical or electrical in nature
- Gas or propane explosions
And that’s why Leventhal Puga Braley P.C. will file a civil claim to get compensation for the victim.
Burn injuries can leave you with life-altering scars, both inside and out. Severe burns require a painful treatment called debridement to remove dead tissue and promote healing, skin grafts, reconstructive surgery, and physical therapy to increase mobility. You may also require amputation for a damaged or infected limb. Meanwhile, the wounds themselves will built up thick scar tissue (called fibrinous exudate) that can rarely be removed altogether. You may have physical problems with retaining moisture, temperature control, and ongoing weakness to infections.
The emotional trauma is usually worse. Many victims suffer post-traumatic stress disorder, whether from the original incident or the brutal aftercare. Since burns can be disfiguring, they can cause embarrassment and change the quality of a victim’s life. When you add in months of missing time from work for recuperation, it is a costly event.
As the victim of a burn, you may be eligible to receive financial compensation for your pain and suffering, medical bills, lost income, and other related expenses. The same is true for a family that lost a loved one to wrongful death.
Our team handles medical malpractice cases and has a deep understanding of the issues and the science behind burn injuries and treatment. We are here to help people who were seriously harmed by someone else. After all, that’s when you need a top trial lawyer.
Your family won’t owe us a penny until we win or settle your case. And we never settle for less. Our firm has won historic verdicts in the state of Colorado, and we handle cases across the United States. Call (877) 433-3906 to speak to our friendly staff today.
- American Burn Association
- Burns - MedlinePlus
- Burns - National Institute of General Medical Sciences