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Fort Lauderdale Burn Injury Lawyers

Attorneys in South Florida for Heat, Chemical, and Electrical Burns Caused by Another's Negligence

The American Burn Association reports that every year, more than a million people in the U.S. experience burn injuries that require medical treatment. Thanks to developments in modern medicine, there are a variety of successful therapies and treatments for those who suffer serious burns. However, 40,000 burn victims are hospitalized each year, and around 4,000 people suffer fatal burn injuries.

At The Law Offices of John D. Ameen, P.A., our attorneys understand how seriously burn injuries can affect your life, and we know the difficulties you may be facing as you determine how to address injuries that were caused by someone else's negligence. We can help you seek full compensation for all damages related to serious burns you have suffered.

Understanding the Severity of Burn Injuries

Burn injuries can range from mild to severe, and they are categorized based on their severity:

  • First-degree burns are the least serious type of burn, and they only damage the outer layer of skin: the epidermis. Usually, these burns appear as red patches on the skin that may be warm to touch. First-degree burns may result from brief contact with heated surfaces, and in most cases, they will heal within a short period of time without the need for medical treatment.
  • Second-degree burns can be more serious than first-degree burns, and they may affect multiple layers of the skin. Because of this, they are also known as "partial thickness burns." Second-degree burns may result in blistering or swelling. In most cases, these burns do not require medical treatment other than dressing and bandaging the area affected, but in some cases, they may become infected, resulting in more serious health issues.
  • Third-degree burns, which are also known as "full thickness burns," may damage or destroy multiple layers of skin, and they can also penetrate into subcutaneous tissue. The affected area may appear charred or blackened, and the surrounding nerves may be damaged. Following a third-degree burn, a person should receive medical treatment as soon as possible, and they could potentially experience serious infections, as well as significant scarring and disfigurement.
  • Fourth-degree burns are incredibly damaging, extending through all layers of skin and subcutaneous tissue and possibly even damaging muscles, bones, or other tissues. Medical treatment is critical in these cases, since fourth-degree burns can result in permanent bodily harm or even wrongful death due to the extent of damage to bodily systems.

Although burns are generally associated with extreme temperatures, there are several other potential causes. Electrical burns can take place in construction accidents or when a building has faulty wiring. Chemical burns may occur in industrial accidents or truck accidents involving vehicles carrying hazardous chemicals. Other types of car accidents may also result in fires that can lead to severe burn injuries for victims.

Pursuing Compensation for Scarring, Disfigurement, and Other Types of Damages

When burn injuries are caused by another party's negligence, victims may be eligible to receive financial compensation, which can cover their medical costs, lost wages, and other types of losses and damages. Victims can also seek damages for the pain and suffering they have experienced.

Burn injuries can have a painful and long-lasting impact on a person, both physically and emotionally. Scarring or disfigurement that occurs in visible areas like the face may significant embarrassment and emotional trauma. In some cases, these issues could potentially hinder a person's employment opportunities and the social activities they are able to participate in. As a result, a victim may experience a lower quality of life, and they may suffer from immense psychological trauma. If you have suffered a burn injury that has resulted in lasting physical disfigurement or scarring, our team of attorneys can help you pursue the compensation that you rightfully deserve.

Contact Our Fort Lauderdale Burn Injury Attorneys

If you or a loved one has suffered from burn injuries, The Law Offices of John D. Ameen, P.A. is here to help. You have the right to pursue compensation from those who were responsible for your injuries, and we make sure your rights will be protected during your case. Call 800-555-4011 or contact us online to set up your free consultation. We provide legal help to injury victims in Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, Boca Raton, Coral Springs, Hollywood, and all of South Florida.

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