Orlando Burn Injury Lawyer
Burn injuries can have long-life repercussions not only in you but in the lives of those who live around you. Burn injury victims usually face a long, costly and painful recovery as well as long-lasting physical, psychological and emotional issues. Sometimes the victim needs to undergo multiple surgeries and even medical treatment for life!
If your injuries have been the result of someone else’s negligence an Orlando burn injury lawyer can help you get the compensation you deserve. At Overchuck & Associate our Florida personal injury lawyers are highly experienced handling cases for burn injury victims and have obtained excellent results for many clients in the past. contact us today for a free evaluation of your case.
Burn Injury Facts
Each year more than 1 million people suffer burn injuries and an estimated 4,500 Americans die. More than 500,000 burn victims are treated in hospital emergency rooms each year, and approximately 45,0000 victims require hospital admission.
How can I get a Burn Injury?
There are five primary methods or ways in which a person may suffer a burn injury:
- Thermal – including flame, radiation, or excessive heat from fire steam, and hot liquids and hot objects.
- Chemical – including various acids, bases, and caustics.
- Electrical – including electrical current and lightning.
- Light – burns caused by intense light sources or ultraviolet light, which includes sunlight.
- Radiation – such as from nuclear sources. Ultraviolet light is also a source of radiation burns.
On average, more than 28,000 mattress fires occur annually, killing 571 people, injuring 3,000 and causing $334 million in property damage.
Types of Burn Injuries
Burns are rated according to how many layers of skin are damaged. Partial-thickness burns may be first or second degree. The classification of burn injuries is as follows:
- First-degree burns are superficial burns that involve only the epidermis or outer layer of skin. They are the most common and the most minor of all burns. The skin is reddened and extremely painful. The burn will heal on its own without scarring within two to five days. There may be peeling of the skin and some temporary discoloration.
- Second-degree burns occur when the first layer of skin is burned through and the second layer, the corium, is damaged but the burn does not pass through to underlying tissues. The skin appears moist and there will be deep intense pain, reddening, blisters and a mottled appearance to the skin. Second degree burns are considered minor if they involve less than 15 percent of the body surface in adults and less than 10 percent in children. When treated with reasonable care, second degree burns will heal themselves and produce very little scarring. Healing is usually complete within three weeks. Second-degree burns covering more than 30% of the body are serious or complex burns.
- Full-thickness or third-degree burns involve all skin layers. They are the most serious of all burns. These are usually charred black and include areas that are dry and white. While a third-degree burn may be very painful, some patients feel little or no pain because the nerve endings have been destroyed. This type of burn may require skin grafting. As third degree burns heal, dense scars form. Third-degree burns on the face and arms and legs, or more than 10% of the body surface are serious or complex burns.
Burn Injury Consequences
Serious or complex burns usually affect more than just the skin. They can shut down or weaken vital systems, putting their victims at great risk for multiple complications. Serious or complex burns may result in the following:
- Collapse of the circulation;
- Kidney damage;
- Shutdown of the stomach and bowel system;
- Stress ulcer characterized by vomiting blood; and
- Stomach and bowel swelling.
With so many bodily functions compromised, burn victims need the simultaneous care of many specialists who must remain in constant contact to ensure that care is fully integrated. Some of these treatments may take years to complete and some might even need to be continued for life!
Contact our Experienced Orlando Burn Injury Attorneys
If you or a family member have sustained a serious burn injury, the burn injury lawyers at Overchuck & Associate, P.A. in Orlando welcome the opportunity to consult with you to determine whether a personal injury claim should be pursued. Our Orlando burn injury lawyers are available to answer your questions at any time. Please call us at 1-888-720-6222 or send us an inquiry by using our online form and we will contact you back shortly for a free evaluation of your case.
Overchuck & Associate, P.A.
1503 West Smith Street
Orlando, FL 32804
Toll Free: 1-888-720-6222