National Burn Injury Super Lawyer

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Burn Injury

According to the American Burn Association[1], in 2015, there were 486,000 burn injuries in the United States. 40,000 of those burn injuries required hospitalization.

Burn injuries

Thousands of people suffer severe burn injuries each year and hundreds more lose their lives. Burn injuries occur on the job, at home, and on the roads as a result of faulty equipment, negligence, and uncontrollable circumstances. Burn injuries are costly and result in permanent scars as well as life long damage.

Burns may be caused by a number of products and materials. Propane gas explosions, chemical burns, electrical burns, automobile accidents, and thermal burns all result in life altering burns, scars, physical and emotional damage. Burns sustained may be so severe they require surgery, months off of work, and years of recuperation. Victims of burn injuries may be eligible to receive legal compensation for their pain, suffering, medical bills, and physical damage. Those who have lost loved ones as the result of an explosion, fire, or other burn injury circumstance may also be eligible to receive compensation.

Whether you have been injured at work, at home, or as the result of an automobile accident McEwen & Kestner can help you regain your loses after suffering a burn injury. Our attorneys understand the damage, pain, and suffering caused by burn injuries and are dedicated to providing victims and their families with the compensation necessary to get back to life.

Common causes of burn injuries include:

  • Fire/flame
  • Scalding from steam or hot liquids
  • Touching hot objects
  • Electrical burns
  • Chemical burns
  • Car accidents
  • Playing with matches
  • Unsafe use of firecrackers
  • Kitchen accidents

Categories of Burn Injuries

There are four categories of burn injuries:

  • First-degree burns usually affect the outer layer of the skin, called the epidermis. A first-degree burn tends to be moist and red in color. A burn of this nature is generally resolved within a week.
  • Superficial second-degree burn penetrates the entire epidermal layer of skin and extends down to the next skin layer, known as the dermis. A second-degree burn[2] may appear moist and pinkish in color. A superficial second-degree burn may heal spontaneously, often within two weeks.
  • Full thickness second-degree burns differ from the superficial second- degree burns because the tissue destruction runs deeper into the dermis. A burn of this nature will be dry and whitish in color. It will not produce red blanches with an application of pressure. This type of burn may take three to four weeks to heal.
  • Third-degree burns are the most severe classification. This occurs when the burn destroyed both the epidermal and dermal layers of skin and extended down to the subcutaneous tissue. These burns may be physically depressed, charred, and often leather-like in appearance. These burns are very serious and often require skin grafting[3] or other reconstructive procedures.

Burn Injury Attorneys

When a burn injury happens as the result of faulty equipment, an unsafe work environment, or even children left unattended with dangerous products, legal action may be needed to recover damages for victims and their families. On the outset, they may not seem like a big deal, but burns of any degree are serious injuries. A burn scar lasts forever and not only disfigures one’s appearance but can sometimes create a permanent feeling of increased pain and sensitivity. The residual damage can cause a significant amount of emotional distress. Although money will not cause a burn or scar to disappear, the law has created a system to compensate you for the damages these injuries have caused.

Client Testimonials

“Greg, I want to thank you and Don and your entire staff for the work you did on behalf of myself and Bob. When we first met, you said you wanted to provide security for Bob. I certainly feel that you have done that. I know it wasn’t easy. Thank you for driving to Lakefield and helping us out. Bob just keeps on improving a little at a time. “He’s fishing now.” Mom is doing good. Bob says they’ll be some signing of some papers yet and I’ll be seeing you then but for now thank you.”

– Marv

 

“Just a note to say thank you to each of you for everything you have done for Larry and I. Special thank you for every penny you got for us. We’re just old country farm folks so not used to having much. You guys are great!”

-Larry & Carol Fyhrie

 

Greg and Arlene,

“What a fantastic result! Thank you for all of your hard work. Enclosed please find the executed disbursal summary. Keep up the good work”

-Amy S.

 

Dear Greg & Arlene,

“This is a long overdue thank you note. I always think I’m going to have more time tomorrow, but it doesn’t happen. Then I remember the check is our retirement fund. I want to thank you for the diligent effort to make things happier and I admire you for your strong beliefs and proceeding even though there were many ups and downs. I have alot of respect for you and your office staff. “

-Dave & Jan Roseen

 

“Thanks again for everything you have done for us. This has been a challenging time in our lives. Just knowing you were on our side, has made all the difference. “

-Al & Julie Borg

 

Dear Greg & Associates,

“We are sending yellow roses in loving memory of our mother and to thank you all for the great work you did for our family. Thanks again.”

-The Gribbon Family

 

Dear Greg,

“Brian and I want to thank you again for taking on our case and for all your help. We appreciate all the time Kathleen and you put in on it. You both were so helpful and reassuring.”

-Brian and Beverly Schwandt

 

Dear Greg,

“I wanted to thank you and all of your associates for all the hard work in closing Doug’s case. I believe that God sent you to me because one day there you were. Thank you again from all of us.”

-Darlene Woodhull

 

If you were involved in an accident or otherwise sustained burn injuries, it is important to speak to a burn injury attorney as soon as possible. Please call McEwen & Kestner today at 800-732-3070 for a free consultation.

 

References:

[1] http://www.ameriburn.org/resources_factsheet.php

[2] http://www.woundsource.com/blog/wound-care-first-and-second-degree-burns

[3] https://ufhealth.org/burns

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Their expertise made the experience hassle-free, hopeful and honest. They genuinely understood my pain and suffering. After giving them the name of the insurance company, the names of each doctor, and a little background information Peter took over! With a simple monthly check-in from me, a demand letter went out for a settlement in a matter of months.
I was blown away by the results! Within just 2 weeks of negotiation, Peter landed a settlement rate with the insurance company, while keeping me involved via quick 5-10 minute phone calls! The settlement amount was 90% more than I anticipated; I felt relieved, and adequately compensated.
Less than a month later, my check settlement check has processed through their office and is on its way to me! ”
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