Gillette Burn Injury Attorneys
Fighting for Victims of Serious Burn Injuries
Burn injuries can happen different ways, but often have serious, sometimes catastrophic, consequences. Even "minor" burn injuries are incredibly painful, while more serious injuries require surgical treatment and are at risk of infections. No matter what type of burn injury you’ve suffered, if someone else's recklessness caused your injuries, you should hold them accountable and receive compensation for your pain and suffering.
Do not accept a payout from an insurance company or sign anything offered to you without your own lawyer to protect your rights. Call us right now at Steven Titus & Associates, P.C., at (307) 257-7800 to talk to an experienced Campbell County personal injury attorney and get the aggressive representation you deserve.
What Causes Most Burn Injuries in Wyoming?
Some common ways in which someone might suffer burn injuries due to another person's negligence include:
- Vehicle accidents: Crashes are a common and devastating source of burn injuries. Burns can occur as a result of friction with the road, especially for motorcyclists, pedestrians, and bicyclists. Thermal burns can be the result of any fire or explosion set by the collision.
- Construction accidents: Burns from fires, electricity, and chemicals are all too common at construction sites, especially for electricians and welders. Everyone working with dangerous chemicals and tools should be given proper training and protective gear to prevent and minimize the risk of burn injuries. If a company, building owner, or contractor disregards worker safety, they can be held responsible for a worker’s burn injury.
- Workplace accidents: Non-construction workplace accidents can also result in burn injuries, especially when hot liquids and caustic chemicals are in use. Everyone in a workplace should have gloves and eye protection when using harsh chemicals. Care should also be taken around any kind of electrical wiring, especially extension cords with frayed or damaged cords.
- Violence: Acts of violence can also result in burn injuries. Attacks with fire, firearms, or explosives can result in serious, sometimes fatal injuries, including blunt-force trauma, organ damage, and burns. Perpetrators of such acts of violence may be held liable in civil court by their victims.
Sources of Burn Injuries
Several sources dictate the type of burn a person may suffer. These types include:
- Thermal burns: These burns come from sources of heat, such as an open flame or metal that has been heated. Direct contact is not always necessary, since steam or heat from a fire can cause burns.
- Electrical burns: These burns come from contact with an electrical current. Such burns are common for electricians and others working on construction sites. Even minor electrical burns are painful and can cause internal injuries.
- Chemical burns: These burns come from harsh chemicals, such as bleach, lye, and acids. Exposure to skin can be painful, and chemical burns can severely damage the eyes and other exposed areas.
- Friction burns: These burns are caused by skin rubbing against another surface. They can occur in vehicle collisions, especially if someone comes into contact with the road or sidewalk. They are common in motorcycle crashes under the name "road rash." Pedestrians or bicyclists who are hit by a car are very likely to suffer friction burns, which leave them open to serious infections.
Severity of Burn Injuries
Burn injuries are categorized into three levels of severity:
- First-degree burns: The least serious level of burns that only damage the outer layer of skin. They do not usually require medical attention and tend to heal within a week.
- Second-degree burns: Burns that damage both the outer layer of skin and the skin beneath it. Serious second-degree burns often require medical attention and may require skin grafts to repair the damaged area.
- Third-degree burns: The most serious level of burns, in which all three major layers of skin are destroyed and the tissue beneath is damaged. Medical treatment and skin grafts are always necessary for any recovery.
If you or a loved one has suffered serious burn injuries from someone else's negligence, then you deserve compensation for your injuries. Call Steven Titus & Associates, P.C., at (307) 257-7800 right now to discuss your legal options.
- Burns | MedlinePlus
- Burns - Symptoms and Causes - Mayo Clinic
- Burns - National Institute of General Medical Sciences - NIH
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