Chicago Burn Injury Attorneys
Seeking Compensation for Painful and Disfiguring Burns– Cook County Burn Injury Lawyers
There are few injuries that are as excruciatingly painful as serious burns. Severe burns also can result in substantial disfigurement that requires a long course of grueling surgeries to repair. The devastating impact of a burn injury can have both severe emotional and physical consequences. Many people presume that severe burns are extremely rare, but almost 2.5 million people per year suffer some form of burn injury. In a typical year, 650,000 people suffer burns serious enough to require medical attention with almost 75,000 requiring hospitalization.
Our experienced Chicago burn injury attorneys at Stein & Shulman, LLC have over 45 years of collective experience handling serious personal injury cases, including those involving accident victims who suffer serious burn injuries. Our dedicated and compassionate team knows that this type of injury can be among the most physically and emotionally devastating injuries that one can suffer. The pain involved with a serious burn is almost unimaginable and coping with this pain along with the disfiguring effects of a severe burn injury can impose enormous emotional hardships. Our experienced and caring burn injury attorneys understand these hardships and possess a commitment to helping burn victims obtain the financial compensation they need to rebuild their lives and start over.
Serious Burns Can Result from Many Causes
Burn injuries can result from a wide variety of accidents caused by the negligence of a third-party. If your burn is the product of negligence, which is really nothing more than unreasonable carelessness that causes reasonably foreseeable harm, you may have a legal right to compensation for your injuries. While burn injuries are frequently the result of a structural fire, motor vehicle accident, or defective product, there is really a vast number of specific causes of burn injuries that include:
Structural/Building Fires: These fires may be the result of faulty construction that violates building codes and/or substandard wiring. A fire in a residential or commercial structure also can be caused by a wide range of other negligent practices, such as inattention while cooking or smoking.
Improperly Treated Clothing: When clothing is placed next to any source of ignition, there is a risk it will catch on fire. Sometimes clothing is not properly manufactured with fire retardant materials or substances to reduce the risk of combustion.
Defective Products: Some products have manufacturing or design defects that create an unknown fire hazard risk. Other products may pose a burn risk if used a certain way, and the manufacturer of the product may fail to fulfill its obligation to provide an adequate warning or safeguard against these risks. Defective space heaters constitute one of the leading causes of residential fires. Many brands and models of portable space heaters have been recalled for exactly this reason. Virtually anything in your home that runs on electricity can potentially pose a risk of causing a burn.
Car Accidents: If you are involved in a collision involving a car, pickup truck, SUV, motorcycle, or tractor-trailer, there is always a risk of fire. Because gasoline may leak from the vehicle when you are involved in a collision, it is generally advisable to move a safe distance from the wreck if you are physically able to get clear. If you suspect there is a fire under the hood of your vehicle, it is generally not advisable to open the hood because the sudden exposure to increased oxygen may greatly increase the extent of the fire.
Accidents in an Industrial Setting: Many industrial settings utilize highly flammable chemicals or other substances, as well as potentially defective machines that can create a risk of causing a serious burn. Even those in the vicinity of an industrial plant might be placed at risk of suffering a severe burn injury in the event of an explosion.
Burns from Chemicals: Chemical burns can be extremely painful and can do substantial damage because they might not just burn a victim’s skin but also the underlying muscle tissue and even bone. Chemical burns can be misleading because victims sometimes cannot tell that they have been exposed to a chemical that is causing a burn until serious damage has already occurred.
Types of Burn Injuries
There are different kinds of burns that are typically classified by the severity of the burn injury.
First-Degree Burns: The least severe type of burn is a first-degree burn. This category of injury involves only the epidermis or outer surface of the skin. While the skin will be red and painful, these are typically less severe burns akin to sunburns.
Second-Degree Burns: A second-degree burn is more severe and involves not just the outer surface of the skin but also the dermis, which is the layer of skin beneath the outer surface of the skin. Second-degree burns require treatment to ensure that they do not develop into a third-degree burn.
Third-Degree Burns: This type of burn affects both the layers of skin impacted by a first or second-degree burn and also the hypodermis. These severe injuries actually result in a charring of the skin and take a long time to heal because of the extensive damage to skin tissue and other structures. Third-degree burns also frequently result in significant scarring that can cause disfigurement and may require a course of reconstructive surgeries.
Three separate fire departments respond to a fire emergency every single day somewhere in the United States. If you are one of those victims injured in a fire caused by a defective product, negligent driver, or poorly constructed dwelling, the experienced burn injury attorneys at Stein & Shulman, LLC might be able to help you pursue the compensation you need to obtain reconstructive surgery and to maintain the highest quality of life following a serious burn injury.
Contact Us – Your Experienced Chicago Burn Injury Accident Lawyers
We invite you to contact us if you or someone you love has suffered a serious burn injury caused by the negligence or indifference of a third-party. Our Chicago fire accident injury attorneys at Stein & Shulman, LLC can provide the perfect balance of experience, expertise, empathy, diligence, and tenacity to help you obtain the best possible outcome for you and your family. If you or your loved one has suffered injury caused by serious burn, contact us today at (312) 422-0509 or email us to schedule your no obligation free consultation.
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