Chicago Burn Injury Attorneys
Perhaps one of the most horrifying things that can happen to a person is to be trapped in a car that’s on fire. Auto accidents burns often are serious, and may be fatal. They can cause extensive pain and suffering, as well as the psychological trauma that goes along with scarring and disfigurement. Burns can require extensive plastic surgery and lengthy recovery time that also results in significant medical costs your family may not be able to afford.
If you or someone you love was burned because of someone else’s negligence or recklessness, our Illinois lawyers may be able to help. Under Illinois law, you may be entitled to compensation of your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, disability and disfigurement, and loss of normal life. An experienced personal injury lawyer can evaluate the circumstances of your accident and your injuries and determine whether you may have a claim.
If you or someone you love was burned in an accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you’ll need the guidance of a skilled Chicago burn inury attorney. Jared Staver has nearly twenty years of experience helping individuals who have been injured.
Burns in Auto Accidents
When two vehicles collide, or a car crashes into a stationary object, the impact may cause the fuel tank to rupture or burst. Leaking fuel can cause a fire or explosion that can result in very serious or even fatal injuries. A fire also might start in the engine when it’s damaged in a crash, and people trapped inside a vehicle may be vulnerable to serious and painful burns.
Burns in Motorcycle Accidents
Motorcycle riders are especially vulnerable to burns because they have little protection from potential fires started by a crash. They may be burned by fuel spills or mechanical fires started by the crash. Sometimes they can be burned just by coming into contact with parts of the motorcycle that run very, very hot. A rider doesn’t normally touch those parts of the motorcycle, but a collision can cause a rider to be exposed to scalding parts of the motorcycle’s machinery and suffer burns that can cause lasting damage.
Other Types of Burn Accidents
Auto and motorcycle accidents account for many burn injuries, but they’re far from the only causes. More than 450,000 people receive treatment for burns every year, according to the American Burn Association, with 45,000 people hospitalized, and 3,500 fatalities.
Burns can be caused when home cooking equipment, room heaters, or electrical wiring or outlets malfunction. Burns can be caused by scalding liquid, hot metal or glass, steam, electrical currents, ultraviolet light from a tanning bed, or by chemicals left unattended in places they shouldn’t be.
Types of Burns
Burn injuries can fall anywhere on a spectrum from mild to fatal. They’re categorized by the amount and type of damage they do to the skin and other tissue.
- First-Degree Burns — These are the least serious type of burns. In a first-degree burn, only the outer layer of skin is damaged. These burns are red and painful, but normally heal within a few days. A typical sunburn without blisters is one example of a first-degree burn. Hospitalization isn’t usually necessary for a first-degree burn.
- Second-Degree Burns — Second-degree burns may be classified one of two ways: partial thickness or full thickness. A partial thickness burn may have blisters, and usually involves damage to both the outer layer of skin known as the epidermis, and the upper layers of the dermis underneath. A partial thickness burn may be pink or red and look wet. Healing may take a few weeks and usually doesn’t require grafting. A full thickness burn involves destruction of the epidermis and most of the dermis. The burn may be red or white and usually will look dry. You may experience some loss of sensation with this kind of burn. Usually these are very painful and require a skin graft.
- Third-Degree Burns — Third-degree burns are very serious. These type of burns involve destruction of every layer of skin. They may look black or white, and may look leathery. According to medical experts, little or no pain is felt with this kind of burn. Scarring is likely to be severe.
- Fourth-Degree Burns — Most people haven’t heard of this type of burn and think that a third-degree burn is the worst that can happen. A fourth-degree burn is a burn that’s so bad it destroys the skin and damages the muscle and bone underneath. These burns are often fatal. If a person survives a fourth-degree burn, skin grafting will be necessary.
- Fifth and Sixth Degree Burns — These burns destroy skin, muscle, tendons, and ligaments — everything down to the bone — and are virtually always fatal.
Our Chicago Burn Injury Lawyers Can Help
To learn more about how our Chicago burn injury attorneys can fight for your rights after a serious accident, call one of our skilled and dedicated attorneys today at (312) 236-2900. We serve individuals throughout the State of Illinois. Call or contact us online for a free consultation.