Baton Rouge, Louisiana Burn Injury Attorney
Burn Injury Accident Lawyer, Lawsuits And Settlements In Louisiana
In a recent sample year, almost 2.5 million people suffered burn injuries in the United States. Burn injuries can bring about extreme physical and emotional trauma, depending upon the severity of the burn.
Burns are classified by their characteristics as either first, second or third degree. First degree burns are considered the mildest and affect only the top layer of skin. Second degree burns affect skin layers beneath the top layer, are more severe, and can result in blisters and severe pain. Third degree burns, the most severe burns, involve all layers of the skin and tissue underlying the skin. Third degree burns can result in nerve damage as well.
People who suffer burn injuries, whether from home or work fires, automobile collisions, work injuries or other unexpected tragedies can suffer permanent effects. Burn injury victims often suffer smoke inhalation in addition to external burns.
Burn injuries can result from defective products, defective wiring or neglect.
Burn Injuries Broken Down and Defined
A burn injury can be very painful and at times can lead to disfigurement. Burn injuries can be caused by heat, radiation, chemicals, and even electricity. The severity of a burn injury is determined by the extent of the damage done to the skin. Then the injury can be termed as first, second, or a third degree burn. These may occur as the result of an accident. In this case, you might want to consider hiring the services of a personal injury attorney in Louisiana.
Degree of Burns
In order to understand the classification of burns, it is important to first know the structure of the skin. The human skin is composed of three layers – epidermis, dermis, and subcutaneous. A first degree burn will affect only the epidermis while a second degree burn extends into the dermis. Burn injuries that reach the subcutaneous layer are classified as third degree.
Complicated burn injuries extend beyond damage to the skin and can destroy the muscles, nerves, blood vessels, and even bone. A severe burn injury can cause extensive emotional and psychological trauma besides the physical pain and suffering. A solid personal injury lawyer can help you claim damages and compensation for medical expenses and lost income as well as non-economic damages.
Types of Burn Injuries
Chemical burns are usually sustained at the workplace due to exposure to substances like sodium hydroxide, sulfuric acid, and nitric acid. Electrocution can also cause burn injuries, especially internally, so not much evidence of this will be visible externally. Hot oils and other liquids can also lead to burns. Frostbite is also a kind of burn though this is not common knowledge since it is brought on only by extreme cold.
The Seriousness of Burn Injuries
Burn injuries sustained on the face are usually considered more serious primarily because they can impact the person’s ability to breathe or see. Meanwhile, burns to the hand, feet, or fingers can affect the individual’s mobility to a great extent. Other factors that affect the seriousness of the injury include the age of the victim, as well as their physical and mental well-being at the time of the incident.
Call a Qualified and Experienced Professional
Experienced and hardworking attorney Price McNamara handles burn injury cases across New Orleans, Kenner, Lafayette, Mandeville, Lafourche, Terrebone, Jefferson, Orleans, East Baton Rouge, West Baton Rouge, Ascension, and St. John Parishes. If you think that you have a basis for a personal injury claim, or have been hurt or injured due to someone’s negligence or fault, call Louisiana personal injury attorney Price McNamara at his Baton Rouge office (225-201-8311) or his Metairie office (504-458-8455) to have your queries answered or to schedule a free consultation. His extensive trial experience of over 20 years, proven track record and limited caseload philosophy ensure that you will obtain excellent personal attention and a patient hearing on a consistent basis.
At the Law Offices of J. Price McNamara, we understand the family devastation and damages caused by burn injuries. We are experienced in helping burn victims recover what they are entitled to receive by law.
Mr. McNamara holds the highest possible peer review rating of "AV" ("Very High to Pre-Eminent") for professional excellence and ethical standards.
WITH OFFICES IN BATON ROUGE (HEADQUARTERS) AND METAIRIE, MR. MCNAMARA ACCEPTS SELECT LOUISIANA CASES STATEWIDE.
If you or a family member or friend has suffered a burn injury, we can help.