Many people are surprised to find out that burn injuries cases can be high-value cases. This means that victims can often expect to receive significant compensation from the person or business responsible for their injuries.
Every case is different, and there is no way for an attorney to precisely predict what a case is worth. The burn victim, whether the victim was partially at fault, the egregiousness of the fault, and county in which the suit is filed are all factors to consider.
Burn injuries can be caused by chemical burns, electrocution, fire, hot liquid and hot surfaces.
Levels of Severity of Burn Injuries
Burns1 are classified as first-, second- or third-degree based on severity.
- First-degree burns are the least severe and only damage the outermost layer of the skin.
- Second-degree burns reach the dermis (the lower level of the skin) and cause pain, redness, swelling and blistering.
- Third-degree burns reach the tissue below the skin.
Symptoms and Treatment
Burn victims of second- and third-degree burns must undergo medical treatment. They may require skin grafting,2 which is a procedure that removes healthy skin from one part of the body and puts it on the burned areas. It may be possible the synthetic skin can be used.
These burn victims will be in significant pain that will require pain management. They are also at a higher risk for infection and could face complications from blood and fluid loss.
The possibility that permanent disfigurement may result makes burn injuries some of the most severe injuries personal injury lawyers see. This can be psychologically devastating and lead to a loss of enjoyment of one’s life.
A burn victim may be compensated for medical bills, pain, and suffering, disfigurement, lost wages and loss of enjoyment of life.
Contact a Chicago Personal Injury Attorney
If you or a loved one has been severely injured by a burn, you are advised to meet with a personal injury attorney so that your case can be reviewed. A lawyer will be able to tell you the potential strengths and weaknesses of your case as well as review damage awards made by juries to burn victims in your area.
The Illinois personal injury attorneys at Abels & Annes, P.C. will look out for your best interest and not accept an undervalued settlement. Call the qualified Illinois personal injury attorneys at Abels & Annes, P.C. for a free initial consultation.