Burn Injury Lawyer
According to the American Burn Association, nearly 500,000 burn injuries occur in the United States each year.
These injuries can have lasting effects, including nerve damage, scarring, and disfigurement. In the most severe cases, burn injuries can result in death.
If you or a loved one suffered a burn injury, you could have a claim for monetary compensation.
A skilled Skaug Law personal injury attorney could help you seek compensation for damages such as medical bills, lost wages, as well as pain and suffering.
To discuss your claim, contact Skaug Law as soon as possible.
Severity of a Burn Injury
There are four categories of burn injuries ranked by the degree of severity. First-degree burns have the fewest effects while fourth-degree burns have the most.
The lowest level of burn injury is the first-degree burn.
Also known as superficial burns, these wounds only affect the outermost layer of skin.
Typically, these injuries only last a few days and result in red, irritated, painful skin.
A second-degree burn is significantly more painful than a first-degree burn.
In addition to the pain, these injuries also commonly result in blisters and redness.
These burns affect the outermost layer of skin as well as a few underneath.
Third-degree burns can cause life-long consequences.
These burn injuries damage nearly every layer of skin, destroying the nerve endings near the burn site as well.
Pain is not immediate due to the loss of nerve endings, but it can manifest later.
Some signs of a third-degree burn include charred and blackened skin.
The most severe types of burn injuries are known as fourth-degree burns.
The damage these burns inflict is catastrophic.
In addition to harming every layer of skin, the damage from a fourth-degree burn can also extend to the muscle and bone beneath the burn site.
In many cases, these burns are fatal.
Prevailing in a Burn Injury Case
Suffering a burn injury is not enough to lead to a viable injury claim.
A knowledgeable Nampa burn injury attorney must prove these injuries occurred due to the negligence of another person.
To prove negligence, the attorney needs to show the following:
- The duty of care
- Breach of the duty of care
The Duty of Care
The first step in establishing negligence is showing the jury the defendant owed a duty of care to the plaintiff.
The nature of that duty depends on the facts of each case.
For example, drivers owe others on the road a duty of care to drive safely and responsibly.
Breach of the Duty of Care
Once the plaintiff establishes a duty exists, they must also prove the defendant violated it.
Typically, proving a defendant violated a duty of care involves showing they carelessly, recklessly, or intentionally caused harm to the plaintiff.
The third element involves the causal link between the defendant’s breach and the injured plaintiff’s damages.
A defendant is only responsible for the burn injuries caused by their breach.
Finally, the injured plaintiff must demonstrate the injuries suffered from the breach of the duty of care led to monetary damages.
These damages could include medical bills, lost wages, or permanent disability.
Let a Burn Injury Attorney Help
The physical, emotional and financial cost of recovering from a severe burn injury can be extensive.
When another person causes burn injuries, they should be held responsible.
Let a lawyer at Skaug Law help you seek justice for your injuries.
Call today to schedule a consultation.