Some of the most devastating injuries can occur from the aftermath of fires and industrial accidents, which is why a compassionate Richmond burn injury attorney at Christina Pendleton & Associates is here to help in the event you or somebody you love sustains a burn injury from an accident caused by another’s negligence. Burns are different than broken bones and do not necessarily heal. The burn serves as a remnant and permanent reminder of this tragic day. If you have received a burn injury during an accident, you may be entitled to receive compensation for your injuries.
What Types of Accidents Cause Burns?
Most people think of burns as those occurring from a devastating house fire. However, many burns occur as the result of vehicle fires after a collision, or industrial and construction accidents. The amount of chemical burns that workers are exposed to is a rising problem throughout the industrial workplace.
The severity of the burn will impact the amount of a claim for damages and a seasoned Richmond burns injury attorney at our firm will be able to help you determine what damages are available to you.
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What are the Types of Burn Injuries?
Burns are classified into four types: first-degree burns, second-degree burns, third-degree burns, and fourth-degree burns.
- First-degree burns impact the first layer of skin and often do not require any further medical care.
- Second-degree burns injure the first and second layers of skin and can require medical treatment.
- Third-degree burns are known as full-thickness burns and impact all layers of skin. These types of burns always require medical care.
- Fourth-degree burns are the most severe type of burn and can extend through the skin to injure the muscle, ligaments, tendons, and even the bone itself. These types of burns can quickly become life-threatening and any victims should receive medical care immediately.
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Personal Injury Claim
Virginia is, unfortunately, a contributory negligence state, which means that if the victim is even a small percentage at fault for their resulting injuries, the road to recovery via personal injury claims may be difficult. However, in situations where you have received a devastating injury due to the actions of another person, you should be entitled to bring a claim for damages against this person or their company. Burns are life-altering injuries that can take months to recover from enough to return to your job if you are able to return to work. In many situations, the scars of a burn injury cause deeply-rooted emotional stress to the victim and is an ongoing reminder of that tragic day.
A personal injury claim can include the following:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Future earnings
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
Burns can require ongoing surgeries, especially at the onset, and the victim of a terrible burn injury should not be forced to worry about the cost of these surgeries and medical care when they should instead focus on their recovery. An experienced Richmond personal injury lawyer will be able to assist you in calculating out the various damages for items that might not have a valuation, such as future earnings or emotional distress. Your life would not have been turned around if not for the actions of the individual who caused the accident, and they should be held responsible for their actions.
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How Can a Burn Injury Lawyer in Richmond Help?
If you or a loved one have been injured in a burn accident, do not hesitate to contact the legal team at Christina Pendleton & Associates. Our highly skilled attorneys have a long history of assisting our clients with their claims for personal injury actions and will focus on the claim so you can focus on recovery. Contact us today for your free initial legal consultation.
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