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Of all of the cases we handle, cases involving burn injuries can be among the most severe and catastrophic. Burns are terrible injuries. The initial burn injury itself can be extremely painful and traumatizing. Recovery from serious burn injuries often requires extensive surgeries, such as skin grafts, and can be a slow and painful process. The risk of infection and other complications is high. And even when the injuries heal the victim can be left with a debilitating physical disabilities and disfigurement, as well as mental, emotional and physical scarring.
Burns are classified as thermal, chemical, electrical or radiological. Thermal burns can be caused by explosions of flammable liquids, fire, hot liquids and exposure to hot surfaces. Accidents that can cause thermal burn injuries are car accidents, house fires, and defective products. Chemical burns are caused by strong acids or alkali substances. Chemical burns can be difficult to treat, and often cause severe injuries because damage continues until the chemical causing the burn is inactivated. Chemical burns are commonly caused by cleaning products. Electrical burns are caused when an electrical current runs through the body. The degree of the electrical burn injury relates to the voltage of the currant, and often results in internal as well as external injuries. Electrical burn injuries can be caused by lightening, electric appliances and occupational hazards. Radiological burns can be caused by any form of radiation that a person is exposed to. Radiation burn injuries can result from too much exposure to the sun, as well as medical treatments including sunlamps, x-rays, and radiation therapy.
Burn injuries, like most injuries, have different levels of severity. A first-degree burn causes injury to the outer layer of skin only. Second-degree burns are more severe and can cause blistering and swelling. Third-degree burns are the most severe and can cause tissue and nerve damage. No matter what the cause, or how severe the burn injury is, burn victims deserve compensation for injuries they sustain through another person’s fault.
Like other types of catastrophic injury cases, burn cases are often complex. They can require extensive testimony from experts on issues of causation, appropriate treatment, the permanency of the injuries and their likely long-term impact on the victim. To successfully litigate burn injury cases your lawyer should have experience, passion for representing the injured, and determination– all qualities that define the attorneys at Cohen & Cohen. Our burn injury lawyers have represented burn victims in cases in Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia, and we are ready to do the same for you. If you’ve suffered burn injuries call us today.