Legal Help for Burn Injury Victims Across Kentucky
There are few injuries more painful and disfiguring than a serious burn injury, and the effects of such an injury can be multilayered and long-lasting. In addition to the pain, victims may experience extensive scarring, emotional turmoil, and severe financial losses.
If you or a loved one has been burned as the result of another’s negligence, you deserve to be compensated. At Gladstein Law Firm, we are committed to helping burn victims find as much peace as possible after their accident, both through holding the at-fault parties responsible, and through getting their families the financial support that they deserve under the law.
To speak to Kentucky personal injury attorney Seth Gladstein, or to set up a free and private legal consultation, call our team today at (800) 991-0474.
How Burn Injuries Happen in the United States
When most people think about burn injuries, they think about burns from a fire or open flame. But in reality, less than half of serious burns are due to fire. Below, you may review the most common ways that burn injuries occur in America:
- Burns from a fire or flame (44 percent of all burn-related hospitalizations)
- Scalding accidents (33 percent of hospitalizations)
- Contact burns (nine percent of hospitalizations)
- Electrical burns (four percent of hospitalizations)
- Chemical burns (three percent of hospitalizations)
- All other: Explosions, tar burns, grease burns, etc. (seven percent of hospitalizations)
As you can see from the statistics, open flames and scalding liquids account for 77 percent of all burn hospitalizations, but they are far from the only types of burn injuries. If you’ve been burned in any way and by any substance, it’s important to make immediate medical attention your priority.
United States Burn Victim Fatality Statistics
In 2012, there were 450,000 patients treated for burn injuries in the United States alone. While most of these injuries were relatively minor, there were 3,400 deaths due to burns that same year. The sources of those fatalities comprised of:
- 2,550 burn fatalities resulting from residential fires.
- 400 from contact with electricity, scalding liquids, or hot objects.
- 300 from vehicle crash fires.
- 150 from non-residential fires.
If you’ve lost a loved one to a burn-related accident, we understand how difficult and confusing the aftermath can be for you. Our Louisville injury law team has worked with many clients in similar situations to yours. We can help you make a place to move forward.
The Consequences of a Serious Burn Injury
Burn injuries can be some of the most painful injuries; in fact, some burn victims are put into a medically induced coma, so that they do not have to feel the pain of their first days or weeks of recovery. Recent studies have found that burn victims often face a lifetime of ongoing physical and emotional issues, including:
- Scarring and disfigurement.
- Contractures (the shortening and hardening of muscles and tendons, leading to deformity and rigidity of joints).
- Chronic pain.
- Nerve damage.
- Mobility issues.
- Psychological issues.
- Depression and anxiety.
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Why You May Need A Personal Injury Attorney Lawyer For Your Burn Injury Claim
As you seek compensation for your injury, you’ll likely find yourself faced with a number of roadblocks to recovering damages:
- Mounting medical bills.
- Lost wages and/or reduced earning capacity.
- Insurance company disputes.
- Insufficient workers’ compensation.
- Difficulty proving fault.
If you were injured while on another individual’s property, clarifying premise liability can be extremely difficult. If you were burned by a defective product, attempting to hold a corporation accountable can be daunting. If the negligent party has insurance coverage, you will quickly find yourself opposing forces with vast resources and aggressively hostile intent. And if you were injured at work, your workers’ compensation may be insufficient to get you back on your feet.
At the same time, you are likely overwhelmed with your own recovery, and the medical bills that go with it. Depending on the severity of your burn injuries, you may also find yourself unable to return to work or unable to work as much as you did before your accident.
Reasons like these are why it’s in your best interest to invoke the aid of an experienced burn injury lawyer. Gladstein Law Firm has been working with burn injury clients for many years, and we’ve established a track record of aggressive, successful litigation. Our firm only represents a limited number of clients because we believe that every victim we represent should have our full attention and expertise in his or her fight for compensation.
Request A Free Burn Injury Case Review Today
We believe in holding the negligent accountable and helping real people find real solutions to real problems. If you’ve been injured in a fire, or if you have suffered any type of burn injury, call our office right now at (800) 991-0474 or fill out our short electronic contact form.
*Each case is different and the past record is no assurance that we will be successful in reaching a favorable result in any future case. Client pays costs only upon recovery.