BURNS CAN CREATE HORRIFIC INJURIES, PAIN AND DISFIGUREMENT, AND, IN SEVERE CASES, THESE INJURIES CAN KILL.
The skin is the body’s largest organ‚ and it can be severely compromised by burns, resulting in pain‚ swelling‚ redness‚ blistering‚ scarring‚ infection‚ and possibly death. The American Burn Association reports that about 1.1 million burn injuries require medical attention each year; 45,000 of those injuries require hospitalization; and approximately 4,500 of these people die every year.
Those who recover from severe burn injuries are faced with high medical bills‚ loss of income‚ long-term pain and suffering‚ disfigurement, and changes to lifestyle and well-being.
Burn injuries are expensive to treat, not only because of hospitalization and doctor costs, but because they may require repeated care for reconstruction and rehabilitation, skin grafts, and therapy or counseling to cope with any disfigurement. If you or a loved one has suffered a burn injury from an accident due to someone’s negligence or because of product defects, you are entitled to compensation. The experienced Pennsylvania personal injury attorneys of Rieders, Travis, Humphrey, Waters & Dohrmann have spent decades honing their skills and successfully representing Pennsylvania families who have suffered an injury or loss. We offer a free consultation to examine your individual situation and to help you receive compensation for the long-standing expenses you will incur from burns.
Burns to the skin can be caused by fires‚ flammable liquids and gases‚ hot liquid or steam‚ or by chemicals, and are usually categorized into four main types:
Burns are categorized into three categories‚ according to their severity:
A burn covering 30 percent of the body can cost as much as $200,000 in initial hospitalization costs and physician fees, and more extensive burns add costs for reconstruction and rehabilitation. Generally, older adults and children will need to be hospitalized for second degree burns that cover more than 15% of their total body surface
Fortunately, there have been medical advances in resuscitation practices, wound cleaning and follow-up care, nutritional support, grafting techniques and materials, and infection control, and these have greatly increased survivability. But survival often necessitates long-term follow-up care.
Treatment for burn injuries includes:
Burn injuries to eyelids, hands, feet, and groin may require assisted living arrangements until the injury begins to heal. Also, burn injuries may worsen several conditions, including diabetes, kidney failure, congestive heart failure, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
Because treatment is so expensive and may go for long periods of time, burn injury victims should seek legal counsel to determine if they are entitled to compensation to cover medical and treatment costs, plus pain and suffering.
If you or a loved one has suffered burns from an accident that was not your fault, the experienced Williamsport burn injury attorneys of Rieders, Travis, Humphrey, Waters & Dohrmann can help you get the compensation you deserve. If someone has suffered a wrongful death as a result of a burn injury, we can help family members seek compensation for the loss of love, comfort, companionship and financial support.
We offer personal attention and loyalty to every client, aggressively fighting for their rights whether in settlement negotiations or pursuing a favorable trial verdict. With our sizeable staff, we provide strength in numbers and top-notch personal service to answer questions, gather evidence, handle your paperwork and medical bills, and deal with insurance companies. Rieders, Travis, Humphrey, Waters & Dohrmann will invest all our resources to build a persuasive case on your behalf.
Do not delay. If you or your loved one has been involved in a burn injury, your next step should be to consult Rieders, Travis, Humphrey, Waters & Dohrmann by calling 800-326-9259 or by using our online contact form. Based in Williamsport, we serve clients throughout the state of Pennsylvania, offering a free consultation on all injury matters. More than that, we offer you experience, knowledge, compassion, and a long history of results.