Louisiana Burn Injury Lawyer
Severe Burn Injuries
Burns are not only incredibly physically painful, but they also tend to leave lasting emotional and mental scars. Severe burn injury victims often require emergency medical attention and hospitalization, as well as numerous ongoing treatments and extended care. The costs associated with treating burn injuries, not to mention the lost wages victims experience while unable to work, can cause victims and their families to face significant financial challenges in the wake of the injury.
If you or someone you love has suffered serious burns, leading to costly medical treatment, lost income, and other financial, physical, and emotional hardships, reach out to Jones & Hill. You could have grounds for a personal injury claim against an at-fault person or party, and our Louisiana burn injury lawyers can help. We are well-versed in catastrophic injury claims and know how to fight for maximum compensation from the liable insurance company. For more than 35 years, our firm has been serving clients in Lake Charles, Alexandria, Oakdale, Oberlin, and the surrounding areas, providing client-focused legal representation and aggressive advocacy, both in and out of the courtroom.
Types of Burn Injuries
When we think of burn injuries, we tend to think of burns resulting from contact with hot objects. Known as thermal burns, these are among the most common—but not the only type—of burn injuries.
In fact, there are several types of burn injuries, including:
- Thermal Burns: Caused by contact with hot objects and substances, such as flames, boiling liquids, steam, hot metal, etc.
- Chemical Burns: Caused by contact with harsh acids, chemicals, detergents, solvents, and other abrasive substances
- Cold Burns: Also known as frostbite; caused by extreme cold/prolonged contact with cold objects or substances, leading to skin and tissue damage
- Electrical Burns: Caused by contact with live electrical currents or electrical equipment, such as electrical sockets, electrified water, or even lightning
- Friction Burns: Also known as “road rash;” caused by skin scraping against abrasive surfaces, such as asphalt or carpet
- Radiation Burns: Caused by contact with various forms of radiation, including the sun (sunburns) and various forms of cancer treatments
Additionally, burn injuries are classified according to severity and named by varying degrees.
The four degrees of burns are:
- First-Degree Burns: Considered the mildest type of burn injury, first-degree burns often result in localized pain, redness, and mild to moderate pain. First-degree burns typically do not cause lasting or long-term damage and can generally be treated at home with over-the-counter pain medications and topical ointments.
- Second-Degree Burns: These types of burns are considered moderate to severe. They can affect only the upper layer of skin (known as a superficial second-degree burn) or both the upper and lower layers of skin (known as a deep partial-thickness burn). Second-degree burns often result in significant pain, redness, swelling, blisters, and a shiny or “wet” appearance.
- Third-Degree Burns: Also known as full thickness burns, third-degree burns affect both the upper and lower layers of skin, making them among the most severe type of burn injury. With third-degree burns, the victim often will not experience pain, as these injuries frequently lead to nerve damage and numbness, as well as a black, brown, yellow, or white appearance to the skin.
- Fourth-Degree Burns: The most severe type of burn injury, fourth-degree burns are considered medical emergencies, as they are potentially life-threatening. Fourth-degree burns damage or destroy the upper and lower layers of skin, as well as surrounding muscles, tendons, tissues, and even bones.
If you suffer anything other than a very mild burn, you should seek medical attention right away. Without proper, timely medical intervention, moderate and severe burn injuries can lead to an array of life-threatening complications, including infection, sepsis, tetanus, hypothermia, loss of bodily fluids, joint problems, nerve damage, and more.
How Are Burn Injuries Treated?
Mild, first-degree burns can generally be treated at home with standard first-aid methods. Moderate and severe burns, however, typically require professional medical attention. Depending on the severity of the burn, several different types of treatment may be appropriate/available.
Moderate and severe burn injuries are often treated with the following:
- Antibiotics, including topical antibiotic ointments and intravenous antibiotics
- Infection prevention and treatment
- Wound care
- Fluid replacement to prevent dehydration
- Skin grafting/surgery
- Aggressive pain management, including the use of pain medications
- Scar treatment and care
Victims of severe burns may be hospitalized for an extended period and may require continuous, ongoing care to ensure that no serious complications develop. They may also require rehabilitation and various psychological treatments to address the physical and mental effects of their injuries.
Who Is Responsible?
When you are injured by the negligent or wrongful conduct of another person, company, business, manufacturer, or entity, you have the right to hold the at-fault party accountable. But how do you identify the responsible party and prove their liability?
At Jones & Hill, we help our clients build powerful cases based on exhaustive investigations and supporting evidence. Our Louisiana burn injury attorneys work with a team of specialists and expert witnesses who help us not only identify the liable party but bring forth the evidence needed to recover maximum compensation for our clients.
Depending on the specifics of your situation, any of the following parties (and others) could be responsible for your burn injuries:
- The driver of a motor vehicle who negligently caused a car or motorcycle crash
- A manufacturer or distributor that created or sold a defective product
- A property owner who failed to adequately maintain his or her premises
- A doctor, nurse, or another health care professional who provided substandard care
- Your employer/your employer’s workers’ compensation insurance provider
- A trucking company that failed to follow industry standards, leading to a collision
Our firm knows how to investigate burn injury claims to discover who is responsible, and we have the resources and skill to pursue maximum compensation for you. We know that no amount of financial recovery can negate the physical and emotional trauma of severe burns, but we firmly believe that liable parties should be held responsible, and we have seen firsthand how justice and fair compensation can provide victims with the resources they need to heal.
Put Over 35 Years of Experience on Your Side
Navigating the aftermath of a serious burn injury can be overwhelming. But with the right legal team on your side, you can focus on healing while your attorney works tirelessly to secure the full, fair compensation you are owed.
At Jones & Hill, we are ready to fight for you. Our trial lawyers are ready to take your case to court if that is what is needed to recover the compensation you deserve. We prioritize our clients and work to develop meaningful, personal relationships with everyone we serve. We believe that this approach, coupled with our aggressive advocacy in settlement negotiations and at trial, is what has helped us secure so many favorable results for our clients over our 35+ years in practice.