Knowledgeable Fort Lauderdale Personal Injury Lawyers Fighting for the Rights of Burn Victims
Holding responsible parties liable when clients suffer burns in an accident
Burn injuries can be the result of many traumatic events involving fire or exposure to harmful chemicals. The American Burn Association (ABA) reports that in 2016, there were 486,000 burns receiving medical treatment in hospitals throughout the United States, with 40,000 of those injured being hospitalized and 30,000 sent to burn centers. The survival rate from burn injuries is now as high as 96.8%.
The Fort Lauderdale burn injury lawyers at Yeboah Law Group are prepared to help clients recover compensation when they have sustained burn injuries as the result of the negligence of another person. We are dedicated advocates for the rights of our clients to recover compensation when another party was responsible for having caused their injuries. Our successful record of accomplishment and positive reputation for taking good care of our clients precedes us. We are here to serve you.
Causes of burn injuries
The home is the place where most burns occur (73%) with occupational burn injuries at 8%, burns from traffic crashes at 5%, sport, recreational activities at 5% and the remaining 9% in various other locations. The ABA reports that fire and flame cause about 43% of burn injuries, 34% from scalding hot liquids, 9% from thermal contact, 4% from electrical burns, 3% from chemical burns and 7% from other causes. The CDC emphasizes the importance of fire prevention in preventing burn injuries.
Classifications of burn injuries
A burn damages and destroys skin, tissue, and muscle down to the bone in severe cases. The National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) classifies burn injuries by the degree of the injury in this way:
- First-degree burns damage the top, outer layer of skin
- Second-degree burns damage the top layer of skin and the layer beneath it
- Third-degree burns damage or destroy the skin and the underlying layers of tissue
In recent years, the prognosis for burn victims with significant burns over as much as 90 percent of their body has improved significantly with more people surviving when years ago, they may have died. Survivors of such serious injuries will have permanent impairment and scarring.
The dangers of infection and scarring from burns
A prominent medical journal reports that burns are the most common and devastating form of trauma, and that burn injuries can prevent the body’s immune system from working properly. This makes the person more vulnerable to infections and other complications after a serious burn injury such as:
- Catheter-related infections
- Bacteremia (bacteria in the blood)
Scarring is the body’s natural response to wounds on the skin. The Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors describes the healing process for serious burns. The healing of scars from burn injuries can take a long time–anywhere from 6 to 18 months. Hypertrophic scars can develop after a third-degree burn. If they develop around a joint such as a knee, wrist or elbow, they can restrict range-of-motion. Hypertrophic scars cause the skin to be more vulnerable to sunburn and chemicals and infections. When these scars are in visible areas of the skin, they often make the burn survivor feel self-conscious, depressed and isolated. The disfigurement that results from serious burn injuries often leads to depression.
Treatment for burn injuries
Fortunately for burn victims who live in South Florida, we are home to several world-class burn centers for treatment of burn injuries including:
- The University of Miami/ Jackson Memorial Burn Center located in the Ryder Trauma Center
- Kendall Regional Medical Center Burn Clinic
- The Burn Center at South Miami Hospital
Burn injury lawsuits
If you have sustained serious burn injuries because of the negligence of another person, you may be able to file a lawsuit to pursue compensation for the pain and the loss of income, the emotional trauma and the mounting medical bills that you are facing. The Fort Lauderdale burn injury attorneys at Yeboah Law Group have helped countless people before you who have been injured due to no fault of their own. We will represent your interests as we fight on your behalf for fair compensation for your injuries.
Damages in a lawsuit for burn injuries might include compensation for the following:
- Wage losses
- Medical bills (current and future medical expenses)
- Pain and suffering
The scars from your injuries will always remind you of the terrifying experience of getting burned, but at the Yeboah Law Group, we want to make sure that your financial needs are addressed so that you can focus on healing and getting back to your life.
Schedule a free consultation with a trusted Fort Lauderdale personal injury attorney today
At the Yeboah Law Group you do not pay legal fees up front because we take cases on contingency, which means that you do not pay attorney fees unless we win compensation for you. If you live in the Fort Lauderdale or Miami-Dade area, or if you were hurt while here on vacation, we will give your case the attention it deserves. Please feel free to call our offices at 954-764-2338 or complete our contact form to schedule a free consultation today.
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