Albany, New York Burn Injury Attorneys
A burn injury can be emotionally and physically devastating for a person and can require a substantial amount of medical treatment. Burns can vary in terms of size, depth and severity but can cause swelling, blisters, scars, and in the worst cases, death. If you or someone you love has suffered a burn injury that was caused by the negligence or misconduct of another party, you need to consult with an experienced lawyer about your options.
At the law firm of Friedman, Hirschen & Miller, LLP, our personal injury attorneys have helped burn injury victims obtain the compensation that they need for their medical bills, lost wages and other expenses. We understand the impact that a burn injury can have and work will hard to help our clients obtain the recovery that they need. We offer free initial consultations and take cases on a contingency basis, which means that you have nothing to lose by speaking with a lawyer about your injuries.
Causes and Types of Burn Injuries
Burn injuries can be caused in a variety of ways, including:
- Chemical explosions and burns
- Steam burns
- Defective products
- Improperly maintained property
- Automobile accidents
- Building fires
- Flammable liquids and gasses
Victims who suffer burn injuries can spend years in a rehabilitation process that is often painful and expensive. In the worst cases, these burn injuries can result in fatal accidents and cases of wrongful death.
There are several factors that are used to determine the severity of a burn. The most common types of burn injuries include:
Third Degree Burns
Third degree burns affect the outer layer, the dermis and the hypodermis and can cause a great amount of pain and scarring. Skin tissue and other structures, such as hair follicles and sweat glands, can be destroyed by the heat of a third degree burn and the skin may eventually go numb. Third degree burns require extensive treatment.
Second Degree Burns
Second degree burns go deeper than the outer layer of skin and penetrate to the underlying layer of skin, called the dermis. These burns can cause swelling and blisters, in addition to more severe pain. Without proper treatment, blood flow in the tissue will decrease and the burn can become a third degree burn.
First Degree Burns
First degree burns are the least severe burn injuries and are limited in terms of size and depth. These injuries only go as deep as the outer layer of skin, are not very painful, have a minor amount of pain and require much less treatment than second and third degree burn injuries. Sunburns are a common example of a first degree burn.
Other than these three most common burn types, fourth degree burns can cause catastrophic and fatal damage for victims.