Personal Injury law
Fire and Burn Injuries
Located in Memphis, TN
Fire and burn injuries cause victims to endure permanent physical damages, lifelong psychological impacts, and detrimental family losses every year.
Injuries and deaths resulting from fires are common across the United States. Ameriburn gathered the following statistics to show the frequency and impact of fire and burn injuries in 2016.
- Approximately 486,000 burn injuries that received medical treatment
- Approximately 40,000 hospital visits associated with burn injuries
- Approximately 3,275 deaths related to fire and smoke inhalation
Physical Damage from Burn Injuries
The most evident effects of burn injuries are ones that cause physical harm. Potential fire and burn injuries include the following:
- Skin loss
- Mobility loss
- Muscle damage
- Tissue damage
These injuries, whether permanent or temporary, could result from various activities and come in varying degrees. Thermal burns occur when heat sources such as hot liquids or metals make contact with your skin. Chemical burns are common, resulting from contact with acids, solvents or other chemical products. Radiation (UV rays) and electrical burns also occur frequently.
Additionally, burns can impact various skin layers. While first-degree burns and second-degree burns are certainly important to avoid, these are temporary and typically do not warrant a lawsuit.
However, a third-degree burn, which causes complete damage to the outer layer of skin (epidermis) and the underlying layer (dermis), could be cause for a lawsuit. These burns impact underlying tissue and bones, muscles, tendons, and nerves.
While these burns need immediate medical treatment from a certified or licensed medical professional, our team helps you establish an argument for a lawsuit.
Psychological Impact of Burn Injuries
While the physical detriments of burn injuries are typically evident for victims, psychological impacts weigh heavy as well. Flashbacks to the event, repetitive trips to the doctor, and struggles to crawl back to normalcy all contribute to the psychological challenges of burn victims.
Signs that the burn injuries are causing psychological impacts include the following:
- Social isolation
- Lack of energy or interest
- Difficulty going to sleep
- Constant thoughts of the event
- Avoidance of burn location
- Difficulty in concentration or focus
- Abuse of alcohol or drugs to ease the pain
- Eating disorders
- Hostile and aggressive
Any of the above signs and symptoms could be causing post-traumatic stress symptoms as a result of the burn injury. These symptoms can lead to costly, demanding appointments and services. Our attorneys understand this and work with you to determine a proper resolution. We help you construct a case against the party responsible for the fire, ensuring that your needs are taken care of appropriately.
Lawsuits from Burn Injuries
The law allows for individuals that have experienced burn trauma to file a lawsuit that may help with damages.
If your injury is the result of a defective product, a defective design, a workplace injury, negligence, among others, you may have a case for a burn injury lawsuit.
Often, our attorneys see burn victims file lawsuits in hopes to receive one or more of the following:
- Compensation for pain and suffering
- Assistance for medical expenses
- Repayment for past and future wages
- Possible punitive damages
The Chiozza Law Firm has represented people across the Mid-South who were seriously injured in fires and explosions, and the families of loved ones who died. Our lawyers work closely with burn survivors and their families throughout the entire legal process. We know that burn survivors often have to overcome numerous financial, vocational, and social challenges in addition to seeing to their physical and mental recovery.
If you have been injured in a fire, or if a family member has been killed by a fire, please contact The Chiozza Law Firm at 901-526-9494 or visit the link below to schedule a free consultation with an experienced attorney.
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