Chicago Burn Injury Attorney
Any time an accident involves exposure to fire, a dangerously hot object, scalding water or steam, electrical current, or radiation, the victim can suffer a burn. Burns can in turn cause many different adverse health conditions like infections that can lead to sepsis and permanent nerve damage. After any type of accident, a victim should receive prompt medical attention to ensure that his or her injury is diagnosed and that he or she receives the necessary treatment.
What Causes Burns?
A burn can result from many different types of accident. These include:
- Car accidents;
- Electrical accidents;
- Accidents involving faulty or defective products;
- Contact with abrasive chemicals;
- Exposure to harmful radiation; and
- Fires that have burned out of control.
Types of Burn Injury
There are a few different types of burn injury. These are:
- Thermal burns. Thermal burns are burns that result from direct contact with dangerous heat, such as hot metal objects, open flames, and scalding water;
- Electrical burns. When electrical current enters the body, the victim can suffer an electrical burn. In many cases, electrical burns have no external symptoms, making them easy to overlook;
- Chemical burns. Exposure to an abrasive chemical, like a highly acidic substance, can cause serious skin injury; and
- Radiation burns. This type of burn is rare, but it can happen when an individual’s skin is exposed to dangerous levels of radiation.
Burns are graded according to their severity. The severity levels of burns are:
- First degree burns. This is the least severe type of burn that only results in the swelling and reddening of the dermis, the outer layer of the skin;
- Second degree burns. At this level, the epidermis and the dermis, the lower layer of skin are damaged, causing pain and blistering; and
- Third degree burns. When a burn goes beyond the dermis into deeper tissue, the victim often feels nothing. His or her skin can become charred or white from the burn.
Seeking Compensation for your Burn Injury Damages
You can seek compensation for your following damages through a personal injury claim:
- Your medical expenses;
- Your lost wages; and
- Your pain and suffering damages.
In Illinois, the statute of limitations for filing a personal injury lawsuit is two years from the date of the accident. You can support your claim with evidence like photographs of the accident, copies of your medical bills, and documentation showing your lost wages due to leaving work to recover.
Work with an Experienced Chicago Personal Injury Lawyer
If you were burned in an accident and suffered damages as a result, you have the right to pursue monetary compensation for your damages through a personal injury claim. To start working on your claim with an experienced personal injury lawyer, contact Michael T. Friedman & Associates PC to schedule your free consultation in our office. We can answer all of your questions and provide you with the legal advice you need.