Omaha Burn Injury Lawyers
Severe burns can cause damage beyond the affected area. The skin is our largest organ and is responsible for vital bodily functions, like regulating body temperature, keeping moisture in, keeping disease out, and allowing us to sense the world around us.
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Burns cause extreme pain and disfigurement, and can lead to further life-threatening conditions. Burn victims are expected to endure years of expensive medical treatment, surgeries, ongoing physical and psychological therapy, and may have months or years of lost income. If you are suffering from a severe burn that may have been caused by another person or company’s negligence, our legal team may be able to help. For a no-cost initial consultation, please call Bottlinger Law L.L.C. at (402) 505-8234 to speak with an Omaha personal injury attorney.
In the United States, 1.1 million burn injuries occur each year. According to the American Burn Association, 45,000 of these injuries require hospitalization and nearly 4,000 result in death. Of the burn victims admitted to the hospital, 44% listed flames as the cause, 33% listed scalding water, 9% direct contact with an overheated item, 4% electricity, 3% chemical, and 7% "other."
Burns are commonly acquired at home by using matches or lighters, dropping cigarettes, or leaving cooking unattended. Burn injuries may also be due to product defects, faulty electrical wiring, flammable household products or clothing, heater accidents, or faulty appliances. These burn accidents are preventable when companies take proper precautions before shipping their products out to consumers.
Burn accidents at work usually involve open flames and chemicals, a lack of safety precautions, or someone else’s carelessness. Automobile fires are typically caused by collisions and/or vehicle defects.
The larger the burn area, the more serious the burn is, and more consequences the victim will face. Here are the types of burns:
- Thermal burns: Thermal burns occur when the victim is exposed to heat from an external source. Flames and direct contact with heated items cause thermal burns.
- Scalds: Boiling liquids and steam can be just as dangerous as an open flame, and children are especially at risk of scalding accidents.
- Chemical burns: Acids, detergents, and solvents coming into contact with the eyes or skin can cause chemical burns. Even common household products carry this risk.
- Electric burns: These come in two forms: low-voltage electric burns, and high-voltage electric burns. The most common cause of low-voltage burns is a person touching an extension cord without insulation. High-voltage burns are much more dangerous, because in this form the electric current passes through the body, opening an entrance wound and an exit wound and potentially doing internal damage.
Burns are classified by degree or depth.
- First-degree burns: This type of burn is considered superficial and only damages the outer layer of skin, known as the epidermis.
- Second-degree burns: Second-degree burns affect the epidermis and the second layer of skin, known as the dermis. Characteristics of a second-degree burn are redness, high pain levels, and blisters.
- Third-degree burns: Third-degree burns destroy the epidermis and dermis, and often cause damage to the tendons, muscles, and bones underneath the subcutaneous level of the skin. The affected area may appear charred, or white in color. Third-degree burns are generally not painful because the nerve endings have been completely destroyed.
When the skin is wounded by a severe burn, the victim’s hair follicles, sweat glands, skin elasticity, and appearance may be permanently damaged. Burns may leave the victim threatened by diseases, breathing problems, dehydration, and infections. In addition to physical ailments, severe scarring may cause social and emotional difficulties.
If you were seriously burned by someone else’s negligence, you can trust Bottlinger Law L.L.C. to get the workers’ comp benefits or personal injury damages you are entitled to. Our founding attorney, Jason Bottlinger, handles complex personal injury matters throughout the Heartland, and our legal team has a successful track record of recovering just compensation for our clients. Please contact us at (402) 505-8234 to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation.
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