Pennsylvania Burn Injury Attorney

Advocating for Your Rights to Justice & Fair Compensation Throughout Pennsylvania

Injuries caused by fire have various levels of severity. Burn injuries can be categorized as skin burns, minor burns, and serious second or third-degree burns. There are many causes of burn injuries with fires in building structures as the most common, but these injuries can also be the result of a motor vehicle accident or harmful and defective products. When these injuries occur because of another party’s negligence or mismanagement, it may be grounds for a case.

Some of the most common types of burn injuries include:

  • Thermal burns: These burn injuries are usually caused by exposure to hot surfaces, flash, flames, and steam.
  • Electrical burns: Burn injuries that are the result of contact with high voltage electricity.
  • Chemical burns: These injuries are usually from exposure to corrosive substances that are highly acidic or basic

If you believe that your burn injury was caused by a negligent act, seek help from Gay Chacker & Ginsburg Trial Lawyers. Our burn injury attorneys have been helping burn injury victims throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey since 1980. Allow us to do the same for you. We are your strong advocates, ready to fight for your rights to fair compensation.

Schedule a consultation today by calling our firm at 215-567-7955 or submitting an online contact form.

Degrees of Burn Injuries

Burn injuries are medically classified into different “degrees” based on their severity. The higher the degree, the greater the damage.

  • First-degree burns are generally considered minor and only involve damage to the outermost layer of skin, resulting in pain, redness, and swelling. First-degree burns often heal on their own with simple first aid.
  • Second-degree burns involve damage to the top two layers of skin, causing pain, redness, swelling, and blistering. Also known as “partial thickness burns,” second-degree burns can be considered major if they are larger than three inches wide or are located on the face, feet, groin, or major joint.
  • Third-degree burns, or “full-thickness burns,”are severe burns that penetrate into the deep layers of skin, causing the affected tissues to appear charred. Third-degree burns often result in permanent scarring and numbness due to damage to nerve endings.

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Effects of Burn Injuries

All burn injuries affect living tissue on the body and are mostly external. These can be short-term or long-term depending on the intensity of the heat, voltage, or chemicals and exposure involved.

Long-term effects can include:

  • Scarring of skin tissue
  • Damage to hair follicles prohibiting regrowth
  • Loss of cartilage and even sight or hearing.

Victims suffering from third-degree burns often require painful and extensive treatments including surgery and skin grafting. Physical effects can sometimes be repaired, but often, the most tragic result is the emotional distress and trauma left for a victim to manage. A remaining scar on the skin often reminds the victim of the incident causing anxiety, distress, and even depression.

Recovering Damages from Burn Injuries

Burn injury cases are always complex and it can be difficult to recover financial losses from this type of personal injury case. Simply filing insurance claims to pay for medical bills or replace the loss of personal items is a lengthy and tedious process. Not all insurance companies are easy to deal with and often deny a burn victim their full right to compensation. Burn accidents tend to involve some type of negligence or liability as well and all liable parties involved will need to be held accountable.

Hiring one of our Pennsylvania burn injury lawyers can greatly increase your chances to recover your claims. We are here to help you deal with the insurance companies and identify any and all claims that can be made.

Contact us without delay at 215-567-7955!