While some burn injuries may be very mild and heal in a matter of days, others can be far more debilitating and even life-threatening. If you sustained heat-related injuries in a recent accident caused by someone else’s carelessness, you should speak with a Barrie burn injury lawyer as soon as possible.
An experienced catastrophic injury lawyer could investigate whether someone’s wanton disregard for the safety of others caused your burn injuries. If another person’s negligent or criminal conduct led to your burns, you might have a legal right to pursue compensation for anything your own insurance doesn’t cover.
Burns can range in severity from first-degree to sixth-degree, but first-, second-, and third-degree burns are the most common types of heat-related injuries. The higher the degree of severity, the more serious the burn is. First-degree burns can cause minimal discomfort, swelling, and inflammation and often heal in a matter of days.
Second-degree burns are more serious because they not only impact the outer layer of the skin but also go beneath the skin’s surface into the dermis. These burns usually cause blisters and inflammation, often require a physician’s care, and can take several weeks to heal.
While all of these injuries require immediate medical attention, third-degree burns can be life-threatening. These burns impact all the skin layers and can even get as far down as the bone, blood vessels, nerves, and ligaments. Unlike first- or second-degree burns, a third-degree burn can cause the skin to take on a bleached or scorched appearance. The victim may also lose all feeling in the affected region.
Regarding fourth through sixth-degree burns, the outcome for the victim is usually fatal. In the event that someone suffers a wrongful death as a result of another person’s carelessness, their surviving family members may file a Family Law Act claim to recover the damages they would have received otherwise.
While serious burns may be caused by exposure to fire, they can also result from exposure to thermal heat, hot liquids, radiation, and certain chemicals. A burn injury can also be the result of criminal violence.
The signs of a severe burn injury can vary depending on the nature of the accident and the extent of the affected area on the victim’s body. Common signs include bubbling and blistering skin, extreme discomfort, inflammation, swelling, infections, blackened skin, mental fog, and excessive sweating.
If a person experiences a severe burn injury, they should get medical attention immediately. Severe burns which are not treated quickly risk developing infection, toxic shock, and sepsis. Extensive damage may require multiple skin grafts and surgeries.
Burn injury lawsuits must be filed within two years of the date of the accident occurring. A Barrie lawyer could help ensure the timely filing of your burn injury claim against the person or parties responsible. If you try to file a claim to recover compensation after two years have passed, you may lose your right to recover damages.
Additionally, if a government entity (county, municipal, or provincial) shares liability, there may be a 10-day notice requirement. You may be required to put the government entity on notice of your intent to sue with 10 days of sustaining a burn injury.
If someone else is responsible for your burn injuries, you may have legal recourse to hold them accountable for the economic, emotional, physical, and psychological consequences you have suffered. A Barrie burn injury lawyer could protect your rights and help you achieve the results you deserve for your case.
Our team of expert-ranked lawyers are prepared to fight tirelessly to recover the maximum compensation from all responsible parties on your behalf. Call now to set up a confidential case consultation with a Barrie lawyer.