In most cases of severe burns, the victim sustains second and third degree burns. Depending on the extent and nature of injury, fourth degree burns can also be inflicted.
What is Third-Degree Burn Compensation?
A third degree burn involves the dermis layer of skin and deeper tissues. The physical appearance of a third degree burn is a pale or darkened skin, with numbness or absence of any sensation.
When a victim files for a burn lawsuit after sustaining third degree burns, this form of compensation is called ‘money damages’. The victim endures a great deal of physical pain and even if a full recovery is already taking place, no amount of money can reverse the disfigurement. This ordeal can hold the corporate wrongdoers entirely liable for the entire incident.
The victim has an increased risk of aspiration pneumonia due to the inhaled smoke, which can cause blockage in the throat and lungs.
The victim can claim the following damages:
- Compensatory – These can cover medical expenses, physical pain, psychological damage and disfigurement. All these complications can result to loss of employment, increased expenses and disrupted family dynamics.
- Punitive – Punitive damages can be awarded to a burn victim and due punishment is given for those held responsible. Should the victim die from the incident, the family of the victim can file for wrongful death.
What are the Severity of Burns?
The extent of burns is determined through a ‘burn classification’ and the total surface area of skin affected.
Burns can be classified into:
- First degree burns: red in appearance, only affect the outer part of skin.
- Second-degree burns: Otherwise known as partial thickness burns, the damages goes deep into the dermis layer.
- Third-degree burns: Otherwise known as full thickness burns, all layers of the skin are destroyed.
- Fourth-degree burns: The extent of injury goes up to the muscle, tendons and bones.
What Is A Defective Smoke Alarm Lawsuit?
If a smoke alarm does not function, this puts the victim at risk for severe burns, smoke asphyxiation and even amputation.
What Is a Thermal Burn Lawsuit?
Thermal burns can comprise scalds and burns caused by fire.
What are Chemical Burns?
Chemical burns are caused by toxic substances such as acids, bases and hydrocarbons. The extent of injury will depend on how corrosive the substance, the time of exposure and the concentration.
What are Electrical Burns?
Energy is in a form of heat if electricity will pass through the human body. This is due to the fact that the human body serves as a resistant material.
What Are Second-Degree Burns?
Second degree burns are at risk for progressing into full thickness burns. When this occurs, the victim is at risk of sepsis or a potential bacterial infection. Sepsis can progress into septic shock, a life threatening condition. Septic shock can progress into a drastically lowered blood pressure that can eventually lead to death.
Brain Damage as One of the Complications
Cerebral hypoxia or oxygen depletion of the brain occurs during burn injuries because there is an increased risk of physical obstruction of the respiratory airways. The best example of this is the singing of nasal hairs, which can further exacerbate the respiratory condition of the victim.
What Is Carbon Monoxide Poisoning?
This is released when all organic components are burned out. Carbon monoxide is a highly dangerous substance that can immediately cause death.
Consulting a Third-Degree Burns Lawyer
This type of attorney has the vast knowledge of the nature of burn injuries. When a victim sustains burn injuries due to the gross negligence of another person, the lawyer has the power to file a lawsuit against the negligent party.
Inhalation Injury from Chemical Irritants
Injuries caused by chemical inhalation vary depending on the chemical’s toxin, the quantity inhaled, and the extent of exposure. The particles’ size is also a factor in the type of injury. Large-sized particles stay in major airways. Small-sized particles that disperse easily can get into minor airways and tiny sacs within the lungs, which potentially wreak more serious damage than large-sized particles.
Up to 15% of victims suffer from inhalation injury. Even if there is no burn, exposure to inhalants can cause respiratory failure.
This is a very serious complication, mostly for electrical burn and thermal burn victims.
Scald injury happens very fast. Kids are particularly susceptible for these.
Natural Gas Explosion
This eruption causes disfigurement and extreme pain to victims.