Burn injuries are among the most painful and difficult injuries to recover from, both in regards to immediate treatment as well as long-term care. It is important to have the financial support necessary in order to recover as fully as possible. Attorney Andrew Jacobs concentrates his practice on the representation of people with serious injuries. He knows what it takes to bring a burn injury case to a successful conclusion. Below are some facts about burn injuries and information about how the Law Offices of Andrew R. Jacobs can help if you or a loved one suffered serious burns in an accident caused by the negligence of another.
Types of Burn Injuries
Burn injuries are typically classified according to the degree of severity of the burn. Burn injuries can range from a first degree burn, where the outer layer of skin is damaged, to third degree burns, where the burn has reached through every layer of skin and can also affect major organs and the bloodstream. Some experts also recognize a level of fourth degree burn, where the damage has extended to tendons and bones.
While any burn is painful and needs to be treated, a third or fourth degree burn puts a patient at risk of serious complications which can be fatal. Risks associated with severe burns include:
- Intense and lasting pain
- Psychological trauma
- Nerve damage
- Scarring or disfigurement
- Septic shock
Even without severe burns, smoke inhalation during a fire can damage the lungs and eyes and even cause permanent brain damage from a lack of oxygen.
Causes of Burn Injuries
There are many ways in which an act of negligence may cause serious injury to another. At the Law Offices of Andrew R. Jacobs in Cedar Knolls, we help people who have suffered a serious burn injury in any of the following circumstances, among others:
- Industrial and Workplace Accidents– Construction workers and industrial workers face the risk of electrocution and electrical burns, as well as chemical burns, scalding, and burns from coming into contact with extremely hot equipment and machinery.
- Car, Truck and Motorcycle Accidents – The risk of fuel-fed fires and explosions is present in many serious motor vehicle crashes. In addition to the risk of fuel spills, poorly-designed automobiles may lead to a fire or explosion resulting from an otherwise minor impact.
- Product Liability – A poorly-designed or malfunctioning product can put the consumer or user at risk of electrical shock from faulty wiring. Additionally, irons, space heaters and other appliances which lack an automatic shut-off or have faulty shut-off mechanisms can start a fire. Consumers can also be burned by radiators, heaters and other appliances which are constructed without proper heat guards or cool surfaces.
Treatment and Rehabilitation
Beyond the initial period of treatment, burn injury victims often face a long road of rehabilitation, including multiple surgeries, skin grafts and reconstruction over a period of years. Persons living with burn injury may also benefit from psychological counseling and occupational therapy.
How an Attorney can Help
Dealing with a catastrophic injury such as a head or brain injury, spinal injury or burn injury requires a great deal of determination, support and financial resources to deal with the medical costs, employment disability and other expenses. The costs of a burn injury often far exceed what is typically offered under a basic insurance policy. Having an attorney who is experienced in catastrophic injury claims helps to make sure that all the lifetime costs and expenses are properly considered and included in your claim.
Attorney Andrew Jacobs has been practicing law for over 40 years and for the last 30 years has focused heavily on the representation of persons with serious injuries caused by the negligence of others or defective products. In New Jersey and New York, contact the Law Offices of Andrew R. Jacobs at 973-532-9681 to discuss your potential claim.