A burn is damage to your body’s tissues caused by heat, chemicals, electricity, sunlight, or radiation. Scalds from hot liquids and steam, building fires and flammable liquids and gases are the most common causes of burns. Another kind is an inhalation injury, caused by breathing smoke.
There are three types of burns:
- First-degree burns damage only the outer layer of skin
- Second-degree burns damage the outer layer and the layer underneath
- Third-degree burns damage or destroy the deepest layer of skin and tissues underneath.
Burns can cause swelling, blistering, scarring and, in serious cases, shock and even death. They also can lead to infections because they damage your skin’s protective barrier. Treatment for burns depends on the cause of the burn, how deep it is, and how much of the body it covers. Antibiotic creams can prevent or treat infections. For more serious burns, treatment may be needed to clean the wound, replace the skin, and make sure the patient has enough fluids and nutrition.
Burn injuries are extremely painful and can often leave victims with significant scars that are permanent and life-changing. In addition to physical injuries, burn victims experience an emotional damage that is just as significant.
Gas explosion accidents cause some of the most serious and life-changing injuries our lawyers see, killing and severely injuring people every year. Gas explosions can be the result of a product defect, or operator negligence. They can be caused by a defective gas line, gas heater or gas stove. Propane tank explosions may also be a common source of injury.
It is important to know that if a bad product caused the explosion, you must save the product and everything related to the explosion. It is necessary to allow those involved to conduct a proper investigation into the cause of the explosion. Please call Cusimano, Roberts, Mills & Knowlton after the explosion or burn so that we can start the investigation as soon as possible.
The medical, psychological and underlying liability issues in burn cases can be complex. At Cusimano, Roberts, Mills & Knowlton our attorneys are extremely familiar with the severity of these cases, and have the skill and experience necessary to provide representation that is needed to help our clients recover for the damages received from a burn injury. Our attorneys know how to thoroughly investigate and hire the appropriate experts to assist in your case. Cusimano, Roberts, Mills & Knowlton, recently settled a tragic explosion case where the victim received life-altering injuries. As a result of the lawsuit filed on behalf of the victim and the research and investigation by Cusimano, Roberts, Mills & Knowlton as to the neglect by the companies involved, the victim received a large settlement for the negligence his employer demonstrated. If you or a member of your family has suffered a burn injury as a result of someone’s negligent or reckless actions, we can help.