How to Recover Damages After a Severe Burn Injury
Published on:April 4, 2022

The fact is that we’ve all been burned, whether figuratively or otherwise. It is a catastrophic injury that can alter the course of your life, leaving you with a disfigured body and excruciating pain. No doubt, it will leave you with a mountain of hospital bills to take care of, and a loss of wages too.

However, you can recover your loss through a personal injury or workers’ compensation claim using an experienced attorney. It is when the accident isn’t just an accident but due to someone’s negligence, such as a car accident, product defect, unsafe premises, etc.

Types of burn injuries

A burn will fall into one of these three categories, and each will determine the kind of medical attention and compensation you will receive.

Ist degree burn

A 1st-degree burn is not severe, and might not require medical treatment. Although you’re likely to feel a sharp pain, reddening of the skin, and some discomfort. You can easily remedy the situation by using over-the-counter topical drugs to soothe the pain. Within days, the burn will heal on its own.

2nd-degree burn

This level of burn includes blistering, red skin, and severe pain. Your skin might suddenly become glossy while leaking some fluids. You’re likely to lose the outer layer of your skin, and you must get medical attention as soon as possible.

3rd-degree burn

This is the most severe type of burn and requires immediate medical treatment by a medical professional. A 3rd-degree burn will penetrate the skin and destroy the tissues, making your skin dry and leathery. There will also be discoloration in the affected area.

Common causes of severe burn injuries

  • Truck or car accidents
  • Electrical accidents
  • Workplace injuries
  • Scalding water or pipes
  • Apartment building fires
  • Fires in public places like hotels, restaurants, nightclubs, etc.

Burn injuries at work

If you sustain any kind of injury in your workplace while doing your job, you might qualify for a workers’ compensation claim. Fortunately, this is available in every state in the US, including New York.

In this case, workers’ competition insurance will cover you regardless of whether you were at fault or not. However, the determining factor is whether the accident happened in the workplace while you were doing your job.

Once you can prove that your injury is a work-related accident, with your medical record to prove the severity of the situation, you’re likely to get compensated.

Most times, however, your employer might become unresponsive regarding your compensation. That is why you should work with a personal injury or workers’ compensation attorney for guidance. In that case, we’ve got you. Feel free to give us a call or fill out our contact form to book an appointment with an attorney.