We can incur burn injuries any number of ways. The home is one possible starting point, with anything from a stove to an outdoor fire pit causing uncontrolled flames. The gas tank of a car is another susceptible. area. Burns can be suffered on the job, with industrial settings being particularly vulnerable. Chemicals might not start a fire per se, but they can certainly result in burns. When the injuries a person suffers came about because someone else was negligent, then a Baton Rouge burn injury lawyer should be called in to negotiate fair compensation.
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3 Types of Burn Injuries
Medical professionals generally classify burns on three different levels. The severity of the burn will impact the cost of the treatment, of the rehabilitation and potentially affect how much intangible mental suffering a victim goes through.
1st Degree Burns
This is the lowest level burn, with the injury staying confined to the outer layer of the skin. One example might be people sitting around an outdoor fire pit. The host of the party mishandles the fire level and flames leap out far enough to hurt someone, but the victim is still able to get away before damage gets too severe.
Depending on the circumstances though, the host of the party (or their insurance company) do face potential liability for the ER visit that may have followed, any recovery time that kept the victim away from work, along with the possibility of trauma that inhibits future enjoyment of settings like the one the injury occurred in.
2nd Degree Burns
These burns get to the second level of the skin. One way to tell if a burn has reached 2nd degree level is if blistering appears. This is a warning sign that deeper nerve damage is at least possible.
The costs of treating this injuries will likely be higher than with 1st degree burns, but the area of rehabilitation can be where financial damages really begin to escalate. If nerve damage is a factor, extensive physical therapy may be required. That, in turn, can point to more missed time at work, meaning lost income has to be tabulated and figured into a settlement by a Baton Rouge burn injury attorney.
3rd Degree Burns
With these most serious of burn injuries, the damage can be severe enough to cause permanent deformities. Once burns reach the 3rd degree level, it’s common for skin grafts and perhaps even plastic surgery to become necessary. Nerve damage may be serious enough to cause the permanent loss of feeling in the injured area.
The costs of treatment and rehab are likely to be serious enough, but the mental anguish endured by a victim can be very high. Skin grafts are painful. The deformation of the body can be a serious cause for depression. Injuries this severe likely came from an incident that can trigger ongoing nightmares, flashbacks, and other symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder.
A Baton Rouge burn injury lawyer has to factor in all of this. The treatment and rehab costs are measurable and can be calculated. But how do you measure the value of a good night’s sleep? Of being able to enjoy the company of family and friends without flashbacks? Of living without constant pain, both physical and mental?
The answer is that while no one can truly put a dollar value on all of this, a court must at least offer some level of financial compensation for all the victim has lost. An experienced attorney can be well-suited to present that case before a court, bringing in testimony from family and friends to illustrate the dramatic impact the injuries have had on the victim’s life.
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Russell W. Beall
"Russell W. Beall is a founding partner in the Baton Rouge law firm of Beall & Thies LLC. His main emphasis of practice is on Civil Litigation including Torts, Products Liability, and Premises Liability. Russell is a frequent guest speaker at Louisiana State University Law School where he participates in the Appellate Advocacy Program and the Professionalism Orientation. He earned his B.A. degree at Louisiana State University (1998) and his J.D Louisiana State University Law School (2001). Russell is an active member of the Louisiana Association for Justice and is frequently invited to be a guest speaker at continuing legal education seminars."Read Full Bio
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"William W. Thies was born in Indianapolis, Indiana in 1974 moving with his family to Slidell, Louisiana at seven years of age. Mr. Thies graduated from Slidell High School in 1992. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree with a double major in history and political science from Louisiana State University in 1996 and his Juris Doctorate from the Southern University Law Center in 2001. He was admitted to the Louisiana State Bar Association in May 2002. He is a member of the Baton Rouge, Louisiana, American Bar Associations, and the Louisiana Association of Justice. He is admitted to practice in all state courts, the United States District Court for the Middle and Eastern Districts of Louisiana, as well as the United States Supreme Court."Read Full Bio
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Jake is a graduate of Jonesboro-Hodge High School and Northwestern State University where he was a member of the Theta Mu chapter of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity, the NSU Presidential Leadership Program, and the Inter-Fraternity Council serving as Vice President."
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