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Burn Injuries

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Burn Injury Lawyers in St. Louis

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Burn injuries can be among the most painful injuries one can sustain, both mentally and physically. They often cause devastating wounds that cannot be fully healed. Second- and third-degree burns can result in substantial tissue, muscle, and nerve damage that requires a surgical solution.

While less severe burns may heal, others will leave the victim with permanent scarring and disfigurement. Particularly bad burns may even require skin grafts or surgical amputation.

A burn injury can have life-changing consequences for the victim, potentially resulting in permanent disability and disfigurement. Contact our St. Louis attorneys at (800) 391-4318 to learn your legal rights if you or someone you love is in this situation.

Thermal Burns

Burn injuries from hot objects, scalding liquids, and fires are all too common in the United States, with 1.2 million Americans suffering thermal burns each year. Approximately 50,000 result in hospitalization and 3,500 adults and children are fatally wounded. .

These injuries are caused in a myriad of ways, from house or building fires to recreational accidents such as fireworks or campfire mishaps to auto accidents to workplace accidents. While some burns are the result of unavoidable tragedies, others can be directly attributed to the negligence of another party.

Other Burns: Chemical, Electrical, and Radiation Damage

Heat isn’t the only thing that can irreparably damage the skin. Though chemical, electrical, and radiation burns are not as frequent, they can be just as serious, resulting in permanent injury or death. Chemical burns can be caused by substances that are extremely acidic (low pH) or basic (high pH). Such substances may be used in industrial workplaces—but household cleaners can also be dangerous. People are often burned at home by:

  • Bleach
  • Drain cleaners
  • Cosmetic products
  • Metal cleaners
  • Hair dyes
  • Toilet bowl cleaners

Especially when these chemicals come into contact with vulnerable parts of the body like the eye, they can cause serious harm in a very short amount of time.

Electrical burns (shocks) are also more likely to occur in the workplace; construction workers are by far the highest-risk group, accounting for nearly half of these injuries between 2003-2012. However, electricity is pervasive in our lives, meaning anyone from office workers to stay-at-home parents may suffer an electric shock.

Many people get radiation burns each year in the form of sunburn. These are not intense enough to need serious care and, even if they did, do not bring questions of liability. However, cancer patients using radiation therapy may be burned, developing sores and/or ulcers if skin cells are destroyed faster than they can be replaced. The main source of radiation burns in the workplace is welding: Any professionals in this industry, or who work near such an operation, must wear strong protective gear to prevent burn injuries to the cornea.

Medical Needs for Burn Injury Victims

First-degree burns typically do not require treatment, but any burns that are second-degree or higher should receive medical attention immediately. Burns are extremely traumatic for the body and may cause a condition called “burn shock” that can be fatal if not treated right away. During this period, the lungs, heart, brain, and kidneys may be seriously damaged due to a lack of oxygen. Victims of thermal burns may also face liver damage. Furthermore, because the wound area is so big, patients are likely to contract infections that may turn deadly. Tetanus is the most common, followed by pneumonia and cellulitis (infection of the skin).

Once the patient has stabilized, treatment will likely be a long and involved process. Because burns completely destroy tissue, the injury cannot heal itself. If a limb has received too much damage, doctors may have to amputate it. In other cases, patients will have to undergo skin grafts which, even if fully successful, may result in lifelong scarring. These scars can affect not only a patient’s self-esteem but also their range of movement if they are around or covering joints. They may also be a source of lasting pain for victims.

Though the technologies available to burn victims continue to increase every year, these injuries are likely to have a lasting effect on patients’ lives.

Legal Representation for Burn Victims

Meyerkord & Kurth is a family-oriented and family-based law firm that handles personal injury cases throughout the St. Louis area. We have helped countless individuals who have been injured in accidents argue their cases with insurers or even take them to trial. Our dedicated attorneys always have the best interests of our clients in mind. Our determination and skill have helped injury victims recover over $450 million in settlements and jury verdicts.

Don't run the risk of going uncompensated for your burn injuries. Our St. Louis team is just a call away. Reach us at (800) 391-4318 to discuss your legal options.

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