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Burn injuries can be life threatening and require extensive medical care. The impact of a burn injury on a person will differ depending on many factors including the severity of the burn, the age of the person, and the location of the burn. Burn injuries that affect a person’s extremities can have a long-term effect on what kind of activities they can participate in and whether they can take care of themselves. Burn injuries around the face or neck can affect a person’s ability to breathe.
In general, a burn injury can leave you with significant physical and emotional pain, medical bills, and loss of income. If your injury was caused by the actions of another person, you may be entitled to compensation for your injury. The Denver burn injury attorneys at Fuicelli & Lee can help you get the compensation you deserve while you focus on your recovery and rehabilitation. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation.
Why Choose Fuicelli & Lee as Your Denver Burn Injury Attorneys
- At Fuicelli & Lee, our core belief is to obtain full, fair, and complete compensation for every client, every time.
- We are selective about the cases we accept. If we don’t believe wholeheartedly in the merits of your case, we will tell you right away. We will be honest and straightforward with you throughout every step of your legal process.
- We truly care about our clients. We specifically limit our case docket to ensure every client receives our undivided attention.
If you have suffered a burn injury, you do not have to suffer in silence. Let us be your voice in ensuring that the parties responsible for your injury pay for the losses you suffer as a result of their actions. Do not let the fear of legal costs stop you from taking action. At Fuicelli & Lee, we offer free initial case consultations and our no-fee promise means that we only get paid if you receive a settlement or verdict on your case. Call us today at (303) 355-7202 to schedule your free consultation with one of our experienced burn injury attorneys.
Common Causes of Burn Injuries
Burn injuries can occur from simple domestic tasks like cooking accidents, which may cause mild burn injuries, to more complex situations like gas explosions, which result in severe burn injuries.
Some common causes of burn injuries include:
- Car and truck accidents
- Defective products
- Gas explosions
- Electrical accidents
- Building fires
- Hotel and workplace fires
- Kitchen fires
Types of Burn Injuries
Burn injuries are classified by severity from first degree to third degree burns. The type of burn will determine the level of medical treatment necessary and the possible losses that a victim might suffer.
First degree burns
First degree burns are burns that affect only the top layer of the skin. They are characterized by mild swelling, redness, and are painful to touch. First degree burns can be treated at home with an over-the-counter analgesic or pain ointment, and non-adhesive bandages. Typically, first degree burns will resolve with good at-home care. However, if the burn extends over a large area of the body, especially in children or the elderly, it is advisable to seek medical attention.
Second degree burns
Second degree burns affect the first two layers of the skin – the outer layer known as the epidermis, and part of the second layer known as the dermis. They are characterized by painful blisters, deep reddening of the skin, and sometimes, loss of skin. They can take several weeks to heal and require treatment by a medical professional.
Third degree burns
Third degree burns are more severe and affect the skin and underlying tissue. They are more serious than first and second degree burns and require extensive medical treatment. They are characterized by loss of skin layers, and skin may appear dry and leathery with patches of black, brown, or white.
Burn Injuries at Work
There are some jobs that put people at a higher risk for burn injuries: construction workers, electricians, welders, and oil rig workers, among others. When a person suffers a burn injury at work, they may be entitled to workers’ compensation. Every employer is required under the Workers’ Compensation Act of Colorado to secure workers’ compensation for all employees at the expense of the employer. This is to provide compensation for employees who die or are injured as a result of injuries they sustain in the workplace.
The purpose of the workers’ compensation is to ensure that employees who are injured in the workplace are assured quick and efficient compensation for their medical expenses or disability without having to resort to litigation. An employee who is covered by workers’ compensation gives up their right to sue their employer for compensation for their workplace injury. Likewise, their employer cannot defend themselves against the injury. However, any person who wants to make a claim based on workers’ compensation has the burden of proving that they are entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. They must prove that their injuries happened at work and that the injuries were not intentionally self-inflicted. The employee must also show that any medical treatment for which they are claiming compensation is reasonable, necessary, and related to their workplace burn injury. An experienced burn injury attorney will have access to medical experts who can provide the necessary evidence to prove a claim.
For employees with extensive burn injuries, workers’ compensation may not be sufficient to cover all the losses that they suffer. Even when a burn injury is caused by a workplace accident, there may be other parties responsible for the injury and the victim may be able to get compensation from them as well.
Defective Product Liability
A workplace burn injury could also be caused by a defective product. If so, the victim might be able to get compensation from the manufacturer or sellers of that product. The victim must prove that the product which caused their injury was defective, and that the manufacturer was negligent or did not comply with safety standards when manufacturing the product.
Call a Denver Burn Injury Lawyer
A burn injury attorney will have access to professionals who can fairly assess the value of your losses. In order to get full and fair compensation, it is important to know the value of your losses. This includes how much medical care you will need in the future, how much income you will lose as a result of your injury, as well as other intangible losses such as your pain and suffering. Trying to guess the value of these losses without expert input can leave you cheated out of what you truly need to recover from your injury.
If you have suffered a burn injury in Denver, you should speak with a Denver burn injury attorney as soon as possible. For more information about how Fuicelli & Lee can help you, call us at (303) 355-7202 for your free initial consultation.