Aggressive Knoxville Burn Injury Lawyers Protect and Uphold Your Rights
Fighting for victims in Maryville, Sevierville, Clinton, Lenoir City and Loudon
If you sustain a burn in a fire of any kind, it is important that you seek medical care. Burn injuries cause more than excruciating pain. Depending on the type of burn you sustain, you may have serious physical and emotional scarring for the rest of your life. At Banks and Jones, we focus on determining the most effective way to resolve your case. While the majority of personal injury cases and burn cases are settled out of court, as professional Knoxville trial attorneys, we fight fiercely to help you obtain the compensation you deserve.
Classifications of burn injuries
There are generally four categories of burn injuries:
- First-degree. When the first layer of the epidermis is lightly burned, it may appear red and swollen. The most common example of a first-degree burn is a superficial sunburn.
- Second-degree. Second-degree burns cause blistering on the skin and affect both the outer and underlying layer of the epidermis.
- Third-degree. Third-degree burns affect all layers of the skin and can penetrate deeply into tissue. As a result, the skin may appear leathery and black.
- Fourth-degree. Fourth degree burns can penetrate down to the bone, and come with the highest risk of serious complications. They’re also the most likely to be fatal.
Learning the nature and extent of your burns and other injuries is important not only for your health, but also in order to determine the amount of damages you should seek from the defendant. The amount of compensation you may receive varies based on the type of burn injury you sustain.
Causes of burn injuries
According to the American Burn Association, approximately 450,000 burn injuries receive medical treatment annually. At Banks and Jones, we are determined to provide burn injury victims in the Knoxville area with reliable and understanding legal guidance at all times. As experienced personal injury lawyers, we never back down. If you suffer a burn injury in any of the following types of accidents, we want to fight passionately for you:
- Building fires. Building fires can occur for many reasons, including landlord negligence, tenant negligence, defective appliances and defective smoke alarms. Space heaters, grills and household appliances can start fires, or become so hot you are burned when you touch them.
- Chemical burns. Everyday household cleaners can lead to severe burn injuries, but most chemical burns happen on worksites. Construction sites, compounding labs and auto manufacturing and repair use dangerous chemicals all the time.
- Defective product burns. You have the right to expect that the products you buy will work as described. Children’s clothing should be non-flammable. Batteries shouldn’t explode. If a product is defective, or if the warning label isn’t correct, you may be able to make a claim.
- Scalds and steam burns. A scald is a burn caused by hot water or steam. If you live in an apartment which uses radiators, or if your hot water heater malfunctions, you can be seriously injured.
- Electrical burns. Poorly installed wiring or unsecured electrical wires can lead to burns, shocks and even electrocution.
Serious burns can have serious health complications
Most first-degree burns can be treated right at home, with a little cool water and some aloe vera. (Pro tip: never use ice on a burn.) A second-degree burn may need medical intervention, because you’ll want to keep the area wrapped up and clean, to avoid an infection. Some second-degree burns are serious enough, though, to require prescription medication, or even skin grafts.
Third- and fourth-degree burns, though, can lead to really serious complications. The most common include:
- Risk of infection
- Circulation problems
- Loss of elasticity in the skin (called contracture)
- Oxygen deprivation (from inhaling soot or smoke, or from injury to the neck)
- Blood loss
- Temperature regulation problems
- Adult respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS)
In the most tragic of circumstances, severe burn injuries and the effects they have on the body can lead to the death of the victim.
Seek skilled legal help for burn injuries from an aggressive Knoxville legal team
Banks and Jones provides injury victims with prompt and effective legal support. If you suffer a burn injury in a car accident or fire or because of a product defect, our experienced attorneys can review your case and assist you with obtaining rightful compensation. Contact us or call 865-546-2141 to speak with one of our skilled lawyers today. We always Fight 2 Win.