When is a Burn Injury Severe Enough to Warrant a Personal Injury Claim?
Burn injuries occur all the time and in a wide range of situations. This should come as no surprise considering the frequency with which we encounter hot objects as part of our daily lives. Whether you suffer a chemical burn, electrical burn, radiation burn, get scalded by hot liquid, or suffer a burn injury in a fire, it is important to seek medical treatment for your injuries at once.
Burn injuries are placed into one of three categories based on their severity:
- First degree burns – These injuries only impact the outer layer of your skin
- Second degree burns – These injuries damage both the outer and inner layers of your skin
- Third degree burns – These are the most serious and result in destruction of the skin and damage to underlying tissue
Several factors must be evaluated when determining whether your burn injury makes you eligible to file a personal injury claim. These include:
- The extent of the burn
- The degree of the burn
- The location of the burn
In addition, you must also suffer damages as a result of your burn injury. These may include medical treatment, reconstructive surgery, lost wages, and pain and suffering. As with any other type of personal injury claim, your burn injury must also have been caused by the negligent actions of another for you to be able to file a lawsuit.
The attorneys at Van Dorn & Curtiss have helped many people in the Concord area recover compensation after suffering a serious burn injury. We can evaluate the circumstances surrounding your injury to determine whether you have a valid claim. If you do, we will fight aggressively to ensure you receive the compensation you deserve.
Please contact Van Dorn & Curtiss today to schedule your free burn injury consultation. We serve clients in New Hampshire and Vermont, including Concord, Manchester, and Nashua.