If you are going through the trauma and pain of a burn injury due to the negligence of another, you have come to the right place. We care and will lead the charge for justice in your case.
There are so many aspects to a burn injury. Beyond the physical injury, there can be psychological and emotional trauma stemming from the pain, scarring, and disfigurement.
To maximize your compensation following a burn injury, you need an attorney with experience litigating burn injuries — someone who fully understands the scope of your pain and disability. Our Minneapolis burn injury attorneys have years of experience fighting for justice for victims of burns, with a record of success. Recently, Partner Chuck Slane took a burn case to trial and won a 1.9 million dollar verdict. We will represent you aggressively and ethically. Call (612) TSR-TIME or submit our free consultation form.
In order to fully understand the levels of burns, you need to understand skin and the three layers of protection for tendons, muscle, and bones. The outer layer of skin is the epidermis. It is comprised of many layers of cells (50-150 depending on the part of the body) that protect the body. It is our main defense against injury and infection. The second layer is the dermis. This layer provides the elasticity to our skin. The third layer of protection is the fatty tissue. This layer is comprised of fat cells, hair follicles, and sweat glands. It is a critical layer of defense for our bodies.
When someone is burned, there is an massive shift of fluids within the body. For cases where the burn area is greater than 20% of the body, fluid resuscitation is a necessity and should be done through IVs during the first 24 hours. Patients need to receive large volumes of liquid because so much body fluid is being sucked into the burn wounds.
There are many variables to burns. They range from superficial to life-threatening. They can damage epidermis, dermis, blood vessels, tendons, muscles, and bones with varying degrees of pain depending on amount of nerve damage.
There are three universally accepted and defined categories of burns. They are:
- First Degree Burns – These burns are superficial, like a mild sunburn, affecting the outer layer of skin. The epidermis gets red, may be painful for a few days, the skin may even peel. There is no blistering.
- Second Degree Burns – These burns go down through most, if not all, of the layers of the epidermis. It will potentially reach the topmost layer of dermis. Fluid will accumulate between the epidermis and the dermis, forming blisters. These burns can be nasty, with an increased potential for infection.
- Third Degree Burns – These burns go so deep that they destroy all of the tissue through the dermis, reaching into the fatty tissue layer. In some cases, tendons, muscles, and ligaments are compromised. (When the burn reaches muscle and bone, some people refer to it as a 4th degree burn.) When burns look white, they are a deep 3rd degree burn and need medical attention. All 3rd degree burns require medical attention. There is a very real danger of extensive, life-threatening infection and shock.
Burn Injury Statistics
Each year, according to the American Burn Association there are:
- 500,000 burn injuries that receive medical attention
- 4,000 fire and burn deaths
- 40,000 hospitalizations from burn injuries
- 8% are occupational burns
- 17% vehicle accident burns
On average, in the U.S., someone is injured in a fire every 32 minutes. Burn injuries are very expensive to treat. They comprise only 1% of the incidence of injuries, but 2% of the total cost of injuries; this is according to the Center for Disease Control. Burn injuries are the second leading cause of accidental death in the United States, surpassed only by motor vehicle accident deaths.
Contact a Minneapolis Burn Injury Attorney
At TSR Injury Law, we understand that a severe burn injury is a catastrophic event, can cost hundreds of thousands to treat, and has lifelong implications. We want to see that you receive justice and adequate compensation for your burn injury. Our partners are skilled, dynamic personal injury litigators with years of experience. Don’t delay, call (612) TSR-TIME today. If you prefer, you may submit our online contact form.