Burns and Scalds Lawyers - Injury Compensation Claim - Canada
A catastrophic injury lawyer is a specialist personal injury advocate with expertise in serious personal injury compensation claims including burns and scalds. Our burns and scalds lawyers offer a wealth of experience relating to injury compensation claims and give advice at no cost with no further obligation on legal liability and the potential value of a catastrophic injury damages claim. Payment for services is based on a contingency fee basis which means that we only get paid when you get paid. If the case is lost there is nothing whatsoever to pay. There are time limits in all personal injury compensation claims and failure to take legal action within the limitation period can mean that the opportunity to claim compensation is lost forever. If you have suffered a burn or a scald or other catastrophic injury caused by a negligent third party you should contact one of our burns and scalds compensation lawyers without delay.
Personal Injury Risk
One of the most painful injuries a person can sustain is a burn or a scald. Patients at the greatest risk of burns and scalds are children under the age of 4 and the elderly. For adults the risk of burns and scalds comes primarily out of a work-related injury. Almost all burns and scalds need some medical attention but some burns and scalds are much more serious than others.
Categories of Burns & Scalds
Burns come in three different types. Doctors use these different types to define the appearance of the wound and to indicate the best possible way to treat the injury. The types of injury are as follows: -
- First Degree Burns.
These are considered the most minor of all the burns. They come from scalding injuries or light thermal injuries. The major signs and symptoms include redness, swelling, pain and warmth of the affected area. First degree burns are often very painful—even more painful than third degree burns. They are often treated by applying cool packs to the affected area until the pain goes away and then keeping the wound clean and dry. Ointment may be used but is not really necessary.
- Second Degree Burns.
The hallmark of the second degree burn is a blister. The overlying layer of skin separates from the deeper layer of the skin, causing the blister. These occur in scalding injuries and in moderate to severe thermal injuries. Second degree burns are very painful and often require pain medication. The treatment is often to de-bride the dead tissue and cover the delicate skin with cream or ointment, changing the dressing daily. A skin grafting is rarely required.
- Third Degree Burns.
These are the most severe types of burns and involve a complete loss of the upper layers of the skin. The skin looks dead and often has no feeling. The skin can also look charred from severe burns. Such burns are usually caused be severe thermal exposure and can involve large areas of the body. The patient needs to be hospitalized, the dead skin needs to be debrided regularly and the wound needs to be dressed on a regular basis. Sometimes, skin grafting is needed to restore normal skin to skin that has been completely lost.
Burns and scalds are usually acquired by one of four main methods as follows :-
The first is a simple scald which involves a burn sustained when hot or boiling water comes into contact with skin. The end result is very red skin or skin that is covered with blisters. This is called a first degree or second degree burn. Doctors treat these kinds of injuries by keeping them clean, debriding off the skin of broken blisters and applying antibiotic ointment until the burn heals.
- Molten Metal
A common burn in foundries is that from molten metal. Molten metal is everywhere in foundries and many other factories. Molten metal can fall inside a boot or glove or can be splattered onto the worker. Such burns are usually severe with loss of the top layers of the skin. The end result is second to third degree burns. In third degree burns, the entire layer of skin is removed. This usually means the patient has to have a skin graft to cover the area lost to the burn.
- Thermal burns
The most common type of burn is the thermal burn. A thermal burn comes from contact or near exposure to fire. The heat can be capable of causing a first degree burn, a second degree burn or even a third degree burn. The doctors treat these burns according to their degree, debriding off burnt skin and tissue and allowing the underlying healthy tissue to heal, with or without a skin graft. Thermal burns are also dangerous because they emit smoke. More people die of smoke inhalation in fires than actually die from being burned. Smoke inhalation is treated with plenty of oxygen and sometimes ventilator support until the lung tissue heals.
- Chemical Burn
The fourth type of burn is a chemical burn. This can be caused be bodily exposure to a solvent-based chemical, an acid-based chemical or an alkaline substance. In many cases, the chemical quickly eats away at skin and underlying tissues, resulting in severe third degree burns. Measures must be taken to wash off the offending chemical as soon as possible. Once the chemical is removed, dead tissue is debrided and the burn is treated much the same as with a regular burn.
Burns & Scalds Compensation Lawyers
If you are an innocent victim of an accident, you need to see a burns and scalds compensation lawyer who will examine your case to see if it was simply an accident without negligence or if the company or another party was negligent in causing your injuries. Sometimes a factory has defective equipment that results in burns and scalds. In other cases burns and scalds are caused by the negligent action of another person who may be a co-worker. In most cases the matter will be taken up by the employers insurance company.
Many burns and scalds are associated with other injuries, such as breathing problems, organ failure and broken bones. Together these multiple injuries may form a catastrophic injury requiring urgent medical treatment and subsequent long term care. The personal injury lawyer considers all of these injuries together and determines the value of pain and suffering, the cost of long term medical care, the lost wages from the time of the accident, loss of lifestyle and all other relevant losses when coming to an overall valuation which forms the basis of the compensation claim. Burns can be disfiguring and, especially in women, a part of the claim is from the loss of appearance due to scarring.