If you or a loved one is the victim of a burn injury, your first priority is to seek medical attention. A burn injury, even a minor burn, can result in pe rmanent scarring and disfigurement. Severe burns can result in permanent nerve damage, infections, chronic pain, and other serious complications.
Therefore, your first step after a burn injury is to seek medical attention. Depending on the severity of your burn, you may be hospitalized or transferred to a specialized burn center. The medical treatment for a burn injury can be substantial. When you add other damages such as lost wages, physical pain, and emotional suffering damages, your total claim could be in the hundreds of thousands of dollars. For this reason, you need to contact an experienced Ontario burn injury lawyer as soon as possible after receiving medical treatment.
Common Causes of Burn Injuries in Ontario
Some of the causes of burn injuries are more common than others; however, all causes can result in minor to severe burns. Our team of lawyers can handle injury claims resulting from:
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Defective products
- Water heater fires
- Residential or commercial fires
- Hot liquids
- Chemicals and toxins
- Defective electrical wiring
- Scalding by hot water or hot liquids
- Workplace accidents
A serious burn can be life-threatening and result in life-altering disabilities. In some cases, a severe burn can take years to treat, provided the victim can fully recover.
Categorizing Burn Injuries
Burns are categorized into four degrees based on the level of damage caused by the burn:
- First Degree Burns are the least severe burns because they only affect the outer layer of the skin. Symptoms of a first-degree burn include pain and redness.
- Second Degree Burns cause damage to the outer and second layers of skin. Symptoms include pain, redness, and blisters. A second-degree burn can develop into a third-degree
- Third Degree Burns can cause damage to the muscles, tendons, and bones in addition to causing damage deep into both layers of the skin. Victims usually do not experience pain because a third degree burn destroys the nerve endings. Symptoms include blisters, pain, red skin, peeling skin, shock, swelling, and white or charred skin.
- Fourth Degree Burns go past the skin, deep into the fat and underlying bone and muscle. Fourth-degree burns appear charred and stiff.
Severe burns can result in multiple surgeries to close the wounds and repair the damage. In many cases, the victim suffers a permanent disability that may require rehabilitation.
Legal Action for Compensation in Burn Injury Accidents
Burn victims suffer far more than physical injuries. The emotional stress and mental anguish can be overwhelming and extensive. Dealing with your physical appearance after a burn injury can be devastating when people who are unaware of your injury stare and talk.
In addition to your financial losses (i.e. medical costs, lost wages, etc.), you deserve to receive compensation for your physical pain and emotional suffering. You deserve compensation for the permanent disability, scarring, and disfigurement. Even though money will not undo the damage; you deserve to recover a financial settlement from the negligent party who caused your burn injury.
An Ontario burn injury lawyer can help you recover compensation for your injury, losses, and damages. Our burn injury lawyers are committed to protecting your legal right to full compensation from the at-fault party. We will not stop fighting until you receive justice for your injuries.
Call an Ontario Burn Injury Lawyer Now
The team of lawyers at Diamond and Diamond are available 24/7. Call our injury hotline at 1-800-567-HURT or visit our website to speak to someone now. We offer free consultations and case evaluations.