Severe burns are extremely painful, damaging, and often result in lifelong disfigurement. In many cases, burn injuries are catastrophic, preventing the victim from returning to his or her normal life, employment, and daily routine. The financial and emotional cost of such injuries can be a terrible burden on victims and their families.
If you or your loved one suffered severe, life-altering burn injuries as a result of someone else’s negligence, you have the right to take legal action against the liable party/parties. Since 1988, Breit Drescher Imprevento has been representing injured clients throughout the Greater Hampton Roads Metropolitan Area, providing compassionate legal counsel and aggressive advocacy at every stage of the legal process. We can help you fight for the just recovery you are owed.
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Types of Burn Injuries
Burn injuries are categorized based on extent and severity. The more severe the burn, the more treatment required. Very severe burn injuries can even result in death.
The three main categories of burn injuries are:
- First-Degree Burns: Generally considered to be relatively mild when compared to other types of burns, first-degree burns affect only the top layer of skin (epidermis). These types of burn-injuries can result in pain and redness at the burn site.
- Second-Degree Burns: More severe than first-degree burns but less severe than third-degree burns, second-degree burns affect both the outer layer of skin (epidermis) and the lower layer of skin (dermis). They often result in pain, redness, swelling, and blistering at the burn site.
- Third-Degree Burns: Third-degree burns are the most severe type of burn injury. These burns penetrate both layers of skin and affect underlying tissue and, in very severe cases, bone. They often result in blackened or charred skin, whiteness of the skin, numbness, and tissue damage.
How Severe Burns Occur
Burn injuries are caused by a wide variety of accidents. They are often accompanied by additional injuries, depending on the type of accident that occurs, but in many cases, the burns themselves can be catastrophic in nature.
Some of the common causes of burn injuries include:
- Motor vehicle accidents—including car, semi-trailer truck, and motorcycle accidents—which may lead to fires, explosions, or road rash
- On-the-job accidents, including hot coffee spills, oil rig explosions, construction site fires, workplace kitchen accidents, electrical fires, and more
- Defective or faulty products, ranging from electric blankets to ovens and stovetops to electrical wiring and much more
- Maritime accidents, including ship fires, explosions, equipment malfunctions, electrical and kitchen accidents, and engine room fires
This list is not exhaustive; there are many, many ways in which a person may sustain catastrophic burn injuries. Regardless of how your injuries occurred, if another person, company, or entity’s negligence played a role in the accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your damages. Financial recovery can help you secure the crucial medical care you need, as well as assist you on the road to healing.
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At Breit Drescher Imprevento, we have decades of legal experience and have earned a reputation for our commitment to securing results. Our Virginia Beach burn injury lawyers have successfully recovered more than $250 million on behalf of our injured clients, and we are prepared to help you navigate the legal process. We strive to provide each and every one of our clients with personalized and compassionate legal services all while working to secure the maximum compensation they are owed.
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