Burn Injury Attorneys in Jacksonville FLThe skin is the largest organ in the human body, regulating fluid and temperature and acts as a protective barrier against bacteria and disease. When a person suffers a burn to the skin, the injury increases the victim’s vulnerability to infection, damage to blood vessels and nerves. Burn injuries are caused by anything that can generate enough heat or friction to damage human tissue. Accidents involving open flames, exposure to hot surfaces like pipes and stoves, hot liquids and various chemicals, as well as electrical and radiation sources, make up the majority of burn injuries.
In the aftermath of a burn related incident and injury, there are many challenges and issues that are encountered by the burn injury victim and family. Based in Jacksonville, Florida, attorneys Michael Atter and David Wolf hand burn injury cases throughout the State of Florida. Businesses and insurance companies are well represented by attorneys. You should get the attorneys of Wood, Atter and Wolf to represent you to seek compensation for burn related personal injuries.
According to the American Burn Association’s National Burn Repository, nearly 50% of all burn injuries are the result of open fire or flame exposure. The second most common occurrence of burn injuries are the result of scalding by hot liquids. Over 1 million people each year in the United States require medical attention for a burn injury. Of those, almost 50,000 require hospitalization and it is estimated that over 4,500 people die each year as a result of a burn injury.Effects Of a Burn InjuryBurn Injuries are unique and a bit different than other personal injuries caused by the negligence of another person, business, or government entity. Burn injuries often require specialized medical care and extended treatment / recovery time involved for the victim. The emotional and psychological trauma involved in a serious burn injury may result in post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), causing many victims to experience substantial changes in their emotional, as well as psychological make-up. Some burn victims have even separated their lives into, “before the burn” and “after the burn” events. The victims overall quality of life changes and there are definitive damages associate with mental anguish, pain, suffering, and loss of enjoyment of life. Scarring and disfigurement are lasting reminders of an injury that often erode self-confidence and image well into the future and even for a life-time.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, over 300 children are treated in emergency rooms for burn-related injuries every day. Many of these injured children are deeply affected by scarring and develop insecurities over their appearance that extend through childhood and even adulthood.
An injury to a child can be quite stressful to the child and the parents facing the challenges of medical bills, medical care, and insurance claims. To assist parents facing these challenges, attorney David Wolf has written 10 books that focus on personal injury matters including the book titled – The ABCs of Child Injury – Legal Rights of the Injured Child – What Every Parent Should Know.Common Causes of Burn Injuries Automobile Accidents Gas and other Flammable Liquid Fuel Explosions Scalding / Hot Water Electrical Accidents Industrial Accidents Gasoline Spills Building Fires Defective Candles Defective E-Cigarettes Lighters & Matches Types of Burn InjuriesBurn injuries are classified into 3 distinct “degrees”. Each classification is rated based on the extent and severity of the tissue damage.
First Degree Burns- First degree burns only affect the first layer of skin (surface) and are relatively minor.
Second Degree Burns- Second degree burns affect the first and underlining dermal layer of skin. Injuries can be quite painful and require medical attention. Any failure to medically treat this degree of burn could result in further complications and/or infection.
Third Degree Burns- Third degree burns are the most serious, affecting all layers of the skin and in some cases the underlying bone and connective tissue. Often times third degree burns require reconstructive surgery.
Experienced Burn Injury LawyerIt takes an experienced burn injury attorney in Jacksonville to properly handle a burn injury case. Michael Atter and David Wolf have over 50 years of combined legal experience helping burn injury victims and their families recover compensation for their injuries. The attorneys at Wood, Atter and Wolf Law Firm understand the complex issues associated with burn injury claims and can accurately assess all aspects of your injuries in order to calculate your damages. We not only consider your current expenses but also evaluate your future medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering and any emotional scarring that has resulted from your burn injuries. Our thorough and comprehensive assessment of your damages will help to maximize the value of your compensation. At Wood, Atter and Wolf we understand that your immediate concerns include:
1. Getting your medical bills paid.
2. Limiting potential lost wages.
3. Ensuring insurance coverage for future treatment of your injury.
Our experienced attorneys will review your situation and discuss all the options available to you. We will pursue your burn personal injury claim and case through litigation and trial (if necessary).
We will work to protect your legal rights and pursue rightful compensation for long term medical bills, wage loss, disfigurement, pain and suffering, emotional distress, mental anguish, and lost enjoyment of life.
If you or a loved one are in the Northeast Florida area, including Jacksonville, Orange Park, St. Augustine, Fernandina Beach or in the areas around Duval, St. Johns, Nassau, or Clay counties, and have experienced a burn injury, Contact Us Online or Call Us at (904) 355-8888 to set up a FREE consultation to discuss your legal options.