Let Our Louisiana Personal Injury Attorneys Help You Obtain Compensation After Your Burn Injury

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Burn injuries are all too common among the many workers in Louisiana’s maritime, oilfield and refinery industries. Victims often have catastrophic and disfiguring injuries and deep emotional, physical and mental scars. The injury itself and the treatment are exceptionally painful. Besides the physical and mental pain and suffering, burn injury victims may have massive medical bills and a lack of income. This can cause added strain and stress in the lives of the burn injury victim and his or her family.

fire victim compensation lawyersIf you or a loved one has sustained a burn injury, it is vital that you speak with a burn injury attorney from our firm. We can review your claim and offer experienced legal advice. We have helped many burn injury victims across Louisiana and are prepared to assist you. Our attorneys are passionate about pursuing compensation for injury victims and have been doing so for over 30 years.


Types Of Burn Injuries That Result In A Burn Injury Lawsuit

Your skin is the largest organ of your body. Damage from burns can cause long-lasting physical complications and take months or years of costly medical treatment and rehabilitation. How long it will take you to recover depends on how severely your skin tissue was damage:

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First degree burns.

First degree burns generally heal within 10 to 20 days, assuming there is no infection. These burns affect the epidermis, which is the outer layer of the skin. Symptoms include pain and redness.

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Second degree burns.

Second degree burns may take a month or longer to heal. A second degree burn exposes the dermis, a layer of skin under the epidermis. Victims may have pain, redness, and blisters that ooze and are slow to heal.

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Third degree burns.

These burns harm both layers of skin and may also harm your bones, muscles and tendons and nerve endings. Third degree burns may require skin grafts and take several months to heal.

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Fourth degree burns.

The most serious type of burn extends through the skin and internal tissue causing permanent damage to muscles and bones. Fourth degree burns may never heal.


Short & Long Term Complications For Burn Victims

Deep burns can lead to a host of complications. Pneumonia is the most frequently seen complication and occurs in 5.9 percent of burn cases. Short-term complications, which may result from burn injuries include:

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Infections. Scarring on the skin can leave the victim vulnerable to infections. Damaged skin can also increase your risk of sepsis.
 
 
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Low blood volume. Burns can cause loss of fluid due to damaged blood vessels. This can result in low blood volume, which can affect the body’s ability to pump blood throughout the body.
 
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Hypothermia. When the skin is damaged, it loses its ability to retain heat. This can result in hypothermia.
 
 
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Respiratory problems. Inhaling hot air and smoke can cause permanent damage to the lungs and in some cases respiratory failure.

 

Long-term complications may include:

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Joint problems. Scar tissue can limit the movement of joints and cause the skin and muscles to tighten. This can pull joints out of position.
 
 
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Psychological complications. Psychological trauma resulting from the burn injury can affect the individual’s life negatively. Many burn injury victims are susceptible to difficulties with self-esteem and self-image after the burn accident.

Common Burns And Burn Injury Statistics

The American Burn Association reports that in 2014:

  • Fire/flame injuries represented 43% of all burn injury cases
  • Scald injuries represented 34% of cases with a known origin
  • Contact with a hot object accounted for 9% of cases with a known origin
  • Electrical injuries represented 4% of cases with a known origin
  • Chemical injuries represented 3% of cases with a known origin
  • Scalding from grease or oil tends to be worse than being scalded from water
  • Burns from electrical sources include electrical flash burns and voltage conduction injuries
  • Nearly 69% of burn patients are male with the mean age being 32 years old
  • Children under the age of 5 accounted for 20% of all burn victim cases in 2013
  • The mortality rate for all cases was 3.4%
  • 72% of burns occurred in the home.

    Burn Victim Frequently Asked Questions

  • What kinds of accidents result in serious burns?

The leading causes of Louisiana burn injuries include:

  • What types of compensation are available to me for my burn injuries?

Many burns require lengthy hospital stays and years of rehabilitation, skin grafts and medical treatment for muscle and bone injuries. Disfiguring scars may harm self-confidence and psychological treatment may be an important part of the recovery. Our lawyers can help you recover compensation for your medical treatment and medical bills, including money for surgery and in-home care. We’ll also help you recover for your lost income and pain and suffering.

  • How does workers' compensation affect my claim for damages?

Many burns occur in Louisiana’s gas, oil and maritime industries. If you are burned on the job, your employer may tell you that you do not have any claim other than workers’ compensation. That is not necessarily the case. In many cases, a personal injury lawsuit may be allowed outside the workers’ compensation system. Consult with one of our personal injury attorneys so we can review the facts of your case and advise you of your legal options.

  • What is my claim worth?

The value of your claim depends on the severity of the injury and the circumstances surrounding how you were burned. Many burn victims are entitled to compensation for medical bills, pain, disability, disfigurement, future medical bills, and loss of earning capacity. Due to the long-lasting physical and emotional effects of burn injuries, it is advised that you speak with an experienced injury attorney regarding your case.

  • Who is responsible for my injury?
The party that is responsible for your injury will be held liable for damages. This is determined by establishing the liability in the case. Depending on the circumstances of the accident, this may be the manufacturer of a product, an employer, an individual, a corporate entity, a government entity, a landlord or anyone other party that may have some level of responsibility for what occurred.

Professional, Experienced, And Trusted Fire Accident Lawyers

If you have been seriously burned at sea, on an offshore oil rig or in an industrial accident, the burn injury attorneys at Neblett, Beard & Arsenault can help. Our lawyers have the resources and experience to prepare an effective case strategy for you and your family. Results are how we measure success; we’ve built a strong reputation both in and out of the courtroom and we’ll put our experience and legal skills to work on your behalf.

We help victims in Baton Rouge, Shreveport, Lake Charles, Monroe, Lafayette, Alexandria, and across the state of Louisiana. Dealing with your injuries should be your focus. Let the attorneys at Neblett, Beard & Arsenault handle your legal issues and aggressively pursue fair compensation for you. Contact us today at our Louisiana offices so that we can review the circumstances of your injury and get started right away.

Sources:

• American Burn Association: National Burn Repository

Our Areas of Practice

Louisiana injured accident victims have rights, and the attorneys of Neblett, Beard, and Arsenault want to help fight for them. Our attorneys understand that serious accident injuries can have a long-lasting impact on your life, and we will work hard to help you obtain compensation for your medical costs, property damage, lost time at work, and pain and suffering.
Personal injury cases can arise from a wide variety of accidents and other situations. Car accidents, truck accidents, slip and falls, exposure to toxic substances, and more are all avoidable circumstances that can lead to the unnecessary injury to a victim. Often, victims suffer serious injuries that leave them facing a difficult recovery or even a permanent disability. When that happens, victims should be able to focus on their health and recovery, not the complex and often frustrating details of a legal case.
When you are injured or become ill because of a dangerous drug, defective medical device, or a toxic consumer product, you are very likely not the only person to suffer. When a product harms a large number of people, a court may determine that the case can be filed as a mass tort action, which saves time, effort, and money for each individual plaintiff. Our mass tort attorneys are prepared to take on major manufacturers to get you the compensation you deserve.

Why Neblett, Beard & Arsenault Is Your Best Choice

You have a lot of choices when it comes to personal injury attorneys in the South Central U.S., so why choose us? Our results speak for themselves. Through our commitment and dedication, we are able to negotiate maximum settlements for our clients and we take pride in holding negligent parties responsible for the injuries they have caused. At Neblett, Beard & Arsenault, you can expect:

  • Experience in all areas of injury law. Our team of 16 attorneys has handled every type of personal injury claim—from motor vehicle accidents to nursing home abuse—and we will match our experience to your specific case. You can rest assured that we understand the best approach for your unique claim and we will pull out all the stops to fight for you.
  • Commitment to clients. We value each and every one of our clients as an individual and our entire team—from our friendly receptionist to our highly skilled attorneys—will treat you with the dignity and respect you deserve. You will always feel like you are our top priority and we will see your case through to the end.
  • Maximum results. Our many years of experience and knowledge of the law allow us to evaluate the strength of your case and adopt the best strategy to pursue the maximum settlement available. If more than one party may be held responsible for your injuries, we will file multiple claims to make sure you get every penny you are owed to help you recover and support your family.

While our large staff and comprehensive services offer the advantages of a big law firm, our personalized service and individual attention give our clients the feeling of a small town family firm. With Neblett, Beard & Arsenault, you get the best of both worlds!

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