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.
If 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:
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.
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.
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.
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:
Long-term complications may include:
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?
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.
• American Burn Association: National Burn Repository