Burns are some of the most serious and painful injuries to sustain. We typically think of burns as being caused by fires. However, burns can also be caused by liquids, electricity, radiation, or chemicals.
Burns are grouped into four classifications. First degree burns are also known as “superficial” burns, meaning they only affect the outer layer of the skin. Sunburns are an example of a first degree burn.
2nd degree burns are more serious, and often present with blistering. Skin grafting – essentially, the transplantation of skin – may be necessary. A 3rd degree burn affects all layers of the skin and requires extensive medical intervention. Excision or amputation may be necessary depending on the extent of the injury. A 4th degree burn affects not only the skin but also bone or muscle underneath the skin. It is characterized by blackened, charred skin. Bone may be exposed. Excision or amputation is necessary the injuries can result in death.
Because burns are so harmful and painful, burn injuries can result in some of the largest personal injury verdicts and settlements. Insurers and juries understand that burns are extremely painful and can have long-lasting effects on a person’s health and appearance. Therefore, pain and suffering damages will be an important part of any burn injury claim.
At Welts, White & Fontaine, we do not require upfront payment for most personal injury clients, and we only receive our fee if we win a settlement or verdict for you. This is called a contingency fee arrangement, and means that we receive as our fee a pre-determined percentage of whatever money you recover. Please see this page for more information on contingency fees. You may have seen contingency fee arrangements advertised on TV as “you don’t pay unless you win!”
If you suffered a burn injury due to someone else’s negligence, contact us today for a free consultation. Welts, White & Fontaine is Nashua’s largest law firm and serves the legal needs of both individuals and businesses in towns such as Amherst, Milford, Hudson, Brookline, Windham, Hollis, Merrimack, Litchfield, Bedford, Londonderry, Pelham, and of course Nashua.
Author: Israel F. Piedra
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