A Fort Lauderdale Burn Injury Attorney with Extensive Experience Advocating for Severely Injured Clients
Serious legal support for victims with serious injuries
While many burns are minor and require little more than a bit of ointment and time to heal, others are severe enough to have a long-term or permanent effect on the lives of victims. Some are fatal. When the negligent or willful actions of other parties cause severe burn injuries, you need experienced legal support to protect your rights to compensation. With more than four decades of experience advocating for seriously-injured clients, the board-certified trial lawyers at the law firm of Fazio DiSalvo & Abers, P.A. provides the comprehensive legal support needed to help you and your family move forward.
Types of burns and the accidents that cause them
An estimated 450,000 burn injuries received medical treatment in 2012 according to the American Burn Association. They report that 44 percent of these injuries are caused by fires or flames, with the remainder caused by the following:
- Electrical burns are a common type of construction accident injury when electrical workers fail to observe appropriate safety measures and leave live wires exposed.
- Chemical burns can happen in many situations. Even individuals who use chemicals to clean their homes can sustain severe burns when the products they use lack visible and clear warning messages. Chemical burns also occur frequently at construction sites.
- Radiological burns can occur due to high exposure to X-rays from medical imaging or radiotherapy and can point to medical malpractice.
- Scalds are certainly a common occurrence in most kitchens but they can also happen when someone fails to exercise appropriate care. Restaurant buffet patrons can potentially suffer serious scald burns when they trip on loose carpeting while carrying hot soup. In addition, any restaurant that performs cooking at the tables of customers can carry a higher degree of liability for scalds.
Severe burns can lead to scarring and disfigurement
Even first- and second-degree burns to the skin require immediate first aid and observation to reduce pain and prevent infection. Third-degree burns are referred to as full thickness burns because they typically destroy all layers of the skin and damage the nerves beneath the skin’s surface.
Some victims can achieve full medical recovery but third-degree burn victims are typically left with scars and other forms of disfigurement. While skin grafts can potentially reduce some degree of the visible results, many victims never return to their former appearance. The resulting disfigurements can have significant lifetime effects, such as in the following situations:
- Visible scars affect the ability of an actor or other public figure to continue to find employment.
- Facial scars can affect the ability to speak and can even cause blindness.
- Anyone with severe disfigurement faces social stigma and suffers serious psychological trauma.
These are just a few examples of how a careless act can have a lifelong effect on the life of an individual who just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. Each personal injury attorney at Fazio DiSalvo & Abers, P.A. understands all the damages for which our clients deserve compensation. We conduct thorough investigations to pinpoint liability and we enlist support from medical professionals to identify the full extent of your injuries — and accurately forecast the costs you can expect over the long term.
Contact us for the comprehensive support you need to pursue justice for severe injuries
After suffering a severe burn injury, your first priority is to obtain medical attention. However, you also need to schedule a free consultation at the law firm of Fazio DiSalvo & Abers, P.A. as soon as possible. Each dedicated lawyer at the firm is here to help. Schedule a free consultation in our conveniently-located downtown office or ask us to come to your home or hospital room. We take cases on a contingency fee basis, so you pay no attorney fees until we obtain an award or settlement for your case. Contact us online, or call us at 954.463.0585 today.