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A Knowledgeable and Resourceful Attorney Can Help Hampton Burn Injury Victims Receive Compensation For Their Losses

Anyone who has visited the beach or spent too much time outdoors on a hot summer day knows how painful and uncomfortable a sunburn can be. But sunburns are generally very minor burns – other, more severe burn injuries can cause excruciating pain as well as significant damage to skin, muscles, and bones. Serious burn injuries can also require multiple reparative surgeries and skin grafts in order to minimize the effects of the burn. Some damage from burn injuries might not be able to be fully repaired.

When another individual’s careless or reckless conduct causes you to suffer a serious burn injury, that individual should be held to account for your expenses, losses, and pain. Contact a Virginia personal injury attorney right away to learn about the rights you have and how to protect them.

Degrees of Burn Injuries

Burn injuries are classified according to degrees, with a first-degree burn being the least severe burn injury and a third- or fourth-degree burn injury being the most severe. The severity of a burn injury dictates how critical it is for the victim to receive immediate medical care:

  • First-degree burns: These are superficial burns that affect the top layer of the skin but do not damage any deeper layers of skin or tissue. Burned skin appears bright red and is painful for the victim. A common sunburn is an example of a first-degree burn. Most first-degree burns can be treated at home, but widespread first-degree burns may require evaluation by a doctor or other medical professional;
  • Second-degree burns: A second-degree burn damages not only the top layer of the skin but also several deeper layers of skin. Skin can blister, and these blisters may burst, causing the skin to have a moist appearance. Some second-degree burns can be treated at home, but widespread second-degree burns may require medical treatment at a doctor’s office or hospital emergency room; and
  • Third-degree burns: A third-degree burn damages skin layers and also muscle, tissues, bone, and can even enter the bloodstream. Third-degree burns may cause little or no pain due to the extensive damage. Skin may appear waxy, white, or charred. Third-degree burns always require immediate medical attention.

If you are in doubt about the severity of a burn, it is always best to seek medical treatment for a burn injury.

Causes of Burn Injuries

Heat and flame are not the only causes of burn injuries. Second- and third-degree burns can also be caused by:

  • Electricity;
  • Steam or other hot vapors;
  • Chemicals; and
  • Radiation.

Discovering the cause of your burn injury and establishing how the injury occurred is essential to determining the legal rights and remedies you may have and who may be held responsible for your injury.

Contact a Virginia Burn Injury Attorney Today

Attorney Jan Hoen and the team at Hampton Injury Law are here to assist you if you have been injured in a burn accident. Hampton Injury Law has the resources and experience necessary to uncover the cause of your burn injury and hold those responsible for causing your injuries accountable for the expenses and losses you experienced. Contact Hampton Injury Law for legal counsel and representation for your personal injury claim today.

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