Georgia Burn Injury Attorney
There’s no doubt that fires cause burns, but flames are far from the only source of these painful injuries. Hot liquids, electricity, chemicals, friction and radiation can also result in damage to body tissue.
Unfortunately, burn injuries are all too common. Approximately 486,000 burn injuries require medical treatment each year, and 40,000 people are hospitalized annually due to a burn. Often associated with car wrecks, industrial accidents, and natural gas/propane explosions, a burn can actually happen anywhere — and in almost any kind of accident. If you or someone you love has received a serious burn, it is important to contact a GA burn lawyer. The personal injury attorneys at the Mann Law Firm can help by reviewing your circumstances and discussing all available legal options. Call us at (478) 742-3381 or fill out our online form. In addition to cases handled in Macon, we are prepared to handle claims on behalf of clients in Dublin, Warner Robins, Milledgeville and other Georgia communities. We would like to meet with you to discuss your case, and we are proud to offer free initial consultations.
Types & Symptoms The severity of a burn is classified depending on how deeply and severely it has penetrated the skin’s surface.
- First-degree (superficial) burns damage only the outer layer of skin. The burn site is characterized as red, painful, dry, and without blisters.
- Second-degree (partial thickness) burns damage the skin’s outer layer and part of the layer underneath. The burn site is usually swollen, painful, red, and blistered.
- Third-degree (full thickness) burns damage or destroy the deepest layer of skin and may go into the tissue underneath. The burn site is likely white or charred.
While minor burns may heal within a few days, more severe burns can lead to infections, shock, intense pain, and even death. A patient that endures the treatment phase may still have to deal with lasting effects such as scarring, disfigurement, and psychological anguish. Beyond cosmetic concerns, burns can damage nerves, tissue, muscles, or blood vessels so that in addition to the physical and emotional toll, many patients and their families also have to tackle costly medical bills. Recovering from a burn injury can require ongoing remedies and rehabilitation, including reconstructive surgeries, medications, and counseling.
Who May Be at Fault
Georgia personal injury law allows victims to seek financial recovery for their burn-related suffering, provided that the burn was caused by someone else’s negligence. We’ve all heard about the famous case where a woman successfully sued McDonald’s after receiving third-degree burns from scalding hot coffee. Apartment buildings, restaurants, hotels, and similar commercial properties have all been found liable for allowing their hot water systems to produce scalding water.
In addition to manufacturing defects and design defects, serious injuries have resulted from a manufacturer’s failure to warn about a product’s risk of burns during use. Brands of nearly every possible product — from space heaters to hair dye, dolls to watches — have been suspected of burn hazards. Hoverboards, e-cigarettes, Surface Pro tablets, and certain year GM model cars are all products currently in the news for possibly exploding or catching fire. Medical providers with insufficient experience may cause burns while using radiation to treat cancer, while using lasers for precise procedures, or while using surgical cauterizing tools too close to oxygen. Another common cause of burns is motor vehicle accidents. Drivers and passengers are both likely to suffer severe, if not fatal, burn injuries if a crash involves a fire. Besides contact burns, inhaling hot air or smoke after a car crash can char airways and cause major breathing problems.
Contact Our Middle Georgia Burn Injury Lawyers
If you have suffered burns leading to serious injuries, the Macon burn injury attorneys of the Mann Law Firm can help. We aggressively seek full and fair compensation for our clients, and are always willing to take a case to trial if necessary. The damages available in a burn claim may include compensation for plastic surgery, physical therapy, medical expenses, lost wages due to time away from work, impaired capacity to work in the future, disfigurement, and emotional distress. If you lost a loved one due to burn injuries, you could be entitled to compensation in a wrongful death claim. We have been successfully litigating personal injury cases across Georgia for over 50 years. Our job is to examine the circumstances of what caused the accident while focusing on our client’s future. With our experience, we know how to seek compensation from all possible sources, and we will carefully calculate your past, current and future losses to get you the best possible recovery. While we cannot guarantee the outcome of any case, we can promise to listen, to advise, and to deliver unwavering legal advocacy on your behalf. Contact us at (478) 742-3381 or use our online contact form. Let us help you.