Severe Burn Injuries

Joplin & Springfield Personal Injury Attorneys

Suffering a severe burn injury could debilitate you for months or longer, depending on how and where you were burned. Making ends meet while you recover could be impossible if you are not properly compensated by the liable party. To improve your chances and empower your case, make sure you work with Johnson, Vorhees & Martucci and our personal injury lawyers serving Joplin, Springfield, and Rogers/Bentonville.

Compensation you should be granted through your burn injury case includes:

Hospitalization bills

Ongoing rehabilitation treatment costs

Wages missed due to debilitation

Potential income loss throughout the coming years

By analyzing your case with a keen eye for detail, we hope to pinpoint the liable party and show their accountability well beyond a reasonable doubt. In doing so, we may be able to convince them to give you a sizeable settlement right away, saving everyone the trouble of having to go to court. If they do not want to accept responsibility for what their negligence or carelessness has done, we are not afraid to bring the matter before a judge or jury.

Get dedicated legal professionals on your team by calling 417.313.1130 today.

Burn Injury Degrees

If you work in on an industrial site, around dangerous chemicals and exposed electrical wires, or even in a busy kitchen, you may be well aware of the burn hazards around you. Proving what did burn you could actually be simple in some cases but insurance companies and your opposition will likely challenge that your burn was severe enough to require legal action. In order to bolster your claim, it helps to know burn injury degree severities and how they pertain to your own incident.

Burn injuries are measured by increasing degrees of severity:

  • First: Red skin that may be sensitive to heat and direct light; requires ice and water application; should heal quickly and without complication.
  • Second: Dried, red skin that can prove to be constantly painful; first-aid is recommended to avoid further damage, as well as pain medications.
  • Third: Skin will whiten and be incredibly painful; nerve and muscle tissue may be damaged, causing permanent disability; emergency medical attention is required.
  • Fourth: Blackened skin in the burn area; deep tissue and even bone damage has likely occurred; site will require skin grafting or amputation.
  • Fifth and sixth: Burns are so deep and widespread that internal organs are destroyed; neither are considered survivable.

Disfigurement from Burn Injuries

Aside from the excruciating pain and trauma of a burn injury, one of the worst effects of a burn is the oftentimes lifelong disfigurement that it can leave behind. Visible scarring from chemical, thermal, and electrical burn wounds and their resulting skin graft surgeries can rob a person of their self-esteem and cause body image distress, resulting in grief, sadness, and worries that other people will reject them because of their scars. This can be amplified for younger victims, as children who suffer considerable burn injuries are often subject to relentless teasing from other children. In many cases, burn victims require extensive therapy in order to be overcome these feelings, and it can take a considerable amount of time before they are able to re-acclimate themselves to their previous life.

At Johnson, Vorhees & Martucci, we understand the emotional struggles that you must be experiencing following your injuries and are dedicated to doing everything within our power to help you get the resources you need to push forward. When you work with us, we make sure to fully evaluate your situation and have a full picture of the extent of your injuries so we can fight for the full compensation you are owed. While the road to recovery can be long, we are committed to standing by your side every step of the way.

Simplify Your Complex Injury Case

After suffering a severe burn injury, you may be understandably overwhelmed by the amount of paperwork and legal requirements you need to sort through to seek compensation, especially if the liable party will not accept responsibility. Allow our Joplin personal injury lawyers to step in and take care of everything for you. Knowing that you are resting and recuperating without stressing about a lawsuit and legal battle is a great victory for us, and we want to succeed for you to the very end by achieving a maximized settlement on your behalf.

During your free consultation, tell us all about your burn injury case.