Pittsburgh Burn Injury Lawyer
Pennsylvania Personal Injury Attorney Helps Burn Injury Victims Get Compensation in Allegheny County, Erie County, and Throughout Western PA
Burn injuries are perhaps some of the most painful and psychologically damaging types of injuries. The extreme pain of a burn injury, in conjunction with the disfiguring nature of severe burns, can impose serious restrictions on the ability of the victim to recover and lead a relatively normal life. As a result, damages in Pennsylvania burn injury cases tend to be substantial.
If you have suffered burn injuries in an accident that was caused by the negligence or wrongful misconduct of another in Pittsburgh, then Pennsylvania law may give you a right of action against the defendant for damages. The Law Office of Mark A. Smith can assist you through each phase of the litigation process, from evidence gathering to early settlement negotiations, all the way through to trial litigation. Contact us today for further guidance.
Risk Factors for Exposure to Burn Injuries in Pennsylvania
There are a number of factors that — depending on the circumstances — may expose the plaintiff to a serious risk of burn injury. These risk factors may include:
- Health and beauty products that react poorly with one’s skin
- Battery defects
- Industrial waste
- Harsh cleaning chemicals
- Chemical leaks
- Unguarded or poorly maintained electrical lines
- Natural fires
- Car, truck, and motorcycle accidents
- Heated objects (liquids, solids)
- And more
Although many associate burn injuries with “thermal burns” (fire, heated objects, and other sources of heat), chemical burns are quite common, too. For example, if you are working at a research lab, and the chemical storage bins are not properly inspected and maintained, a leak could expose you to severe chemical burns. You would then likely have a claim against your employer (or even against the bin manufacturer on the basis of a product defect).
Type and Severity of Burn Injuries in PA
There are three main categories of burn injuries: first degree, second degree, and third degree burns. Each category of burn injury is associated with increasing burn severity. Some burns are so severe that they can cause permanent neurological damages and could permanently disable you.
- First Degree Burns: First degree burns involve damage to the outer layer of skin. Generally speaking, first degree burns are painful and may involve swelling and other deformities, but the losses are temporary.
- Second Degree Burns: Second degree burns involve damage to the outer two layers of skin. The burns are severe enough that the skin is blistered and pain is much more severe. Still, with proper medical care, full functional recovery is possible (though grafts may be necessary in some cases for an aesthetic recovery). If the second degree burn occurs on a visible area of the body, then your social life and career may be negatively affected.
- Third Degree Burns: Third degree burns are the most severe, and they involve damage to all the skin layers. The burns are extensive enough that internal organs (and even one’s neuromuscular structures) can be damaged. Often, third degree burns are life threatening. Even if the injured victim survives, they may be left disabled or permanently disfigured as a result.
Consult an Experienced Pittsburgh Personal Injury Attorney for Additional Guidance in Your Burn Injury Case
Despite the fact that burn injury victims (who suffer such injuries in accidents that were caused by another’s fault) may be entitled to significant compensation, some might shy away from litigation. After all, depending on the severity of the injury, the burns can be life-changing, and the victim may feel that the stress and difficulty of litigation is not worth the trouble.
Pittsburgh personal injury attorney Mark A. Smith has represented Pennsylvania injury victims — including those suffering from severe burn injuries — for three decades, with a long and consistent track record of success in securing compensation on their behalf. We believe that personal injury litigation can be made simpler, smoother, and more manageable. Here at the Law Office of Mark A. Smith, we are deeply committed to the provision of comprehensive, client-oriented legal advocacy. As such, we work closely with clients from beginning to end of the legal process to ensure that their needs and concerns are handled with the utmost professionalism. You will not have to worry that your calls go unanswered — at every stage of the litigation process, we will keep you involved and apprised of case developments.
Curious to learn more, and to speak with a qualified Pittsburgh attorney about next steps in your PA burn injury case? Call or email to schedule a free and confidential consultation with Attorney Mark A. Smith today. He will review and evaluate your case.
Personalized service. Maximum results. The Law Office of Mark A. Smith looks forward to helping you obtain full compensation for your burn injuries.