Burn Injury Lawyers
The Law Offices of Cochran, Kroll & Associates, P.C., are burn injury attorneys dedicated to representing individuals who have suffered catastrophic losses as a result of injuries sustained at work. We’re leading burn injury lawyers in Michigan and look forward to answering any questions you may have about your injury claim.
Burn injuries are not only painful but can take a victim’s life or leave a lifelong scar.
Individuals who suffer a burn injury may experience permanent physical and psychological damage. While the American Burn Association reports many burns as minor and not needing hospitalization or treatment, severe burns can be very painful and adversely impact your quality of life.
Types of Burn Injuries
There are four categories of burn injuries:
- First degree
- Superficial second degree
- Deep second degree
- Third degree
First degree burns usually affect the outer layer of the skin. A first-degree burn tends to be moist and red in color and only affects the top layer of your skin. A burn of this nature is generally resolved within a week. A classic example of a first-degree burn would be mild sunburn. These burns can be painful but usually have a quick and easy recovery rate.
A superficial second-degree burn is one that penetrates the outer layer of skin and extends to the deeper layer known as the dermis. Pressure on a second-degree burn tends to produce red blotches. The burn is moist and pinkish. A superficial second-degree burn should heal spontaneously, often within two weeks.
A deep second-degree burn differs from the superficial variety in that tissue destruction runs deeper into the dermis. A burn of this nature will be dry and whitish in color. It will not produce red blanches with the application of pressure. A burn of this nature can take three to four weeks on average to heal. There is a risk that a deep second-degree burn will leave thick or hypertrophic scars.
The most severe classification is the third-degree burn. This occurs when the burn has destroyed both the epidermal and dermal layers of skin and extends down to what is termed subcutaneous tissue. These burns are characterized as physically depressed, charred, and often are leather-like in appearance. This can be caused by hot liquids and chemical burns.
A third-degree burn may not be as physically painful as the less severe categorizations, due to the number of nerve endings that may have been destroyed. These burns are very serious in nature and often require skin grafting or other reconstructive procedures.
Burns are also classified into the two categories of partial thickness or full thickness. Partial thickness burns tend to encompass both first and second-degree burns and full thickness burns are usually equated with third-degree burns. The thickness refers to how deep through the skin the injury has gone, and how serious it is for the victim.
When Things Go Wrong
Burn injuries are expensive to treat. A prolonged hospitalization for third-degree burns can easily exceed a hundred thousand dollars, and many burn injuries are due to negligence. Insurance companies will vigorously fight against paying damages to an injured victim, especially in burn injury cases. It is important to work with a team of lawyers who have your best interest at heart, and have the experience to ensure insurance companies properly compensate the burn victim.
If you or your loved one is a burn victim contact Cochran, Kroll & Associates, P.C. for a free consultation. The attorneys at Cochran, Kroll & Associates law firm have the skills, legal knowledge, and experience needed to protect you and will seek to win compensation for your injuries, expenses, and loss.
An attorney will lead you through the steps needed to recover damages and may even assist in punitive damages being awarded. We are familiar with working with clients who have been denied treatment by insurance companies or the guilty party and will work hard to award our victims damages.
Levels of Responsibility
Damages can be awarded for medical bills of treatment for burn injuries, lost wages, funeral expenses, pain and suffering, mental stress, permanent disability, and similar hardships that victims and their families may experience. A burn treatment can be a long and difficult procedure and it is important for a victim to have the appropriate support needed.
Punitive damages, above and beyond those actually incurred by the victim for medical treatment, are intended to punish the guilty party for reckless or inappropriate behavior. Punitive damages also can function as a deterrent for others. Often, insurance companies may do whatever they can to renounce their responsibility, but at Cochran, Kroll & Associates, P.C. we seek to reach just settlements.
A personal injury attorney can collect damages for burn victims when it can be proved another party has been negligent. Cochran, Kroll & Associates, P.C. will seek payments for expenses resulting from the burn, and ensure justice by pursuing punitive damages.
Cochran, Kroll & Associates, P.C. devotes its practice to representing individuals who are the victims of burn or workplace injuries, nursing home abuse, medical malpractice, or accidents.
Essentially, if a person has been involved in any tragedy involving negligence and requiring compensation, Cochran, Kroll & Associates, P.C. will provide whatever legal services are required. Our associates are available 24 hours a day at (866) 642-4529 for a free consultation at a location convenient to you, whether it is in our office, a hospital or your home. We remove the legal responsibilities from your shoulders, so you can focus on your recovery. Our law firm operates on a contingency basis and never charges a fee unless we win you a settlement.