Common burn injuries can be minor, but a severe burn can change a victim's life. Our skin is our body’s largest organ, providing multiple important functions, including keeping disease out and regulating body temperature and hydration. When a substantial portion of the skin is lost, it can no longer perform those functions well – which can be life threatening for the victim. Charles Scholle and the legal team at Scholle Law are Gwinnett County burn injury attorneys and legal professionals. We represent burn and fire accident victims with the expertise necessary to help them and their families with the legal and the medical issues associated with these injuries.
Experts recommend that burn victims see a doctor when a burn affects more than one percent of the body. Even after healing, many victims are left with unsightly scars that can limit mobility and change the way others react to them. The burn injury lawyers of Gwinnett County at Scholle Law know the various complications and future issues that can occur after a person suffers severe burns. We urge burn victims or family members reach out for legal and medical guidance as soon as possible after an injury is sustained. As with many injuries, the sooner help is sought, the better possibility of creating a treatment and healing plan that will help a victim in the long term. These injuries can be difficult to adjust to so in addition to the physical challenges, it is important that victims and families also receive vocational and emotional support, if needed.
According to the American Burn Association, burn injuries send 40,000 Americans to the hospital each year and kill as many as 4,000 others. Most burn patients go to specialized burn treatment centers, where medical teams help them avoid life-threatening reactions like shock, respiratory distress and infection. Some of the most common causes of burn injuries result from:
- Car, truck and motorcycle accidents;
- Cooking accidents;
- Unattended cigarettes;
- Children playing with fire;
- Electrical wiring problems;
- Space heaters;
- Accidents at work.
As Gwinnett County burn injury attorneys our experience shows us that burn injuries can be made worse by highly flammable defective clothing and furnishings. In motor vehicle accidents, a defectively placed fuel tank can worsen the risk of serious burns by bursting into flames and giving occupants just seconds to get escape before the vehicle is engulfed.How Are Burn Injuries Treated?
Initially, the focus of burn treatment is on preventing infection until the patient's skin can re-grow, a process that can take some time. Patients generally also need substantial pain management, because pain can be both prolonged and intense. After healing begins, patients may need skin grafts, custom pressure garments, physical therapy, dermabrasion or other treatments to prevent or correct scarring. These treatments are not just cosmetic -- thick, inflexible scars can actually disable patients by limiting their range of motion and destroying nerve tissue. In addition, severe scars change the way others react to the victim, which can create severe emotional problems requiring therapy or cosmetic aids. Treatment can take years and cost thousands, and often millions of dollars.
If you have sustained severe burns due to someone else's carelessness or a defective product, please contact the Gwinnett County burn injury attorneys of Scholle Law. We work diligently to secure the money needed to pay burn injury medical and other expenses and compensate you for permanent disability, permanent scarring, pain and suffering and other losses.
For over two decades, the burn injury lawyers in Gwinnett County that comprise the legal team at Scholle Law have represented severely injured clients, helping them win the money they need to get back on their feet. Our legal team handles the legal details for clients, while keeping them well informed and working to secure the best possible financial results.
You risk nothing by speaking to us to learn more about your rights. And since we do not get our fees until you are paid for your injuries, we take the burdens of the legal aspects of your burn injuries off your shoulders and will do all we can to secure the compensation you deserve.