Alexandria Burn Injury Attorney
If you’ve suffered burn injuries due to the negligence, recklessness, or intentional misconduct of another party, then you may have a right to sue the defendant and recover significant damages. Burn injuries feature among the most severe types of harm encountered in the personal injury context, as more severe burns can not only have a deleterious effect on the plaintiff’s appearance (and therefore on their relationships and ability to navigate society in a normal manner), but they can also be extremely painful and lead to functional impairments, such as paralysis.
Types of Burn Injuries
Whether you’ve been burned in a fire-related incident, in an electric-shock incident, or due to exposure to dangerous chemicals, the severity of your injury may vary quite a bit depending on the circumstances. Burn injuries are categorized in order of severity as either first-degree, second-degree, third-degree, or fourth degree.
First-degree burns are considered to be minor, and they involve damage only to the outer layer of the victim’s skin. This leads to some pain and swelling that may last for a few weeks, but it does not generally lead to permanent disfigurement or other impairments.
Second-degree burns involve damage down to the second layer of skin. This leads to more extensive swelling and blistering, which can be extremely painful. If the burn effects a large area of the deeper layer (the second layer) of skin, then this can lead to permanent disfigurement due to scarring.
Third-degree burns lead to the complete destruction of the top two layers of skin in the affected areas, and they may penetrate down further to the nerve endings. The damage is almost certain to lead to some level of disfigurement and functional impairment, such as motor deficits. Third-degree burns are not always painful during the actual destruction of skin, as damage to the nerve endings can prevent immediate pain. Instead, victims may suffer extreme pain and suffering during the recovery period.
Fourth-degree burns destroy all the layers of skin and penetrate down to the muscles, supportive tissues, and bones. Fourth-degree burn injuries are so severe that they are often fatal.
Request a Free Consultation with an Experienced Alexandria Burn Injury Attorney
If you’ve suffered burn injuries, it’s critical that you work with an attorney who understands how to navigate the dispute in a manner that maximizes the potential recovery. Severe burns can have a catastrophic impact, and significant compensation may be necessary to cover the losses.
The Law Firm of Walter Gabriel, LLC is a personal injury firm located in Alexandria, LA, and serving clients throughout Louisiana and the Atlanta metro area. Attorney Walter Gabriel has extensive experience serving as both a prosecutor and as a plaintiff’s attorney, and he is therefore uniquely well-equipped to handle your injury claim. He understands the tactics employed on either side, as well as how to undermine and aggressively litigate the dispute to secure a favorable result.