Burn Injuries: Third Degree Burns
Third-degree burns are some of the most sever burns one can endure. They are difficult injuries to recover from and can be costly to the victim. Not only that, the personal injury cases can be complex cases to argue before a jury.
To learn more about burn injuries more in-depth, check out our Burn Injury Overview article.
In this article, we'll look at the symptoms of a third degree burn, the types of damages you can recover, and how our experienced attorneys can help.
Questions answered on this page
- What are the symptoms of third-degree burns?
- What kind of compensation can I recover from a personal injury claim involving a third-degree burn?
- How can attorney help me if I suffered from third-degree burns?
How to know if you have a third-degree burn.
Third degree burns are severe and require medical services. Third degree burns are classified by:
- All layers of the skin are destroyed
- Extends into the subcutaneous tissues
- Areas can appear, black or white, and will be dry
- Can appear leathery in texture
- Will not blanch when pressure is applied
- No pain
We see this level of burn associated with accidents at the workplace, car accidents, electrical burns, chemical burns, and even burns resulting from defective products. We take burn injuries seriously, and we want to see you restored to a level that as closely resembles your quality of life prior to your accident as possible. We'll look at the kinds of damages you can recover next.
Types of damages you can recover
As with any personal injury case, there are a myriad of different kinds of damages you may be able to recover. The two main categories of damages are economic and non-economic damages.
- Economic Damages - That is to say, you can recover money for things like medical expenses, loss of earning capacity, court costs, future expenses. Economic damages rely heavily on your ability to prove to the jury the change in your financial situation. Keeping track of your medical bills and expenses is an easy way to demonstrate your losses, but there are many others. We'd be happy to discuss your options with you.
- Non-Economic Damages - You can also recover for damages like mental anguish, disfigurement, physical impairment, loss of consortium, physical pain and suffering, loss of companionship and society, inconvenience, and loss of enjoyment of life.
Burn injuries in particular can be extraordinarily painful and can lead to permanent, severe disfigurement. A liable defendant must not only compensate you for the physical pain the burn caused and will continue to cause, but also any emotional pain a you have suffered and will suffer in the future. An emotional pain and suffering award will take into account the extent and nature of the disfigurement, since it is based on the possibility that you might be embarrassed, depressed, or experience any other negative emotional reactions caused by a disfigurement or scarring. For example, a plaintiff with a badly burned face will likely receive a much higher damage award than a plaintiff with a permanent scar in the middle of his or her back.
Sometimes, if the court decides a defendant warrants an extra measure of reproach for their negligence, punitive damages may also be awarded.
Our Attorneys Can Help
Grossman Law Offices, in Dallas, TX, has over 25 years of experience handling personal injury claims. We've won thousands of cases and we're confident we can answer whatever questions you might have. If you'd like to talk to someone about your claim, the kinds of damages you're eligible to receive, or how to make sure you have the types of documentation and evidence necessary to build a successful claim, give us a call. We're available by phone 24/7. Whenever is convenient for you, call us at (855) 326-0000.
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