Experienced Atlanta Injury Attorneys Pursing Compensation for Burn Victims
Compassionate representation for burn victims across Georgia
Burns are unlike any other physical trauma. Victims often require more surgeries, have the greatest and most prolonged pain, and suffer severe emotional damage. Scarring and disfigurement is almost always permanent, and affects more areas of the victims’ lives than one might realize. If your burns were the result of another’s negligence, or of a defective product, you are going to need skilled legal representation to help you fight for your future.
Harris Lowry Manton LLP has upheld the rights of burn injury victims in Atlanta, Savannah and throughout Georgia by providing comprehensive representation at every turn. We are a team of experienced trial attorneys, dedicated to ensuring your voice is heard.
Fast facts about fires in the U.S.
According to the National Fire Protection Association, in 2016, 3,390 people died and 14,650 sustained injuries as a result of fires in 2016. (Numbers do not include firefighters.) House fires accounted for 81% of those deaths and injuries; vehicle fires accounted for 8%.
Of those home fires:
- Unattended cooking caused the most amount of fires
- Smoking is the leading risk of fire-related deaths
- Heating equipment, such space heaters and wood-burning stoves, were the root cause of 20% of all house fires
- Electrical distribution was the third-leading cause of fires
- Arson was the fourth-leading cause of fires
Different types of burn injuries
While fires are the most well-known type of burn injuries, there does not need to be a fire for a person to be burned. The different types of burn injuries include:
- Thermal burns. A thermal burn occurs when you touch something hot, like a stove top, or in direct contact with flames.
- Chemical burns. These occur when the skin comes in contact with a caustic substance. Industrial workers face a high risk of chemical burns, but common household cleaners can also cause serious injuries.
- Electrical burns. These are a result of an electrical shock, and often lead to burn injuries internally.
- Scalding. When your skin comes in contact with an extremely hot liquid, the water can cause severe burn injuries. Children have a high risk of being scalded.
- Radiation burns. High doses of radiation not only kill off cancer cells, but also healthy cells. It irritates the skin, and can leave you with open wounds. In some cases, the radiation can also cause burn damage to your internal organs.
Classifications of burn injuries
Burns are classified into four general categories: First-degree burns are the least serious, usually healing within a week. Second-degree burns create significantly more pain and damage, and may leave scarring. Their damage extends past the top layer of your skin, and often present with raw, red blisters. Third-degree burns are severe, removing several layers of skin. These burns look white or black (depending) and can lead to nerve damage. Fourth-degree burns are the most serious, and the most likely to lead to multiple skin grafts, potential amputations, or death. Severe burns come with a high risk of infection, hypothermia, low blood volume, and a host of other serious medical complications.
When should I call a lawyer about my burn injury?
In order to make a successful claim for compensation after a burn injury, you must be able to prove that your injuries were the result of negligence. Negligence could mean a coworker did not follow proper instructions, or a product had a defective part or failed in some way, or you received improper medical care. At HLM, we handle complex litigation arising from serious burn injury cases, such as:
- Vehicle fires. Ford, BMW, Volkswagen and Porsche all had recalls within the last year for potential fire risks. Our attorneys have faced off against automakers before, holding them accountable for their defective parts. We know what it takes to build a case.
- Space heaters. Georgia has had some bitterly cold days in the last decade. A faulty space heater or defective fire grate can cause a house fire, leading to burn injuries, smoke inhalation, and untold amount of property damage.
- Grills and BBQs. Unattended cooking is a leading cause of fires, but even the most attentive griller can sustain serious injuries if there is a problem with the grill or smoker.
- Flammable children’s items. Children’s clothing and toys are supposed to be non-flammable. If a defect led your child to sustain serious injuries, we want to help.
- Industrial fires. Industrial settings are inherently dangerous, with substantial risk for burn injuries. More often, a chain of failures on the part of owners, management, and third-parties lead to disaster. If you are ineligible to collect workers’ compensation, you may be able to file a third-party claim for your injuries and losses.
- Structure fires. Your insurance company’s main goal is to keep its money. If you or your loved one sustained injuries in a structure fire, we fight to ensure that your claim is paid out fairly and quickly. If the fire resulted from faulty wiring, or if your smoke alarm failed, we may be able to make additional claims for compensation.
Our knowledgeable Atlanta attorneys have successfully handled various types of burn injury cases. We provide victims with representation that is comprehensive, and we are dedicated to obtaining significant compensation for our clients.
Contact our experienced Georgia burn injury lawyers today
Burn injuries are some of the most serious injuries a person can incur. With the help of the Atlanta burn injury attorneys of HLM, you can hold the negligent parties responsible for your injuries. We diligently work to secure high-value outcomes for burn injury victims and their families. Call our Atlanta office at 404-998-8847 or our Savannah office at 912-417-3774 to schedule a free consultation. You can also complete our contact form.