Pittsburgh Burn Injury Attorneys
At Chaffin Luhana, a Pittsburgh burn injury lawyer represents individuals who are severely burned in a number of accidents, including car and trucking accidents, motorcycling accidents, construction site accidents, gas can fires, fuel gel fires and more. If you or someone you love is suffering from the pain and disfiguring scars of severe burns, we may be able to help you. To find out if you have a legal claim, contact our law firm today.
Causes of Severe Burns
A burn results from damage to the skin and its underlying tissues. It is caused by:
- Heat, either dry such as fire, or wet such as steam
- Nuclear radiation
Severity of Burns
The severity of a burn is determined by how deep it is.
- First-degree burns harm only the epidermis, or the outer layer of skin. Pain, redness and swelling are produced by first-degree burns.
- Second-degree burns go deeper. They harm not only the outer layer of skin, but the layer below it, called the dermis. These burns cause blistering and swelling.
- Third-degree burns destroy all the layers of the skin, extending down into layers beneath. These burns produce numbness because the nerve supply has also been destroyed. Scars, possible loss of function, and/or sensation result from third degree burns. The skin may be white or blackened.
Treatment of Burns
When someone is burned, the damaged blood vessels lose fluid and result in swelling and blistering. When burns are severe, this kind of fluid loss can produce shock. Infection is liable to occur in a burned area because it is no longer protected by the skin.
Both shock and infection need medical attention. In the case of shock, which is a life-threatening situation, the patient needs immediate treatment. A person in shock can deteriorate very rapidly. Shock occurs when someone’s body does not have enough blood flow.
Burn treatment is aimed at preventing infection and shock immediately after someone is burned. Infection is often prevented by using topical antibiotics in the form of skin creams or ointments. When a person goes into shock, it is essential to keep blood pressure up. For this reason, fluids and/or blood transfusions are given immediately.
What is the Outlook for Severely Burned Patients?
Not long ago, persons burned over half of their bodies were not expected to live. Today, research has enabled many severely burned victims to survive, even when the burned area covers 90 percent of their bodies. These people, however, will often be left with permanent scars and disabilities as well as chronic pain.
Compensation May Be Available
If you or someone you love is battling with the consequences of severe burns, you can contact the personal injury lawyers at Chaffin Luhana to find out if you qualify to seek compensation for your injuries and suffering. Injuries can be caused by poorly designed products or the negligence of others that may not be obvious to a consumer. We will help you evaluate whether there is a responsible party and cause of the injuries.
Our Pittsburgh burn injury lawyers have a proven record of success handling personal injury lawsuits on behalf of people who have suffered the most catastrophic injuries. We recognize the seriousness of your injuries and will fight to hold the person or persons responsible accountable for your suffering.
To learn more, contact us for an evaluation of your case. We provide representation to individuals and families throughout the Ohio Valley in West Virginia, Western Pennsylvania and Eastern Ohio. We also handle product liability cases Nationwide.