Orlando Burn Injury Lawyer
Burn injuries are the third leading cause of unintentional deaths in our country, the U.S. Fire Administration reports. More than 100,000 people die directly from burn injuries or from burn-related infections.
Attorney Frank M. Eidson understands the gravity of burn injuries and the immense physical, emotional and financial challenges that victims and their families face. If you or a loved one has suffered a burn injury due to the negligence of another person, his goal is to protect your rights and secure the compensation you need to move on in your life.
To schedule a free consultation, contact Frank M. Eidson, P.A., today. We serve clients in Orlando, Winter Park and throughout Florida.
Causes of Burn Injuries
Attorney Frank M. Eidson will personally handle your burn injury case from the beginning until the end, including investigating the cause of the injury. He has experience handling a wide range of accident cases that can involve burn injuries, including:
- Motor vehicle accidents – Burns may result from fires or explosions caused by a crash. Victims also frequently suffer friction burns, particularly in motorcycle accidents.
- Construction accidents – Burns from fire exposure are common on construction sites as well as electrical burns and chemical burns.
- Workplace accidents – Workers in many different industries may suffer burns, including those in manufacturing and the food services industries.
- Home or apartment fires – Leaving a cigarette or candle burning or allowing a stove to catch fire can lead to burn injuries. Some burn injuries can be caused by the failure of a home or apartment owner or landlord to provide working smoke detectors or provide fire evacuation routes.
- Defective products – A product may be allowed to reach consumers’ hands which contains defective wires or cords or parts that can easily become overheated, leading to burn injuries.
A burn injury should be investigated by examining photos, physical evidence, witness statements, police or fire marshal reports and other materials. It should also include consultation with highly qualified experts.
It will be crucial to identify all parties who should be held responsible for the losses suffered due to a burn injury.
Types of Burn Injuries
The impact that a burn injury will have on the life of the victim and his or her family members will depend on the extent of the injury. Generally speaking, these injuries can be classified as:
- First-degree – Impacting the skin’s outer layer, causing severe pain but little-to-no scarring or serious health issues
- Second-degree – Reaching the skin’s second layer and possibly causing scarring, contractures (tightening of skin and muscle tissue) and infections
- Third-degree – Penetrating beyond skin tissue to the fatty layer, causing destruction of nerves
- Fourth-degree – Reaching the bones, muscles and tendons and causing permanent disability and, potentially, death.
Burn injuries can also be accompanied by other injuries such as lung or throat damage that comes from inhaling smoke. Required treatment can be extensive and include:
- Oral and topical medications
- Compression therapy (for the treatment of pain and inflammation)
- Debridement (removing damaged or destroyed skin tissue)
- Skin grafting (replacing destroyed skin tissue with health tissue from another part of the body)
- Amputations (possibly needed to save a victim’s life).
A victim may be left with a permanent disability that prevents him or her from working. Family members may be faced with the burden of providing ongoing care for the rest of the victim’s life. A victim may also suffer scarring and disfigurement and be left with lingering emotional harm.
Contact an Orlando Burn Injury Lawyer
Attorney Frank M. Eidson will explore all options available to you if you have suffered a burn injury due to the negligence of another. These options may include:
- Workers’ compensation benefits – If your burn injury occurred on the job, you may be eligible to receive medical benefits and lost wage benefits through your employer’s workers’ compensation insurer.
- Personal injury claim – You may be able to bring a claim against the person or company responsible for your burn injury. If the burn injury is work-related, you may be able to pursue a “third-party claim” if the injury was caused by a non-employer. A claim can seek compensation for medical expenses, lost income, pain and suffering and more.
If you have lost a loved one to a burn injury, Frank M. Eidson, P.A., can work with you on pursuing workers’ compensation death benefits or a wrongful death claim.
To learn more, contact us today by phone or through our online form. We can provide a free and immediate consultation about your case.