What Should I Know About Burn Injuries In New Jersey?
Posted January 13th, 2023.
If you’ve ever suffered a burn injury, you know how incredibly painful it can be to sustain a burn. Those who have suffered these injuries due to someone else’s actions often wonder if they can earn compensation. Our law firm is here to help victims who have suffered burn injuries. To learn if you’re eligible for restitution in New Jersey, read this blog or reach out to a Cherry Hill Burn Injury Attorney today for more information!
WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF BURN INJURIES?
There are four types of burn injuries:
- Thermal burns are caused by hot liquids, steam, fire, metals, or other hot surfaces. They cause tissue cell death to the first two layers of skin.
- Chemical burns occur when strong acids, alkalies, detergents, or solvents come into contact with the skin.
- Electrical burns are from alternating electrical current or direct electrical current.
- Radiation burns happen after prolonged exposure to sources of radiation, such as the sun’s ultraviolet rays or X-rays.
There are also four degrees of burn injuries:
- First-degree burns only affect the outer layer of the skin. They appear red, swollen, and painful.
- Second-degree burns affect the top two layers of the skin. They cause painful blisters on the skin.
- Third-degree burns destroy the top two layers of the skin.
- Fourth-degree burns destroy all layers of skin. They are life-threatening because they could affect bones and muscles too.
WHAT SHOULD I DO AFTER A BURN INJURY?
After sustaining a first-degree thermal burn, you can simply rinse the affected area under cold water. Keep the area clean and apply a bandage on the burn. Most other types of burns are fairly severe and will likely require help from a medical professional. You could possibly need to go to the hospital for second-degree burns, and you will definitely need to see a doctor for third-degree or fourth-degree burns. Depending on the circumstances, you may need medical attention for chemical, electrical, or radiation burns.
IS MY INJURY ELIGIBLE FOR COMPENSATION IN NEW JERSEY?
If your burn injury was caused by another person’s actions, you may be able to file a personal injury claim. In order to win restitution, you’ll need to prove that the guilty party’s negligence directly led to the accident that caused your burn injuries. In court, negligence is when someone fails their civic duty to minimize harm to others. You could also be eligible for workers’ compensation if you sustained your burn injury at your job. Speak with an injury attorney to determine your options.
Have you recently suffered a burn injury due to someone else’s negligence? Are you seeking an effective personal injury lawyer who has your best interests in mind? Look no further because the Law Offices of Mark S. Guralnick is here to fight for you! Contact our highly experienced team today for an initial consultation.