For more than 20 years, the New Jersey burn injury attorneys at Console & Associates P.C. have represented victims of all kinds of accidents. We have helped thousands of clients across the state get the money they needed to treat burns and other serious injuries and to compensate them for the many damages they suffered.
Scalding hot liquids, flammable gases, and fires and explosions can all cause painful burns to the skin. If you suffered your burn in an accident caused by someone else’s careless behavior, you deserve compensation for the injuries and all of the ways they impact your life. And Console & Associates P.C. is just the law firm to get you that compensation.
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Not every burn injury is the grounds for a personal injury claim. But if yours is, then it’s essential that you get the money you deserve. Otherwise, you may never be able to get your life back on track truly.
Be the grounds for a claim; your burn injury must have resulted from someone else’s negligence or careless behavior.
It could be a reckless individual who caused your injury. Or a dangerous work environment. Or a commercial or residential property owner. Or even the manufacturer of a dangerously defective product.
During the 20+ years, our personal injury lawyers have handled burn injury cases across New Jersey, we have found that most personal injury claims involving burns arise from accidents.
The kinds of accidents that commonly cause burn injuries include:
At Console & Associates P.C., our NJ burn injury lawyers focus on personal injury law exclusively. We spend every single day working on the kind of cases that cause burn injuries like yours.
When you’re looking for a burn injury attorney in New Jersey, you want someone with extensive experience handling claims like yours, and the knowledge to solve any complications that could arise over the course of your case.
Burns fall into three categories:
The least severe type of burn injury, a first-degree burn, causes damage only to the outer layer of the skin.
A first-degree burn is characterized by redness. Though relatively mild, first-degree burns can still be very painful.
While they are painful, first-degree burns, as well as small second-degree burns, typically heal on their own with the use of over-the-counter pain medications, creams, and ointments.
However, if not appropriately treated, a first-degree burn can become infected and progress to a more severe second-degree burn.
Next, in order of severity are second-degree burns, which damage the first two layers of the skin.
Like first-degree burns, second-degree burns are often painful and can turn the skin red. But they may also blister and ooze.
Second-degree burns that are larger than two to three inches, or that appear on certain parts of the body (like the face, hands, feet, groin or buttocks), are considered major burns, the U.S. National Library of Medicine reported.
A deep burn that is initially diagnosed as second-degree can turn into a third-degree burn if it worsens over the days following the injury.
The most severe type of burn is referred to as a third-degree burn.
Third-degree burns damage or destroy all layers of the skin, as well as the tissues underneath. A third-degree burn can even be serious enough to harm the muscles, tendons, and bones beneath the injury site.
Instead of red or blistered, third-degree burns appear pale, leathery, or blackened and charred, according to the Health Information Library at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.
Though more severe than a first- or second-degree burn, the wound caused by a third-degree burn typically isn’t painful. That’s because the damage to the skin and the tissues beneath it has destroyed the nerve endings that would cause pain, turning the skin numb.
But even though the burn site may not be painful, it still requires a great deal of medical treatment to prevent infection, encourage new skin and tissue growth, and minimize scarring.
Whether major or minor, first-degree or third-degree, burns can be life-altering. They damage the tissues of your skin in serious ways that can require extensive medical care, like surgery. And even if you get the best burn treatment available, your body still may never be quite the same as it was before the burn.
In the short term, you’re likely to experience redness, blistering, swelling, and pain around your burn. Burn wounds can become infected because when they damage your skin, they are harming the barrier that protects your body from infection.
Some signs of an infected burn include:
Some burns are serious enough that, if not treated promptly and properly, they can become deadly. Patients who have sustained burns over an extensive region of their bodies are at risk for going into shock. Severe burns can also cause dehydration, which can be life-threatening if left untreated.
Burn survivors also experience long-term consequences of their wounds. Scarring is common, especially when the burns are deep or appear over large regions of the body. The scars from a burn can be disfiguring, and they can cause victims to feel anxiety about their appearance and social interactions.
Some scars affect more than your appearance. Scars that form over joints can be serious enough to limit your mobility permanently. This means that even after your wounds have healed, you could have difficulty walking, running, exercising, lifting heavy objects, reaching high over your head, and working.
There are treatments that can help reduce the risk of infection, improve healing, and prevent scars from forming. But they can be costly.
Can’t afford the medical care to treat your burn injury? Let Console & Associates P.C.’s New Jersey burn injury attorneys get you maximum compensation. Call (215) 225-2040 today.
How your burn will be treated depends on the cause of the burn, how deep it is, and how much of the body it covers. The first step in burn injury treatment is a diagnosis.
If your injury is serious enough to prompt you to seek medical care, which you should always do for burns that are large, deep, show signs of infection, or result in symptoms of dehydration or shock, your doctor may need to perform some tests and treatments.
Victims with face or airway burns might need assistance breathing. Doctors might order chest X-rays, EKGs, or blood and urine tests if you display certain symptoms. You might be given intravenous fluids, burn ointments, pain relief medications, and a tetanus shot, if your immunizations are not up to date.
Minor burns may be mild enough to be treated at home, with basic first aid care. Generally, all first-degree and small second-degree burns fall under the category of minor burns.
The U.S. National Library of Medicine recommends the following at-home treatments for a minor burn:
Additionally, using antibiotic creams can help to prevent or treat infections.
A first-degree burn that doesn’t develop any complications will often heal within 10 to 20 days, according to Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.
A minor, second-degree burn that can be safely treated with only first aid may take a few weeks to heal.
Keep in mind, though, that even a minor burn can develop complications or infection. Burn-related infections kill upwards of 10,000 Americans annually, Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center reported.
So don’t take any chances, even with a first-degree burn.
For more serious burns, your treatment will be more involved. You will need a medical professional to carefully clean and dress the wound and make sure you have enough fluids and nutrition.
Major and third-degree burns cause severe damage to your skin and tissues. To replace this skin and encourage the growth of new tissue, you will likely need to undergo skin grafts.
In a skin graft procedure, doctors surgically remove healthy skin from a donor site, elsewhere on your body and transplant it to the bone site.
Depending on how severe your burn injury is, you may need a split-thickness skin graft, where only the top two layers of skin are replaced, or a full-thickness skin graft, where the complete thickness of the skin is replaced. Split-thickness skin grafts typically use skin from the buttocks or inner thighs, while full-thickness skin grafts may use skin from the back, chest wall, or abdominal wall.
Since you are under anesthesia during the procedure, the removal of the donor skin and the skin graft won’t hurt. Many skin graft patients report feeling pain or itchiness while recovering from a skin graft. Your doctor can help you determine the safest and most appropriate ways to manage this pain.
Recovering from a skin graft procedure can take time. For at least a week or two, you will need to keep the skin graft covered with a sterile dressing. Patients who underwent full-thickness skin grafts may have to remain in the hospital during this period.
For three to four weeks, you will need to be careful with the skin graft to protect it from getting hit, stretched, or experiencing any other kind of trauma or injury, U.S. National Library of Medicine reported.
If your skin graft is near a joint, you may also need physical therapy to help improve flexibility and prevent scarring that could limit your mobility.
Some patients also undergo additional treatment, like hyperbaric oxygen therapy, to help burns or the skin grafts used to treat them heal faster, according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine.
Treating a serious burn injury can lead to some pretty steep medical bills. If your injury is serious, you’ll probably need to visit the emergency room to get the care you need the right way. Across the United States, the average emergency room visit costs $1,233, more than a month’s rent for most Americans, The Washington Post reported.
And if you need a skin graft, you’re looking at $15,000 to $20,000 in medical costs for the surgery alone. That’s not counting any preoperative testing, follow-up care, or possible hospital stay. Even if you have insurance, there’s a good chance you will spend thousands of dollars out of your own pocket paying deductibles, copayments, and coinsurance.
It’s bad enough that you’re in this pain because of someone else’s negligence. Your family shouldn’t also be stuck bearing the financial burden of paying for this medical care. But unless you pursue a personal injury claim, that’s what will happen.
What if the injury keeps you out of work, perhaps for weeks or months? What if the wound scars in ways that change your physical appearance and limit your mobility for the rest of your life? You deserve justice for that.
The first step you must take when you make the decision to pursue a personal injury claim is choosing the right NJ burn injury attorney to handle this case for you.
You want to put your claim in the competent hands of a lawyer who will fight to get you every dollar you deserve, one who will go the extra mile to make the aftermath of a serious burn injury a little easier.
Your lawyer is the one who investigates your accident. Will your attorney dig deep into the facts surrounding your burn to find evidence of the other party’s careless actions, or will that investigation be too shallow to reveal any useful information?
Will your lawyer begin gathering evidence from day one and work on preparing your case for a successful resolution the whole time you’re getting better? Or will your case be left waiting until the deadline to pursue your claim is almost up?
Does your attorney have the commitment to fight for every dollar of compensation available to you, and to explore every possible avenue to get you that money? Or will he or she settle for less to avoid having to put the extra work into pursuing your claim?
You only have one opportunity to get the full amount of compensation for your injury. Choosing the wrong New Jersey burn injury attorneys may mean that you’ll never get all the money damages you deserve.
But choosing the right lawyer could mean that you’ll get the maximum settlement available and have help along the way.
At Console & Associates P.C., our New Jersey injury lawyers are known for their thorough investigations, aggressive negotiations, and compassionate client service.
We can bring in accident experts to get to the bottom of how your burn injury happened. We’ll use our insider knowledge of the insurance industry to make sure you never have to settle for less than full compensation.
And we’ll be here for you every step of the way. Whether it’s dealing with the insurance company, researching doctors, helping you with a property damage claim, or negotiating to reduce the amount of your medical debt, we’ll go above and beyond if that means you can worry less and focus on getting better faster.
Think you can’t afford legal representation from an award-winning firm like Console & Associates P.C.? With our No Fee Promise, you can.
You’ll never have to pay an upfront fee for our services, the costs of filing legal documents, or even the price of hiring expert witnesses who support your claim. When we win money for you, you only owe an agreed-upon percentage of what we have recovered. And if we’re not able to get you compensation, you pay nothing, ever.
You don’t want just to survive this burn injury. You want to thrive, to get life back on track, as similar to how things were before the accident as possible. And with the right lawyer, and the full amount of compensation you deserve, you can.
If you’re ready to get help, call Console & Associates P.C. today at (215) 225-2040 for your free, no-risk consultation.
Warning: Your legal rights are limited. In most cases, you have two years to file a lawsuit for a burn injury, but in some instances, you may have only a few months. The sooner you take action, the better.