Philadelphia Burn Injury Attorney
Of all injuries that a person may suffer in an accident or other situation linked to
negligence or intentional wrong, burns often have a significant impact on the victim.
A burn injury is not only one of the most painful injuries that may be
sustained, but scarring and disfigurement may result. If a burn is severe
enough, muscle and nerve damage may also be a side effect. Due to the
severe nature of a burn injury, it is important to make sure you have an
Philadelphia injury attorney at your side to help protect your interests and assist you in recovering
the full financial damages that you need for your medical care, continued
treatment, and much more.
Types of Burns
The injuries that result from burns depend upon the degree of the burn
and the type of burn accident the victim was involved in.
First degree burns damage only the outer layer of the skin.
Second degree burns damage the top two layers of the skin.
Third degree burns damage all layers of the skin and can also harm the tissues underneath
the skin. There are three main types of burn accidents:
These are the most common burn injuries and they are caused by the skin
coming into contact with some sort of heat source. The skin is damaged
by such heat sources as fire, hot liquids, steam, hot metals, or hot objects.
The degree of the burn and the extent of the damage will depend upon the
area and length of exposure to the heat source.
These types of burns occur when the skin comes into contact with caustic
chemicals, certain acids, and alkaloids, and the contact can be the result
of explosions or spills in many cases. Although very painful, the damage
from a chemical burn is not always immediately evident. Chemicals should
be removed from the skins as soon as possible to stop the damage from
progressing, and it is important to guard against systematic poisoning
from long term exposure to caustic chemicals. This type of burn injury
can be caused by exposure to such items as:
- Potentially dangerous household cleaners, including toilet bowl cleaner
(contains sulfuric acid), paint cleaner (contains lye), deodorizers (contain
phenol), and bleaches and disinfectants (contain sodium hypochlorite)
- Industrial products like tar, gasoline, and wet pavement
- Cosmetic products, including nail polish removers and hair dyes
These burns are the result of an electrical current passing through body,
which often causes both internal and external damage. In many cases most
of the injury occurs beneath the skin, though the severity of the damage
will depend upon the type of current and intensity, the duration of exposure,
the area of the body that the current passed through, and the amount of
moisture that was on the victim.
Low Voltage Current (less than 500 volts): Typically contact with this type of current does
not result in severe burns, but other serious side effects can include
muscle spasms, mouth burns when children bite or suck on electrical cords,
and cardiac problems.
High Voltage Current (more than 500 volts): This type of current can cause extreme skin burns
as well as such serious complications as fractures and blunt force trauma
from the force of the jolt, seizures, and disturbances of the heart’s rhythm.
Help for Burn Victims
If you or a loved one is the victim of a painful and life-altering burn
injury, it is important to understand your rights and legal options to
pursue compensation for your suffering and medical expenses. As an injury
attorney with more than 25 years of experience, Thomas J. Murphy is dedicated
to helping victims throughout Philadelphia County and the surrounding
areas create comprehensive claims and lawsuits to provide their cases
the best opportunity to obtain successful outcomes. His experience, combined
with his dedication to representing his clients' needs, allows Mr.
Murphy to provide only the highest quality legal counsel to each of his
clients through this, an extremely difficult time.
Our law firm handles all types of burn injury cases throughout Philadelphia,
including those that arise from
car accidents and
defective products, and more. We also take on
wrongful death cases that occur due to severe burns. Regardless of the circumstances
of your case, we can offer you the counsel of an attorney with the experience
and resources to determine how to best assist you. Your initial case review
with our firm is free. If you would like to learn more about what a lawyer
can do to help you in this matter, feel free to
contact us today!