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Denver Burn Injury Attorney

Burns are among the most painful and debilitating injuries. They may result in extensive medical bills and a lengthy recovery, with time away from work, and long-term effects for the victim. If you have suffered burn injuries through the negligence of another, call the burn injury lawyers at The Fang Law Firm as soon as possible. Our Denver burn injury attorneys are dedicated advocates for burn victims.

Why Choose Us as Your Burn Injury Lawyers?

  • At The Fang Law Firm, we have dedicated our practice to helping injured people in Colorado.
  • Our personal injury attorneys in Denver have more than a decade of experience litigating over 10,000 collective cases.
  • We get proven results and have a 98% success rate.
  • We maintain a direct, open line of communication with our clients. Our Denver burn injury lawyers are available for your questions or concerns any time of the day.

Why You Need a Burn Injury Attorney

Severe burns are serious injuries that can have lifelong effects on the victim and require extensive medical treatment, repeated surgeries, and physical therapy. Damages in a burn injury claim are likely to be significant and may include lost wages, loss of future earning potential, pain and suffering, emotional distress, and loss of enjoyment of life.

Our experienced Denver burn injury lawyers have the knowledge, skills, and resources to conduct a detailed investigation of your accident or injury, determine liability, assess the full extent of your losses, and craft a compelling claim for compensation based on the facts of your case. We can negotiate skillfully on your behalf or take your case to court if it is in your best interests.

Who Is Liable for Burn Injuries?

Liability for burn injuries depends on the circumstances surrounding your accident:

  • If you were burned in a car accident, the at-fault driver may be liable for your injuries.
  • If you were burned by a defective or dangerous product, you may have a product liability claim against the manufacturer.
  • If you were burned on the job, your injuries should be covered by workers’ compensation. Contact our Denver workers’ compensation attorney to learn more about injuries while on the job.
  • If your burn injuries were caused by someone else’s negligence in any other circumstances, you may have a personal injury claim for compensation.

Burn Injury Statistics

As stated by the American Burn Association (ABA), burns remain a leading cause of injury and death in the U.S.

  • Approximately 486,000 burn injuries were seen in emergency departments between 2011 and 2015.
  • 3,390 civilians died from fires in 2016 alone.
  • A civilian fire death occurs every 2 hours and 35 minutes.
  • 24% of all burn injuries occur in children under the age of 15.
  • 7% of people treated in burn centers today will survive, but many will have severe scarring and long-term physical disabilities.

Common Causes of Burn Injuries

As stated in the ABA Burn Incidence Fact Sheet for 2016, the most common causes of burns in the U.S. are:

  • Fire or flame – 43%
  • Scalding – 34%
  • Contact with a hot object – 9%
  • Electrical – 4%
  • Chemical – 3%
  • Other – 7%

What Is Scalding?

As stated by the Burn Foundation, more than 500,000 scalding burns occur every year in the U.S. Scalds are the number one cause of burn injury among children under the age of four and the second most common cause of burns in the U.S. Unlike burns that are caused by dry heat from a fire or hot object, scalds are caused by something wet, such as hot water or steam.

Hot water scalding can cause pain and skin damage from moist heat or vapors. It destroys tissues and cells and may cause the victim to go into shock. In the most serious cases, this type of burn can be life-threatening.

Types of Hot Water and Scalding Burns

There are four categories of hot water and scalding burns, based on the degree of skin damage:

  • Superficial epidermal: Affecting only the epidermis (outer layer of skin), this type of burn may cause pain, redness, and swelling.
  • Superficial dermal: Scalding reaches the dermis (second layer of skin), affecting blood vessels, nerve endings, and hair follicles. Symptoms may include pain and mild blistering, and the skin may be pale pink.
  • Deep dermal/partial-thickness: The first two layers of skin (epidermis and dermis) are damaged with this type of burn. The skin will turn red, with or without moisture. The burn will be either painless or extremely painful. There may be blistering and swelling.
  • Full thickness: Affecting all three layers of skin (epidermis, dermis, and subcutis), this is the most serious degree of scalding. It is categorized as a third-degree burn and requires immediate medical attention. The skin will be burned away, and the tissues may then blacken. Skin texture may change from smooth to either waxy or leathery after a full thickness burn.

Who Is Liable for Scalding Burns?

Liability for hot water and scalding burns depends on what caused the burn and the circumstances surrounding the accident. If you were burned by scalding hot water in an apartment, hotel, gym, or property controlled by someone else, you may have a claim for damages against the property owner. Our experienced Denver scalding burn injury lawyers can investigate your accident, collect and preserve evidence, determine liability, and pursue a claim for compensation on your behalf.

Contact Us Today

If you have suffered serious burns through someone else’s negligence, we can help. Contact The Fang Law Firm right away for a consultation in Colorado. Our Denver burn injury lawyers can quickly review the facts concerning your injuries, advise you of your options, and zealously pursue full and fair compensation for your personal injuries if we represent you. We operate on a contingency-fee basis, which means you pay us no legal fees until our burn injury attorneys settle or win your case.