Morristown Burn Injury Attorney
Helping Accident Victims Recover from Painful and Debilitating Burn Injuries
Burns can happen at home, at work, on the road and elsewhere. Over a million people need medical care due to a burn every year. The pain and trauma of a burn injury accident do not just occur during the accident itself but may last months or years over a lengthy, extensive and painful recovery period, often involving multiple grafts and surgeries. For some, the trauma of the event never goes away and continues to cause psychological pain and post-traumatic stress disorder.
Morristown burn injury attorney Michael P. Burakoff is experienced in helping victims of catastrophic injury get the care and compensation they need to work through the damage that has been done to them and rebuild their lives after a severe injury, such as a third-degree burn. Call the Law Offices of Michael P. Burakoff, P.A. after a burn injury accident in Morris, Sussex or Hudson County caused by the negligence of the another. Our law firm handles burn injury accidents across a wide range of personal injury matters, including:
Motor Vehicle Accidents – A car, truck or motorcycle accident victim is at risk for burns from fuel-fed fires, explosions and contact with burning metal and engine parts.
Construction Accidents – Construction workers and industrial/factory workers face the risk of electrocution and electrical burns, thermal burns from contact with pipes and equipment, chemical burns, scalding from steam, and more.
What Kinds of Damage do Burn Injuries Cause?
A severe burn injury brings on a long list of actual and potential complications, some of which are extremely serious. Consequences of a severe burn include:
- Loss of feeling/nerve damage
- Chronic pain
- Disfigurement and scarring
- PTSD and other psychological disorders
- Respiratory diseases
- Organ damage
- Brain damage
How are Burn Injuries Treated?
There are typically several stages that a burn injury patient must endure to heal to the greatest extent possible.
Emergency treatment – The burning process must be stopped as soon as possible. This includes removing the burn victim from the burning environment and removing any clothing, jewelry or other items that may be maintaining heat or burn exposure. The patient needs to be cooled, but over-cooling or using the wrong methods can cause further damage. Medical personnel must assess the patient for problems related to airway, breathing and circulation, and continually monitored for shock.
Acute care – The burn patient may be moved to intensive care or transferred to a burn center. All medical issues co-morbid with the burn are addressed.
Wound care – The patient may remain at the hospital or burn center until serious wounds caused by the burn have healed. Doctors and nurses carefully clean the wound, debride dead tissue and change dressings while closely watching the patient for risk of infection or septic shock.
Surgeries and grafts – A series of skin grafts and reconstructive surgeries may be necessary to restore the patient’s appearance and motor function as much as possible.
Counseling – Ongoing therapy and counseling may be necessary to help the burn victim process the accident, deal with daily living challenges and reintegrate into a functioning and fulfilling life.
All of these stages carry significant medical costs. In addition, the mental and emotional pain and suffering of the burn victim also deserve to be compensated, along with any income lost due to missed work or disability. An experienced and dedicated personal injury attorney can be an immense aid in helping burn victims and their families understand the full measure of costs involved and fighting to see they get the care and compensation they need and deserve.
Get Help from a Dedicated Morristown Burn Injury Attorney Today
If you or a loved one has suffered a burn injury accident due to the negligence of another, call the Law Offices of Michael P. Burakoff, P.A. for a free consultation. With offices in Morristown, Newton and West New York, we help people in New Jersey throughout Morris, Sussex and Hudson Counties.