Burn injury

Burn Injury Attorneys in Olathe, KS

Representing burn injury victims in Kansas

There are several ways that you may experience a burn. This type of injury can be painful and even debilitating in some cases. Depending on the severity of the burn, it can be costly and painful to treat. It can take years to fully heal, and you may even have permanent scars or disfigurement as a result.

Burn injury cases can often be complex, but Kansas City Accident Injury Attorneys can help. We have years of experience handling burn cases and will work with engineers, fire inspectors, your doctors, financial experts, and other experts to build a solid case. Your medical picture can be complex for the next few years, and we will work alongside your care team to show just how severe your injury was. Call out Olathe burn injury lawyers today to get started.

What are the different types of burns?

If you think of fire when you think of burn injuries, you’re not alone. A lot of people do. But there are several types of burn injuries:

  • Thermal burns: These are the “fire burns.” You can also experience a thermal burn by touching a hot surface or object, like the racks in your oven, or from hot water or steam (called a “scald”).
  • Chemical burns: Chemicals are dangerous and if you are not careful then you may become the viticulture of a chimerical burn. This burn happens when your skin comes into contact with a strong chemical. They can occur at home, in schools, and at work. In some instances, they can be caused by assault.
  • Electrical burns: As the name suggests, this burn happens when a person comes into contact with electricity. Electrical burns can be caused by downed power lines, faulty wiring, certain medical procedures, or even a stun gun.
  • Friction burns: This kind of burn consists of a person having their skin rubbed against a hard surface, such as in road rash incidents. You will often see this kind of burn during a motorcycle or bicycle accident.
  • Radiation burns: If you have been in contact with the sun or another type of radiation you might become the victim of a radiation burn. This can happen if you are receiving cancer treatment or other kinds of radiation therapy. These burns can be the result of medical malpractice.
  • Cold burns: When you hear the term burn you might be led to believe that it can only happen with heat; cold burns are the opposite. Instead of heat, these burns happen when a person's skin is exposed to freezing temperatures. Frostbite would be a prime example.

How are burns classified?

Burns are classified by degrees. The higher the degree the more severe the medical professionals will categorize the burn. The four main burn classifications are as follows:

  • First-degree: When you experience a first-degree burn you will only have mild symptoms. The outer layer of the skin is damaged and will appear red or irritated. In most cases, long-term damage will not occur.
  • Second-degree: This category of burn not only affects the outer layer but also the first layer underneath the skin. You will also experience swelling, redness, and blisters. The skin where the burn is located will look wet and shiny. Long-term damage can consist of a scar or change of skin tone where the burn occurred.
  • Third-degree: When it comes to this degree of burn, two layers of the skin are damaged and it will appear white, yellow, brown, or black. You can also feel numbness where they burn. These burns require skin grafts to treat.
  • Fourth-degree: The worst type of burn you will experience is a fourth-degree burn. Every single layer of skin is damaged and often severely so. Muscles, tendons, and even bones are also damaged. Surviving a fourth-degree burn is rare as most are fatal.

Are some people more at risk of burn injuries than others?

Anyone can be the victim of a burn of any degree. In 2019, it was reported by the U.S. Fire Administration that an estimated 16,000 people sustained burn injuries. While some burns happen at home due to carelessness or truly through an accident, others happen at work where negligent parties can be held liable – and there are some occupations that can be riskier for burns than others. Examples of employees that are the most at risk for burns include:

  • Construction workers
  • Electricians
  • Restaurant employees
  • Mechanics
  • Firefighters

Who can be held liable for a burn injury in Olathe?

If you are injured due to the negligent actions of another party, they can be held accountable for your injuries. Our Olathe burn injury attorneys remind you that multiple parties can be held responsible. Some liable parties are:

  • Employers: If you are on a dangerous worksite, you should be provided with adequate safety equipment. If you are not, then the employer may be held liable for your burn injury.
  • Healthcare providers: If medical negligence is to blame then healthcare providers will be the responsible party.
  • Nursing home staff: Nursing home abuse is a real fear and if your loved one is burned while under the care of nursing home staff, the facility and those involved can be held responsible.
  • Property owners: When you enter someone's property you are owed a duty of care to be safe. If you are burned while on a property, the owner can be held reasonable for not implementing safety procedures to keep you safe.
  • Manufacturers: There are times when defective products can lead to a burn. If a defective product caused your burn, the manufacturer of the product can be held responsible.

Burn injury cases can be complex as determining the liable party will determine how the case will be filed. There are several ways to seek compensation for your injuries, from personal injury lawsuits to workers' compensation claims, medical malpractice lawsuits, and even nursing home abuse lawsuits. If the injury was fatal, you can file a wrongful death lawsuit. The good news is you do not need to determine which category your case falls under as our Olathe burn injury attorney will do the hard work for you.

Do you have a burn injury lawyer near me?

Our Olathe office is located at 110 South Cherry Street, Suite 102. Call for an appointment. We also have other offices throughout Kansas and Missouri.

Contact an Olathe burn injury attorney today

If you have been a burn victim, you may be entitled to compensation. Kansas City Accident Injury Attorneys will work to build a strong case for you while you focus on your recovery. We will work to obtain compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost income, permanent disfigurement, and wrongful death. Call our Olathe burn injury attorneys at 816-471-5111, or fill out our contact form to schedule a free initial consultation.