Burn injuries are caused by anything that produces enough heat to destroy the integrity and health of human tissue. We usually think of burns coming from direct contact with fire or a physical object that is extremely hot, but burns also come from contact with many chemicals, various kinds of radiation, and electricity. The American Burn Association’s 2013 Fact Sheet on burns estimates that 450,000 burns received medical treatment.
Burns of any severity are typically shifted out of mainstream medical care like your local hospital, and sent to specialized burn centers where the staff understands the full range of problems, treatments, and obstacles to recovery. Many of the same reasons illustrate why legal efforts to get compensation from someone who caused a severe burn injury is best left to attorneys who understand that unique injury.
Burn injuries of any severity are events that the victim never forgets. These injuries are unique in the combination of negative impacts on the victim’s body and mind:
If you have suffered an injury this devastating, or care deeply about someone who has, you know that life is never going to be the same. And you know how important it is going to be to at least recover the funds needed to offset the many costs and losses involved.
In Tennessee, you’ll find the experienced representation you need at the Chattanooga law firm of Wettermark & Keith, LLC. Our firm has a cumulative 30 years experience, with a very high success rate in recovering for our clients. We understand burn injuries from your perspective.
It takes experience with burn injury cases to really appreciate how scarring can affect different victims. And that understanding is crucial to making sure that judges and juries also understand that the damage from scarring goes much deeper than the skin.
Even relatively minor scars can be especially devastating for female victims because it is an unfortunate fact of life that our society generally places a higher premium on female physical appearance. Scars on the face and hands, where they are particularly visible, can have a severe psychological impact. Female victims can even find it more difficult to get and retain jobs because of their diminished confidence and/or because employers are reluctant to hire women with physical flaws for positions that deal frequently with the public.
Children make up another group that suffers more deep psychological trauma from visible scarring. When children are injured and suffer visible burn scars before they have developed their personalities—and certainly when they have yet to develop their social skills—they often suffer tremendous insecurity about their appearance. That insecurity can last a lifetime, forever changing the future prospects of the victim in every area, including:
These psychological injuries also tend to spiral: insecurity produces awkwardness and lack of confidence, which produces failure and isolation, which produces anger, which causes more failure and isolation.
Women and children are also at risk for more physical complications from scarring. For women, scarring in the abdominal area can complicate any future pregnancies by preventing normal stretching of the skin. For children who are still growing, the scar tissue won’t grow at the same rate as the healthy tissue, adding to mobility restrictions. In fact, a growing child who has scar tissue over or near a joint will need repeated examination until the growth period is over.
At Wettermark & Keith, LLC, we understand the reality of these injuries, and how to make the consequences real to the people who caused them, the insurance companies who indemnify them, and, whenever necessary, to a jury. We know the kinds of evidence you need to make your case. And we know how to win. Call us today.