Erie, Pennsylvania Burn Injury Lawyers
Experienced Personal Injury Lawyers Represent Burn Injury Victims in Erie County and Throughout PA
Almost everyone has suffered from some type of burn injury at some point in their life—burns can occur in a second even when conducting everyday activities and accidentally touching a hot pan on the stove or spilling a cup of steaming hot tea. Not all victims of severe burn injuries are fortunate enough to recover quickly or even at all, however—and the most severe burn injuries can result in permanent disfigurement or death. When a third party’s negligent actions caused the accident that led to your burn injuries, you need a skilled personal injury lawyer to fight for your right to recover full and fair compensation from that negligent party.
The dedicated team of burn injury lawyers at Purchase, George & Murphey, P.C. have decades’ of experience successfully advocating for burn injury victims’ rights in the Pennsylvania courts throughout Erie and Western PA. We take a collaborative approach in representing clients so that you can rest assured that we will build the most innovative and comprehensive strategy for recovering compensation in your case.
Severity of Burn Injuries Impact Level of Available Compensation
Burn injuries, in the medical context, are typically characterized by both type and severity. The primary types of burns include:
- Light burn injuries. This category includes sunburns. Light burn injuries are most commonly caused by the sun, or by ultraviolet lights.
- Thermal burns. Thermal burns are caused by contact with hot liquids, steam, fire or even electrical currents.
- Chemical burns. Exposure to various types of chemicals, including acid, can cause severe chemical burns. Chemical explosions can also lead to chemical burns.
- Radiation burns. Radiation burns are rare, and are caused by exposure to radioactive materials—i.e., nuclear radiation.
Any type of burn can be severe, and the severity of the burn injury will depend upon the length of exposure, as well as the source and intensity of the material that caused the burn. Although all levels of a burn injury can result in severe and lasting consequences, in general, a third-degree burn is the most serious type of burn, and a first-degree burn is typically a less serious injury, as such:
- First degree burns. First degree burns typically cause minor damage to the top layer of the skin and appear to be red with minor inflammation.
- Second-degree burns. A second-degree burn causes damage to the dermis, meaning the layers of skin beneath the top, surface layer of skin, and can lead to blistering, extensive redness and swelling.
- Third-degree burns. The most serious of burn injuries, third-degree burns damage all layers of the skin, and can even damage the victim’s internal organs. With this severity of burn injury, the wound is typically white or black, dry and even charred-looking. Permanent nerve damage and other permanent injuries can result from a third-degree burn.
Skilled Burn Injury Lawyers Fight to Maximize Compensation Awards for Injured Clients in Pennsylvania
Burn injury patients usually require extensive care over a long period of time in order to successfully treat a severe burn injury. The available treatments for burn injury victims are, unfortunately, extremely painful and often fail to entirely “cure” the patient—even with extensive skin grafting, reconstructive or cosmetic surgeries. At Purchase, George & Murphey, P.C., our personal injury lawyers know that our clients who have suffered severe burn injuries may be in unimaginable pain, or can even be unable to return to their previous occupation. This is why we are passionate about working tirelessly in our fight to obtain the maximum compensation award possible in every case, which may include compensation for:
- Medical expenses,
- Surgeries and skin grafts,
- Physical therapy,
- Psychological counseling to help with the emotional trauma of the burn injury,
- Pain and suffering,
- Lost wages and lost future earning capacity,
- Property damage.
Every burn injury is different, and even a relatively minor first-degree burn can lead to infection and more serious side effects. Our lawyers are here to help win the compensation necessary to make you whole again financially as you struggle to recover physically.
Contact an Experienced Personal Injury Lawyer for Answers to Questions About Recovering Compensation for Your Burn Injuries Today
After sustaining a burn injury, you are may have to focus exclusively on your recovery. We understand this. Under Pennsylvania law, you have two years to decide whether to file a lawsuit to recover compensation from the responsible party, so call our offices or fill out this online form, to schedule a free initial consultation with our dedicated team of burn injury lawyers as soon as you are physically able.
For your convenience, we have three office locations located at 2525 W.26th St., Erie, PA 16506, 310 Chestnut St., Suite 111, Meadville, PA 16335 (in the Masonic Building) and 68 East Main Street, North East, PA 16428.
Frequently Asked Questions About Burn Injuries
Our years of experience have exposed us to burn injuries that have occurred because of relatively ordinary occurrences, such as a fire or exposure to excessive heat or steam, to those that are rarer. Burn injuries can be caused by chemical explosions, electrocution, or radiation exposure. In some cases, improper wiring or defective products may cause the accident to occur. Most commonly, the simple negligence of a third party is what causes the burn injury in the end—whether by failing to install a smoke detector, follow proper safety standards, place warnings or otherwise. We are dedicated to investigating every burn injury case thoroughly to uncover the root cause of the injury so that we can work to recover compensation for your injuries.
The responsible party will depend upon what caused the burn injury. For example, a landlord or building owner can be held liable for failing to install a smoke detector, and the manufacturer of a defective product can be held accountable for an unreasonably safe product. Burns that occur in workplace accidents may require a workers’ compensation claim and additional investigation to determine whether a non-employer party played a role in causing the injuries.