Severe burns are extremely painful and can be debilitating, affecting nerves and muscle tissue as well as one’s appearance, which can have lasting psychological consequences. At Cullan & Cullan, we are dedicated to helping those who have suffered burn injuries due to no fault of their own. We represent children and adults across Kansas and Missouri who have been burned by defective or dangerous products or in motor vehicle accidents, workplace accidents, and more.
As medical doctors and trial attorneys, we know what impact a burn injury will have on a victim now and into the future. We use this knowledge to present clear and compelling evidence of the full value of each client’s claim – maximizing their recovery. Our Kansas City burn injury attorneys have two primary goals. The first is to help you restore your health and quality of life to the fullest possible extent. The second is to expose the circumstances that led to your injuries, thus informing others and doing our part to prevent such harm from occurring to others in the future.
To learn how we can protect your interests after a serious accident or injury, call (816) 253-8606. Your consultation is free and private.
Types & Causes of Burn Injuries
There are several different types of burns, categorized by severity. First-degree burns are the mildest type of burn and typically result in only light epidermal damage. Usually, skin turns red and there is a slight pain. Second-degree burns are those that cause damage to both the outer layer of skin (epidermis) and the lower layer (dermis). Second-degree burns usually result in swelling and blistering, as well as redness at the site and pain. Third-degree burns are the most severe type of burn. These burns involve extensive damage to both the outer and lower layer of skin, as well as damage to the underlying tissue and bone. Third-degree burns often result in white or blackened skin, severe pain, and bodily harm.
Burn injuries may have various causes, including:
- On-the-job accidents
- Car, truck, and other motor vehicle accidents
- Defective consumer products
- Construction site accidents
- Hazardous chemicals
- Fires and explosions
- Chemical burns
Treatment for Burns
Burns often leave lasting damage. Victims may suffer from severe scarring, disfigurement, internal injuries, and may even experience a higher risk for certain types of cancer. Burn treatment depends on the type of burn suffered, as well as the extent and severity of the injuries. At-home treatment is typically sufficient for first-degree burns, whereas second- and third-degree burns will require extensive medical care.
Victims may even require hospitalization for severe burns and, in extreme cases, may need to undergo skin grafting or plastic surgery. In some cases, an individual may need debridement, a process that involves removing damaged tissue and/or foreign objects that are in or near the wound. Other times, victims may require Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy to halt tissue destruction and promote healing.
Securing Fair Compensation for Your Burn Injury Claim
In any such case, our Kansas City burn injury lawyers will work to determine who is to blame and how to recover the highest possible settlement or verdict, which will help you move on with your life.
Compensation in a burn injury claim may include money for:
- Medical care
- Ongoing medical treatment
- Skin grafting
- Plastic/reconstructive surgery
- Medication and medical supplies
- Assistive devices and prosthetics
- Lost earnings
- Loss of future earnings or earning potential
- Pain and suffering
- Punitive damages
For a free evaluation of your burn injury case, call (816) 253-8606.