The Effects of Burn Accident

I know that receiving burns or related injuries from a fire can be a brutally painful experience. However, I have never really understood the different types of burns that can be incurred from an explosion, fire, or disaster. I researched this topic and found a helpful and concise explanation at the website for The Law Offices of Jeffrey R. Caffee.

According to this Seattle attorney’s website, there are three types of burns that a person can have: first-degree, second-degree, and third-degree burns. First-degree burns are burns that only affect the outer layer of the skin. Second-degree burns are burns that affect the outer layer of skin as well as the dermis below it. And third-degree burns affect both layers of skin as well as different glands and tissues underneath the skin.

I would not want any of these variations of burns, nor can I imagine anyone else wanting them. But surely, having third-degree burns would be the worst possibility.

The Law Offices of Jeffrey R. Caffee goes on to explain some of the effects (besides the obvious, pain) that can result from burn injuries. One example, limited mobility, truly made me reflect on how lucky I am to be able to move around, walk my dog, and hang out with my loved ones. I can’t believe some people have to be in pain and not be able to move the way they would like.

Another effect is disfigurement. This basically means that your body is altered in a permanent way that causes the arrangement or looks of your features to be different than normal. We should live in a society and world where you are judged on the content of your character, not your looks. Unfortunately, some people are still treated poorly or differently because of things like disfigurement. It’s not fair, but this is another horrible impact of a burn injury.

Digging deeper into that website, I found that there are options for people who have been burned or injured by others’ defective products or negligent actions. The first option, naturally, is to work with the insurance companies (both yours and the person responsible) to get compensation for your injuries. The problem, though, is that the insurance companies are incentivized to pay you as little money as possible for your injuries because they are a business focused on profit. They are not as concerned as you are, with your personal injuries.

It’s been suggested that seeking legal representation before dealing with insurance companies is probably your best bet. A lawyer will be more experienced in negotiating with insurance companies directly for a better compensation offer. And if worst comes to worst, you can work with a burn injury to press insurance companies for a much better settlement in or out of court.

The stakes are high with burn injuries being so intensely negative. If you are a burn victim, I’d make sure that you know what type of burn(s) you have from a medical professional and then discussing its cause(s), context, and more with a lawyer. You can always take the initial insurance offer, but you probably deserve more for all of the pain and potential disfigurement you face!

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