Burn Injury Lawyers in Hillsboro
Burn injuries can be incredibly painful, particularly the more severe types of burn injuries. Many burn victims are left with physical and emotional damages that can affect them for a long time, from weeks or months to years. Severe burns can leave a person with permanent disabilities, overwhelming medical expenses and lost wages from missed time at work. When a burn injury is caused by another person or entity’s negligence or carelessness, such as a landlord failing to take proper fire safety measures or a fire in a car accident caused by a reckless driver, you may be entitled to compensation for your pain and suffering and other damages.
Our Hillsboro burn injury attorneys at Rizk Law are ready to assist you in going after the compensation you deserve. We have the knowledge and resources to build a robust case. We have helped many injury victims in Oregon obtain the justice and compensation they deserved. Contact us at Rizk Law today for a risk-free, no obligation consultation. We will review your case and help you understand what you need to pursue a case. Our attorneys work on a contingency fee basis, which means there are no upfront costs or attorney fees unless we recover compensation for your claim.
Common Causes of a Burn Injury
According to the U.S. Fire Administration there were 1,319,500 fires in 2017 causing 3,400 people to get killed, and 14,670 others to suffer injuries. However, burn injuries are not limited to fires. Our attorneys at Rizk Law handle cases involving many types of burn injuries, including:
Burn injuries caused by electricity can damage the part of your body that made contact with electricity as well as other parts of the body that did not have direct contact with the source of heat. The extent of damage can be difficult to see, and medical attention is recommended to assess all the damage that was caused. Electrical burns are frequently caused by unsafe or exposed wiring and downed power lines.
These type of burn injuries involve direct contact with extremely hot liquids reaching 150 degrees Fahrenheit and above. Types of liquids include water, oil, grease or tar. This is a type of thermal burn.
These types of injuries are common in car accidents, house fires, and industrial zones where open flames are present. The longer you are exposed to the open flame, the worse the injury.
Burn injuries caused by exposure to intense heat over a short period of time are called flash burn injuries. They are commonly caused by explosions that involve propane, gasoline, natural gas or other flammable liquids.
These burns are caused by acidic or alkali substances like ammonia or bleach that come in contact with the skin. These substances are typically found in household cleaning products and industrial chemicals.
Radiological burns are caused by alpha, beta or gamma radiation. Although they are rare injuries, a person can be exposed to radiation from a tanning bed.
If you have suffered burn injuries, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact our Hillsboro lawyers today for a free, no obligation consultation and we can assist you with every step of the legal process.
Types of Burn Injuries
Burn injuries are categorized by degrees depending on the severity, thickness and depth of injury. The higher the degree, the more serious the injury and the longer it is likely to affect you.
First-degree burns only affect the outer layer of the skin. They can result in swelling, pain, and redness in and around the affected area. Typical cases of this type of injury include sunburn but you could also obtain this injury from hot liquids.
First-degree burns typically heal in a few days or a week. In-home treatments such as aloe vera gel, or cool water presses should relieve pain and swelling. Professional medical treatment is not necessary for this type of burn unless there are signs of infection like oozing from the wound or additional swelling.
Second-degree burns affect the outer and second layer of skin. In this injury, it is common for blisters to develop and pain can be intense. Second-degree burns are considered minor unless more than 15 percent of the body is affected. Treatment includes antibiotic ointments, cleaning the area daily, and changing bandages once or twice a day. Second-degree burns are usually the result of:
- Flame burns
- Chemical burns
- Scald burns
- Electrical burns
This type of injury destroys two major layers of the skin. The injury may appear brown, black, white or yellow and may feel leathery in texture. The burn itself typically will not hurt because the nerve endings were damaged. However, the surrounding areas may experience intense pain. Risk of infection is high and may take months to heal.
This is the most severe type of burn injury and can be potentially life-threatening. All layers of the skin and parts of the bones, tendons and muscles are damaged. This injury may result in amputation of the affected area to save the victim’s life.
Contact Rizk Law today for your free, no obligation legal consultation.
Types of Burn Injury Lawsuits
Our Hillsboro burn injury lawyers understand the factors that can cause a severe burn injury. We can help you determine if your injury is due to the carelessness of another party and help you determine the compensation you deserve. Our attorneys are ready to handle various types of burn injury cases, including:
- Burns caused at work: Our lawyers can help you investigate whether your burn injury was due to the negligence of a third party at your job. For example, maybe safety equipment did not work as intended and you were exposed to fire or electricity and suffered a burn injury. Our lawyers will help make sure your injury is properly documented and help guide you through a third-party lawsuit.
- Burns caused while on someone else’s property: If your burns were caused due to unsafe conditions on someone else’s property such as your landlord’s, our attorneys can thoroughly investigate the conditions on the property and determine if you have grounds for a premises liability claim.
- Burns caused by a car accident: Car accident burn injuries can occur for a number of reasons:
- Contact with dangerous chemicals
- Exposure to hot metal or other debris
- Airbag deployment
- Electrocution by contact with a live current
- Explosions and car fires
Our attorneys can help establish who is at fault for the accident that caused your burn injury and determine all possible sources of compensation. There is no risk in calling us for a free consultation. We understand that the most important aspect is your healing and we want to ease the burden of your pain and suffering.
Contact us today at 503.245.5677 and let us help you with the healing process.
Compensation for Burn Injury Cases
Oregon has a $500,000 cap on non-economic damages in all personal injury cases, including burn injury cases. These types of damages include loss of companionship, pain and suffering and emotional distress.
However, the cap does not apply to economic damages such as:
- Lost wages and income from inability to work
- Past and future medical bills
- Medical equipment expenses
- Physical therapy or rehabilitation costs
Our personal injury lawyers in Hillsboro have helped numerous injury victims recover the compensation they deserve. We are available to discuss your case any day of the week. We know it can be a rough time for you and we are here to help.
Statute of Limitations
In Oregon, if a case is not filed before the statute of limitations runs out, the case will be dismissed, and you will no longer have the right to receive compensation for your injuries. Personal injury cases, including burn injury cases, must be filed within two years of the date the injury occurred.
In the unfortunate event that a death occurred due to a burn injury, a wrongful death lawsuit must be filed within three years from the date the injury that caused the death occurred, or from the date the injury should have been discovered.
Our attorneys can help ensure that your case is filed before the deadline and help you obtain the compensation you deserve. However, the statute of limitations is already running so it is best to contact a lawyer as soon as possible to get the process started.
Call us today at 503.245.5677 so that we can get started on your case.
Contact Our Hillsboro Burn Injury Lawyers Today
Burn injuries can leave you with long-term physical and emotional pain that can take a devastating toll on your finances. If you or a loved one is dealing with a severe burn injury and you believe it could have been prevented, our lawyers are ready to tackle every aspect of your case and have the resources needed to help you pursue the maximum compensation you deserve.
Contact us today for a free consultation to determine if you have a case. Our services are provided on a contingency fee basis, which means there are no upfront costs or lawyer fees. We only receive payment from you if we are successful in recovering compensation from your case.