Pennsylvania Burn Injury Lawyers
Catastrophic Burn Injuries
Burn injuries can result in life-altering damages, from scarring and disfigurement to intense pain. If you or a loved one has been the victim of a serious burn injury, do not hesitate to reach out to the team at Metzger Wickersham.
Since 1888, our firm has upheld a legacy of fighting for justice. Our Harrisburg catastrophic injury lawyers have recovered millions of dollars for clients over the years and are ready to pursue the compensation you deserve.
Schedule a free consultation with our experienced personal injury firm today. Call (888) 286-2850 or contact us online to get started.
Types of Burn Injuries
Burns can result from a number of different types of accidents, including auto accidents, accidents with commercial trucks, workplace accidents, accidents on construction sites and at industrial plants, and more. While mild burns to the skin’s surface may heal fairly quickly and without complication, deeper burns affecting the tissues and muscles beneath the skin can be extremely painful, may require surgery, and can take a long time to heal.
A burn injury can fall into the following categories:
- Thermal burns from contact with flames or hot surfaces, substances, and items
- Scalds from superheated water or steam
- Chemical burns from contact with corrosive substances
- Inhalation burns from breathing in hot steam or chemical fumes
- Electrical burns from exposure to electricity
Sometimes, burns happen through no fault of the victim. For example, if a person suffers a chemical burn from a household product that does not contain any warnings of the hazard, the manufacturer of the product may be to blame. A car accident victim who suffers burns in their vehicle after a collision may take action against the person who caused their accident.
Because burn injuries can have such far-reaching consequences, including expensive medical bills, rehabilitative care, scarring and disfigurement, pain, and post-traumatic consequences, it is important for victims to involve a qualified attorney who knows how to maximize the value of their case.
Consult Our Harrisburg Catastrophic Injury Attorneys
If you or a loved one has sustained a serious burn in an accident someone else caused, we encourage you to contact Metzger Wickersham today to discuss your case with a Pennsylvania burn injury attorney.
What Are the Different Degrees of Burn Injuries?
There are a wide range of issues that can result in burn injuries, from household fires to workplace accidents to premises liability incidents. Whether your burns were caused by hazardous chemicals, scalding hot liquids, or a dangerous fire, our firm can guide you through the process of pursuing your claim.
Burns are classified based off of severity, such as:
- First-Degree: Being less serious, these burns result in minor pain and redness around the burned area of the skin.
- Second-Degree: These burns are more serious and may cause blisters or damage to the top level of the dermis-nothing permanent.
- Third-Degree: These burns extended into the deeper tissue and can damage the dermis and epidermis.
- Fourth-Degree: As deep tissue burns, these burns completely destroy skin and may cause damage to muscle, fascia, or bone in extreme cases.
Depending on the severity of your burn and related damages, you may have a much more complex claim. That is why it is so important that you work with a Pennsylvania burn injury attorney every step of the way.
Our advocates at Metzger Wickersham understand how to successfully file these types of claims and can walk you through every step of the process.
Why You Need a Burn Injury Lawyer
Burn injury cases are often very complex due to the severity of these injuries and victims’ need for long-term and future care. Additionally, burn victims often suffer an array of physical and emotional consequences, ranging from disfigurement and scarring to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, and anxiety. Determining the value of one’s losses, including pain and suffering, can be difficult without the help of various specialists.
At Metzger Wickersham, we work with a team of industry experts—including medical professionals, accident reconstructionists, economists, and others—to evaluate the full extent of our clients’ damages. We understand that you need compensation for your current and future damages so that you can heal and move forward with your life. Our firm has the necessary resources to fully litigate your claim, and we are prepared to aggressive advocate for the maximum compensation you are owed.
When you choose our Pennsylvania burn injury lawyers, you can focus on what matters most: getting critical medical care, managing your day-to-day expenses while out of work, and returning to your life. Our team will handle the legal details, including working with the insurance company, so that you do not have to. We fight tirelessly for our clients, striving for just settlements and, when necessary, representing their best interests at trial.
Contact Metzger Wickersham for Reliable Counsel
At our firm, we understand how challenging and painful it can be to pursue the justice you deserve following a serious accident. That is where our legal team comes in. With a larger support staff than most local firms, we are able to devote the attention to detail necessary to craft compelling, effective claims. While you get personalized representation from one of our skilled personal injury attorneys, you get the support of our whole firm for your burn injury case.
We have multiple office locations throughout the state and can travel to meet you in your home or at the hospital if you are unable to come to us. We provide free initial consultations and contingency fees, so you do not owe anything unless we recover compensation for you.
Let us help you through this difficult time. Call (888) 286-2850 if you are ready to pursue financial, physical, and emotional well-being.
Can You Sue Someone for Burning You?
It may be possible to sue another person, a manufacturer, a company, or some other entity if you can prove that they were to blame for your injuries.
To have grounds for a lawsuit, you must typically prove the following elements:
- Injuries: First, you must establish that you were injured, leading to damages, such as economic losses (medical expenses, lost wages, etc.) or non-economic harm (pain and suffering)
- Duty of Care: You must prove that the other party (the “defendant”) owed you a duty of care, meaning they had a responsibility to act reasonably so as to prevent harm
- Breach: You also must prove that the defendant breached the duty of care, typically by acting negligently, wrongfully, or intentionally
- Causation: Lastly, you must prove that the defendant’s negligent, wrongful, or intentional conduct was the actual cause of your injuries and damages
While most personal injury claims are brought on the basis of negligence, some fall under the legal theory of strict liability. In such cases, you do not necessarily need to prove that the defendant was negligent or acted wrongfully; you could have a case if the defendant is considered “strictly liable” in the given circumstances.
One example of when this may apply is in cases involving defective products. Product manufacturers, distributors, sellers, and others involved in the chain of supply are often strictly liable for any injuries caused by their products. So, if you suffered severe burn injuries after using a defective appliance, household cleaner, tool, or some other product, you could be able to sue the manufacturer or another liable party without necessarily having to prove that they were negligent.
You may be entitled to substantial compensation. Call (888) 286-2850 to get started.
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