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Phoenix Burn Injury Lawyer

Have you or a loved one suffered a serious burn? The Phoenix burn injury attorneys at Knapp & Roberts can help!

A Phoenix accident that causes a severe burn injury can change your life. In addition to dealing with the terrible pain and disfigurement caused by the burn injury, burn victims may also experience post-traumatic stress, limited range of motion and permanent physical and emotional scarring. If you or a loved one has suffered a serious burn injury in Arizona, you can turn to the Phoenix injury lawyers at Knapp & Roberts for experience, compassion, and guidance. A Phoenix burn injury attorney at Knapp & Roberts is here to listen, understand what you are going through, and tell the story of what happened and how it has affected your life.

Common Causes of Phoenix Burn Injuries

A person can suffer a burn injury if a source of heat, electricity, radiation, or harsh chemicals come into contact with the skin. If the substance or source damages or destroys the skin’s tissues, the victim has suffered a burn injury. Understanding the most common sources of burn injuries can help you avoid them, as well as understand the potential party responsible for causing the hazard to begin with. In our years practicing personal injury law in Phoenix, we’ve come to recognize the following as the most common causes of burns, which include:

  • Open flames
  • Hot steam
  • Cigarettes
  • Chemicals
  • Fireworks
  • Radiation
  • Lightning

Identifying the source of your burn injury is the first step toward obtaining compensation in Phoenix. From there, you can determine the person or entity (such as a company) responsible for causing or failing to regulate the thing that caused your burns. For example, if hot steam pouring out of a cracked teapot caused your burn injuries, you might look toward the creator of the teapot as the party responsible for your scalds.

Types of Burn Injuries That Affect Phoenix Victims

Burn injuries are categorized as first, second, third, and fourth degree burns. A first degree burn is the least severe and fourth degree is much more severe and debilitating.

  • First Degree. Often characterized by red skin and sensitivity to touch, these burns are topical and fail to penetrate the skins surface. An example of a first degree burn is a sunburn.
  • Second Degree. These are characterized by red skin, swelling, blisters and intense pain, and often affect the sweat glands and/or hair follicles. Second degree burns that are left untreated may progress to third degree burns.
  • Third Degree. Characterized by charred and translucent skin, the affected areas are usually numb but may have some pain from second degree burns in the same area. Because tissue is destroyed, these burns usually take longer to heal and can cause significant scarring.
  • Fourth Degree. This type of burn injuries affects muscles, tendons, ligaments and occasionally bone. These burns are typically life-threatening and often result in an amputation.

It might help you to know that you aren’t the only one who’s been in your position – nor, unfortunately, will you be the last. That being said, you should also know that your injuries are entirely unique. No one can experience the exact injuries, pain, or suffering that you have experienced. Our Phoenix personal injury lawyers take the time to truly get to know each individual client who comes to us for assistance. We’re here to listen to your story and offer personalized, tailored legal services. We can assist you no matter what type of burn injury you suffered, including:

  • Thermal burn. Thermal burns are the most common, and stem from contact with hot objects. Open flames, steam, cooking oil, and boiling water can all cause thermal burns. Fires most often cause thermal burns in adults, while scalds cause burns most in children.
  • Chemical burn. Chemical burns, also called caustic burns, can arise from contact with, or ingestion of, base or acid chemicals. Chemical burns can damage or erode your skin, muscles, and internal organs (if swallowed). Some of the most common sources of chemical burns are sulfuric acid, hydrochloric acid, lime, hydrogen peroxide, and silver nitrate.
  • Electrical burn. If an electrical component such as a live wire or circuit connects with the body, it can cause electrical burns. Victims may or may not show external signs of electrical burns, even if the surge of electricity through the body injured the internal organs. Getting struck by lightning can also cause electrical burns.
  • Radiation burn. Radiation burns stem from sources such as ultraviolet light, x-ray machines, and the sun. High exposure to radiation is likely to cause these types of burns. Radiation burns can damage the skin as well as alter cell structure, sometimes resulting in cell mutations and cancer.
  • Smoke inhalation injuries. Open flames don’t only pose a risk of burn injuries, but also of smoke inhalation. Smoke consists of soot and toxic substances from combustion, such as the paint on the walls. Smoke inhalation can cause respiratory distress, airway collapse, respiratory tract swelling, and chemical irritations. Smoke inhalation is the leading cause of death by fires.

Take every burn injury seriously. Go to the hospital as soon as you can for a checkup from a professional. You may require treatment such as cold compresses, balms, disinfectants, surgeries, skin grafts, and IV fluids to recover from a burn injury. The sooner you seek medical attention, the better for your health. Once you’re on the mend, take time to review your legal options against the at-fault party with help from Knapp & Roberts.

Compensation for Your Burn Injury in Arizona

Arizona law provides those who suffer burn injuries due to the negligence of others the right to seek compensation for non-economic damages from both physical and emotional pain and suffering. While no amount of money can make up for the suffering you endure, you are nevertheless entitled to seek compensation from those whose negligence cause you to endure the pain and mental suffering resulting from your burn. The amount of compensation is usually based on compensation others receive who have injuries similar to yours. Compensation becomes determined in negotiation of a settlement or awarded by the court if your case goes to trial.

Burn injuries and other fire injuries require specialized medical treatment that can last months. Additionally, there are future medical costs for rehabilitative burn treatment — such as physical therapy to restore function and range of motion in the affected area. Our Phoenix, AZ burn injury attorneys understand the significance of obtaining full compensation in order to alleviate these costs and other expenses associated with burn injuries. The Arizona burn injury lawyers at Knapp & Roberts will also take care to see that you are compensated for:

  • Cost of past and future medical treatment
  • Future rehabilitation expenses
  • Lost wages during recovery
  • Diminished earning capacity
  • Disfigurement
  • Physical pain
  • Emotional stress and anguish
  • Counseling
  • Other long-term needs

Why Choose Our Phoenix Burn Injury Attorneys?

The founders of Knapp & Roberts built the firm on one main principle: helping people. If we’ve made one thing clear over the years, it’s that our legal services definitely make a difference. Our attorneys know how to represent clients during insurance settlement negotiations and court cases in a way that helps others understand just how dramatic an impact an accident has had on the victim. We can acquire outstanding results for accident victims – including burn injury survivors.

When you work with Attorneys Craig A. Knapp and Dana R. Roberts, you benefit from award-winning lawyers who take a personal approach to helping clients. We’ll start your case with an in-depth free consultation about the specifics of your burn injury accident. We’ve handled burn injury cases involving auto accidents, workplace incidents, chemical spills, acts of violence, fires, explosions, defective products, and more.

Next, we’ll investigate your accident and check for signs of someone else’s negligence. For example, an employer that should have known the risks of working with a caustic chemical. If we believe your case has merit, we may offer to represent you during insurance settlement negotiations. Trusting us with your claim can mean securing a much greater compensation award from the defendant. You’ll only pay our attorney’s fees if we win you financial recovery.

Schedule a Free Burn Injury Case Review in Phoenix, Arizona Today

The experienced Arizona burn injury lawyers at Knapp & Roberts have what it takes to put together a winning case on your behalf. You don’t have to settle for less than you deserve after suffering painful, disfiguring, scarring, and life-changing burns. We will fight for fair compensation for all of your accident-related damages, including medical expenses, lost wages, physical pain, and emotional suffering. Contact our Phoenix office today to schedule your free, confidential case evaluation. You can also reach us at (480) 991-7677.

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