Maryland Burn Injury Lawyers
Advocating on behalf of burn victims throughout Maryland
There are few injuries more painful than burns. A serious burn injury often requires extraordinary efforts by doctors and caretakers to ensure that the victim can lead a normal and pain-free life. At Plaxen & Adler, P.A. our burn injury lawyers understand just how serious burns can be, and what kind of medical attention they require. Our skilled team of Maryland burn injury attorneys provide hope for a better future for Maryland burn victims, and we stop at nothing to obtain the compensation you need to care for your wounds and your family in the future.
The four degrees of burns
There are few people who haven’t burned themselves by touching a hot oven, or by turning the tap too far to the left. You put some ice on the burn or run cold water over it, and the pain goes away. When the burn is far more serious, it can have long-term effects on your health. Burns are measured in degrees of severity:
- First-degree. These are the least serious burns; the examples we listed earlier are good examples. A first-degree burn usually presents with redness or swelling, and medical treatment may not be necessary.
- Second-degree. Second-degree burns reach the second layer of your skin, and they are painful. Most second-degree burns cause blisters, and if they cover a large enough area they require medical attention. There could be scarring, which may or may not be permanent. According to the Mayo Clinic, the in-home treatment of smaller second-degree burns is different than that of first-degree burns; if youare unsure what to do, however, you should seek out a doctor.
- Third-degree. A third-degree burn cuts through every layer of skin and will almost always result in permanent scarring. (J.R. Martinez, the Army veteran who won Dancing with the Stars a few years ago, suffered with third-degree burns.) The skin may turn white around the affected area, or may take on a charred look. Because third-degree burns reach the nerves, victims won’t feel pain. They are incredibly serious and require expert medical attention immediately.
- Fourth-degree. A fourth-degree burn is usually fatal. The injury extends into the muscle and tissues and eventually into the bones. If a victim survives, skin grafts will be necessary.
- Fifth-degree and sixth-degree. Usually diagnosed during an autopsy, burns of this severity are overwhelmingly fatal. If a victim did survive, the chances are high that the burned body part would need to be amputated.
It is possible to survive the most serious burns, but it is incredibly rare. Those who do so face almost unimaginable medical expenses and may never be able to work or live a “normal” life.
Causes of burn injuries
Though most people think of fire when they think of burns, there are other ways to sustain a burn injury:
- Electrical burns, as from live wires on construction sites. An electrical burn can lead to cardiac arrest or brain damage, and can injure your internal organs.
- Chemical burns, as from pesticides or household cleaners. Even denture cleaners can cause a chemical burn. These burns can also lead to cardiac arrest or seizures.
- Sunburns, which are more serious than people believe. Over-exposure to the sun can lead to second-degree blistering, and increase your risk of developing skin cancer.
- Steam burns, which can damage your airways and your lungs.
Burns can be caused by unsafe working environments, car accidents, defective space heaters and improperly labeled cleaners. At Plaxen & Adler, P.A., we protect the rights of burn injury victims whose pain and suffering are the direct result of someone else’s negligence. We know what kind of treatments are necessary for burn victims, and how a serious burn may affect your ability to provide for yourself and your family. Our aggressive personal injury attorneys fight hard for our clients to ensure that their needs are taken care of, so that they can begin the healing process in a less stressful way.
Maryland’s premier personal injury law firm
At Plaxen & Adler, P.A. we believe that burn injury victims deserve compensation that can truly help them. We never stop fighting on behalf of our clients. Please call 410.988.4449 or contact us online to discuss your case with an attorney who know how to win.