Phone Number
24/7 Nights & Weekends

Pittsburgh Burn Injury Attorney

You cannot surprise anyone with a mild burn. In fact, the vast majority of people have experienced mild burns at least once in their lives due to everyday actions, especially those who cook frequently. Remember that time when you accidentally touched a hot pan in the kitchen? So do we.

Sure, although these mild burns can be quite painful and cause temporary discomfort, superficial burns are unlikely to cause long-term emotional distress and physical suffering.

The same cannot be said about severe burns. Depending on the degree, cause, source, and whether another party’s negligence is involved, you may be able to seek compensation for your burn injury. That’s where you may need legal help from a Pittsburgh burn injury attorney from Shenderovich, Shenderovich & Fishman.

Fact: Each year, more than 450,000 Americans are treated in emergency rooms due to burn injuries, of whom about 45,000 are admitted to long-term medical care at burn centers.

Types of burn injuries (first, second, and third-degree burns)

Unfortunately, burn injury can cause life-long rehabilitation and lead to medical intervention. As a result of severe burns, victims face permanent disfigurement, impaired ability to enjoy one’s life, impaired earning capacity, loss of bodily function, psychological and emotional distress, pain and suffering, all of which can be life-long effects of a burn injury.

Typically, burn injuries fall into four categories to determine the extent of injury:

  1. First-degree burns affect the epidermis, which is the outer layer of skin (e.g. sunburns).
  2. Superficial second-degree burns affect the outer layer of the dermis, which is just below the epidermis. These burns are also characterized by moist and pinkish color.
  3. Deep second-degree burns affect deeper layers of the dermis and are dry and whitish in color. When healing, these burns may leave behind permanent thick scars.
  4. Third-degree burns are the most severe type of burns that destroy the epidermal and dermal layers of the skin. “Although third-degree burns are not as painful as first-degree and second-degree burns due to severe nerve damage, they can cause disfigurement and leave permanent scars,” explains our experienced burn injury attorney in Pittsburgh.

Causes and sources of burn injury

There can be many causes and sources of burn injury, but the most common are:

  • Flame burns caused by building fire or as a result of direct contact with an open flame;
  • Flash burns caused by the rapid ignition of flammable gas or liquid (typically, the face, hands, and other exposed body parts are at the biggest risk of this type of burn injury);
  • Contact burns caused by direct contact of the skin with a hot object (usually, cooking appliances are to blame for this type of injury);
  • Scalds caused by contact with hot liquids;
  • Steam burns caused by exposure to extreme steam pressure;
  • Electrical burns caused by electricity penetrating skin tissue; and
  • Chemical burns caused by exposure to dangerous substances such as acid.

Seeking compensation after sustaining a burn injury may not be as easy as you think, especially for those with first- or second-degree burns. However, you may be able to sue the negligent party and recover compensation by hiring a Pittsburgh burn injury lawyer from Shenderovich, Shenderovich & Fishman. Get a free consultation by calling at 888-98-TWINS(89467).

Highest Quality Legal Services With
Over 170 Years Of Combined Experience

Make an appointment at our Pittsburgh office for your free consultation. We are confident that you will trust us with your legal needs and fight for what you deserve. We do not charge a fee for personally consulting with you. In every new case, our fee is only 25%. There is no fee unless recovery is made. We invite you to review the significant Pittsburgh, PA personal injury cases we have won.