Myrtle Beach Burn Injuries Lawyer
Few injuries involve as much physical pain and emotional trauma as burn injuries. Recovery from burn injuries is a grueling process, and some people are not able to fully recover from serious burns.
Burn injuries often stem from people being trapped in fires, but there are different kinds of burns and some injuries arise from other causes. When a burn injury is caused by the negligence of another party, the victim could be entitled to compensation for all of their medical bills, lost income, and other damages.
Did you or your loved one suffer serious burn injuries in an accident caused by another party’s negligence in the greater Myrtle Beach area? You should seek legal representation as soon as possible for help recovering all of the compensation you are entitled to. The Law Office of William J. Luse understands the multitude of ways that burn injuries can affect every facet of a person’s life, and we fight to help victims get justice. You can have our Myrtle Beach burn injury attorney review your case and discuss all of your legal options when you call (843) 839-4795 or complete an online contact form to set up a free consultation.
Why Do I Need a Burn Injuries Lawyer?
To prove your case in a court of law, you will need to have evidence of another party’s negligence. This type of evidence can be difficult to obtain for the average person, but an attorney will know how.
The lawyer will be able to conduct their own independent investigation of your accident. They can then determine the cause of your injuries and pursue a claim against the negligent party.
In some cases, victims may receive phone calls from insurance companies for the negligent parties. The insurers may aggressively try to get the victims to accept settlements, but these offers are typically much less than what victims are actually entitled to.
An experienced attorney will know what your case is worth and be willing to fight to recover that amount. The lawyer will often know how to get an insurance company to become more willing to provide a more lucrative settlement.
Why Choose the Law Office of William J. Luse?
William J. Luse has more than a decade of legal experience and is a member of the South Carolina Association for Justice and National Employment Lawyers Association. He is licensed in state courts all over South Carolina as well as the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.
The Law Office of William J. Luse will take the time to get to know all about your story. We believe that we must fully understand every way that your injuries have impacted your life if we are to present a case that resonates with a jury.
Our firm is skilled at negotiating a settlement that covers all of your past, present, and future expenses relating to your injuries. If an insurance company is unwilling to provide adequate compensation, we will file a lawsuit.
You should not let money prevent you from seeking legal help. The Law Office of William J. Luse provides services on a contingency fee basis, which means that you only pay when you recover a financial award.
Burn Injury Cases We Handle
There are different kinds of burn injuries, but all involve damage to layers of the skin, the largest organ on the human body. The five classes of burn injuries typically include:
- Thermal Burns — Caused by contact with fire, hot liquid, hot objects, or steam.
- Electrical Burns — Caused by contact with an electrical current.
- Radiation Burns — Caused by exposure to ionizing radiation, thermal radiation, or ultraviolet light (UV rays).
- Chemical Burns — Caused by contact with acidic substances, these are also referred to as alkali burns.
- Friction Burns — Caused by rubbing against a rough surface.
Severe burn injuries are usually classified into one of three degrees:
- First-Degree Burns — Superficial burns of only the epidermis (the outer layer of the skin). Sunburn is the most frequent example of a first-degree burn, and most first-degree burn injuries heal in a matter of days.
- Second-Degree Burns — Damage to both the epidermis and the dermis, the layer beneath the epidermis. Some second-degree burns can result in blistering and may involve skin grafts.
- Third-Degree Burns — Full thickness burn damaging or destroying both layers of skin and damage extending into sweat glands and underlying tissues. Skin grafting is always required for third-degree burns, and some can require additional surgery.
There are other degrees of burn injuries, but those cases are much rarer. A fourth-degree burn extends into the fat, a fifth-degree burn extends into the muscle, and a sixth-degree burn extends into the bone.
Burn injuries could be suffered in any one of a number of different accidents. According to the American Burn Association (ABA) common causes of burns include, but are not limited to:
- 43%– Direct contact with fire or flame.
- 34%– Scalding injuries- caused by direct contact with hot water, steam, oil or other liquid like spilled tea or coffee.
- 9%– Direct contact with a hot object such as a hot iron or stove.
- 4%– Electrical burns
- 3%– Chemical burns
- 7%– Are all other causes combined.
Burn injuries cause damage that extends far beyond physical injuries. Victims in many of these cases suffer long-lasting emotional trauma.
Obtaining the necessary evidence in these cases can be tricky when the burn injuries are the result of fires in which entire buildings have been destroyed. The Law Office of William J. Luse knows the many ways in which key evidence can be uncovered in these types of cases.
Frequently Asked Questions
What should a person do after suffering burn injuries?
When you know that you have suffered a burn injury, make sure to get medical attention. You should not wait to see how a burn heals on its own. A medical professional will help ensure you receive proper treatment, and it is also beneficial to have a medical record created as soon as possible after your accident to avoid an insurance company arguing that any delay in treatment is evidence that the injuries were not severe. You should try to take pictures of your accident scene and record the names and phone numbers of all people who saw your accident. Finally, make sure you contact a lawyer before you talk to any insurance company.
How do doctors calculate burn size?
The Wallace rule of nines is the tool used by doctors to estimate the total body surface area (BSA) affected by a burn. It is commonly referred to as the Rule of Nines. The Rule of Nines places percentage values to certain areas of the body for adults and children, and doctors can quickly determine how much of the body was affected by looking at those values on the Rule of Nines chart. The chart is so named because most of the body parts listed have a 9 percent BSA damage, although either leg or the entire back represents 18 percent and a groin burn is 1 percent.
How do skin grafts work?
Skin grafts involve skin being transplanted, and the source of the transplanted skin determines the type of skin graft. An autologous or autograph involves donor skin being taken from a different site on the victim’s body. An isogeneic, isograft or syngraft involves donors and victims being genetically identical. An allogeneic or allograft involves donors and victims of the same species. A xenogeneic, xenograft or heterograft involves donors and victims of different species. A prosthetic graft involves lost tissue being replaced with synthetic materials.
Burn Injury Statistics
According to the ABA, 486,00 burn injuries in the United States in 2016 required medical treatment. These burn injuries resulted in 40,000 hospitalizations, 30,000 of which were at hospital burn centers.
The ABA reported that more than 60 percent of acute hospitalizations in the United States related to burn injury were admitted to 128 burn centers. According to the ABA, these burn centers now average over 200 annual admissions while the other 4,500 acute care hospitals in the nation average less than three burn admissions annually.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a person died in a fire every two hours, and a person was injured every 23 minutes in the United States in 2000. The CDC reported that as many as 10,000 people die every year of burn-related infections.
Contact a Myrtle Beach Burn Injuries Attorney Today
If you or your loved one sustained serious burn injuries in an accident caused by another party’s negligence in Myrtle Beach, you will want to make sure that you have help in what could become a very complicated fight. Burn injuries are complex injury cases to handle, and it will be in your best interest to make sure that you are working with a skilled Myrtle Beach injury lawyer who understands your pain and will be willing to fight to help you recover all of the compensation you need and deserve. The Law Office of William J. Luse represents clients in Myrtle Beach, Surfside Beach, Socastee, Conway, Little River, North Myrtle Beach, and several other nearby areas in Horry County, Georgetown County, and Marion County. Call (843) 839-4795 or contact us online to have our attorney provide an honest and thorough evaluation of your case a free consultation.