Oklahoma City Burn Injury Lawyers
Severe Burn Injury Claims in Oklahoma
Burn injuries, including second- and third-degree burns, are extremely painful, often disfiguring, and typically result in significant physical and emotional trauma. If someone else was responsible for the accident or incident that led to your burn injuries, you could be entitled to financial compensation for your pain, suffering, medical bills, and other damages—and Fulmer Sill can help.
We are deeply committed to leveling the playing field and being a voice for the voiceless. Our passion for representing the rights of honest, everyday people is what drives us to do everything in our power to hold negligent parties accountable and maximize our clients’ claims. We are known for our willingness and preparedness to go to trial, as well as our long history of success in even the most complex of personal injury cases.
If you suffered severe burns as a result of someone else’s negligent or wrongful conduct, reach out to Fulmer Sill to schedule a free consultation with a member of our team: (405) 433-7414.
Types of Burn Injuries
Burns are classified according to both type and severity.
The different types of burn injuries include:
- Thermal Burns: Thermal burns result from contact with hot objects, liquids, surfaces, and substances, such as boiling water, steam, heated metal, and flames.
- Electrical Burns: Often associated with electrocution, electrical burns occur when someone comes into contact with live electrical currents.
- Chemical Burns: Chemical burns frequently result from contact with harsh, abrasive, and harmful dyes, detergents, solvents, and other chemicals.
- Radiation Burns: All types of radiation, including solar radiation and certain forms of radiation used to treat cancer and other medical conditions, can cause radiation burns.
- Friction Burns: Also known as “road rash,” a friction burn is a combination of a thermal burn and a severe skin abrasion (or scrape).
- Cold Burns: Cold burns, or frostbite, occur when skin tissue is significantly damaged due to contact with or exposure to extreme cold.
Additionally, the different degrees of burn severity include:
- First-Degree Burns: First-degree burns are the mildest type of burn injury, resulting in redness, localized pain, and minor skin damage or scarring. These types of burns only affect the upper layer of skin (epidermis) and typically heal on their own with at-home care.
- Second-Degree Burns: A second-degree burn is considered a moderate to severe injury. These types of burns affect both the upper and lower layers of skin (epidermis and dermis, respectively) and may cause redness, swelling, pain, and blisters.
- Third-Degree Burns: Third-degree burns are the most severe type of burn injury. They affect the epidermis, dermis, and surrounding tissue. Sometimes, third-degree burns can even damage bones. Symptoms include numbness and skin that appears black, white, yellow, or brown.
Moderate and severe burns can lead to an array of complications, including life-threatening infection, permanent disfigurement, and death. Anyone who has suffered a significant burn injury should seek immediate medical attention, including, if necessary, calling 911 and/or going to the nearest emergency room.
Burns Resulting from Explosions & Fires
Two of the most common causes of burn injuries are explosions and fires. Often, explosions and fires result from unsafe or defective conditions, either at a residential home, a commercial property, or in the workplace.
Some of the most common causes of explosions and fires include:
- Gas leaks
- Defective gas-powered appliances
- Poor or improper maintenance
- Faulty sprinkler systems
- Defective electrical wiring
- Grain and industrial dust
- Flammable liquids and other substances
- Hot work and heating equipment
- Defective equipment or machinery
- Improper storage of hazardous materials
- Human error
Explosions and fires can also result from car, motorcycle, truck, and other vehicle accidents, as well as aviation, bus, train, and mass transit accidents. Although the causes are widespread, one common factor in most explosions and fires is negligence. Whether someone else made a mistake that resulted in an explosion, or a manufacturer developed and sold a defective product that led to a fire, our Oklahoma City burn injury lawyers can help you fight to hold the liable party accountable.
Available Damages for Burn Injury Victims
At Fulmer Sill, we believe that victims of negligence and wrongful conduct should not have to suffer the consequences on their own—and the law is on our side. By filing a personal injury lawsuit against the liable party, you can seek financial compensation for both economic and non-economic losses, or “damages,” related to your injury.
Depending on the specifics of your case, you may be entitled to compensation for the following damages:
- Medical expenses, including future care costs
- Rehabilitation and physical therapy
- Medications and medical equipment/devices
- Lost income, wages, and benefits
- Loss of future earnings, employment, and benefits
- Reduced or lost earning ability
- Physical and mental pain and suffering
- Emotional distress and anguish
- Disfigurement and/or permanent scarring
- Diminished quality/enjoyment of life
If the defendant was grossly negligent or acted with willful and/or wanton disregard for the lives and safety of others, you may also be entitled to punitive damages. Unlike compensatory damages, which are intended to compensate victims for specific losses, punitive damages are meant to punish defendants who have acted with egregious negligence or who intentionally inflicted harm upon another.
Treating a burn injury is often a painful, expensive, and time-consuming process. Depending on the severity of your injury, you may need emergency treatment, ongoing medical care, and extensive rehabilitative therapy. You could require various surgeries, including skin grafting, and a comprehensive pain management program involving prescription medications and other therapies.
Our Oklahoma City burn injury lawyers at Fulmer Sill can review the details of your case during a free, no-obligation consultation. We can assess the potential value of your claim, as well as the types of damages you may be entitled to receive.
You can rely on our tenacious and hardworking team to fight tirelessly for every penny you are owed.