Georgia Severe Burn Injury Lawyers
Lawyers Who Stand by Your Side After a Severe Burn Injury in Georgia
Georgia is a wonderful place to live, with friendly people, lots of natural splendor, and a robust economy. People come to Georgia from all over the world to visit Centennial Olympic Park, the National Center for Civil and Human Rights, the Georgia Aquarium, and other attractions.
Even in a beautiful Georgia city, terrible accidents can happen, leading to serious injuries. Apartment fires, industrial accidents, and fiery vehicle crashes can cause severe burns that turn your whole world upside down. People who suffer severe burns frequently require several rounds of surgery and intensive medical treatment to survive and recover. But even with the best medical care, victims are often left with chronic pain, disabilities, and disfigurement.
At Butler Prather LLP, we’re proud to be one of the top law firms in the nation, and we’ve been helping accident victims in Georgia for over 35 years. Butler Prather LLP has won settlements and verdicts for clients in over 30 states. We’ve won nine verdicts that exceed $100 million and over 60 verdicts and settlements of over $10 million.
Contact the dedicated Georgia personal injury lawyers at Butler Prather LLP if you or a loved one is suffering from severe burns. We’ve won over a billion dollars for our clients.
Call (706) 322-1990 to schedule a complimentary consultation today.
What Are Severe Burns?
Severe burns are caused by exposure to thermal heat, electricity, radiation, or chemicals and require immediate medical attention. Different types of burns include:
- Thermal burns are the most common type of burns. They occur when a person comes into direct contact with a hot object, such as boiling water, a stovetop, or an open flame.
- Electrical burns occur when a person comes into contact with an electrical current, such as a live electrical wire. Depending on the intensity of the current and the duration of exposure, this may cause extreme tissue damage, cardiac arrest, respiratory arrest, coma, or death.
- Radiation burns result when radiation energy is transferred to body tissue. This may be caused by X-ray machines, radiation therapy to treat cancer, or UV rays from the sun.
- Chemical burns result from touching, ingesting, or being exposed to strong acids or base chemicals. These burns can be extremely damaging or fatal.
Thermal burns are rated in intensity from first-degree burns to sixth-degree burns. Severe burns include third-, fourth-, fifth-, and sixth-degree burns that cause charred skin and damage hard and soft tissue, including bones, tendons, muscles, and internal organs. Fifth- and sixth-degree burns are often fatal.
The hard and soft tissue in the human body is disrupted and destroyed by excessive heat. Patients with burn injuries often suffer intense pain and permanent disability. Caring for burn injuries involves painstaking treatment that may require several rounds of surgery and treatment such as skin grafting and plastic surgery. The physical, emotional, and psychological damage caused by severe burns takes a huge toll on the patient’s well-being.
Symptoms of severe burns include:
- Chronic pain
- Difficulty sleeping
- Bacterial infection
- Organ failure
- Loss of fluids
- Difficulty breathing
- Scarring and disfigurement
- Muscle, tendon, and bone damage
- Lung damage
- Loss of mobility
What Causes Severe Burns?
Major causes of severe burns include:
- Building fires. Apartments, office buildings, residential homes, warehouses, and other structures where people live and work are all subject to devastating fires that cause thousands of deaths and injuries every year.
- Motor vehicle collisions. Crashes may result in fiery explosions when one of the vehicles is transporting flammable material or if a gas tank ignites. Lithium batteries in electric vehicles (EVs) may catch fire due to design defects or when the battery is damaged in a collision. EV battery fires lead to a condition called thermal runaway that causes them to burn at extremely high temperatures, and these fires require huge amounts of water to extinguish.
- Industrial accidents involve malfunctioning equipment, poor planning, lack of maintenance, and other types of human error, leading to thermal burns and exposure to toxic chemicals.
- Scalding liquids. Industrial mishaps, cooking-related accidents, and hot liquid spills often cause devastating injuries to restaurant employees and customers.
Severe Burns and Negligent Behavior
Most fires could be prevented if people took the right precautions. For example, fires caused by vehicle crashes are often the result of negligent behavior such as speeding, careless lane changes, and drivers who run red lights or ignore stop signs.
Delivery, rideshare, and trucking companies must screen employees to make sure they don’t hire someone with a dangerous driving record. They can also use electronic devices to monitor drivers. Businesses must make sure that their drivers have the necessary training and experience to operate large vehicles such as delivery vans, bobtail trucks, and tractor-trailers.
To prevent building fires and reduce their severity, property owners and managers must make sure the proper safety equipment is available and functioning properly. It’s also important to conduct regular fire drills and have clear procedures to follow in case of an emergency.
These types of negligence lead to fires that cause devastating injuries:
- Faulty wiring
- Inadequate training
- Lack of oversight
- Inadequate maintenance
- Lack of fire extinguishers
- Failure to replace fire alarm batteries
- Inadequate safety protocols
- Negligent hiring
- Intoxicated drivers
- Distracted driving
- Reckless driving
How Your Georgia Burn Accident Attorney Can Help
At Butler Prather LLP, we help clients suffering from catastrophic injuries. Our experienced trial lawyers will file a claim or lawsuit against anyone whose negligent actions contributed to your injuries. If the other side refuses to make a serious offer, Butler Prather LLP is always prepared to take them to trial.
Burn injuries generate astronomical expenses for victims and their families. A burn injury claim or lawsuit filed by Butler Prather LLP includes the following types of damages:
- Medical expenses
- Pain and suffering
- In-home nursing care
- Lost wages
- Reduced quality of life
- Physical and occupational therapy
- Psychological counseling
- Loss of earning potential
- Wrongful death
We Always Have Time for Our Clients
At Butler Prather LLP, we never do anything halfway. When we take you on as a client, you will receive total dedication from everyone working on your case. We give every client our devoted attention, and you can count on us to deliver the results and support you need.
Contact our Georgia burn injury lawyers at (706) 322-1990 to learn more today.