A serious burn can be life-threatening as well as life-altering. According to the American Burn Association more than 500,000 people are treated for burn injuries every year.
The attorneys at Bode & Collins, P.L.C. have experience handling burn injury cases. If you have suffered a burn injury in Arizona because of the negligence of someone else, contact us today to see if we are the right legal team to help you.
A burn can be caused by fire, chemicals, electricity, sunlight or radiation. Scalds from hot liquids and steam, building fires, and flammable liquids and gases are the most common causes of burns.
Burns are classified by degree:
- First degree burns damage only the outer layer of skin. Such burns are superficial and might cause redness, pain and swelling. Sunburn is the most common first degree burn.
- Second degree burns damage the first and second layer of skin. Such burns often cause severe pain, swelling, and blisters.
- Third degree and fourth degree burns damage or destroy the deepest layer of skin and the tissues underneath the skin. These burns may involve fat, muscle or bone tissue and are sometimes called full thickness burns.
Full thickness and deep partial thickness burns may appear white, gray, or black and charred. Such burns can be painless because the nerves are destroyed. Sweat glands and roots of hair follicles may also be destroyed. Following full thickness and deep partial thickness burns, skin or synthetic grafts will be needed to cover exposed tissue and encourage new skin to grow. Deep burns heal more slowly, are more difficult to treat, and are more likely to have complications than superficial burns.
Different systems have been devised to estimate the percentage of total skin that has been burned. Generally, first degree burns and superficial second degree burns on less than ten (10) percent of the total body surface area (TBSA) are considered minor burns. Partial thickness burns that are deeper and/or covering more than ten (10) percent of TBSA, and third degree or full-thickness burns covering more than two (2) to five (5) percent of the TBSA, are considered major burns. The threshold for seriousness of injury with respect to TBSA is lower for children.
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When you retain Bode & Collins, P.L.C. to fight for your rights you get Chris Bode and Natalie Collins, not a junior lawyer who is just learning the ropes. Combined we have more than forty years of litigation experience and have recovered millions of dollars for our clients during that time.
Bode & Collins, P.L.C. serves clients all over Arizona including clients living in Scottsdale, North Scottsdale, Phoenix, Glendale, Tempe, Mesa, Avondale, Cave Creek, Prescott, Flagstaff, Bullhead City, Kingman, and Tucson. Although we are based in Scottsdale, we handle cases in all counties including Maricopa County, Pima County, Pinal County, and Yavapai County.
If you or a loved one has suffered a burn injury, call us today at 480.355.5020 to schedule a free initial consultation. If we take your case we will front all costs and work on a contingency fee, meaning that we don’t get paid unless you do.