Modesto Burn Injury Lawyer
Securing Compensation for Severely Injured Individuals for over 20 Years
Burn injuries are some of the most painful and emotionally traumatizing injuries a person can suffer. Depending on the extent and severity of the burns, victims may require extensive medical treatment, including skin grafting and ongoing pain management, and they will often deal with life-long effects, including significant scarring.
At the Law Offices of Dean Petrulakis, we fight to help burn injury victims recover fair and just compensation for their medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages. Our Modesto burn injury lawyer can help you if you or your loved one suffered catastrophic burns as a result of someone else’s careless, reckless, or wrongful actions.
Types of Burn Injuries
Medically speaking, burns are categorized according to the degree of severity. While some medical professionals recognize four degrees of burn injuries, most agree that there are three different types of burns.
The types of burns are as follows:
- First-Degree Burns: A first-degree burn is categorized as a “minor” burn, with injuries affecting only the top layer of skin (epidermis). Symptoms include pain, redness, and some possible scaring. Treatment is usually minimal and can be done at home with topical ointments and antibacterial creams, as well as over-the-counter pain medication.
- Second-Degree Burns: Also known as “partial-thickness burns,” second-degree burns affect both the top layer of skin (epidermis) and the lower layer of skin (dermis). Symptoms include marked pain, redness, blistering, and swelling. Victims are at risk of infection and should apply antibiotic creams prescribed by a doctor.
- Third-Degree Burns: The most severe type of burn injury, third-degree burns affect the upper and lower layers of skin, as well as underlying tissue, muscle, and even bone. These burns often result in severe pain, redness, charred skin (white or black in color), peeling, blistering, and shock. Victims will require emergency medical attention and may need advanced treatment, such as skin grafting, intravenous fluids (IVs), and more.
Severe burns are a medical emergency. When burns cover large portions of the body or sensitive areas, such as the face, one should always seek immediate medical attention.
The True Cost of Burn Injuries
While burn injuries are certainly physically painful, they also tend to have a lasting emotional effect. This is particularly true when burns result in significant scarring, especially on frequently visible areas of the body such as the arms, legs, hands, feet, or face.
At the Law Offices of Dean Petrulakis, we understand that burn injuries have an immense impact on victims and their families. You will likely face numerous financial burdens—such as medical bills for ongoing treatment and care, lost income/wages from time taken off work to heal and recover, lost future wages if your injuries prevent you from returning to work, and more—not to mention significant physical and emotional challenges as well.
Our Modesto burn injury lawyer is prepared to help you fight for compensation to cover all of the costs of your injury—present and future. While nothing can ever truly “make up” for the suffering you have endured, fair financial compensation from the at-fault party can allow you the freedom you need to focus on healing and moving forward.
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If you suffered serious burn injuries in any type of accident—a motor vehicle collision, a workplace explosion, a house fire, or as a result of using a defective product—reach out to the Law Offices of Dean Petrulakis to discuss your legal rights with an experienced personal injury attorney. We can help you seek fair compensation from the liable party.