Reno, Nevada, is known for its scenic landscapes, lively casinos, and growing technology industry. But Reno is also famous for enduring a massive explosion in its downtown area in 1957. While the city has taken huge strides in improving its safety, accidents leading to burn injuries still happen. Whether a car bursts into flames, a home catches on fire, or a chemical spill or fire tears through a worksite, burn accidents are serious and can prove deadly.
If you or a loved one has suffered a burn injury in Reno, call the experienced burn injury lawyers at Benson & Bingham Accident Injury Lawyers, LLC. If you decide to retain us, we will fight for justice and compensation on your behalf.
The American Burn Association estimates that 486,000 people received treatment for burn or fire injuries between 2011 and 2015. Burns can cause severe injuries and even death. Each year, roughly 45,000 folks die of burns, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
These burns can cause severe injuries to a victim’s skin, nerves, and bone, depending on the type of burn. Such injuries can also cause disfigurement, disability, and even death. Treatment may require months in the hospital, surgeries to graft skin, and extensive physical therapy.
It helps to understand the three degrees of burns. Each degree is classified depending on the burn’s severity and what percentage of the body is affected.
Burns can also cause swelling and send people into shock, resulting in clammy skin, weakness, bluish lips and fingernails, and fading alertness.
Electrical burns (from electric sockets and other electrical sources) can cause heart arrhythmias.
In addition, burn victims are highly susceptible to infection of the burns and surrounding areas, because the skin is often damaged or no longer present to serve as the first line of defense against infection. As many as 10,000 people die annually from infections related to their burn injuries, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The four different types of burns are:
If you suffer serious burns, from any source, go to the emergency room or a physician immediately. Don’t try to treat anything more serious than a mild sunburn yourself. Doctors know how to diagnose and treat burns properly.
The consequences of not seeking medical attention could imperil your life, especially if you go into shock or the burns get infected.
If someone else caused your burn injuries, it’s prudent to speak with an attorney once you’ve received proper medical treatment. An attorney can establish who or what bears responsibility for your burn accident. The responsible party, whether it’s a driver, a product, a company, an employer, a careless homeowner, or more, may face financial liability for the harm caused.
A lawyer can help you negotiate with the insurance company for the highest compensation possible, which you will need to pay medical bills and other expenses. A lawyer can also litigate your case all the way through trial, if necessary.
No matter the type of burn or the at-fault party, victims can seek the following in damage compensation, from either insurance companies in the form of a settlement or through trial:
Many damages compensate a living victim for harm suffered from a burn accident. But tragically, victims of burns also die. If someone dies from a burn that would have allowed the victim to file a burn injury claim in court had he or she lived, Nevada allows certain survivors to bring wrongful death suits.
Wrongful death suits may seek compensation in these categories:
Parties entitled to bring a wrongful death suit include:
You may file a wrongful death claim if you prove that the decedent supported you for a reasonable time before the death.
If you or a loved one has suffered a burn injury from any source in Reno, you need an experienced lawyer to help you navigate the aftermath. The legal team at Benson & Bingham Accident Injury Lawyers, LLC, possesses years of experience arguing for the rights of burn victims. Your first consultation with us is always free. Contact us today or call us at our Reno offices at (775) 600-6000.
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