Reiff & Bily is a personal injury law firm focused on providing strategic and aggressive litigation skills for people harmed in severe accidents. We understand that recovery from a severe injury is expensive and fight to secure the compensation you need to recover. Our firm’s Martindale-Hubbell AV rating for outstanding legal ability and ethics is well-deserved as we have successfully represented burn injury victims from throughout Pennsylvania. As part of our commitment to injury victims, we provide a free consultation so that we can better understand your injury and its circumstances.
Understanding the Degree of Severity of a Burn Injury
According to statistics compiled by the CDC, on average in the United States, a person died in a fire every 169 minutes and a person was injured every 30 minutes. The leading causes for burns include:
- House fires
- Car fires
- Chemical burns
- Cooking accidents
- Electrical accidents
- Spills of coffee or teas
Regardless of the source of the burn, the severity of a burn is determined by its depth. There are three degrees of burns of progressively intensifying severity:
- First-degree burns are minor burns that produce redness and swelling in the top layer of skin. Although most first-degree burns heal on their own, they still can cause significant pain, discomfort and embarrassment.
- Second-degree burns are more serious. They produce redness and blistering in the first and second layers of the skin. Second-degree burns may heal by themselves but often require medical treatment due to the severe pain and blistering.
- Third-degree burns are the most serious. These burns affect not only of all layers of skin but also the tissue underneath. A sufficiently severe third-degree burn will result in tissue death necessitating intensive, expensive medical care.
Serious burn injuries invariably cause severe pain and mental anguish. In particularly severe cases permanent disfigurement, nerve damage and death can occur. Full recovery from a third-degree burn injury may not be possible and even partial recovery can require lengthy rehabilitation and reconstructive surgeries.
Our Bucks County Attorneys Can Help Secure Compensation for Costly Burn Injuries
Burn injuries can be extremely costly to recover from due to the extensive therapy that can be required. In 2010 alone, fire departments were called to nearly 400,000 fires in the United States. However, not every fire requires a call to the fire department. Statistics compiled by the CDC estimate that the yearly cost of fire and burn injuries is about 7.5 billion dollars. Of those accidents, fatal burn accidents account for 3 billion dollars. Burn and fire injuries inflict not only physical damage, but financial pain as well. Our attorneys are dedicated to securing the compensation you need to recover from your injury and compensate you for your suffering.
Contact Our Experienced Burn Injury Attorneys Today
If you or someone you love suffered a burn injury in a fire or other accident, you may be entitled to financial compensation from the negligent party. We are dedicated to providing experienced, aggressive counsel for accident victims. Call Reiff & Bily today at 215-274-0072 to request your free consultation.