Experienced Atlanta Attorneys Handling Burn Injury Cases
Your recovery shouldn't be decided by an insurance company
You can count on Gary Martin Hays & Associates for vigorous, bold legal representation in your burn injury case. Call 1-800-898-HAYS right now. Our experienced attorneys know how to gather all the relevant facts, and we won't be intimidated by insurance company pressure.
If you've been burned, you may be dealing with scarring and disfigurement as well as the loss of sensation and feeling due to nerve damage. The emotional trauma of being trapped in a burning vehicle after a car accident or from suffering a chemical burn can be devastating. Depending on your circumstances, you may have a claim against a negligent party such as another motorist who caused an accident, or against someone who caused an accident resulting in burns such as a car crash.
Gary Martin Hays & Associates has experience handling a variety of burn injury cases and access to the resources necessary to successfully resolve your case. Click on the links below to learn more about the following topics:
- How Burn Injury Affects Victims
- Georgia Chemical Burn Injury Lawyer
- Georgia Electrical Burn Injury Lawyer
- Burn Degrees
- Explosion Burns
- Augusta Burn Center
Through our experience with burn injury cases, we have seen all the ways that a burn injury victim's family can be financially strained trying to care for their loved ones. Medical treatment often lasts for months or even years. A permanent disability, such as loss of vision or use of the hands, can affect how burn victims live the rest of their lives. Burn injury care may require the following procedures:
- Physical, speech, or vocational therapy
- Numerous skin grafts to repair the damaged area
- Treatment for surface area infections
- Skilled nursing care or attendant care
- Counseling for depression and emotional trauma
Whether you are at work or at home, you may need to use chemicals at one time or another. While you run the risk of a chemical burn injury when you are simply cleaning around the house, you are most at risk for a chemical burn injury if you work in an industrial job. An industrial accident can lead to a serious chemical burn, which may be grounds for a workers' compensation claim or a third-party claim, depending on the circumstances.
Chemical burns can be a result of direct skin contact with an acid or base. Examples include ammonia, sulfuric acid and hydrochloric acid. Chemical burns commonly cause injuries to arms, legs, face and in the eyes. In some cases, someone may sustain a lung or throat injury from inhaling a chemical.
An industrial accident or construction accident may cause chemical burn injuries to a worker. For example, a construction worker involved in road project may come into direct contact with liquid concrete products and sustain a serious injury.
Caustic chemicals are used in cleaning products such as drain cleaners, bleach, paint thinner and batteries.
Chemical burn injuries can cause permanent disfigurement, scarring and may affect mobility. In some cases, serious chemical burn injuries can result in death. If a serious burn has changed your life forever, we're here for you.
If you come into contact with an electrical current, you may sustain an electrical burn injury. Unlike other types of burn injuries, electrical burn injuries can lead to health conditions outside of burns to the skin and tissue. Victims may experience heart fibrillations, brain damage, internal damage and damage to the nervous system due to the electric shock.
Electrical burn injuries can be sustained at home or at work. At home, children in particular are vulnerable to electrical burns. They may put objects into an outlet or an electrical cord into their mouth. A landlord may be responsible for injuries in some cases, which may be grounds for a premises liability lawsuit - if, for instance, the landlord failed to replace faulty wiring. In other cases, an electrical burn at home may be due to a faulty product, which means you might be able to recover compensation in a product liability lawsuit.
Workers who conduct their jobs near power lines or high voltage wires may sustain injuries if they are mishandling the wires or power lines. If you were injured at work, an electrical burn injury attorney in Georgia may be able to assist you with a workers' compensation claim or a third-party negligence lawsuit.
A burn injury victim may experience redness of the skin and some pain (a first-degree burn). In extreme cases, a victim may sustain a deep tissue burn injury (a fourth-degree burn).
Burn injuries can happen suddenly at home or at work. If someone's negligent behavior was the source of your injury, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact a Georgia burn injury lawyer to arrange a free case review.
Burns are categorized by degrees, from first to fourth:
- First-degree burn: The least serious type of burn. Characterized by redness of the skin and minor pain. A first-degree burn may be caused by hot liquids.
- Second-degree burn: The next level of severity. A second degree burn is characterized by blisters and superficial destruction of the dermis (the thick, under layer of the skin). A scalding liquid, contact with flame or a flash injury (an explosion) may cause a second-degree burn.
- Third degree burn: Extremely severe burns that extend into the deeper tissue, causing destruction of the dermis and the epidermis (the outer layer of the skin) as well as damage to the muscle. Exposure to flame may cause a third-degree burn. An electrical burn or chemical burn also may cause a third-degree burn injury.
- Fourth-degree burn: Deep tissue burns that are life-threatening. Characterized by destruction of the skin, muscle and even the bone. This type of burn may be due to prolonged contact with flames, such as in a house fire, or a high voltage electric shock.
Burns related to a gas explosion, a pipeline explosion or workplace explosion can be severe and devastating. An explosion burn accident can happen in an instant, but the impact may be felt for a lifetime.
With explosion cases, it's important to retain an experienced personal injury attorney who has the resources to conduct a thorough investigation. In typical burn explosion cases, we examine all possible factors. A few questions we may ask include: Were there any building code violations? Was a defective product to blame? Was there unsafe handling of gas or other explosive materials?
How an explosion burn injury can occur
An explosion injury may occur in an industrial setting as a result of a gas leak or a blast involving a gasoline powered machine or tool. With homeowners using natural gas or propane, people in houses or apartments also are at risk of injury. Depending on the circumstances, an injury at home may be grounds for a premises liability claim.
A victim of an explosion burns may be coping with the most serious third-or fourth-degree burn injuries. Severe burns may require lengthy hospitalization, rehabilitation, and a lifetime of medical treatment. In addition to pain and suffering, a burn injury victim may endure significant financial losses related to skyrocketing medical bills, loss of income and other deep monetary losses.
A burn injury lawyer in Georgia with our firm knows how to skillfully negotiate a full and fair settlement for a client facing steep losses. We are not afraid to take a case to trial if necessary.
When people are seriously burned and injured, they may require specialized care and long-term treatment. In Georgia, the community is lucky to have the Joseph M. Still Burn Center at Doctors Hospital in Augusta. The medical professionals at the burn center have experience and access to the latest technology. Burn patients receive exceptional care from a respected, multidisciplinary team of providers.
"The Joseph M. Still Burn Center is a valuable resource for the community," said personal injury attorney Gary Martin Hays. "Patients who are coping with all types of burn injuries are able to get the treatment they need from the professionals at the burn center in Augusta."
A state-of-the-art burn center for injury victims and researchers
Burn injury victims in Georgia and elsewhere in the United States can face significant challenges due to the nature of their injuries. The Augusta burn center uses state-of-the-art technology to provide patients with the best available burn care solutions. The burn center takes in more than 3,000 patients each year from the Southeast. In addition to offering top care to patients and conducting burn research, the center provides professional training programs and raises fire prevention awareness.
There are many ways people can sustain burn injuries. In houses fires, people can sustain devastating third-degree burns. On the job, workers may get injured due to chemical burns or burns from explosions, to name a few examples. Many people who have suffered from serious burn injuries get top treatment from the Joseph M. Still Burn Center.
Injured due to negligence? Take back control
If your injury was due to the negligence of another individual or business, a burn injury lawyer can help. At the Law Offices of Gary Martin Hays & Associates, P.C., we have the legal answers victims in Augusta and their families are looking for. To arrange a free consultation, contact our firm today. Call 1-800-898-HAYS to learn more.
We understand how medical bills associated with burn injury treatment in Augusta can quickly skyrocket. If you or your loved one was injured, you deserve the best treatment available. Our law firm aggressively pursues compensation to pay for full treatment, including future medical bills, rehabilitation costs, and costs related to any potential reconstructive surgery, among other expenses.