Tampa Burn Injury Lawyer
There are many preventable accidents that lead to serious burn injuries. While burn injuries are obviously associated with fire, there are actually other potential factors to consider. For instance, many reported burn injuries are the result of electrocution or exposure to hazardous chemicals.
More to the point, people often suffer burn injuries as the result of someone else’s negligent or intentional act. If that is the case with your burn injury, you have the right under Florida law to seek compensation for your medical bills, lost income, and other out-of-pocket losses. A qualified Tampa burn injury lawyer can assist you in this process. Florin Gray is a team of dedicated Florida attorneys who represent clients suffering from life-threatening burn injuries.
The Increasing Severity of Burn Injuries
Not all burn injuries are the same. Indeed, many burn injuries are not especially serious. The medical community generally classifies burn injuries according to the depth and degree of damage done to the skin. The basic classification system is as follows:
- First-degree burns. This is the least severe type of burn injury and typically only affects the epidermis–the outer layer of the skin–and produces mild symptoms such as redness and local pain.
- Second-degree burns. These injuries damage the top two layers of the skin–the epidermis and dermis–and are often indicated by red, splotchy skin and more severe pain than first-degree burns.
- Third-degree burns. These are the more serious burn injuries as they damage both the top two layers of the skin as well as the layer of fat underneath. These injuries often cause nerve damage.
- Fourth-degree burns. This is the most severe type of burn injury and involves damage not just to the skin, but also the muscles, tendons, and even bones underneath. In many cases, fourth-degree burns are fatal.
If you can establish someone else’s negligence for a burn injury–especially a third- or fourth-degree injury–you can often obtain a significant amount of compensation. This is because these more severe burn injuries often require extensive hospitalization and reconstructive surgery. On top of these substantial medical costs, victims of serious burn injuries often experience ongoing pain and suffering as well as an overall diminished quality of life. A personal injury award can account for all of these damages and more.
Don’t Delay, Call Florin Gray
As horrific as burn injuries are, victims cannot expect the negligent party to pay up without a fight. Defendants and their insurance companies will often contest liability for burn injuries. And Florida follows a comparative negligence rule in personal injury cases. This means that your award of damages may be reduced–even eliminated altogether–if you are found partially at-fault for the accident that caused your burns in the first place.
This is just one reason it is in your best interest to work with an experienced Tampa burn injury lawyer. At Florin Gray, our attorneys provide themselves by offering personalized service to each and every client. So if you need to speak with a lawyer today about your case, contact us to schedule a free consultation.