Miami Burn Injury Lawyers
Caring advocacy for victims with severe burns from fires and explosions
For many patients, physical pain is only part of the aftermath of a burn injury. Even with skin grafts and plastic surgery, the emotional scars of living with scars and disfigurement can be unbearably traumatic – especially if the burns are on the face or arms. Most patients with third-degree burns require immediate surgery to stay alive. In addition to the burns, smoke inhalation can be extremely dangerous.
At Hickey Law Firm, our Miami burn injury lawyers work aggressively to determine how your fire or burn accident happened and who is responsible. Our personal injury lawyers work with your doctors to fully understand the depth of your injuries and all your limitations. The Best Lawyers in America© recognizes John H. (Jack) Hickey in three areas: Admiralty and Maritime Law, Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs, and Medical Malpractice – Plaintiffs. When people need a specialist in life-changing injuries, people choose Hickey Law Firm.
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How often do people suffer burn injuries?
According to the Cleveland Clinic, almost 500,000 Americans seek medical care for accidental burns every year. While most first- and second-degree burns can be treated at home, third-degree burns can be life-threatening. Miami burn injury victims with third-degree burns require emergency medical care at a local hospital or burn center.
How are burns categorized?
Burns are usually classified as follows:
- Thermal burns. Scalding liquids, steam, and other heat sources can cause the skin temperature to rise, damaging the tissue.
- Electrical burns. Electric currents from tools, equipment, electronic devices, power lines, or other sources can cause these dangerous burns, which may be fatal.
- Chemical burns. Strong acids, detergents, and other toxic chemicals can damage the skin or the eyes.
- Radiation burns. Overexposure to the sun and X-rays can cause radiation burns.
First-degree burns can usually be treated with cool water and aloe vera gel. Thermal burns may be treated with antibiotic creams covered with light gauze. Over-the-counter medications may help.
Second-degree burns are generally treated like first-degree burns. Your doctor may prescribe a stronger antibiotic cream to kill bacteria. The Cleveland Clinic notes that “elevating the burned area can reduce pain and swelling.”
Third-degree burns damage all three layers of the skin: epidermis, dermis, and fat. Third-degree burns often damage nerve endings – so you likely won’t feel pain at the site of the burn – but you will likely have pain in the surrounding areas. The burned skin will have a red, black, or white leathery appearance. Victims with third-degree burns often require skin grafts, plastic surgery, and rehabilitative care. Scarring and keloids are likely. Doctors will be on the lookout for sepsis, fluid loss, infections, hypothermia, and other dangers.
What are the causes of burn injuries in Miami?
At Hickey Law Firm, our Miami burn injury lawyers work with fire investigators and other professionals to help determine why your burns happened and who is responsible. Some of the reasons burn injuries happen include:
- Residential fires – often caused by loose cigarettes, flammable liquids, heaters, and fireplaces.
- Commercial property fires.
- Vehicle accidents such as car accidents, truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, boating accidents, aviation accidents, Uber accidents, and bus accidents.
- Exposure to hazardous chemicals. These exposures are likely to on the property of manufacturing sites, construction sites, restaurants, and hospitals.
- Radiation exposure at medical offices, hospitals, and tanning salons.
- Electrical exposure to electronic products, workplace equipment, and power lines.
- Defective products that explode or ignite.
What treatments do healthcare professionals provide for Miami burn injury victims?
According to the Cleveland Clinic, many patients with third-degree burns need surgery to save their life. In addition to the burns themselves, smoke inhalation can cause immediate and life-threatening respiratory dangers. Treatment for third-degree burns often includes skin grafts, which involves using the patient’s healthy skin (or other sources such as a deceased donor) to replace the damaged area with healthy skin. Patients normally need fluids (usually given through an IV) to maintain their blood pressure and prevent shock and dehydration.
The Mayo Clinic states that additional treatments include cleaning and stimulating the wound. A special dressing may be needed. Some patients need morphine and other drugs. Antibiotics are often used to prevent an infection, and some patients may need a tetanus shot.
Physical therapy can help increase a Miami burn accident victim’s mobility.
Treating the physical wounds is just one part of the overall treatment. Most burn injury victims suffer from a loss of confidence, embarrassment, anxiety, and depression because of their unsightly scars. These patients normally require long-term help with psychologists, psychiatrists, and burn injury support groups.
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How much is my burn injury claim worth?
Our Miami personal injury lawyers work to secure proper compensation for all your injuries, now and for the rest of your lifetime. We work with your doctors and psychologists to show your specific injuries, what medical help you need now and in the future, and how the injuries are affecting your physical and mental health.
At Hickey Law Firm, we demand compensation for all your damages (past, current, and future) including:
- All your medical bills including hospitalizations, doctor visits, therapy, assistive devices, and medications.
- Your pain and suffering
- Compensation for your scarring and disfigurement
- Your lost income
- Any inability to function
- Loss of consortium (enjoyment of marital relations)
In egregious cases, we demand punitive damages.
Many cases settle, often for the insurance policy limits. We’re always ready to try your case before a jury.
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Is there a burn injury lawyer near me?
Our Hickey Law Firm lawyers meet burn injury victims at our office conveniently located at 1401 Brickell Avenue, Suite 510 in Miami, Florida. When victims are immobile, ill, or unable to come to our office, we can make alternate arrangements to see you.
Contact Hickey Law Firm in Miami now
It is critical that you seek legal and medical help as soon as possible after an accident. At Hickey Law Firm, we listen, we care, and we act in your best interests. We fight to obtain maximum recoveries. Attorney John H. (Jack) Hickey is double board certified by The Florida Bar in Civil Trial and Admiralty and Maritime Law, distinctions held by few attorneys in Florida. He is also board certified in Civil Trial by the National Board of Trial Advocacy (NBTA).
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