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Burn Injury Lawyer in Roanoke

Severe burns are some of the most painful and life-altering injuries that a person can suffer. They can result in expensive hospital bills, time missed from work, long-term disability, and even death. If you or someone you love has suffered severe burn injuries due to someone else’s recklessness, you need to speak with the knowledgeable attorneys at the Lichtenstein Law Group PLC about your options for pursuing the compensation you deserve.

Our respected Virginia personal injury attorneys at the Lichtenstein Law Group have over 100 years of combined litigation experience in a variety of burn injury cases, ranging from auto accidents and defective products to wrongful death. Our attorneys have a long track record of success in the courtroom, securing awards in excess of $1 million for our deserving clients. We know that full and fair compensation can mean the difference between getting top-notch medical treatment versus minimal care that will not sustain burn injury victims in the long run.

Schedule a free consultation today to discuss your case with a knowledgeable burn injury attorney. With offices in Roanoke and Charlottesville, our law firm works with burn injury victims throughout Virginia. We do not charge any fees upfront to start on a burn injury claim, and you only pay attorney fees if we recover compensation for you.

How Our Virginia Burn Injury Lawyers Can Help You

In the aftermath of a serious accident, your focus should be on your health. However, recovery is a long process. A successful personal injury claim could save your family from financial ruin and provide for your needs in the future.

The burn injury lawyers at Lichtenstein Law Group can take the pressure off you by handling everything related to your personal injury claim, including all communication with the at-fault party’s insurance company. You can trust our experienced legal team to:   

  • Investigate exactly what caused your accident and who should be held responsible
  • Collect your medical records to thoroughly document the extent of your injuries
  • Work with you to keep a record of the physical and emotional pain and suffering you have experienced as a result of your injury
  • Consult with health care and economic experts to determine how your injury will affect you into the future
  • Negotiate aggressively with insurance companies in pursuit of the full compensation you deserve
  • Take your case all the way to a trial verdict if the at-fault party refuses to offer a fair settlement

It is important to know that Virginia is one of the few states that still uses a “pure contributory negligence” doctrine in determining fault for an accident. That means the other person has to be 100 percent responsible or you can’t collect. It also means the at-fault party’s insurance company will likely try to push some of the blame for the injury onto you to avoid paying you.

You need a knowledgeable burn injury attorney on your side to prevent insurance companies from taking advantage of you during this difficult time. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation.

What to Expect After a Burn Injury

Burn injuries can cause permanent damage in an instant. However, thanks to the miracles of modern medicine, many victims can survive even with burns over 90 percent of their bodies. While survival is certainly a wonderful gift, that hardly means survivors leave burn centers unscathed. All too frequently, they are left with severe scars, risk of serious infections, and the promise of future surgeries and skin grafts.  

Common consequences of a burn injury include:

  • Disfigurement
  • Scarring
  • Amputation
  • Impaired mobility
  • Sensation changes
  • Ongoing need for skin grafts or plastic surgery
  • Recurrent infections
  • Muscle and tissue damage
  • Psychological distress (PTSD, depression)
  • Organ damage

The emotional ramifications of a burn injury cannot be overstated. Adjusting to life after any traumatic accident is usually accompanied by a grieving period, where survivors mourn for what is lost. A burn injury can be a daily reminder of the traumatic incident, the acute pain it caused, and what that means for the future for the survivor and his or her family.

Finding a way to move forward may involve years of therapy to recover from the emotional trauma, even when the physical wounds have mostly healed.

Types and Classifications of Burn Injuries

The ultimate consequences of burn injuries depend on their location and severity. Your doctor will classify your burns by degree. For example:

  • First-degree burns: These minor injuries only affect the outer layer of the skin and are easily treatable. A sunburn is a good example.
  • Second-degree burns: Also called partial thickness burns, second-degree burns involve the outer and middle layers of the skin. They can cause blisters, red or splotchy skin, pain, and scarring. Common sources of second-degree burns include chemicals, electricity, fire, or scalding incidents.
  • Third-degree burns: The most severe form of burn injury, third-degree burns penetrate all three layers of the skin. The damaged area may appear charred, white, or leathery. There is often no pain associated with third-degree burns because the nerves have been destroyed. Medical treatment is intense and extensive, sometimes resulting in lost limbs, a dramatically altered appearance, and joint and bone problems.

Burns are also grouped by type, depending on the source of the injury:

  • Thermal: These are burns caused by heat exposure, such as flames, steam, hot liquids, and overheated machinery. Defective products such as tools, household appliances, and even children’s toys can result in thermal burns.    
  • Electrical: These burns occur when an electric current passes through the body. This type of injury might happen if a construction worker is electrocuted on a job site or if someone is struck by lightning.

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  • Chemical: Hazardous substances can cause chemical burns. These often happen on the job in construction, agricultural, automotive, or health care industries. But even exposure to household cleaners can cause severe chemical burns.
  • Radiation: Improperly used radiation equipment can cause serious burns. Tanning beds, X-rays, and cancer treatments involving radiation are examples.

Talk to an Experienced Virginia Burn Injury Lawyer Now

No matter where you are in Virginia, the dedicated burn injury attorneys at Lichtenstein Law Group can meet with you for a free consultation about your potential personal injury claim. Contact us today to discuss your legal options.