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Johnson City Burn Injury Lawyer

Burn injuries are some of the most agonizing kinds of injuries that a person can suffer. In addition to immense physical pain, these injuries frequently involve significant disfigurement that causes many long-term emotional issues. These injuries are often caused by fires or explosions, but other incidents may involve steam, hot water, or chemicals. When burn injuries are the result of another party’s negligence, the victim may be entitled to compensation for their medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.

Did you or your loved one suffer serious burn injuries in an accident caused by another party’s negligence in the Greater Johnson City area? Make sure that you quickly contact an experienced personal injury attorney for help obtaining all the compensation you are entitled to. The Law Offices of Seaton & Bates, PLLC handle all kinds of injury claims for clients throughout Upper East Tennessee and will work tirelessly to get you justice. Call (423) 282-1041 or contact us online to set up a free consultation.

Do I Need a Burn Injury Lawyer?

If you have suffered severe burn injuries in an accident caused by another party’s negligence, you could be contacted by the insurance company for that individual or entity. The insurer will usually take one of two approaches.

In some cases, the insurance company will quickly offer a lump-sum settlement that it will aggressively try to get you to accept. You are right to question whether the proposed amount is satisfactory, as the proposal is almost always a lowball offer and is nowhere near what you are entitled to.

In other cases, an insurance agent may speak to you about your accident and then go on to use the information obtained during that casual conversation to argue that you somehow caused or contributed to your accident, claiming that you are therefore not entitled to any damages. You should refuse to speak to any insurer without legal representation precisely to avoid these types of issues.

The Law Offices of Seaton & Bates, PLLC can immediately step in and handle all phone calls from insurance companies on your behalf. We are also able to commence an independent investigation into your accident to determine the cause, collect evidence, and identify liable parties.

Why Choose the Law Offices of Seaton & Bates, PLLC to Handle My Case?

Our personal injury firm emphasizes a team approach to every case, so you can feel confident knowing that multiple skilled attorneys are involved in your burn injury case. We understand the many ways in which burn injuries affect the lives of victims, and we work to achieve settlements and verdicts that help restore the health of these individuals as quickly as possible.

Tony Seaton is a board-certified specialist in Civil Trial Practice with more than three decades of legal experience. His accolades include an AV Preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubbell, a peer rating denoting the highest level of professional excellence, and the 2012 Tennessee Association for Justice Paladin Award.

Robert Bates is a member of the Tennessee Trial Lawyers Association. He was named to the Top 40 Under 40 list by the National Association of Personal Injury Attorneys in 2015 and was a Dean’s Scholar who graduated in the top five of his class at the Appalachian School of Law.

The Law Offices of Seaton & Bates, PLLC represent individuals on a contingency fee basis, which means that you do not pay anything unless you receive a monetary award. Our firm will negotiate for a fair and full settlement, but we will not be afraid to file a lawsuit when an insurer does not provide a sufficient compensation offer.

Types of Burn Injury Cases We Handle

Burn injuries are often severe because they involve damage to layers of the skin, which is the largest organ on the human body. Burn injuries are typically divided into the following five classes:

  • Thermal Burns — Contact with fire, hot objects, hot liquid, or steam
  • Electrical Burns — Contact with an electrical current
  • Radiation Burns — Exposure to thermal radiation, ionizing radiation, or ultraviolet light (UV rays)
  • Chemical Burns — Contact with acidic substances (also known as alkali burns)
  • Friction Burns — Caused when skin is rubbed against a rough surface

Doctors often classify serious burn injuries into one of three degrees:

  • First-Degree Burns — These burns involve superficial burns of the epidermis (the outer layer of the skin). Many first-degree burn injuries heal within days. Sunburn is an example of a first-degree burn.
  • Second-Degree Burns — This type of burn results in damage to the epidermis and the layer beneath it, the dermis. These burns may result in blistering.
  • Third-Degree Burns — This full thickness burn involves damage or destruction of both layers of skin, with damage extending into underlying tissues and sweat glands. A third-degree burn often requires skin grafting (with some requiring additional surgery).

Other possible but less common kinds of burn injuries include fourth-degree burns that extend into the fat, fifth-degree burns that extend into the muscle, and sixth-degree burns that extend into the bone.

People may suffer burn injuries in connection with a variety of different accidents. Some of the most common causes of burn injuries often include but are not limited to:

  • Car accidents
  • Commercial truck accidents
  • Motorcycle accidents
  • Defective products
  • Nursing home negligence
  • Workplace accidents

Rarely are insurance companies willing to provide enough compensation for burn injury victims. In many cases, insurers don’t take into consideration the degree of pain and suffering involved in the recovery of burn injuries.

The Law Offices of Seaton & Bates, PLLC understand that the experience of a burn injury is often a horrific memory that can haunt victims for several weeks, months, or years after the original accident. We will make sure that you are justly compensated for what you have endured.

Frequently Asked Questions About Burn Injuries

Victims of burn injuries are often overwhelmed in the aftermath of their accidents. To ease some stress you may be experiencing, we have provided the answers to some questions we hear most frequently at our office below.

Make sure that you receive immediate medical care. Do not wait for a burn injury or its symptoms to worsen. Prompt medical attention is essential for the proper treatment of your injuries. If an accident caused your injuries, try to take pictures of the accident scene, including all relevant items from varying angles and distances. Ask any witnesses to your accident for their names and phone numbers. Do not discuss your accident with anybody — especially an insurance company — until you have legal representation.
Doctors often calculate the total body surface area affected by a burn using a tool called the Wallace Rule of Nines (often referred to as the Rule of Nines). The tool assigns percentage values to areas of the body for adults and children. Doctors can determine how much of the body was affected by looking at the corresponding values. It is referred to as the Rule of Nines because most of the body parts represent 9 percent of the body’s surface area. The exceptions are either leg or the entire back, which account for 18 percent, and the groin, which comprise 1 percent.
A skin graft is merely a skin transplant, and the specific type of skin graft a person receives depends on the source of the skin. Donor skin for an autologous or autograph is taken from a different site on the same person’s body. Other kinds of grafts, known as syngraft, isogeneic, or isograft, are between a donor and victim who are genetically identical. An allogeneic or allograft refers to grafts between donors and victims of the same species, while a heterograft, xenogeneic, or xenograft involves donors and victims of different species. When lost tissue is replaced with synthetic materials, it is referred to as a prosthetic graft.

According to the 2016 Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries administered by the Bureau of Labor Statistics in conjunction with the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development, 1.5 percent of nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses that required days away from work in Tennessee were related to heat or thermal burns, while 0.6 percent were related to chemical burns and corrosions. Nationally, 1.4 percent of nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses were related to heat or thermal burns, and 0.3 percent were linked to chemical burns and corrosions.

A person died in a fire every two hours, and one individual was injured every 23 minutes in a fire, in the United States in 2000, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Up to 10,000 people die annually from burn-related infections, according to the CDC.

Medical treatment was required for 486,00 burn injuries in the United States in 2016, according to the American Burn Association. Burn injuries led to 40,000 hospitalizations, and 30,000 were at hospital burn centers.

Over 60 percent of acute hospitalizations in the United States related to burn injury were admitted to 128 burn centers, according to the ABA. Burn centers now average more than 200 admissions annually, but the other 4,500 acute care hospitals in the United States average less than three burn admissions a year.

Contact a Johnson City Burn Injury Attorney Today

If you or a loved one suffered a burn injury as a result of another party’s negligence in the Greater Johnson City area, you should not wait to take legal action. Make sure that you contact a lawyer as soon as possible so you can take advantage of your legal rights to compensation. Law Offices of Seaton & Bates, PLLC will work tirelessly to help you recover every dollar of compensation you are entitled. Call (423) 282-1041 or contact us online to set up a free consultation.

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