Are you or a loved one struggling after a burn injury in Baltimore, MD? You may be entitled to recover compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering during your recovery. An experienced Baltimore burn injury lawyer at William G. Kolodner, P.A. can help you recover money for these losses.
Our lawyers have been fighting for injured clients like you since 1977. In that time, we’ve recovered millions in compensation helping our clients get the money they need to get back on their feet again.
How William G. Kolodner, P.A. Can Help With a Burn Injury Claim in Baltimore
Recovering from a burn injury is difficult enough. You shouldn’t have to fight with lawyers and insurance companies on top of everything else to get the money you deserve. Our Baltimore personal injury lawyers at William G. Kolodner, P.A. can be your advocate and can make these parties treat you fairly.
Our team includes three generations of Baltimore personal injury attorneys with 100 years of combined experience. Let us take the lead in your injury claim and handle the details for you.
You can count on us to:
- Thoroughly investigate the circumstances of your accident
- Determine who may owe you damages
- Hire experts to analyze and offer support to your personal injury claim
- Negotiate with the insurance company to maximize your settlement award
Our Baltimore personal injury attorneys know that every dollar counts when it comes to a serious injury. Our main goal is to get you the money you need to get your life back on track. We’ll work tirelessly and do everything possible to fight for you.
Do you have questions about your legal rights? Is the insurance company giving you the runaround? Don’t hesitate to call our law firm to schedule a free case review today.
Overview of Burn Injuries
Exposure to high heat, flames, chemicals, and even electricity can damage tissue in your body. Typically, burns only impact the skin. You might experience pain or have a scar–but the injury usually heals on its own.
Unfortunately, that’s not always the case. Some burns are so severe that they penetrate the layers of skin to damage the tissue beneath. Serious burns can require painful skin grafting procedures and lead to infection.
Ultimately, the severity of your injury will depend upon several factors, including:
- How deeply the burn has penetrated the body
- The type of burn you’ve suffered
- The size of the affected area
Initially, doctors categorize burns based on the depth of penetration–or the degree of the burn.
First-degree burns are the least serious and impact only the epidermis, or the outer layer of skin. Sunburns are an example of first-degree burns.
Second-degree burns typically penetrate the epidermis and cause damage to the deeper layers of skin (the dermis). Superficial second-degree burns require medical treatment, but typically don’t cause permanent damage.
Partial thickness second-degree burns, however, can require surgery.
Third-degree burns are also called full-thickness burns. These burns can extend through the dermis and may damage the nerves. Unless the burn is extremely small, surgery or skin-grafting procedures may be required.
Fourth-degree burns damage the tissue beneath the layers of skin. Serious complications can arise from damage to the muscle, nerves, and bones.
Types of Burn Injury
Burn injuries are also classified based on the source of the burn.
At William G. Kolodner, P.A., we handle all types of burn injury cases in Baltimore and Washington, D.C., including cases involving:
- Thermal burns (also called flash burns), caused by exposure to heat, flames, fire, or hot objects
- Chemical burns, caused by toxic chemicals that damage the skin
- Radiation burns, which can be caused by exposure to X-rays or radiation in the workplace
- Electrical burns caused by contact with electrical currents
- Cold burns or frostbite
Collectively, our attorneys have over 100 years of experience helping families like yours. We’ll do everything possible to recover the maximum compensation available in your case.
What are the Signs and Symptoms of Burn Injuries?
The symptoms of a burn injury depend on the degree of burn you’ve suffered:
- First-degree burns are typically red, painful, and swollen.
- Second-degree burns are red, hot to the touch, shiny or wet, and can cause blistering.
- Third-degree burns are usually less painful because of damage to the nerves. They may appear leathery, black, brown, white, or yellow
- Fourth-degree burns often appear white, black, and charred. Victims may see exposed bone, muscle, and tissue beneath the damaged skin
If you notice any signs of a serious burn injury, seek medical care quickly. These injuries can have serious consequences and often require extensive medical treatment.
What are the Long-Term Consequences of Burn Injuries?
Burn injury victims can experience life-changing consequences. In addition to disfigurement and scarring, burns often cause:
- Serious infections
- Nerve damage
- Joint damage
- Organ damage or organ failure
- Chronic pain
- Wrongful death
Many victims of serious burn injuries require reconstructive surgery and skin grafting to repair the damage. These procedures can be extremely painful. Burn victims often experience significant psychological and emotional damage, in addition to physical suffering.
What Causes Most Burn Injuries?
Most burn injuries are accidental and, therefore, preventable.
In Baltimore, some of the most common causes of burn injuries include:
- Car accidents
- Slip and fall accidents
- Hazardous premises or property conditions
- Product defects, including defective home appliances
- Motor vehicle accidents, such as motorcycle accidents, pedestrian, and bicycle accidents
- Truck accidents
- Bus accidents
- Boating accidents
- Construction accidents
- Workplace accidents
- Defective products
- Fires and explosions
- Electrocution accidents
- Defective electrical wiring
If someone else caused your burn injury, you may have a valid personal injury claim for damages. Our lawyers at William G. Kolodner, P.A. would be happy to help you explore your legal options. Reach out to schedule your free case evaluation today.
What is My Baltimore Burn Injury Case Worth?
To recover damages, you’ll have to prove that you got hurt because someone else breached their legal duty of care.
You’ll also have to prove the amount of damages you suffered. That means you’ll have to know what your personal injury case is worth before accepting any insurance settlement.
Our Baltimore burn injury attorneys can help you demand the fair compensation you deserve.
When evaluating a burn injury claim, our lawyer will consider the following factors:
- The overall severity of the burn injury
- The cost of your medical treatment and anticipated future medical care
- Your lost wages and income
- Whether you’ll suffer permanent scarring or disability
- Your emotional suffering
- How the burn will impact your quality of life
Insurance companies will work to minimize the value of your claim. You’ll probably be blamed for causing your own injuries.
Contributory fault laws in the state of Maryland are extremely harsh. If you’re found to be even partly responsible for your injuries, you could lose your right to compensation entirely. Our lawyers can prevent that from happening.
Call our law firm today to learn more about our case results and how establishing an attorney client relationship can help in your case.
What Compensation Can I Recover for Burn Injuries in Baltimore, Maryland?
When you sue for damages, you can demand reimbursement for all costs associated with the injury. Those expenses are called economic damages.
They typically provide money for your:
- Past and future medical expenses
- Past and future lost wages
- Diminished earning capacity
- Property damages
Maryland personal injury laws also allow victims to recover non-economic damages to compensate for subjective losses that can’t easily be documented, such as:
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress, including anxiety, depression, and PTSD
- Diminished quality of life
- Loss of consortium
It’s never easy to calculate damages for pain and suffering. That’s one reason why it’s important to have an experienced personal injury lawyer by your side.
How Long Do I Have to File a Burn Injury Lawsuit in Maryland?
The Maryland statute of limitations in most personal injury cases is three years. That means you’ll have only three years from the date of your burn to prepare and file a personal injury lawsuit.
Once the three-year deadline passes, you’ll forfeit your right to compensation.
It’s possible that you could have more or less time to take legal action, depending on the specific facts of your case. To learn more, give us a quick call today.
Contact a Baltimore Burn Injury Lawyer for a Free Consultation
It can be difficult to deal with the complications of a burn injury. At William G. Kolodner, P.A., we’re here to help you through this challenging time. Call today to schedule a free consultation with an experienced Baltimore burn injury lawyer who can protect your legal rights.