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Kentucky Burn Injury Lawyers

Representation in Lexington or Louisville for those with severe burn injuries

Burn injuries are some of the most devastating types of injuries a person can experience. Not only are third-degree burns known for producing significant scarring, but the debriding and treatment process is often excruciatingly painful for the victim. Although no amount of money can make up for what’s happened to you, obtaining compensation from the liable party can be empowering and help to cover the costs associated with your recovery.

At Wilt & Associates, PLLC, our team of Kentucky burn injury lawyers is ready to help you get through this difficult time in your life. When we take on your case, you can rest easier knowing your experienced burn injury lawyer is working tirelessly to build a compelling case against the at-fault party so you can get the most out of your personal injury claim. Contact us in Lexington or Louisville today to get started.

What are the different kinds of burn injuries?

Burn injuries vary widely depending on how the injury occurred, as well as the severity. Medical professionals classify burns into degrees and types, and each type requires different kinds of treatment. Following are the different degrees and types of injuries, from least to most severe:

  • First-degree burns. These typically heal on their own, as they affect only the epidermis (the outer layer of skin). The most common example of a first-degree burn in a sunburn, which leaves the epidermis red and painful, but no blistering or swelling.
  • Second-degree burns. These burns affect both the epidermis and the dermis, the layer beneath the epidermis. Burns of these type make the skin red, swollen, and blistered.
  • Third-degree burns. Extremely serious injuries, these burns go through the first two layers of skin and into the subcutaneous tissue below. The skin can appear white or blackened, and the person may not feel pain in the affected area, as the nerve endings may be destroyed.
  • Fourth-degree burns. These injuries affect every layer of the skin, including nerves, muscles, and sometimes down to the bone. Fourth-degree burns are often fatal, and survivors typically live with catastrophic injuries and severe complications.

Although we usually think of burn injuries resulting from open flames or hot objects (called thermal burns), they can occur from any number of accidents and incidents. Other types of burns include:

  • Chemical burns can also result in serious injuries, caused by exposure to corrosive and toxic agents like solvents, acids, cleaners, and other substances.
  • Electrical burns can cause injury from accidental contact with a live electrical current.
  • Radiation burns, which can include burns from X-rays and certain cancer treatments. Bad sunburns are also radiation burns.
  • Friction burns are a combination of a serious abrasion and thermal burns. Motorcyclists often sustain these in accidents, called “road rash.” Friction burns are extremely painful and can lead to both scarring and infection.

No matter the type of burn injury, our lawyers in Lexington and Louisville are prepared to help you secure damages. We review incident and medical reports, as well as surveillance videos and witness testimony, to establish liability in your case.

What types of Kentucky accidents cause severe burn injuries?

There are many different types of accidents that could cause critical burns. Some of the most common types of accidents that cause severe burns include:

For your Kentucky burn injury claim to be a success, your personal injury lawyer at Wilt & Associates will need to prove that your burns were caused by the irresponsible, reckless, or otherwise negligent conduct of another. A thorough investigation into the accident can uncover who is at fault in your case.

What are the long-term effects of burn injuries?

According to Mount Sinai Hospital, over 10,000 Americans die each year from burn-related infections. Infections are the biggest, but not the only, risk of complication from a burn injury. Even after the initial treatment is complete, patients can experience effects that last long after the injury, including:

  • Permanent scarring and disfigurement
  • Tightening of skin, muscles, and tissue (contracture)
  • Respiratory problems from smoke inhalation
  • Compromised immune system
  • Cardiac arrest
  • Increased risk of cancer at injury site
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

Our attorneys work with your doctors and our network of medical professionals to determine the entire scope of your injuries in order to ensure you secure the compensation to which you are entitled.

What is the value of my Kentucky burn injury claim?

Only the liable party will be ordered to cover your losses, and the type of accident you were involved in can give you an idea of who that might be. For example, in a house or hotel fire, the owner of the property may be found culpable if they failed to have smoke detectors, fire extinguishers, and other safety measures in place.

Those responsible for the cause of the accident will be ordered to compensate you for the losses you endured, some of which might include:

  • Medical expenses
  • Lost quality of life
  • Mental anguish
  • Loss of consortium
  • Scarring and disfigurement
  • Property damage
  • Lost wages
  • Diminished earning capacity
  • Loss of household services
  • Pain and suffering

Our Lexington injury attorneys can explain more in a personal consultation.

Do you have a burn injury attorney near me?

Wilt & Associates has offices in Louisville and Lexington:

Louisville Office

13113 Eastpoint Park Blvd. Suite A
Louisville, KY 40223
Phone: 502-253-9110

Lexington Office

196 W. Lowry Lane, Suite 1
Lexington, KY 40503
Phone: 502-461-1481

If you or your loved one are too injured or ill to travel to us, we can arrange a phone or video conference. We also make hospital visits.

Get help from a Kentucky burn injury lawyer today

If you are interested in learning more about how a qualified Kentucky burn injury lawyer at Wilt & Associates could help you with your claim, we offer free consultations. Let our experienced attorneys help you secure the financial compensation and justice you deserve for the injuries you have endured. Please call 502-253-9110 or fill out our contact form to schedule a meeting today. We maintain offices in Lexington and Louisville, and proudly serve clients throughout Kentucky.