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Burn Injury

Burn injury attorneys Sean McQuaid and Jonathon Douglas represent St Petersburg residents who have suffered from burn accidents due to someone else’s negligence. The American Burn Association estimates that 486,000 people receive medical treatment each year for burn injuries. The injuries cause devastating physical and psychological damage, and the victims deserve compensation if another person was at fault.

As burn injury attorneys, we’re here to provide legal assistance and support for anyone who has suffered, regardless of the burn’s severity.

Types of Burn Injuries:

Due to the damage inflicted to the nerves in our skin, burns injuries are considered to be some of the most painful injuries anyone can suffer from. In more advanced stage burns, the victim will most likely have to undergo painful treatments such as skin grafts or cosmetic surgery.

Any burn has value in a burn accident claim. Our burn injury attorneys handle cases in any one of the four following categories:

Burn Injury Attorneys

First-Degree Burns

First-degree burns are the most common form of burn. The majority of people will have experienced it at some point in their life. Often caused by touching a hot object or hot liquid, they only affect the skin’s surface, known as the ‘epidermis.’

They typically cause the skin to turn red and slightly swollen, but with no blistering. The pain is considered moderate and usually lasts 2-3 days. First-degree burns normally heal without medical treatment and don’t cause long-term tissue damage. In most cases, the burns can be self-treated with over-the-counter skin creams and lotions. The pain can be reduced with ibuprofen or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).

Just because it’s only a first degree, doesn’t mean you don’t have a claim. Contact burn injury attorneys McQuaid & Douglas today for a free consultation.

Second-Degree Burns

Second-degree burns inflict significant damage to both the top layer of skin and the second layer, which is known as the ‘dermis.’ In these cases, the skin will seem wet and turn a pale pink with small blistering appearing shortly after the accident. If the burn is large or is on a delicate part of the body, then immediate medical help is required.

Second-degree burns are considered extremely painful and often take up to 3 weeks to heal. They don’t usually require skin grafting and there is only minimal scarring. It’s essential to keep the area sterilized, bandaged, protected and monitored due to the risk of infection. The most common causes are accidents with boiling liquids or contact with hot materials.

If you’ve suffered from a second-degree burn due to someone else’s negligence, contact burn injury attorneys McQuaid & Douglas today for a free consultation.

Third-Degree Burns

Third-degree burns are severe and cause deep tissue damage. They often require surgical repair and skin grafting. They damage every layer of skin, including the epidermis, dermis and hypodermis. They can also inflict damage on nerve endings, blood vessels, muscle tissue and in some cases, bones. In third degree burns, the skin turns a blotchy red, swollen and later blisters. It can be extremely painful or even painless due to nerve damage.

Third-degree burns are commonly caused by accidents involving fire, explosions, boiling liquids, toxic chemicals, hot materials or electric sources. Third degree burns almost always require immediate professional medical attention, as there is a risk the body will lose critical fluids. Most victims will require hospitalization in a burns unit.

If a third-degree burn is a full thickness burn, the damaged skin may appear, leathery, charred (black) or white. Swelling will also occur, with yellowing or browning developing later.

Third-degree burns often have lifelong consequences and potentially dangerous infections. The healing process requires intense care and is slow. Due to scarring, victims often require skin grafting. In some cases, the victim may struggle with regular body movements and need reconstruction surgery.

Third-degree burns can be very serious and carry long-term pain and suffering. It is highly advised to contact a burn injury attorney to get compensation that you deserve.

Fourth-Degree Burns

Fourth-degree burns are extremely rare, with electrical accidents being the common cause. The burns cause damage to the skin (full thickness), underlying tissue, tendons, bones and muscles.

Due to the severity of the injuries, all victims will require lengthy hospitalizations in a burns unit. If you or a loved one has been the victim of a fourth-degree burn, it is highly advised to contact a burn injury attorney as soon as possible.

Types of Burn Accidents:

Apartment Complex Fires

If you suffered a burn injury from a fire in your apartment building, you might have the right to compensation. A burn injury attorney may be able to find the building owner negligible for the following:

  • Unsafe products and materials such as flammable cladding, furniture, bedding or defective heaters, faucets and any other burn hazard.
  • Failure to install fire safety equipment such as smoke detectors, fire alarms or properly working sprinklers.
  • Failure to safely install gas lines or electric wiring.
  • Poorly maintained or installed LP or natural gas systems.
  • Failure to give clear warning or instructions to any burn hazards.
  • Failure to comply with local, state or federal safety codes.

Vehicle Fires

Over 171,000 highway vehicle fires occur in the United States every year, resulting in 345 deaths and 1,300 injuries. The cause of the fire can be difficult to identify but are commonly due to:

  • Car Crashes can break fuel tanks open, causing a ferocious fuel-fed fire. In these cases, another driver or the manufacturer may be at fault.
  • Leaking Fuel Tanks can randomly explode, causing serious injuries in and outside of a vehicle. Passengers can become trapped, leading to horrific burns or fatal injuries.
  • Auto Part Defects such as exhaust leaks, part overheating, faulty wiring, seat heater malfunctions, cigarette lighter accident, or other malfunctions are common causes of significant car fires.
  • Smoking is a careless act that many drivers think will have no consequence. In reality, hot cigarettes can meet flammable materials in traffic leading to a large fire.

If you or a loved one was the victim of a vehicle fire, contact burn injury attorneys McQuaid & Douglas for a free consultation.

st petersburg burn injury attorneyAirbag Burns

Airbags are designed to protect you during the impact of an auto accident. However, their deployment is fast and powerful and may cause burns.

  • The combustion may cause burns to your eyes, face, neck, chest, hands or arms.
  • Chemical burns may occur as airbags are often filled with chemicals such as sodium hydroxide.
  • Inhaling hot gasses may cause injuries.

Airbag burns are more common than one might think. Speak with a burn injury attorney to help shine a guiding light on the next steps.

Hot Water or Hot Liquid Burns

Hot water burns are often different from fire burns. They scald the skin and are usually found on the mouth, face, neck, chest or hands. Manufacturers, co-workers or employees or landlords may be to blame. Typical causes include:

  • Spills while drinking hot water or hot liquids.
  • Accidents while cooking or making hot drinks.
  • Explosions, such as a water heater or pump.
  • Manufacturing accidents, when using hot liquids.

If you’ve been the victim of a liquid burn you should speak with a burn injury attorney as soon as possible.

Burns Caused by the Negligence of Others

Sometimes burns are caused due to the fault of an employee of a service you’re using. You expect those carrying out the service you’re paying for to act with responsibility and care, but sometimes poor training or careless behavior can have severe consequences. For example:

  • Hairdressers using dangerous water temperatures, or misusing hot straighteners or hair dryers.
  • Doctors accidentally using hot medical equipment around you, causing an injury.
  • Stone Masseurs who have misjudged the temperature of their hot stones or lotions.
  • Health Spa owners failing to maintain a safe water temperature.
  • Laser treatment workers who were responsible for an avoidable laser burn.
  • Waiters dropping hot food or liquids on you, while serving you.
  • Hotel owners failing to regulate safe radiator temperatures.

Defective Products

Any product from an oven to a laptop charger may be defective and potentially cause a burn injury.

  • Poor product design
  • Toxic chemicals leaked or were involved during manufacturing.
  • Failure to display a clear warning of the product’s dangers.

Types of Compensation That a Burn Injury Attorney Can Help Recover:

In the case of a burn accident that wasn’t your fault, you may be able to bring a claim against the responsible party. You may also be able to claim compensation from your insurance company, depending on the terms of the policy.

Medical Bills

If there is evidence that another person, business, or party was responsible for your burn injury, they will pay all of your medical bills. These include surgeries, doctors’ charges, medication, medical equipment, ambulance fees and long-term rehabilitation care.

Loss of Income

If you’ve missed work, or your ability to work has been affected due to your injuries, then you may be able to recover the losses plus any earnings that will be lost in the future.

Pain and Suffering

The effects on your mental health, as well as the suffering caused to you and your family deserves to be taken seriously. Compensation can be claimed due to the pain and suffering you endured during and after the burn accident.

Disfigurement, Scarring and Disability

Severe burn accidents tend to have long-lasting damage. Scarring and visual disfigurement can affect self-esteem and your future, but you will be able to claim compensation for your suffering in this area. Burns victims who suffer disability or restrict movement due to their injuries can earn significant compensation.

Property Damage

If you were in a fire that damaged your property or belongings, then you will likely be able to earn compensation with the assistance of a burn injury attorney for the costs of repairs and replacement items.

Burn Statistics

  • The American Burn Association estimates that 486,000 people receive medical treatment each year for burn injuries.
  • There are 40,000 burn injury related hospitalizations per year, including 30,000 in burn centers.
  • The survival rate when cared for at a burn center is: 96.8%

Burn Center Admission Causes:

  • 43% Fire and Flame
  • 34% Scalding
  • 9% Contact with hot material
  • 4% Electrical
  • 3% Chemical
  • 7% Other

More burn statistics and facts can be found here: https://ameriburn.org/who-we-are/media/burn-incidence-fact-sheet/

Hire a Burn Injury Attorney in St Petersburg, FL

Burn injury attorneys Sean McQuaid and Jonathon Douglas were voted as the best personal injury attorneys in St Petersburg, Florida for 2019. If you or a family member have suffered from a burn-related injury that wasn’t your fault, then contact us today for a free consultation. We can answer any of your questions and get started on bringing you the compensation you deserve.

Testimonials

Great experience as always, Sean expedited my settlement with speed and professionalism while keeping me informed the whole time couldn't ask for anything more I highly recommend their services
Daniel Huddleson
20:02 26 Jun 19
Sean and his whole team are great! Very knowledgeable, professional, and most of all honest. This was my first time being in a situation like this and I wasn’t sure exactly what to expect. Once hired, I was at ease throughout the whole process knowing Sean was in my corner and fighting for me. Always keeping me in the loop of what was going on as well as being a straight shooter, with tons of experience and insight, allowed me to be able to make the best decisions for me and my family. Would definitely recommend!
Kevin Frye
20:32 12 May 19
Thank You Sean McQuaid, Suzanne Sanchez and Sandy Calvert for being so professional and personal. It felt like I was going to talk to a family member. You have a Top Notch Firm. My everyone be BLESSED.
Lorraine Johnsommitchell
04:33 09 May 19
My attorneys Sean McQuaid and Jonathon Douglas were always the most professional, caring, and compassionate legal team to me. They represented me impeccably because they got to know me personally, thus they were able to relay my injuries and truly speak on my behalf and all that I had been through. I would highly recommend them.
Julia Withrow
20:10 24 Mar 19
I could honestly say with confidence that this is the best law firm in Saint Petersburg! Sean and his firm work as a team to make sure they take care of you personally, and financially. They where very accommodating from the first day. They consistently kept me updated through the process and answered any questions I had either same day or the next. In addition, they where able to cut hospital and doctors bills nearly in half creating more money for my pocket. 10/10!
Mazen Khalil
15:46 12 Mar 19
I would like to thank Johnathon Douglas, Suzanne Sanchez and Sandy Calvert for their outstanding work on my recent auto accident case. I was so impressed with their attention to every detail to make sure there was the very best possible outcome in the case. They were always so quick to respond to every email containing my list of questions and recommended excellent physicians for my care. I highly recommend this firm if you ever need any type of legal assistance. They are all top notch people and wonderful to have on your side!
Laura Guest
02:47 05 Mar 19
Sean McQuaid and his paralegal Suzanne Sanchez handled my personal injury case with compassion, expertise and excellence. I was more than pleased with the outcome and couldn’t have had a more competent team! I recommend Sean and Suzanne for anyone that is looking for personal injury legal assistance. Thank you, Sean and Susanne!
Leslie Driscoll
22:43 12 Feb 19
Sean McQuaid is the best. I'm able to sleep at night anytime he's handling any one of my legal matters. He answers your questions and returns phone calls promptly (once while he was on vacation with his family). Thank you Sean.
Marilyn Lewis
23:08 31 Jan 19
Seasoned professionals capable of handling any level of business/personal endeavor to their client's satisfaction. The ONLY law firm I call or recommend. Sean McQuaid is our go-to lawyer for all of my family's needs over the past two decades - he gets results.
jay johnson
22:58 31 Jan 19
I recently was involved in a motorcycle accident and I immediately contacted Johnathan Douglas . He was very prompt and moved quikly to set up medical advisors that were able to help me. Johnathan was there every step of the way, sometimes on a daily basis. Johnathan is very passionate about his work and is second to none and is very professional. He was able to reach a settlement in my case that I was vey pleased with. I would highly recommend Johnathan to anyone that needs the best representation for your particular needs and he deserves a 5 star rating for sure. Trust me Johnathan will not disappoint.read more
Gene Maxwell
19:37 27 Jan 19
We would like to thank McQuaid & Douglas for the best possible settlement in my husband's Personal Injury case.During this difficult time Sean and Suzanne were there for us through every step of the process. Anytime we had questions or needed updates on the case they quickly responded. We highly recommend them!
Jennifer Rice
16:23 13 Dec 18
Iam very satisfied with my lawyer, Sean McQuaid. He was well informed and smart. He was also helpful and kind. I highly recommend him!
Lubna Hameed
20:13 03 Nov 18
Awesome attorney! Sean McQuaid had my charge dropped. He was on top of every detail. Great experience. Will definetly go to him in a heartbeat if I ever have any legal matters. Will recommend to family/friends.
Brittany 8189
19:58 16 Oct 18
Jonathon Douglas is an amazing attorney. There is no question that Jonathon and his team deserve a 5 star rating. They worked tirelessly to get a great result for me.
Joshua Hale
18:08 07 Sep 18
Jonathon Douglas was there for me and my family in our time of need. If you are looking for an attorney who gets results, look no further. I highly recommend Jonathon.
Bjorn Erickson
18:06 07 Sep 18
Attorney Jonathon Douglas has always been a valuable resource to all things legal for me and my family. However, legal expertise is not the only attribute that defines this lawyer. He has that additional quality of a humane perspective that isn't taught or learned, it's innate. You can find any attorney on the web or TV, but few will cut to the core of your needs as adeptly and compassionately as Jonathon.
ben boyle
15:18 05 Sep 18
I was recently in a car accident and contacted St Petersburg Personal Injury Attorney Jonathon Douglas. The very next day, he got things rolling and put me in touch with medical providers who really helped me. Jonathon was able to quickly move my case forward and reach a settlement that I was very happy with. I would recommend Jonathon Douglas to anyone and everyone.
Scott James
20:54 24 Aug 18
Definitely A five star attorney and very professional Randy M Harris
Randy Harris
20:21 29 Jul 18
If you want and need a great attorney that knows and cares, Sean McQuaid would be the person you want on your side. He shoots straight from the hip with no guessing games. Gets the job done in your favor! Thank you Mr McQuaid!
McMillan's Appliance Plus LLC
17:35 06 Jul 18
If you're looking for a excellent attorney look no further, Sean is hands down the BEST. I've used him several times he has ALWAYS exceeded my expectations. He's very well known and respected amongst the Pinellas country courts, Sean will truly go to bat for you when it matters. Most importantly he's a lawyer with honesty and integrity would HIGHLY recommend to anybody in need.
Dan Tellone
15:44 25 Jun 18
He did a great job I would use him as my lawyer in the future if needed and I would definitely recommend him to my family and friends. Thanks for everything you did for me I appreciate everything! King
Carrie King
03:19 17 Feb 18
Sean McQuaid is an amazing attorney. He has worked with me on 2 cases. Both of which I was extremely satisfied with the outcome. During the entire process, he always kept me up to date and was easy to get ahold of. If I had questions, he would always get back to me right away. He made going through a difficult time much less stressful. And for that I am truly grateful.
Alicia Liberatore
04:58 08 Dec 17
Sean McQuaid and his team where extremely professional and very forthcoming. His response time to requests is impeccable. He is fair, very compassionate and very thorough. He was very protective of myself and my care. He followed through weekly and often daily with my physicians to ensure I received the best care. Thank you, Sean for such an amazing outcome to what was a very difficult time in my life.
Jennifer Fintz
15:51 17 Nov 17
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