Burn injuries are typically placed into one of three categories:
- First-degree burns: Damage is limited to the outermost layer of skin. The burned area will probably be red and very painful, but will heal on its own over days and weeks.
- Second-degree burns: The top two layers of skin, the epidermis and dermis, are damaged with intense pain, blisters and discoloration present. Healing may take a few weeks, and may leave mild scars. Second-degree burns over large areas of the body are considered severe.
- Third-degree burns: Damage extends past the skin to the fatty tissues below and even to muscles and ligaments. Third-degree burns result in the death of tissues and require skin grafting (layers of skin of varying thickness taken from one healthy part of the body, often the thigh, to place on the area damaged).
At Friedman & Bonebrake, P.C., our Chicago burn injury attorneys stand up for the rights of personal injury victims, taking on negligent parties and pursuing fair compensation.Degloving Injuries
Degloving injuries are similar to burn injuries in terms of damage and difficulty to treat. These injuries occur where an extensive section of skin is completely torn or ripped from the underlying tissue, severing the blood supply and typically resulting in the death of tissue.
Like severe burns, degloving injuries often require skin grafts to repair the damaged area. In addition, underlying bones are often severely damaged in these types of injuries, requiring surgical intervention, including bone grafts (living pieces of bone), often taken from the hip and moved to the injured location.
Medical care is quite complicated and lengthy because skin or outer injuries must first be dealt with by removing dead tissues and then closing the injured area with grafts and other procedures to prevent infection. Then, once the skin and outer tissues have been grafted and stabilized, the area must be reopened all over again to address bone-related damage. Recovery can take months or years and a lawyer representing an individual with such injuries must be knowledgeable about the future treatment likely to occur as well as its cost.
Our attorneys have recovered millions of dollars in compensation for burn and degloving injuries. Examples include a man who suffered severe skin and bone damage to his ankle and leg from hundreds of pounds of metal pipes rolling onto his leg due to negligent pipe loading procedures used on the truck, and a man who suffered degloving injuries to his foot when his leg was smashed between a building and a car driven by a drunk driver.Free Consultation: Burn Injury Attorneys In Chicago
Call us at 312-466-8200 or send us an email. We handle all burn wound cases on a contingency basis, which means you pay no fee unless we provide results.