Did you sustain a burn injury in Tampa, FL? Were you hurt because someone else was careless? You may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. A Tampa burn injury lawyer at Catania & Catania, P.A. can help you get the fair compensation you deserve.
Since 1992, we’ve provided trusted legal representation to clients in the Tampa Bay area. We’ve recovered hundreds of millions of dollars in compensation for these clients over the years. We’re ready to help you secure the money you deserve after an accident.
How Catania & Catania, P.A., Can Help If You’ve Suffered a Severe Burn Injury in Tampa
A burn injury can fundamentally change the course of your life. If your burn could have been avoided, the Tampa personal injury lawyers at Catania & Catania, P.A., can help you seek financial justice from those responsible.
We’re committed to helping our clients move forward with hope. Since our founding nearly 30 years ago, we’ve successfully secured more than $500 Million in settlements and verdicts for injury victims just like you. If you’re faced with a tough battle with an insurance company, hospital, or another deep-pocketed adversary, call on our award-winning team for help.
When you trust us to handle your burn injury case in Tampa, we will:
- Provide the support and guidance you need during this difficult time
- Handle all aspects of your injury case from start to finish
- Bring in burn injury experts to make sure that we know what your case is really worth
- Negotiate aggressively to hold insurance companies and at-fault parties fully responsible for your trauma
- Have our accomplished trial lawyers bring your case to court, if necessary.
We know how painful burn injuries can be. Let us handle your personal injury case- you focus on getting better. Your first case evaluation is absolutely free, so call us to get started now.
Overview of Burn Injuries
Your skin and tissue can be damaged by exposure to any number of conditions. Heat, radiation, steam, and even flames can all cause serious burn injuries.
The severity of a burn can depend on a number of different factors, including the size of the impacted area and the depth of the burn.
Types of Burn Injury
There are several different categories of burn injuries. The type of burn injury sustained can vary depending upon the type of accident involved. It’ll also influence the types of complications you might endure.
Types of burn injuries include:
- Thermal burns, which are caused by scalding, fire, hot objects, or steam
- Flash burns, which are usually caused by exposure to intense flames in an explosion
- Electrical burns caused by contact with electricity or electrical wires
- Radiation burns, which are usually sustained from prolonged exposure to radiation
- Chemical burns caused by exposure to chemicals
- Cold burns, or frostbite, caused by exposure to extreme cold
Regardless of the type of burn, seek medical attention right away. The consequences of a burn injury can be lasting and painful, depending upon the severity of the burn.
Degrees of Burn Injuries
Burn injuries are classified into four primary categories, or “degrees.” The signs and symptoms of a burn injury will dictate how it’s classified.
Generally speaking, first-degree burns are the least severe, and fourth-degree burns are the most likely to have serious long-term consequences, as follows:
First-degree burns cause damage to the top layer of skin, or epidermis. Signs and symptoms usually include redness, swelling, and mild pain.
These relatively minor burns can be painful but usually heal in a few days without medical attention.
Second-degree burns are more painful because they can damage both the outer and inner layers of the skin. Both the epidermis and dermis can suffer damage.
Signs and symptoms might include:
- A hot or shiny appearance
- Skin that is hot to the touch
Second-degree burns often leave a scar and can result in skin discoloration, but they generally don’t have serious long-term consequences.
A third-degree burn also impacts the surface beneath your skin. The inner and outer layers of skin are damaged, but so are the layers below. Third-degree burns are often called “full thickness burns.”
Signs and symptoms to watch for include:
- A wound that isn’t painful
- A white, black, brown, or yellow appearance to the skin
- A leathery appearance
Third-degree burns damage the nerves beneath the layers of skin. That’s why victims of these serious burns often don’t feel any pain. However, treatment can include skin grafting, which can be extremely painful.
Fourth-degree burns damage the nerves, muscles, and tendons beneath the skin. They can even extend down to damage the bone. Signs that you’ve suffered a fourth-degree burn can include exposed bone and charred or white skin. A fourth-degree burn can be life-threatening.
How Common Are Burn Injuries?
Burns are more common than you might think. The CDC reports that over 1.1 million Americans require medical treatment for burns each year. According to the American Burn Association, burns are a leading cause of injury and death in the U.S.
What are the Long-Term Consequences of Burn Injuries?
The long-term consequences of burn injuries depend upon the type of burn and its degree. Fourth-degree burns have the most serious consequences.
Victims of burn injuries can suffer:
- Psychological damage and depression
- Chronic, debilitating pain
- Permanent disfigurement and scarring
- Joint damage
- Organ damage
- Catastrophic injury
Burns can lead to systemic shock, meaning that there is insufficient blood flow to the cells and organs. Victims may require life-saving intervention and resuscitation.
Serious burns can also be fatal. If you’re suffering the consequences of a burn injury, call our Tampa burn injury attorneys today. We’ll schedule a free case review so that we can help you understand your legal rights and options for recovering compensation.
Signs That Your Burn Requires Medical Attention
The depth or degree of the burn generally dictates whether you’ll require medical treatment.
However, here are some key signs that you need emergency medical treatment after a burn:
- Signs of infection (including fever, pain, and discharge from the wound site)
- The burn is a second-degree burn or higher (involves more than the top layer of skin)
- The burn is especially large (more than three inches in diameter)
- The burn is on a joint
- The burn encircles an entire body part (arm, leg, chest, etc.)
According to the American College of Surgeons, the survivorship rate for severe burns has increased dramatically in past years. However, getting prompt medical attention can be key to preventing the worst long-term complications.
What Causes Burn Injuries?
Burns can happen under a variety of different circumstances.
Some of the most common causes of burn injuries in Tampa include:
- Workplace accidents
- Construction accidents
- Welding accidents
- Defective home appliances
- Damaged or defective electrical wiring
- Car accidents
- Motor vehicle accidents
- House fires
- Boating accidents
- Defective products, including damaged smoke detectors
These accidents often happen because someone was negligent. If you sustained a burn injury in Tampa or St. Petersburg, call our law firm for a free case evaluation today.
What is My Tampa Burn Injury Case Worth?
Your burn injury case will depend upon a few different factors.
Some of the most important factors that judges, juries, and insurance companies consider include:
- The severity of your injuries
- The nature and duration of your medical treatment
- The cost of your medical care, surgeries, rehab, and out-of-pocket expenses
- The value of your lost wages
- Whether the injury will cause permanent scarring or disfigurement
- How the injury will impact your career and day-to-day activities
- The emotional trauma you’ve suffered
Even a moderate burn without complications can cost over $200,000 to treat. Treating a severe burn can cost over $1.5 million–and that’s without considering potential complications.
If you were hurt, getting financial compensation can be one of the most important things you ever do.
Catania & Catania, P.A. has been helping clients recover fair compensation for nearly three decades. We work with experts and specialists who can help us understand your injuries more fully. With their help, we’ll fight to recover the maximum compensation you deserve.
Can I Still Get Money If I’m Blamed For My Burn Injury?
Yes, as long as someone else shares responsibility, too. Florida has pure comparative fault rules, which means that you’re not barred from getting compensation just because you contribute to an accident. However, your financial award will be reduced by the degree to which you share fault. The more fault you’re assigned, the less money you’ll ultimately walk away with when your case is resolved.
Insurance companies love to cast blame. Our Tampa burn injury lawyers will fight to defend you from these tactics and strategies. We’ll work to disprove claims that you share fault or, at the very least, limit how much fault is assigned to you. Call us for help maximizing your financial recovery today.
What Compensation Can I Recover for My Burn Injury in Tampa, Florida?
If you suffered a burn injury in Tampa, you may be entitled to damages for your economic and non-economic losses.
Our attorneys will do everything we can to recover the maximum available compensation in your case.
We’ll fight for compensation for your economic losses, including your anticipated future expenses, such as:
- Past and future medical expenses
- Lost wages and reduced earning capacity
- Corrective surgeries
- Physical therapy
- Property damage
Of course, your losses include much more than financial expenses. The “human costs” associated with a burn injury can be especially steep. Our lawyers will also fight to recover the maximum amount of non-economic damages in your case.
We’ll typically seek compensation for:
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Diminished quality of life
- Scarring and disfigurement
- Depression, anxiety, and PTSD
- Loss of consortium
Victims of fatal burn injuries can’t fight for themselves. However, our lawyers can help their families fight to recover damages for the wrongful death of a loved one.
How Long Do I Have to File a Burn Injury Lawsuit in Florida?
Most burn injury victims in Florida have four years to file a personal injury lawsuit. The same four-year statute of limitations applies in cases involving defective products.
Missing the deadline can have serious consequences. You could lose your right to compensation entirely.
Our lawyers are available to offer immediate assistance. Call us today to get started.
Contact a Tampa Burn Injury Lawyer for a Free Consultation
Have you suffered a burn injury in Tampa? You could be entitled to compensation. Our Tampa personal injury lawyers can help you recover the full amount you deserve.
At Catania & Catania, P.A., we have over 28 years of experience handling burn claims. Our proven track record of success speaks for itself–we’ve recovered over $500 million in compensation for injured clients.
Are you interested in learning more about how we can protect your legal rights? Call a Tampa burn injury lawyer to schedule a free consultation today.