Burns are some of the most devastating injuries that accident victims can endure. These injuries can cause catastrophic damage to the body, requiring intensive and painful treatment and a long road of recovery. The most severe burn injuries can be permanently disfiguring, debilitating, disabling – or even result in death.

When you’ve suffered a burn injury in an accident in Denver that was caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to seek financial compensation. This could include payment for financial expenses as well as the personal losses you have incurred and most likely will continue to incur in the future due to your injuries. 

At this point, it is important to understand that having an experienced Denver burn injury legal team to help you navigate this complex process of pursuing this complex legal claim easier 

If you’ve suffered a burn injury, turn to the team at the Olson Law Firm. For nearly a decade, our firm has worked tirelessly to help accident victims heal and recover after suffering injuries due to other people’s negligence. We believe that you deserve a law firm that provides more than just legal knowledge and litigation skills. You deserve a team of compassionate experts who will listen to you and advise you every step of the way.

That’s why Attorney Sean Olson strives to provide each client with the focused, personalized attention that they and their case deserve. No client is simply another number in a long list of clients. Sean begins every case by personally meeting with you to hear your story and to answer all the questions you have about the legal process, and your rights and options regarding your case.

We’ll never cause you to feel rushed or pressured to make any decisions. You’ll always know that you are the ultimate decision-maker, and this is your case. 

You’ll be provided an attorney who cares about you and your physical and emotional recovery. Clients can always get in touch with Sean directly to discuss the progress of their case. Even after your case has been resolved, Sean will always be available to talk to you about how your life is going and to answer any questions that may come up over time. 

Of course, in addition to being caring and compassionate, Sean also vigorously advocates for your rights and interests. He fights to hold those responsible for your injuries accountable. Sean has earned a reputation for pursuing the best possible results on behalf of his clients. He prepares every case as though it will go all the way to trial. That means insurance companies and opposing attorneys know that you have a strong case, and they’ll fully understand the extent of your injuries and damages. Sean will do what it takes to put you on the road to recovery from your injuries.

Contact Olson Law Firm today for a free case review. You’ll speak with a Denver burn injury lawyer about your legal rights and learn more about how our firm can help you pursue a claim for compensation. 

Common Causes of Burn Injuries in Denver

Burn injuries in Denver can arise from any number of accidents, such as:

  • Car accidents, especially if victims are trapped in a vehicle that catches on fire
  • Truck accidents that cause vehicles to catch on fire, or if a truck is hauling explosives, flammable materials, or caustic chemicals
  • Aviation accidents
  • Workplace accidents
  • Construction site accidents
  • Factory accidents
  • Defective products
  • Fires on someone else’s property

If you have suffered a burn injury from one of these accidents or another accident in Denver, Olson Law Firm wants to help you pursue financial recovery from those responsible.

Types of Burn Injuries

A burn injury refers to any damage to the skin or other tissues due to extreme heat, chemicals, electricity, or radiation. Medically, burn injuries are classified into “degrees” based on the severity of damage to the skin and body tissues:

  • First-degree burns involve damage only to the outer layer of the skin, or epidermis. These injuries usually do not require medical attention and heal on their own.
  • Second-degree burns involve damage to both the epidermis and to the next layer of skin known as the dermis. These burns often result in redness and blistering. They can sometimes require skin grafts. They also may end up leaving a scar once fully healed.
  • Third-degree burns involve complete destruction of both the epidermis and dermis, along with hair follicles and sweat glands. There is damage to underlying tissues. These injuries always require immediate medical attention and treatment.

Burns that affect deeper layers of tissue are also sometimes called fourth-degree burns (when the damage extends into fat tissue), fifth-degree burns (involving damage to muscle tissue), and sixth-degree burns (involving damage to bone).

Some of the most common types of burn injuries include:

  • Thermal burns, caused by fire, hot liquids, steam, or hot surfaces
  • Chemical burns, caused by contact with caustic substances such as acids or alkalis
  • Electrical burns, caused by electric currents running through the skin and body tissue
  • Radiation burns, commonly caused by extended exposure to ultraviolet radiation from the sun or tanning beds, or caused by exposure to radioactive materials or nuclear equipment 
  • Inhalation burns, or damage to the tissues of the respiratory tract from breathing in hot smoke

More severe burns will require immediate medical attention and treatment, including cleaning or removal of burned skin tissue to avoid infection, and placing skin grafts to allow for healing. Extreme burns may require limb amputation. Even once the skin heals from a burn, a burn injury victim may suffer permanent complications, such as:

  • Loss of sensation of touch, heat, or cold
  • Inability to sweat
  • Reduced motor function due to extensive scar tissue
  • Reduced mobility resulting from scar tissue

What to Do After a Burn Accident

In the days, weeks, and months following an accident that leaves you with burn injuries, you can take steps to help protect your legal rights and options for seeking compensation from individuals or companies that may have been responsible for causing your injuries. Actions to take after a burn accident include:

  • Notify all relevant parties about the accident and your injuries, including the parties that may have been responsible for causing your injuries, as well as your own insurers, if relevant.
  • Follow all treatment instructions and recommendations you receive from your doctors. Not following prescribed treatments could negatively impact your health and your claim.
  • Keep copies of all the receipts, bills, invoices, and other statements you receive throughout the course of your treatment and rehabilitation from your burn injury.
  • Make sure to request copies of your medical treatment records.
  • Get copies of your paystubs or prepare an income statement to show your lost wages or income due to your injuries
  • Maintain a journal or diary of your recovery from your injuries, including the physical pain that your injuries cause you and the impacts your injuries have had on your life, including your ability to work, ability to participate in activities, and your relationships with family and friends
  • Contact Olson Law Firm for a free case evaluation to discuss the details of the accident that led to your burn injuries and to learn more about your rights and options for seeking compensation from those who may have been responsible for the harm you’ve endured.

Can I Get Compensation for a Burn Injury in Denver?

No amount of money can undo the devastating impacts that a serious burn injury can have on your life. However, if you’ve been the victim of a burn injury due to someone else’s negligence or legal fault, you may be entitled to pursue compensation for the expenses and losses you have incurred due to your injury. Compensation in a burn injury claim might include:

  • Medical expenses, including emergency treatment, surgeries and other medical procedures, prescription medication, and medical or mobility equipment or materials
  • Disfigurement, compensation for the scarring and impairment that inevitably results from severe burn injuries
  • Rehabilitation costs, including physical and occupational therapy
  • Personal care expenses, such as home health services, or home care services you cannot perform yourself 
  • Lost wages and income for the time you miss from work during your recovery from your injury
  • Lost earning capacity, if your injuries cause you to suffer disabilities that prevent you from returning to your pre-injury work
  • Physical pain and emotional distress caused by your injuries
  • Lost quality of life due to embarrassment or humiliation from physical scarring and disfigurement, or due to the inability to take care of tasks of daily living or to participate in life’s activities due to your injuries or resulting disabilities
  • Loss of consortium, which provides compensation to your spouse or to other close family members for the loss of your companionship and society caused by your injuries

A Denver burn injury lawyer at Olson Law Firm can review your case and help you understand what compensation you may receive for your injuries and losses.

Contact a Burn Injury Lawyer in Denver for Help

If you’ve suffered a burn injury in an accident that wasn’t your fault, you may be entitled to pursue financial compensation for your losses. Contact Olson Law Firm today for a free consultation to speak with one of our Denver burn injury lawyers about your case. We’ll explain more about how our firm can stand up for your rights. And if you’re interested in reading more about what a burn injury case might look like, download a complimentary copy of Sean Olson’s book, Results Matter.