The personal injury lawyers of Toronto’s Singh Barristers, have committed their careers to helping accident victims claim just compensation and to make the rebuilding of devastating emotional, financial, and physical wounds possible. Among our clients, accidental burn victims often endure suffering and scarring that far outlives even the deepest layers of physical harm.
Burns caused by heat, friction, radiation, chemical exposure, or electricity can cause varying degrees of damage. At any level of severity, victims experience excruciating pain that lingers in their memory long after the body has made itself whole again. Physical treatments to address damages can be as rudimentary as over-the-counter painkillers, but more severe burns may require more extensive treatments such as skin grafts, amputation, and physical therapy. In extreme instances, tissue damage and ensuing infections can kill, depending upon the degree of burn:
FIRST DEGREE –Burns are categorized according to the number of layers of skin damaged. A sunburn is a common, mild example of a “first-degree” burn, although repeated sunburns can later increase skin-cancer risks. These dry, painful burns can often heal after about 5-10 days with proper care.
SECOND DEGREE –These are more painful, moist-textured burns which extend to the second layer of skin. The extent of damage will often include a local infection and cellulitis development, but usually no significant scarring. Redness and a clear blister develops, but heals in as little as 2-3 weeks or so. More severe second-degree burns can require skin grafting and leave permanent scars and take 3-8 weeks to heal.
THIRD DEGREE –The burn extends through all layers of skin, leaving a leathery, stiff texture which is white and brown in color. Healing can take months, with no guarantee that the burns will ever completely heal. Expect permanent scarring. Amputation may be required to stave off spreading infections.
FOURTH DEGREE –These most severe, traumatizing burns cause damage much deeper than the body’s three skin layers, into the underlying fat, muscle, and bones. Though dry and charred black in appearance, they’re actually technically painless. These inevitably require excision and amputation. In the best-case scenario, they leave behind significantly impaired functions; in the worst instances, they can be deadly.
If you’ve been left pained, scarred, and living an altered lifestyle that followed the physical and emotional trauma of severe burns and disfigurement, then Toronto’s Singh Barristers law firm has a duty to help you recover a normal life. Your injuries could entitle you to compensation that offsets the cost of completed or ongoing medical treatment, physical therapy, lost wages, and general mental anguish. Regardless of your case’s outcome, your initial consultation with our lawyers will be absolutely free. What’s more, you won’t owe us our fees until we’ve seen your case completely through the system. Contact Singh Barristers today, and let us put more than 40 years of combined experience standing up for Toronto’s personal injury victims to work looking after your rights.