Mississippi Burn Injury Lawyer
Many different types of burn injuries can result in devastating and catastrophic harm to workers in various professions in Mississippi. People can suffer burn injuries as a result of touching very hot objects or substances, being exposed to hazardous chemicals, or being exposed to radiation or UV rays. According to the Mayo Clinic, burn injuries can be understood broadly as “tissue damage that results from heat, overexposure to the sun or other radiation, or chemical or electrical contact.” Depending upon how the burn happens, where it occurs, and how severe it is, burn injuries “can be minor medical problems or life-threatening emergencies.” If your burn injury occurred in the workplace due to negligence, or if another party caused an accident in which you suffered a burn injury, it is critical to seek advice from an attorney who can discuss your options for seeking compensation. Contact our experienced Mississippi burn injury lawyer today for more information.
How Do Burn Injuries Happen at Work in Mississippi?
Workplace burn injuries in Mississippi can have many different causes, including but not limited to:
- Contact with steam or an open flame, such as in marine vessel work or in restaurant work in a kitchen;
- Contact with electrical wires, such as on a construction site, especially involving excavation or trenching work;
- Workplace explosions, such as on construction sites involving demolition work;
- Contact with or exposure to hazardous substances that cause chemical burns;
- Exposure to radiation, resulting in radiation burns;
- Excessive sunlight exposure on the job that results in a severe sunburn, such as in the construction industry, roofing work, maritime work, or dock and harbor work;
- Struck by lighting; or
- Friction burns that may occur as a result of motor vehicle collisions on the job or slips and falls.
Understanding Types of Burn Injuries in Mississippi
According to the American Burn Association, nearly half a million burn injuries occur every year that require medical treatment. Of those injuries requiring medical treatment, about 40,000 are so serious that they require hospitalization, and 30,000 are severe enough to require specialized treatment at a burn injury center. Burns are classified according to how deep the damage is to the person’s skin, as well what caused the burn. Types of burns include thermal burns, radiation burns, chemical burns, electrical burns, and friction burns. If a person sustains any of those types of burns, they will be classified into one of the following categories:
- 1st-degree burn, which is the least serious type of burn injury and only affects the epidermis (or outer layer of the skin), but can still cause pain and redness;
- 2nd-degree burn, which is more serious than a 1st-degree burn and affects a person’s epidermis as well as the second layer of skin known as the dermis, and usually results in swelling, blisters, and severe pain (and may cause scarring); and
- 3rd degree burn, which reaches all the way below the fat layer of a person’s skin and destroys nerves, and is the most severe type of burn injury.
Contact Lunsford Baskin & Prieve, PLLC Today
Anyone who has sustained a burn injury at work or elsewhere should get in touch with a lawyer who can help with a claim for compensation. Contact our experienced Mississippi burn injury lawyer today to find out more about your options.