Cochran, Kroll & Associates Burn Injury Lawyers
The Law Offices of Cochran, Kroll & Associates are burn injury attorneys dedicated to representing individuals who have suffered catastrophic losses as a result of injuries sustained at work. We’re leading Michigan burn injury attorneys and look forward to answering any questions you may have.
As a service to you we’ve written several articles that will help you understand your rights, and when you should—and shouldn’t—contact Michigan burn injury attorneys. We hope this service is useful to you as you begin your burn injury lawsuit in Michigan.
If you have questions about any of these topics please feel free to contact our team of burn injury lawyers directly. We’re burn injury attorneys who are happy to help you with your burn injury lawsuit in Michigan.
Burn injuries are not only painful but can take a victim’s life or leave a scar for life
Burn injuries are not only painful but can leave permanent physical and psychological scars.
More than 2.4 million burn injuries are reported each year in the U.S., according to the Journal of Burn Care and Rehabilitation.
Types of burn injuries
There are four categories of burn injuries: first degree; superficial second degree; deep second degree; and third degree.
First degree burns usually affect the outer layer of the skin. A first degree burn tends to be moist and red in color. A burn of this nature is generally resolved within a week. A classic example of a first degree burn would be mild sunburn.
A superficial second degree burn is one that penetrates the outer layer of skin and extends to the deeper layer know as the dermis. Pressure on a second degree burn tends to produce red blanches. The burn is moist and pinkish. A superficial second degree burn should heal spontaneously, often within two weeks.
A deep second degree burn differs from the superficial variety in that tissue destruction runs deeper into the dermis. A burn of this nature will be dry and whitish in color. It will not produce red blanches with the application of pressure. A burn of this nature can take three to four weeks on average to heal. There is a risk that a deep second degree burn will leave thick or hypertrophic scars.
The most severe classification is the third degree burn. This occurs when the burn has destroyed both the epidermal and dermal layers of skin and extends down to what is termed subcutaneous tissue. These burns are characterized as physically depressed, charred, and often are leather like in appearance.
A third degree burn may not be as physically painful as the less severe categorizations, due to the amount of nerve endings that may have been destroyed. These burns are very serious in nature and often require skin grafting or other reconstructive procedures.
Burns are also classified into the two categories of partial thickness or full thickness. Partial thickness burns tend to encompass both first and second degree burns and full thickness burns are usually equated with third degree burns.
When things go wrong
Burn injuries are expensive to treat. A prolonged hospitalization for third degree burns can easily exceed a hundred thousand dollars, and many burn injuries are due to negligence. Insurance companies will vigorously fight against paying damages to an injured victim, especially in burn injury cases.
If you or your loved one is a burn victim contact Cochran, Kroll & Associates for a free consultation.
The attorneys at Cochran, Kroll & Associates have the skills, legal knowledge and experience needed to protect you and will seek to win payment for your injuries, expenses, and loss.
An attorney will lead you through the steps needed to recover actual damages and may even assist in punitive damages being awarded.
Levels of responsibility
Actual damages can be awarded for medical bills, lost income, funeral expenses, pain and suffering, mental stress, permanent disability and similar hardships.
Punitive damages, above and beyond those actually incurred by the victim, are intended to punish the guilty party for reckless or inappropriate behavior. Punitive damages also can function as a deterrent for others.
An attorney can collect damages for burn victims when it can be proved another party has been negligent. Cochran, Kroll & Associates will seek payments for expenses resulting from the burn, and ensure justice by pursuing punitive damages.
Cochran, Kroll & Associates devotes its practice to representing individuals who are the victims of burn or work place injuries, nursing home abuse, medical malpractice, or accidents. Essentially, if a person has been involved in any tragedy involving negligence and requiring compensation, Cochran, Kroll & Associates will provide whatever legal services are required.
Above All Else, Seek Justice
Victims should not hesitate from filing a lawsuit for fear of filing a frivolous lawsuit. That is propaganda created by the insurance industry. Let your attorney, not an insurance agent, determine what’s frivolous and when justice should be pursued.
In America, a jury makes a decision on damages after hearing all of the evidence. The jury award is designed to compensate the injury victim. A fundamental right of all Americans is a trial by jury, allowing our fellow citizens to hear our case and to make a decision. Do not give up any of your rights as a citizen!
Statutes of limitation limit the length of time you have to file a lawsuit. If you fail to file a lawsuit within that time period you may forever be denied the justice due you. If you have received a burn injury and believe that you have a case, it is critical that you seek legal help quickly.
If you believe you are a victim, let Cochran, Kroll & Associates fight for your rights. There is no obligation for case evaluation and no fee is charged unless a recovery is made.
The Law Offices of Cochran, Kroll & Associates, P.C. is dedicated to representing individuals and families who have suffered catastrophic losses as a result of injuries, disabilities and death. The firm does not represent insurance companies or corporations but instead bases its practice upon representing individuals and families.