Burn Accidents

Florida Burn Injury Attorneys

Dressing burned woundThe burn accident attorneys at Zimmerman & Frachtman are strong advocates for people who have sustained serious, life-threatening burn injuries. We also represent the loved ones of individuals whose burn injuries have resulted in death. We are highly knowledgeable and experienced about personal injury law and product liability law as it applies to injuries caused by fires, explosions, and chemical exposures.

In the United States, approximately 2.4 million burn injuries are reported each year. Approximately 650,000 of the injuries are treated by medical professionals and 75,000 are hospitalized. Of those hospitalized, 20,000 have major burns involving at least 25% of their total body surface. Between 8,000 and 12,000 patients with burns die, and approximately one million will sustain substantial or permanent disabilities resulting from their burn injury. (Journal of Burn Care & Rehabilitation, May/June 1992)

We handle the following types of burn injury cases:

Electrocution Burns Thermal Burns Smoke/Heat Inhalation Fume Ignition
Flammable Clothing Flammable Liquids Scold/Burns – Hot Liquid Work Related Accidents
Building Fires Chemical Burns Gas Explosions Gasoline Spills
Motor Vehicle Fires Water Heater Fires Defective Products Electrical Wires
Faulty Equipment Pressure Cooker Explosions

These injuries often result in life-altering burns and scars as well as physical and emotional damage. Burns sustained may be so severe they require multiple surgeries (plastic surgery and reconstruction), extensive physical therapy and rehabilitation, months off of work, ongoing counseling, and years of recuperation. While treatment varies depending on the degree of the burn (first-degreesecond-degreethird-degree, etc.), they are among the most expensive types of injuries to treat. The average length of stay for a hospital burn patient is 24 days—longer for severe patients—and initial hospital costs can run into the hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Our burn injury attorneys will help you get compensation for your pain and suffering; compensation for medical bills; help you find medical treatment; help you recover lost, present, and future job income; and help you deal with the insurance company.  Insurance companies handle burn injuries much like many other injuries that people endure;  attempt to payout the least to maintain the profits from your policy.  Our law firm has dealt with insurance companies for over 20 years regarding personal injury matters, and dealing with a burn injury is no different.

How to Know If You Have a Case

Contact our South Florida burn injury attorneys and we can determine the potential for a lawsuit by taking the severity of the burn and third party negligence into consideration.

If you or a loved one has been injured or killed due to a burn injury and would like to learn more about your legal rights, please contact Zimmerman & Frachtman online, call (954) 509-1900. We offer free consultations and charge you only if we win your case.

Burn Injury FAQs

According to the Mayo Clinic, the three burns are:
  • First-degree burn - The least serious burns are those in which only the outer layer of skin is burned, but not all the way through. The skin is usually red, with swelling, and pain is sometimes present. Treat a first-degree burn as a minor burn unless it involves substantial portions of the hands, feet, face, groin or buttocks, or a major joint, which requires emergency medical attention.
  • Second-degree burn - When the first layer of skin has been burned through and the second layer of skin (dermis) also is burned, the injury is called a second-degree burn. Blisters develop and the skin takes on an intensely reddened, splotchy appearance. Second-degree burns produce severe pain and swelling. If the second-degree burn is no larger than 3 inches (7.6 centimeters) in diameter, treat it as a minor burn. If the burned area is larger or if the burn is on the hands, feet, face, groin or buttocks, or over a major joint, treat it as a major burn and get medical help immediately.
  • Third-degree burn - The most serious burns involve all layers of the skin and cause permanent tissue damage. Fat, muscle, and even bone may be affected. Areas may be charred black or appear dry and white. Difficulty inhaling and exhaling, carbon monoxide poisoning, or other toxic effects may occur if smoke inhalation accompanies the burn.
Common types of burn accidents include:
  • Electrocution burns
  • Thermal burns
  • Smoke/heat inhalation
  • Fume ignition
  • Flammable clothing
  • Flammable liquids
  • Scold/burns-hot liquids
  • Work-related accidents
  • Building fires
  • Chemical burns
  • Gas explosions
  • Gasoline spills
  • Motor vehicle fires
  • Water heater fires
  • Defective products
  • Electrical wires
  • Faulty equipment
  • Defective gas tanks
Unsafe products can and do cause burns. If the item in question was used properly but still caused a burn, the manufacturer may be liable for damages. Unclear instructions, failure to warn, or outright defects can all generate a Product Liability suit.
Treatment depends on the severity of the burn injury. Burns sustained may be so severe they require multiple surgeries (plastic surgery, reconstruction, and skin grafting), extensive physical therapy and rehabilitation, occupational therapy, months off of work, on-going counseling, pain management therapy, and years of recuperation. The average length of stay for a hospital burn patient is 24 days and is longer for severe patients.