Burn Injury Lawyers in North Dakota
Caring Representation with Offices in Minot and Grand Forks
Burn injuries can occur as a result of many different types of accidents and can be extremely catastrophic. Severe burn injuries may cause permanent disability or long-term suffering, altering your quality of life forever. Burn injuries often require extensive medical care, treatments, and expensive recovery and rehabilitation.
Most burn injuries are caused by negligent behavior and are completely preventable, especially those suffered in motor vehicle accidents. At Pringle & Herigstad, P.C., our North Dakota burn injury lawyers are dedicated to representing severely injured victims and the loved ones of those wrongfully killed. From our offices in Minot and Grand Forks, we proudly serve clients throughout the state.
Understanding the Types of Burn Injuries
When a person is injured in an accident and suffers burns, this can lead to permanent scarring and extremely deep-rooted pain. Treatments that are required for burn injuries often require a specialist and can be very painful.
Burns are put into four categories depending on severity, as follows:
- First-degree burns: Reddened skin, superficial burns on the top layer of skin, and no sign of blisters with only slight pain
- Second-degree burns: Thickened skin with blisters on the surface and more significant pain
- Third-degree burns: Severe thickening that feels almost like leather, white appearance of the skin, and severe pain
- Fourth-degree burns: All the symptoms of third-degree burns but also with damage to bones and tendons
Additionally, burns are categorized according to type, including thermal burns, electrical burns, radiation burns, and chemical burns.
What Are the Most Common Causes of Burn Injuries?
Burn injuries can arise from all types of accidents, including but not limited to:
- Car accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Truck accidents
- Contact with hot items/surfaces
- Exposure to chemical substances
- Fires and explosions
- Defective products
- Farm accidents
- Aviation accidents
- Oilfield accidents
- Workplace accidents
Determining the cause of your injuries is important, as it allows our attorneys to identify who may be liable for your resulting injuries. Our team works with a team of experts to pinpoint how the incident occurred and, most importantly, who is liable.
Burn Injury Treatments
Treating burn injuries is often an expensive, time-consuming, and painful process. Depending on the type, location, and severity of the injury, several treatments may be available.
In mild cases involving first-degree burns, at-home treatment is often sufficient. Treating burn injuries at home may involve running cool water over the affected area, ensuring the area is clean and bandaged, and using over-the-counter topical ointments, as well as oral medications to reduce pain.
For more severe burns, medical attention is necessary. Second-, third-, and fourth-degree burns carry a higher risk of infection, shock, blood loss, hypo/hyperthermia, and other serious complications. Additionally, victims of severe burns are more susceptible to tetanus and may require a tetanus shot.
Medical treatments for burn injuries may include:
- Surgery, including skin grafting
- Physical therapy
- Pain management
- Assisted care
Treating severe burns can quickly become incredibly costly. On top of your medical expenses, you may also suffer lost wages as you take weeks or even months off work to heal. You may even be unable to return to work for years, adding additional financial hardship to an already difficult situation. And, of course, the physical and emotional trauma of these injuries can be incredibly long-lasting and difficult to manage.
At Pringle & Herigstad, P.C., we understand the challenges you face, and we know how to help. Our North Dakota burn injury lawyers are prepared to fight for the maximum compensation you are owed for all your damages, including your current and future medical bills, lost income, pain and suffering, disability, and more.
Seek Help from a North Dakota Burn Injury Lawyer
Whether you are concerned about getting the proper treatment or worried about your expenses, Pringle & Herigstad, P.C. is here to help. We want to ensure you receive the compensation you need to recover without having to worry. Our firm has more than 100 years of experience representing all types of personal injury cases, including accidents that result in burn injuries.