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Peoria Burn Injury Attorney

Serious burns are among the most debilitating injuries a person can suffer. The may require extensive medical treatment with repeated surgeries and skin grafting and cause permanent disfigurement or disabilities. If you have suffered burn injuries through someone else’s negligence, contact a Peoria burn injury attorney at Kanoski Bresney right away. We are dedicated legal advocates for burn injury victims.

Why Choose Kanoski Bresney?

  • Our Peoria injury lawyers are not intimidated by large corporations or courtrooms. We will not hesitate to take your case to trial if necessary to recover the compensation you deserve.
  • We are the largest personal injury law firm in Central Illinois, with 12 lawyers and more than two dozen staff to handle your claim.
  • We have recovered more than $400 million in settlements and awards for our clients.

Why You Need a Burn Injury Attorney

Serious burns can leave victims with scarring and soft tissue damage. They may require skin grafting or amputation. Even relatively minor burns can cause complications when they become infected. Recovering from burn injuries may require many thousands of dollars in medical expenses and extensive time away from work. Our Peoria burn injury lawyers can thoroughly investigate your accident to establish liability, fully assess your losses, negotiate for a fair settlement with insurance adjusters, and present a compelling case for the jury if it goes to trial.

Burn Injury Statistics

As stated by the American Burn Association (ABA):

  • An estimated 486,000 burn injuries received medical treatment in 2016.
  • 2,745 people died from residential fires.
  • 310 were killed by vehicle crash fires.
  • 220 people died in fires from other sources.
  • One civilian fire death occurs every two hours and 41 minutes.
  • Odds of a resident dying from fire, flame, or smoke are one in 1,442.
  • Survival rate with burn injuries is 96.8%.

How Do Burn Injuries Occur?

According to ABA statistics based on admissions to burn centers during a 10-year period, major causes of burn injuries are:

  • Fire and flame – 43%
  • Scalding – 34%
  • Contact with hot objects – 9%
  • Electrical – 4%
  • Chemical – 3%
  • Other – 7%

Types of Burn Injuries

Burns are graded according to severity and how deep the damage goes:

  • First-degree burns: These are minor injuries affecting only the epidermis (outer layer of skin). Symptoms may include redness and pain.
  • Second-degree burns: This type of burn damages both the epidermis and the dermis (second layer of skin). It may cause swelling, blisters, pain, and scarring. The skin may turn red, white, or splotchy.
  • Third-degree burns: Burn injuries this severe are a medical emergency. The damage goes through the epidermis and dermis to the fat layer beneath the skin. Burned areas may appear black, brown, white, or leathery. Third-degree burns can destroy nerves.

Who Is Liable?

Several factors must be considered in determining liability for burn injuries, including where and how the burn injuries occurred. The responsible party may be:

  • A defective product manufacturer
  • A negligent landlord or property owner
  • A company that violated safety standards or improperly stored and labeled chemicals
  • A negligent driver who caused a crash

Contact Our Peoria Office Today

If you or your loved one has been seriously burned because of someone else’s negligence, it is in your best interests to speak with an experienced Peoria burn injury attorney as soon as possible. Call Kanoski Bresney today to schedule a free consultation.