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Burn Injuries

Burn injuries are among the most catastrophic. An individual who suffers such injuries will often be forced to endure skin grafts, extensive physical therapy, extensive psychological trauma, and sometimes death.

Burn injuries are often caused by defective products or other people’s negligence. Prosecuting burn injury cases effectively requires experience. At PNH, we have the experience and skill necessary to secure maximum compensation for you or a loved one. We have access to the very best investigators, experts and medical professionals to prosecute your claim effectively. Our lawyers are experienced and capable of representing individuals with burn injuries resulting from:

  • Construction site explosions
  • Chemical burns
  • Defective products
  • Hotel and business fires
  • Defective smoke detectors

Once a burn injury has occurred, it is important that the depth of the injury be medically determined along with the percentage of the body affected.  We will ensure that the appropriate tests have been conducted to collect this information, as results can play a role in the case. We can also assist by providing access to experts who will testify as to how the burns will affect the injured person now and in the future.

Third-degree burns are among the most serious, as they destroy the epidermis (top layer of skin), the dermis (second layer of skin), and subcutaneous fat and tissue.  With a burn of this type, not only is the skin destroyed, but the sweat glands, hair follicles, and the portion of the body where new skin cells develop is destroyed as well. As a result, the victim must undergo skin grafts.

With a fourth degree burn, additional underlying tissue is also impacted, including muscles and ligaments.  These types of burn injuries are often life-threatening.

When more than 30 percent of an adult’s body is burned, skin grafts are usually required.  In this context, multiple operations are often necessary when there is insufficient healthy skin remaining to perform a single graft. Additionally, many burn victims experience complications which affect their treatment.

During the course of recovery from a burn injury, other body systems can also become impaired.  The respiratory system is often damaged as a result of smoke inhalation, causing long-term breathing issues. Burn injuries may require care and treatment by numerous medical professionals in a variety of specialties. For example, a burn victim may require the services of a pulmonologist who treats the respiratory system and lungs; a plastic surgeon to perform the skin grafts; and an orthopedist to treat joint and bone issues related to the burn.  A deep burn can restrict the movement of joints and/or bones and cause the formation of scar tissue.  This can lead to a tightening or shortening of tendons, muscles and skin. As a result, joints can be moved out of position.

We work with medical professionals every day to ensure we understand exactly what our clients are dealing with in both the short and long term. If you or a loved one has suffered a burn injury, or you have a question that has not been answered, call Porter Nordby Howe LLP at 888-477-7731, or e-mail us at

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