Bismarck Burn Injury Lawyers
Skilled representation for fire and explosion injury victims in North Dakota
Burns can cause serious physical injury and they can also leave devastating scars on the body and on the mind through the psychological trauma and pain of the incident and the daily, visible reminder. When a burn was caused by someone else’s negligence, when it could possibly have been prevented had it not been for the careless or reckless actions or failure to act of another person, the injured person may be able to recover compensation for his or her injuries and losses.
At the Larson Law Firm P.C., we understand the devastation that burn injury patients suffer. For more than 35 years we have been fighting for justice on behalf of burn injured clients. You are welcome to schedule a free consultation to discuss your burn injury case with an experienced burn injury lawyer today.
Burn injury treatment in North Dakota
The United States has established a network of regional burn centers which have the specialized doctors, nurses, equipment, and resources to help those who have suffered severe burns. The closest burn centers are Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center in South Dakota, and the following four facilities in Minnesota:
- Miller-Dwan Burn Center
- Hennepin County Medical Center Burn Center
- Regions Hospital Burn Center
The Sanford Medical Center in Fargo won the designation as a Level I Adult Trauma Center in 2018, a designation awarded by the American College of Surgeons. While still not an official burn center, Sanford is now able to stabilize burn patients before they are sent on to the next closest burn center in South Dakota or Minnesota according to the Grand Forks Herald.
What are the three types of burns?
According to Medline Plus, burns are categorized in 3 ways:
- First-degree burns cause damage only to the outer layer of the skin
- Second-degree burns damage the outer layer and the layer beneath it
- Third-degree burns damage and destroy the deepest layers of skin and tissues potentially down to the bone
Burn treatment will depend on the severity and the location of the burn. Sometimes severe burns can lead to infections because of the damage to the skin’s protective barrier.
Causes of burn injuries
There are several different ways that a person might be burned. Touching your skin to a flame is the most obvious, but fire is not the only agent for burn injuries:
- Scalding burns from steam or hot liquids
- Chemical burns from contact with chemicals
- Electrical burns from an electric shock
- Friction burns such as from road rash after an accident
- Sunburn from over-exposure to the sun
- Inhalation burns which can occur from breathing smoke
Examples of accidents and incidents that result in burn injuries
There are many different types of situations which could result in burn injuries including:
- House or apartment fire
- Workplace explosions or fires
- Gas explosions
- Chemical exposure burns
- Scalding injuries from steam
- Burn injuries from a defective tool or piece of equipment
- Electrical burns
- Fire ignited after a car or truck accident
Workplace burn injuries
The oil and gas extraction industry in the Bakken oil fields is an industry rife with workplace injuries because of the hazardous nature of the work. In the summer of 2018, two oil and gas industry workers were injured in a fire that allegedly occurred after gas went into an open tank for drilling mud and ignited. Two workers were treated and released for burns on their hands according to the Bismarck Tribune.
While the injuries to those two men were relatively minor, there is always the potential for more serious and catastrophic injuries in the workplace from fires, explosions, chemical exposure, electrical burns, and steam burns. Workplace burns are often preventable with the implementation of burn hazard protection, prevention, and safety training.
The following are some industries where workers face burn hazards:
- Agricultural/Farm workers
- Cooks/food service workers
- Construction workers
- Oil and gas industry workers
Who can I sue after a workplace burn injury?
You are most likely not going to be able to sue your employer if you are burned in a workplace injury unless your employer intentionally caused your injury. Another option would be if your employer did not have enough workers’ compensation insurance coverage to cover your injury treatment. A Bismarck workplace injury lawyer from the Larson Law Firm is ready represent you as you pursue compensation for your injuries.
Claiming compensation for a burn injury in Bismarck
If you pursue an injury claim after a burn injury, you win your case and receive compensation, the following are examples of the type of compensation you might receive:
- Medical expenses for past, current, and future treatment of your injuries
- Lost income
- Diminished earning capacity for injuries that keep you from returning to your current job
- Pain and suffering from the injury
- Emotional distress from the trauma of the accident
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Loss of consortium (for spouses)
These are all the factors that contribute to the value of your burn injury claim.
How much is my burn injury case worth?
This is a common question that many clients ask at the start of an injury case. Despite what you may have heard from well-meaning friends and family, or even from other law firms, we can’t tell you what your burn injury case is worth in the beginning. It will not be until we know how severe your injury is, what work you will be able to do when you have reached maximum medical improvement, how much pain you are suffering because of the injury, how the injury has had an impact on your life, and your ability to do the things you once enjoyed.
Your injury case is comprised of a combination of compensation for your economic losses—that is the quantifiable losses such as your medical bills and lost time at work, and your