Burn Injuries

New Mexico Burn Injury Attorneys

Fighting for Burn Injury Victims in Artesia, Carlsbad, Hobbs, Jal, and Lovington

Burn injuries leave physical, emotional, and financial scars. Their catastrophic nature lies not only in the intense pain they inflict but also in the prolonged medical treatment they require, which can range from emergency care to long-term rehabilitation therapies. Burn injuries can also lead to disfigurement, loss of mobility, and in the most severe cases, life-threatening complications. Survivors may face trauma, depression, and anxiety, alongside the struggle of adjusting to potential disabilities and altered appearances.

When burn injuries occur in the workplace or due to someone else's negligence, you need capable legal representation to ensure your rights are protected and you receive all compensation you are entitled to under the law. At Simon Perdue, we make it our mission to help injury victims navigate these exceptionally difficult scenarios and enforce their rights to recover damages. Our experienced and relentless New Mexico burn injury lawyers do not give up and will fight to deliver the best possible outcome, no matter the complexity of your case. 

If you recently suffered burn injuries due to negligence or at work, we invite you to schedule a free initial consultation to learn more about your rights and legal options. Call (505) 588-5962 or contact us online to get started.

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Types of Burn Injuries and Their Impacts

Burn injuries are classified into several categories based on their severity: first-degree, second-degree, third-degree, and fourth-degree burns. Each type affects varying depths of the skin's layers.

First-degree burns are the most superficial injuries, impacting only the outermost layer of the skin known as the epidermis. These burns often manifest as redness, minor swelling, and pain at the affected site but usually do not result in long-term tissue damage. Healing from a first-degree burn typically takes about a week and can be managed with at-home treatments like cold compresses and over-the-counter pain relievers.

Second-degree burns go deeper, affecting both the epidermis and the upper part of the dermis layer. They present as blisters, severe redness, and can cause an increased level of pain. These burns can lead to scarring and may require more specialized medical attention to prevent infection and assist in the healing process. Recovery time can extend from two to three weeks, and scar management techniques may be needed to minimize long-term impacts.

Third-degree burns are severe injuries that penetrate the full thickness of the skin, destroying both the epidermis and dermis and sometimes affecting underlying tissues like fat, muscle, and bone. These burns often result in a white or charred appearance and can lead to a loss of sensation due to nerve damage. Healing from third-degree burns often necessitates surgical interventions, such as skin grafting, and can require extended periods of rehabilitation. The physical and cosmetic consequences can be permanent, necessitating ongoing treatment and therapy.

Fourth-degree burns are the most extreme, affecting not only all layers of the skin but also underlying bones, muscles, and tendons. They are life-threatening and always require emergency medical care. Recovery is a long, arduous process that typically involves multiple surgeries and can result in lasting disability. The risk of complications, such as infections, blood loss, and shock, is high, making immediate and comprehensive medical care imperative.

No matter the severity of your burn injuries, you should not have to worry about how you will cover medical treatments or lost wages from missed work if the injury was work-related or caused by negligence. Our New Mexico burn injury attorneys can investigate what happened and advise you of your legal options.

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Recovering Compensation for Burn Injuries in New Mexico

If your burn injuries are work-related, meaning you sustained them while at work or while performing job-related responsibilities, you can generally file a workers’ compensation claim. Workers’ compensation benefits include coverage of your medical bills as well as a portion of your lost income if you are unable to return to work. 

You do not have to prove negligence to secure workers’ compensation benefits, but getting the money you deserve can still be more challenging than it should be. Your employer or their insurance company may offer an unacceptably low settlement or even try to deny your claim outright. At Simon Perdue, our team understands the intricacies of New Mexico’s workers’ compensation system and can put our experience and resources to work for you. We will make every effort to get you every dollar you are entitled to under the law.

If your case involves filing a personal injury claim, our New Mexico burn injury lawyers are ready to fight to get you maximum compensation for all economic and non-economic damages, including:

  • Medical expenses
  • Lost wages
  • Reduced earning capacity
  • Property damage
  • Loss of consortium
  • Loss of enjoyment of life
  • Pain and suffering

Discuss your burn injury case with our team today by calling (505) 588-5962 or contacting us online.

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Common Causes of Burn Injuries in New Mexico

Burn injuries are often the result of negligence. When another individual or organization’s negligence causes burn injuries, you can bring a personal injury claim against the negligent party and seek damages. Workers in certain industries also take on an increased risk of burn injuries. If you sustain burn injuries at work, you can likely file a workers’ compensation claim.

Our New Mexico burn injury lawyers are prepared to fight for you in cases involving: 

  • Motor vehicle accidents. Vehicular accidents involving cars, trucks, or motorcycles can all lead to someone sustaining burn injuries during a collision or its aftermath. Victims may sustain burns through direct contact with flames resulting from a vehicle catching fire after an impact. Such fires can be triggered by a rupture in the fuel system or electrical malfunctions, leading to an immediate and intense source of heat. Additionally, vehicular accidents can cause burns through hot surfaces or liquids. For instance, victims can come into contact with scalding engine fluids, steaming radiators, or heated metal from the car's structure. These substances and surfaces can reach extremely high temperatures during operation, and upon impact, may breach the passenger compartment or become exposed to the skin. Chemical burns are another risk associated with motor vehicle accidents. Vehicles contain a variety of chemicals like battery acid, coolants, and airbag propellants that can be harmful upon contact. In the chaos of a crash, these substances can be released and cause skin injuries that require specialized medical treatment.
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