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Among the most horrific injuries a person can endure is a burn type injury. Burns often leave victims with extensive scarring — which will often remain with the victims for the rest of their lives, long after the accident took place. When burn injuries finally heal, the emotional damage that a person suffers may never go away. Get expert burn injury lawyers on your side, fighting to get you the care you deserve. Contact the burn injury attorneys at Wettermark & Keith, to start processing your burn injury case today — extensive financial compensation may be entitled to you.


Classically, burn injuries are categorized by the amount of tissue damaged, as well as how deep the burn penetrates. The types of burns a person may experience are:

  • First Degree Burns
  • These burns impact the outermost portion of the skin, or epidermis. First degree burns typically come with mild to moderate pain, redness, and swelling. The most common first degree burn is over-exposure to sunlight.
  • Second Degree Burns
  • Burns which penetrate into the dermis and present with blisters are usually classified as second degree burns. These burns are incredibly painful and will often require the victim to undergo skin grafts to recover. In many cases these burns are so serious that the victim will also experience infection that will need to be treated right away. Common causes of second degree burns are boiling liquids, fires, heating elements, ultra-hot gases, and chemical exposure. If left untreated, these burns can worsen and become third degree burns.
  • Third Degree Burns
  • The most catastrophic of burn injuries is a third degree burn. This type of personal injury penetrates the full thickness of skin and even damages underlying connective tissue / bones. Third degree burns can be misleading as they are typically not as painful as a second degree burn — a direct effect of the burn injury destroying local nerves. Burns of this nature nearly always require reconstructive surgery in order to help victims heal. In some cases, a burn is so severe that victims have to have a damaged limb amputated.


Burn accidents and burn injuries are actually more common than you might think. In fact, burn injuries are the second leading cause of all accidental deaths in the United States—second only to car accidents. Nearly 800 people die each year in fires started by cigarettes alone. Cigarettes are the leading cause of fire-related fatalities. The estimated number of hospitalizations every year due to burn injuries is 40,000. The average medical cost of treating a patient with second or third-degree burns on just 30% of their body is about $200,000, and the average length of stay in a hospital burn unit is one day per 1% of body surface burned. The medical bills associated with fire-related injuries are extremely expensive, especially when you add in-hospital time when you can't earn money. That's not including the emotional toll that a burn accident will no doubt have on a victim for a very long time. In addition to these scary statistics, secondary infection is the leading cause of death from non-fatal burns—meaning that serious injury and even death are possible, even if they aren't a direct result of the burns sustained from a serious accident.

Contact the law office of Wettermark & Keith today if you or a loved one have been the victim of one of these catastrophic burn injuries. The medical bills of burn victims can be overwhelming; financial compensation via a personal injuries claim against the negligent party responsible may be the only way to alleviate these costs. If you've suffered from burn injuries, you need a professional burn injury lawyer on your side. They can help you in claiming for personal injury, because they're well versed in these kinds of cases and know what you deserve. Contact our office as soon as possible for a free consultation with a burn injury lawyer.


Here at Wettermark & Keith, no case is too big for our expert burn injury lawyers to pursue. Our top attorneys represent each and every client with the utmost respect, compassion, and employ the thorough legal expertise needed to make their case a success. We realize that this is likely a difficulty situation for you and possibly your family and we are here for you.

If you have been injured due to the negligence of another person and suffered a burn injury in an accident, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact our injury attorneys today. We can help you with your personal injury claim, so you can start recovering from your injuries. Together we can seek a financial compensation figure that meets your needs as a victim and can continue to provide for you, long after this ordeal is over. We'll help you with your personal injuries claims, and help you seek compensation for whatever medical treatment you may need as a result of your injuries. Burn victims often need serious, expensive medical treatment—don't hesitate to call us.


When selecting clients to represent in court, our firm operates on a contingency fee basis. What this means to our clients is simple: if we don’t win your case, you won’t pay anything. We choose to operate this way for the sole benefit of our clients, we want to see you obtain a successful recovery so that you can continue to carry on with your life. We're here to support burn victims, and fight for them to get the compensation they deserve.

Contact us today if you have been the victim of burn injuries, or lost a loved one to a wrongful death after sustaining a burn injury. Fill out the free case evaluation form on our web site and we will get back to you promptly. If you wish to speak to us directly, feel free to call one of our three branches for a free consultation.