Burn Injury Attorneys in South Carolina
Burn injuries are among the most painful and life-changing injuries, often forcing victims to undergo multiple rounds of invasive medical treatments, surgeries, and skin grafts. These horrific injuries can leave victims with a diminished quality of life and scars that last a lifetime, in addition to expensive medical bills and rehabilitation costs.
The American Burn Association estimates that almost half a million people seek care for burns in the United States each year. Many of those burns take place in South Carolina.
Every burn accident is different, but the most common types of burns include:
- Chemical burns
- Strong acids, alkalis, detergents, solvents
- Thermal burns
- Hot metals, scalding liquids, steam, flames
- Electrical burns
- Electrical current, either alternating current (AC) or direct current (DC)
- Radiation burns
- Ultraviolet rays of the sun and other sources of radiation such as x-ray
Here are just some common causes of burns which are almost always due to negligence:
- Workplace burns
- Hot machinery, chemicals in the workplace, poorly insulated wires
- Burns at home or a business
- Defective products, hot liquid spills, exposed wiring
- Burns on the roadway
- Auto accidents, motorcycle accidents, truck accidents (including spillage of flammable liquids or chemicals)
Around 40,000 people are hospitalized as a result of their burn injuries each year, including 30,000 at dedicated burn centers. Many South Carolina burn victims are taken to the Joseph M. Still Burn Center in Augusta, GA. It’s the largest burn center in the United States, and the third largest in the world.
The Joseph M. Still Burn Center has been working with burn victims for more than 30 years, admitting more than 3,000 patients annually. Some of the treatments received by patients include surgery, hydrotherapy, hyperbaric medicine, skin healing products and techniques, and more.
But even with top medical care, the lives of burn victims are often changed forever. Many experience permanent disability, loss of enjoyment of life, an inability to work, and severe scars that affect their emotional and psychological well-being. In addition to the physical and emotional pain and suffering experienced by burn victims, the financial costs related to burn injuries can be never-ending.
Here are some of the financial costs that burn victims can be faced with:
- Ambulance fees
- Hospital and doctor’s fees
- Surgeries and procedures
- Reconstructive surgery
- Physical therapy and rehabilitation costs
- Specialized equipment
- Future medical care
- Psychological counseling
These costs can seem insurmountable, particularly for burn victims who have been forced to stop working because of their injuries. McWhirter, Bellinger & Associates believes victims should never have to pay out-of-pocket for injuries that aren’t their fault, and that’s why we fight hard for our clients.
Contact McWhirter, Bellinger & Associates
McWhirter, Bellinger & Associates is committed to fighting for South Carolina burn victims so they can focus on their recovery. Our personal injury attorneys have been working with burn victims in the Palmetto State for decades, and we understand how catastrophic these injuries can be.
Although nothing can take away the physical and emotional pain caused by burn injuries, we do everything we can to make sure our South Carolina clients receive fair compensation to cover the high costs associated with burn injuries. We believe that if your burn injuries were caused by someone else’s negligence, they should pay for the costs associated with your recovery.
Our burn injury lawyers take everything into account, from the current physical and emotional state of their clients to the hardships they will likely encounter in the future, including medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.
McWhirter, Bellinger & Associates also works with families who have lost loved ones as a result of their burn injuries, fighting for compensation for medical expenses, funeral costs, and more. We never accept low-ball offers from the other side, and we’ll go to court if a settlement isn’t reached.
McWhirter, Bellinger & Associates has offices across the Midlands of South Carolina, in Aiken, Camden, Columbia, Lexington, Newberry, Orangeburg, and Sumter. We offer free case evaluations, so give us a call today at 888-353-5513. It won’t cost you anything to see if we can he