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Most people have experienced the pain and inconvenience of a sunburn or a even a first-degree burn. While irritating, the effects are usually only temporary. But fourth-degree burns, third-degree burns and second-degree burns are serious medical conditions that can drastically change a person's life. There may be scarring, nerve damage and, in severe cases, the loss of a limb or limbs. The treatment for a serious burn injury is often a traumatic experience in itself.

At Dixon Law Firm, PLLC our attorneys fight for burn injury victims, seeking full compensation from the negligent parties that cause these accidents. We get results by designing cases with the strength to go to court. By preparing thoroughly and using our strong litigation skills, we make clear to the insurance companies exactly what our client needs.

Our lawyers represent people in Seattle and throughout Washington in cases involving all types of burn and fire accidents, including:

• Thermal burns - A thermal burn injury is one that is caused by exposure to extreme heat. The most severe thermal burns are third and fourth-degree burns.  These burns can be caused by a wide variety of accidents, such as exposure to steam, flames or hot liquids. They can also be caused by exposure to radiation, electricity or chemicals.

• Cold burns - A cold burn injury results from exposure to a very low-temperature object or, in some cases, prolonged exposure to moderately cold objects. Cold burns can be just as damaging as thermal burns.    Common causes of cold burns are exposure to dry ice, liquid helium, liquid nitrogen and a variety of other refrigerants.

• Electrical burns - Electrical burns are the result of electrocution. The electric current travels through the body, converting to heat along the way. This heat causes extensive damage to blood vessels, nerves, muscle and bone tissue.

• Chemical Burns - The most common site of chemical burns is the workplace, particularly industrial, manufacturing and construction workplaces. Factory, industrial and construction accidents are frequently the result of unsafe work practices. Commonly, chemicals are provided to employees who have not received sufficient instruction on how to handle them. No matter what act of negligence has caused a chemical burn accident, all responsible parties must be held accountable.

• Flash Burns - Flash burn injuries are the result of explosions. The severity of the burn can vary based on the victim's closeness to the explosion, as well as the explosion's intensity. In most cases, these are serious injuries resulting in scarring and other serious damage.

• Car fires - Car fires are often the result of auto accidents, or defective parts. In some situations, they may be the result of both the negligence of another driver and a defective car part. Some fires may simply be the result of a part that was installed improperly. Regardless of the cause, they can result in severe burns to the driver or passengers of the vehicle. Treatment can be painful for burn victims. And when treatment is completed, victims may still have substantial scarring and long-term injuries.

• Defective flame retardant clothing - When clothing believed to be flame retardant clothing catches fire, severe injuries can result, particularly if the clothing melts onto the skin. In some cases, the defective clothing is actually more flammable than clothing worn for everyday purposes.

• Smoke inhalation injuries - In burn injury cases, the damage caused by smoke inhalation is often overlooked. These injuries are overlooked because they are not as easily visible. Signs of smoke inhalation include fainting, trouble breathing or soot around the nose and mouth. These signs may be ignored while more visible injuries are addressed.

When we say we build burn injury cases with the strength to go to trial, what we mean is that we put in the work necessary to educate a jury about the injuries involved and the necessity for compensation. When opposing attorneys and insurance companies see how much work we put in, they are more likely to offer a full and fair settlement to avoid going up against us in the courtroom.

At Dixon Law Firm, our lawyers are dedicated to helping burn injury victims recover full compensation. If you or a loved one has been seriously injured or disabled, or you simply need more information, please call us at (206) 330-0212.

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