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Burn Injury

A burn injury is one of the most painful experiences someone can face, both physically and emotionally. While first and second degree burns are likely to heal with time, third degree burns may not heal for years and require extensive, repeated medical treatments. Many burn accidents could have possibly been avoided if someone acted more responsibly or there were proper safety procedures and equipment in place at the scene of the incident. When someone else’s negligence causes you or a loved one to suffer a burn injury, you have rights to compensation for your pain and suffering, medical bills, and more.

Each burn injury lawyer at Cannella & O’Neal knows how these types of injuries can affect almost every aspect of your life, so we’re here to help you get back on your feet as soon as possible. Whether you suffered a burn injury in the workplace or elsewhere, you can rely on us to negotiate and litigate on your behalf, getting you the compensation you need while you focus on your medical treatments.

Burn Injury – Types & Sources

When you or a loved one experiences a burn injury due to the negligence of another individual or a company, it is important to fully understand what exactly caused the burn and what category of burn injuries were sustained. The more facts you can gather about your incident, the stronger the case our Cannella & O’Neal lawyers can build.

Types of burn injuries:

  • Thermal – Burns that are sustained by coming into contact with high heat sources (i.e. a person involved in a firework accident).
  • Chemical – Burns caused by strong chemicals (acids, detergent, etc.) getting onto skin or into eyes (i.e. coming in contact with a strong acid at a manufacturing plant).
  • Radiation – Burns caused by exposure to ultraviolet rays (i.e. someone being affected by a nuclear power plant leak).
  • Electrical – Burns caused by an electrical current (i.e. being shocked by a household electrical current).
  • Friction – Burns that result from the heat produced by friction (i.e. a motorcyclist sliding on the road after an accident).

Classifications of burn injuries:

  • First degree burns – Burns that result in less serious injuries to the body, affecting only the outer layer of the skin and causing pain, swelling, and redness.
  • Second degree burns – Burns that are more serious, causing pain, swelling, red or blotchy skin, and blisters. These burns affect the outer layer of the skin and part of the second layer.
  • Third degree burns – Burns that cause the most serious injuries, affecting deep layers of the skin. These burns may appear black, white, brown, or yellow, and require immediate medical treatment.

Higher degree burns, such as fourth degree burns, run even deeper into the body, affecting muscle and bones.

Cannella & O’Neal — Your Guide

Whether you suffered a thermal burn from a car accident where a fuel tank ignited or a chemical burn from an improperly stored chemical in the workplace, you may have a case for compensation. After a burn incident occurs, the negligent party’s insurance company or other entities will start working to minimize payouts for victims. This is why you should contact Cannella & O’Neal as soon as possible after you suffer a burn injury and not speak to any insurance companies. When you hire our burn injury practice, our team of lawyers, paralegals, investigators, and experts will listen to your unique sequence of events and research every avenue for compensation that may make your suffering a little more bearable.

To make the process a little easier, Cannella & O’Neal runs a  24/7 Personal Injury Hotline that you can call any time of the day or night at (800) 843-4090. If you choose to fill out our injury intake form, we will get back to you with the answers you need within 24 hours. Our attorneys will also come to you to get your personal injury burn case rolling, so contact us today to start working towards getting the compensation you deserve.


Our attorneys service a wide range of areas throughout the State of Virginia, including:

  • Richmond
  • Henrico
  • Chesterfield
  • Fredericksburg
  • Petersburg
  • Halifax
  • Portsmouth
  • Fairfax
  • Caroline County
  • Tappahannock
  • Buckingham County
  • Lynchburg