Burn Injury Lawyers


Burn Injury Lawyers

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Burns are among the most excruciating and costly injuries to treat. Whether caused by fire, electrocution or explosion, these injuries can leave victims with permanent disfiguring scars. If negligence was a factor in causing a burn injury, victims should understand their rights to pursue compensation through the courts. You don’t have to get through this alone. Our team is ready to help you 24/7.

Over 480,000 people suffer from burn injuries each year. 


3500 of those injuries result in death.


96.8% of burn victims will survive their injuries, but for many the impacts are felt for the rest of their lives. 

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Hidden Costs of Catastrophic Burn Injuries

Beyond the painful rehabilitation and physical disfigurement that burn victims may endure, there are heavy emotional and psychological consequences as well. Some will struggle with personal relationships due to low self-esteem. The emotional trauma of the accident can also cause anxiety and deep depression. Third degree burns can take years to recover from, and often have a dramatic bearing on the victim’s overall quality of life.

Severe burn injuries can cost victims hundreds of thousands of dollars in medical care and rehabilitation. For over 60 years, burn injury victims in Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Portsmouth, Suffolk, Newport News, Hampton, and all of Hampton Roads, have trusted Rutter Mills to protect their rights. Put our dedication, resources and experience to work for you.

Causes of Burn Injuries

No matter how much caution you exercise to prevent personal injury, accidents can happen due to events beyond your control. A faulty pressure cooker explodes, spraying scalding soup over your chest, arms and hands. A heating pad short-circuits and an electrical current blisters your skin.  Your car is broad-sided by a distracted driver, causing a dangerous gas fire.

The majority of burn injuries are preventable, says the American Burn Association, and they happen in a variety of ways, from chemical exposure and contact with open flames to radiation and electrical burns.

The following are the most prevalent causes of burn injuries in the U.S.:

  • Contact with fire – Nearly half all serious burn injuries are attributed to contact with open flame or fire
  • Thermal burns – these burn injuries are caused by contact with a hot object, steam, open flame or extreme heat
  • Scalding burns – Just over 30 percent of burn patients suffer scalding injuries produced by hot liquids such as cooking oil
  • Electrical burns – when the body comes in contact with an electrical current, it can cause severe damage to the skin, muscles, nerves and organs
  • Chemical burns – most common in industrial and workplace environments where strong acids and toxic substances are used, but there are many household products that can cause chemical burns like disinfectants, wet cement, hair dye and pesticides.


It’s also worth noting the dangers associated with motor vehicle accident fires and explosions, which are responsible for hundreds of burn injuries every year. Fuel leaks, poor wiring, malfunctioning vehicle parts and electrical system flaws can all contribute to catastrophic fires that maim, scar and kill.

Rutter Mills has developed superior expertise handling burn injury lawsuits throughout Virginia. We understand the far-reaching consequences victims and their families face. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain by speaking with a knowledgeable burn injury attorney about your case. Our personal injury attorneys are here to help.

How Are Burn Injuries Classified?

  • First-degree burns affect the outer layer of skin, known as the epidermis. They typically result in pain and temporary skin redness.
  • Second-degree burns extend down to the dermis and cause severe pain, blistering and red or white patches of skin. The pain can last for several hours and deeper second-degree burns can cause lasting scars.
  • Third-degree burns are the most severe. These burns affect the deeper tissues under the dermis. The skin can take on a leathery or charred appearance and lose sensation. Because of the nerve damage, third degree burns are often less painful, but they present a grave medical emergency. Victims may experience a dangerous drop in blood pressure and shock.
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Contact a Virginia burn injury attorney for expert legal guidance

The highly experienced personal injury lawyers of Rutter Mills have seen the debilitating impact of burn injuries, and promise to seek justice for those who were wrongfully harmed. We operate on a contingency-fee basis, meaning we only collect a fee if your claim prevails. Call our Virginia offices to speak with a compassionate burn injury lawyer today.

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One crucial thing to remember in any personal injury claim is the insurance companies, despite their claims, are NOT on your side. They are for-profit businesses whose goal is to pay as little as possible for your injuries. It is always better to speak with an experienced attorney before discussing your case with an insurance agent. At Rutter Mills, we have lawyers on call day and night to answer your questions and help you in your time of need.

A recent study by Martindale-Nolo showed people who were represented by a lawyer received 4.5 times more on average than those who represented themselves. Many of our attorneys once worked for the insurance companies. They know how they operate and how to beat them. Insurance companies may try to pressure you into accepting lowball offers immediately after your accident. Don’t fall for their tricks. Speak to a skilled injury lawyer at Rutter Mills before you take any deals from the insurance company.


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For more than 60 years, Rutter Mills has protected those who have been harmed by the recklessness and negligence of others. We are regularly recognized for attorney excellence, client service, and precedent-setting results. We have the size, financial strength, reputation, and skills to win your case. Your case depends on choosing the right lawyer. Choose Rutter Mills


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When someone else’s careless actions change your world because of an accident, you need someone who will listen to you with compassion, guide you through the process with assurance, and tenaciously fight on your behalf. You need the car accident attorneys at Rutter Mills.

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A Rutter Mills case is a serious case. It may mean you have been badly injured. It certainly means you have a lot on the line, and the resolution of your case will make a big difference to you, your family, and your life moving forward.

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We are here for you in your time of need, providing compassionate guidance and aggressive advocacy in a wide range of personal injury matters. Our top-rated attorneys will fight the insurance companies and get you back on your feet.

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We’re here to listen. A member of our team will meet with you, focusing on not only what happened, but also what you are going through and how it’s impacted your life. Then we’ll tell you what options are available to you to get on the road to recovery.

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Personal injuries that happen when you’re working – or playing – on the water aren’t governed by “the law of the land.” They are subject to maritime laws under the Jones Act– also known as admiralty law.

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We’re here to listen. A member of our team will meet with you, focusing on listening to not only what happened, but also what you are going through and how it’s impacted your life.

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Truck accidents are often serious. We are here to listen to your story so we can guide you to healing. Our team has represented some of the largest truck accident cases in Virginia. Call us and see how we can help you today.

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If you’ve been injured on the job, workers’ compensation insurance may entitle you to critical assistance like medical treatment, lost wages, and more. But insurance companies will put up an aggressive fight to resist paying you the compensation you need and deserve. Rutter Mills can help get you the money you deserve.

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