California Burn Injury Lawyer
After suffering a severe burn injury, you will most likely need immediate and long-term medical care to recover from your injuries. A full recovery from a major burn injury might even take several years and the impact could last forever. In severe burn cases, it's not uncommon to suffer brain and nerve damage, loss of a limb, eye injury, scarring, disfigurement, and amputation.
The emotional impact, such as depression, can often be as traumatic as the physical injuries. Most cases of severe burn injuries may cause a victim to miss work for an extended length of time, or they may not be physically able to ever work again. If you or a family member are a victim of a burn injury caused by the negligence of others, you could be entitled to financial compensation.
Victims of burn injuries will not just suffer physically and emotionally, but financially as well. It's not uncommon for victims to face months or years of medical care, physical therapy, and psychological attention. During this time, the medical expenses and loss of earnings add up quickly. In a very short amount of time, the victim can be financially overwhelmed.
Burn injuries may be traumatic. An insurance company or third party may seek to avoid blame. A personal injury attorney from our law firm will immediately investigate who is responsible while making sure you and your loved ones have all medical bills paid.
Burn Categories and Degrees
Burns are classified into separate categories, including thermal burns, chemical burns, and electrical burns. Thermal burns are the most common. They are typically caused when skin is too close to some type of external heat sources, such as boiling liquids, hot surfaces, steam, or a flame.
This causes skin and the underlying tissue to die. First-degree burns don't typically require medical attention and heal on their own. However, longer exposure to a heat source could cause a second-degree burn causing blistering. A third-degree burn will normally destroy several layers of skin, muscles, tendons, and even bones. Both second and third-degree burns will require immediate medical care.
Chemical burns are normally caused when the skin contacts a harsh chemical, such as solvents, acids, detergents, or chemicals in swimming pools. Electrical burns are caused by an electrical current contacting the skin causing deep burns. These are common in the home and the workplace.
Once the skin has been severely burned, doctors will need to remove the damaged tissue through surgery. In some cases, the tissue is too badly damaged to heal on its own and a skin graph is required. This means taking a piece of your healthy skin and transplanting it to your injured skin.
You will also need intensive physical therapy to minimize scarring. If burn injuries are not treated properly, the long-term consequences are often harsh. When dead tissues aren't treated, it can spread and impact healthy organs through infection. In some severe cases, it can be fatal. Victims of burn injuries normally face many years of rehabilitation and leave scarring.
Common Causes Of Burn Injuries
Statistically, most burn injuries sustained at home or work are caused by a preventable accident. In the home, this includes unattended cooking in the kitchen or children playing with lighters or matches. Other home burn injuries are caused by faulty electrical wiring, hot water heater malfunction, or appliances that short out. At work, some causes of burn injuries include exposure to chemicals, open flames, electrical shock, and insufficient safety precautions.
Other types of accidents can result in severe burn injuries, including car accidents, motorcycle accidents, acid spills, and wildfires. Burn injuries can happen anywhere, such as a private residence, public sidewalks, or after an accident on the road. The injuries are likely the cause of someone's negligence or a defective product. Burns are some of the most painful, lasting, and disfiguring injuries one can suffer.
Contact Our Law Firm for Help Recovering Compensation
If you are a victim of a burn injury caused by the negligence of another person, you should immediately consult with our law firm. We have extensive experience in dealing with the legal challenges a burn injury victim will face and have a clear understanding of the complicated legal and medical issues that typically surround a burn injury case.
Our strong legal team will help you and your family achieve justice and obtain fair compensation for your injuries. We are committed to helping burn injury victims in Los Angeles and surrounding counties take control of their lives and get back on the road to recovery.
We have a track record of success in obtaining significant financial recovery for our clients on a wide variety of burn injury cases. Call us immediately at 310-734-7974 to discuss your case. Our first consultation is always free and you pay nothing unless we help you win your case.
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