An Experienced Burn Injury Lawyer Can Help You Recover
A severe burn can be one of the most devastating types of accidental injuries, resulting in long-lasting physical and emotional scars. Victims of a negligent accident are entitled to collect damages, and an experienced burn injury lawyer can maximize your recovery significantly. Our San Diego, CA, law firm has assisted many burn victims and their families, seek much needed financial compensation to help cope with the effects of a serious injury. If you or a loved one has sustained a burn injury in an accident, please contact our personal injury lawyers today for a free consultation. We charge no up-front fees for our legal services, so you pay nothing until you receive your settlement or courtroom verdict award.
Burn Injury Statistics
According to the American Burn Association, over 450,000 Americans are hospitalized each year for burn injuries, and over 3,000 individuals die from injuries sustained in fires or from smoke inhalation. Burns can result from a variety of factors and can occur in different environments.
About 43 percent of burns are the result of a fire or flame injury, and 34 percent are caused by scalding liquids. The majority of the remaining accidents involve contact injuries, electrical, or chemical burns. Most injuries take place at home, but may also occur at work, in motor vehicle accidents, and under other circumstances.
Of those admitted for treatment, more than 96 percent of burn victims survive their injuries. However, severe burns are considered among the most devastating of catastrophic injuries. They often require extensive medical treatment, lifelong care, and victims are left with permanent, disfiguring scars.
Types of Burns
Burns are classified by the severity of the injury. First-degree burns, such as a serious sunburn, affect only the top layer of skin and typically heal on their own without treatment. In addition to first-degree injuries, the most common survivable burn classifications are:
- Second-Degree Burns: This classification of burn affects several layers of skin and may take weeks to heal. Second-degree burns require medical treatment and recovery is often painful for victims. These types of burns may leave permanent scars and result in limited mobility in affected areas.
- Third-Degree Burns: These burns cause damage that extends well beneath the skin and into the underlying tissues, organs, and vasculature. Third-degree burns usually require long-term hospitalization and one or more surgeries and skin grafts to repair the affected areas. Victims typically need extensive rehabilitation and ongoing treatment and care. Many must suffer with permanent scarring, which could highly affect visible areas like the face, hands, arms, or chest.
Burns that are more severe than third-degree are often fatal because the injury has damaged tissue too extensively for the body to recover.
How Do Burn Injuries Happen?
Nearly half of all burn injuries are caused by open flames. Injuries from open flames are common in workplaces that require an open flame, such as restaurants where chefs cook with gas stoves and grills. In many cases, fires and scalding injuries result from faulty home appliances. House fires often start because of an electrical failure or appliance malfunction.
While some burn injuries truly are accidental, many are the result of neglect. A product manufacturer’s failure to provide adequate instructions or safety warnings could result in the improper use of a kitchen appliance that results in a fire and serious injuries. A drunk driver could cause an accident that leads to a car fire or an electrician could improperly wire a home, leading to disastrous consequences.
Cost of Severe Burns
Severe burns can cause extensive physical damage that may require multiple procedures and extensive rehabilitation. The emotional trauma from the accident and injury, as well as the permanent scarring can have serious consequences on a victim’s mental health. Victims are often unable to perform or participate in many of their former activities or interact with family as they did before. These limitations can significantly reduce a victim’s quality of life.
In addition to physical and emotional pain, there are significant expenses to contend with after a burn injury. Advances in medical care have improved treatment modalities, but multiple procedures can prove costly, even with the best insurance plans. Severe burns are often life-altering injuries with repercussions that affect the whole family. A victim may need long-term care, during which time they are unable to work. This situation leaves the family without a significant portion of their income and they may then struggle to pay for everyday costs and expenses, let alone mounting medical bills.
If you or a loved one has suffered a burn injury, our experienced attorneys can protect your interests and help you focus on recovering.
Seeking Compensation for Liability
When a burn injury can be traced to negligence, you may have a personal injury claim. If a manufacturer, designer, or retailer produced and sold a defective product, you can often pursue a product liability case. When a property owner failed to properly maintain their property, you can hold them responsible with a premises liability lawsuit.
When traffic accidents are the cause for a burn injury, we can hold the at-fault driver liable for their negligence. Many serious injuries are caused by felony DUI drivers and we make it our mission to hold those reckless drivers accountable. If the accident and injury occurred at work, your employer could be liable for any injuries sustained.
At San Diego Injury Lawyer, our team of attorneys can thoroughly investigate your case to determine if another party is at fault, and if so, we can file a claim for your damages, including:
- Expenses for medical procedures and rehabilitation
- Pain and suffering
- Reduced quality of life
- Loss of income
Insurance representatives’ top priority is their company’s bottom line. They will seek to downplay the severity your injuries to minimize settlement amounts. Our law firm has built a reputation on bringing claims against large insurance companies and have achieved an outstanding record of results. We have secured several multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements for our past clients and we will fight for your right to compensation as well.
Schedule a Consultation
If you or a loved one has suffered a burn injury, our experienced attorneys can protect your interests and help you focus on recovering. Please contact our firm online or call (858) 413-9228 today to schedule a free consultation.