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Seek Help From Burn Injury Lawyers After An Accident

Burn injuries can significantly impact your physical and psychological well-being and often result in substantial medical costs and life-altering consequences. Burn injuries can occur in a variety of circumstances - at home, at work, in a car accident or even due to a defective product - and burn injuries are rarely limited to fire and flames. In fact, harsh chemicals or improperly prescribed medications can each cause a burn injury. No matter the scenario, if you suffered a burn as a result of someone else’s actions, you need to speak with burn injury lawyers. 

Burn injury victims need immediate medical attention and in many instances, require long-term specialized care. Burn injuries run a higher risk of infection because damaged skin tissue cannot shield against germs and bacteria, and often releases harmful toxins. Medical treatment may be extensive, requiring lengthy hospital stays, multiple surgeries and consistent rehabilitation. The costs can become overwhelming, impacting both the victim and their loved ones. 

Doctor treats a burn injury

Causes of Burn Injuries in California

A fire can occur in a variety of circumstances and burn injury victims are entitled to seek damages for incurred medical bills and resulting physical and psychological suffering. Some typical situations in which a burn injury may occur include:

Industrial Accidents in California

Industrial workers are usually at a higher risk of burn injury because their work typically involves handling dangerous chemicals or susceptible machinery. Aging facilities and inadequate workplace safety policies can further enhance the risk of a burn injury. Employees working in chemical refineries, construction sites or factories are usually protected by workers’ compensation laws, designed to ensure that they are reimbursed for medical costs and lost wages when an accident occurs. However, workers may be entitled to receive additional compensation when a court finds that an employer failed to protect an employee from injury properly. Extensive safety measures should be in place to ensure that workers are not susceptible to devastating injuries from industrial accidents.

If you’ve been in direct contact with a substance that resulted in a burn injury or find yourself involved in an industrial fire, it’s important to seek immediate medical attention to prevent the injury from worsening over time. Once you’ve obtained medical attention, the next call you are encouraged to make is to a burn injury lawyer.

Types of Burn Injuries Involved in Personal Injury Claims 

No matter how severe, an experienced burn injury attorney can ensure you receive adequate compensation to recover from your wounds. A proven personal injury lawyer will help you determine who is at fault for the injury, and initiate a claim against the negligent party.

Third-Degree Burns

Third-degree burns are the most severe type of burn injury and can require extensive surgical procedures and care for months to come. A third-degree burn occurs when every layer of skin - the outer epidermis, the middle dermis and the deeper hypodermis - appear peeled away and severely scarred. Third-degree burns can also cause significant harm to blood vessels, nerves and muscles, resulting in even more extensive damage and requiring additional medical care. If these burns do not receive proper treatment, the victim’s risk of infection increases significantly.

A third-degree burn victim will likely experience swelling, blackened skin that eventually browns the skin surface. Nerve endings may become dull or numb, resulting in the loss of motor functions. Some of the causes of third-degree burns include:

  • Scalding liquids
  • Exposure to hot objects
  • Fires and explosions
  • Chemical collisions
  • Electrical accidents

Burn injury victims should seek immediate medical attention and do everything possible to stop the burning process. Immerse the area in cold water and irrigate the wound with chemicals designed to minimize infection. A medical professional will stabilize the victim and determine the best course of action for healing.

Scalding Burns

Scalding burns typically occur after a victim is in contact with exorbitantly hot liquids. Often, these liquids have been heated beyond a reasonable measure, resulting in otherwise avoidable burn accidents. Each year, hundreds of thousands of people are treated for scalding burns, and care ranges from extensive hospitalization to outpatient treatment. In these incidents, negligence is almost always to blame for the accident. Children, the elderly and the disabled are at higher risk for scalding burn injuries, because they may not be able to verbalize that a liquid is painfully hot.

The severity of the burn will depend on how long the victim was in contact with the scalding liquid. If contact occurs, the victim should immediately submerge the affected area in cold water to alleviate the pain and stop the burn from intensifying. It’s advisable to refrain from driving or operating heavy machinery when holding or drinking hot liquids. 

Scarring and Disfigurement Claims are Also Managed by Our Burn Injury Lawyers

Burn injuries invariably lead to scars and, in some cases, disfigurement. These painful incidents often require extensive reconstructive surgery, and many victims will never fully appear as they once did. Bleached skin, deformed extremities or facial features, keloid and contracture scars are some of the most common occurrences after a severe burn injury. While skin grafting may be medically necessary to encourage the growth of new healthy skin, it can also contribute to a patient’s disfigured appearance. In our image-driven world, these scars and deformities often lead to intense psychological suffering and setbacks. 

The medical care required to mitigate scarring and disfigurement is often cosmetic and rarely covered by insurance. However, a burn injury attorney will help you receive medical compensation for any cosmetic procedures undertaken after a burn injury. 

Our Burn Injury Lawyers Can Help Determine Negligence

Oftentimes, a burn injury occurs because a negligent party failed to take adequate precautions to prevent accidents. Burn injury victims should speak with an attorney after an incident has occurred to ensure that negligent parties are held accountable. In these cases, a burn injury lawyer will help you conduct a thorough investigation of the facts, and help you assess the total compensation needed to cover your damages. 

Some negligent parties in a burn injury accident might include:

  • Corporations – Companies that fail to provide safe workplaces and proper employee training, or fail to address harmful chemical storage and usage adequately, can be held liable for burn injuries.
  • Product manufacturers – Defective products, such as space heaters, curling irons or grills, are frequently involved in burn injury accidents.
  • Landlords – Property owners that fail to ensure their buildings are up to new fire codes, provide suitable fire escape options and eliminate flammable substances on the premises may be deemed negligent if a fire or burn incident occurs. 
  • Individuals – Anyone that fails to exercise a reasonable duty of care in a burn accident may be held liable for any resulting injuries. 

Damages Resulting From Burn Injuries

Burn injury victims will frequently experience a variety of issues that significantly impact their day-to-day lives. From expensive medical care to lost wages, burn injury victims may be able to seek recovery for:

  • Medical bills
  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress
  • Wrongful death
  • Cosmetic procedures
  • Psychological treatment
  • Plastic Surgery
  • Long Term Care

What Should You Do After an Accident Where You Receive Burns

If you or someone you know is burned due to an accident, follow these steps:

  1. Call 911 for emergency medical attention.
  2. If the scene of the accident is unsafe to stay in, get help to get out if you can. Others should be kept out of the area. For instance, if you have received an electrical burn from a live wire try to warn others if you are able.
  3. Get medical attention even if you aren’t sure how bad your injury is. It’s important to establish that medical care was received immediately.
  4. Contact a personal injury lawyer who specializes in burn injuries.
  5. Request medical records for any care received including prescriptions, follow up visits, and mental health visits. Keep everything well documented in a medical file of your own. Save all your receipts and document phone calls with your doctor’s office.
  6. Take photographs of your burns and make sure that there are time and date stamps on them. Make hard copies and keep them with your medical records. Continue to keep a visual record as your burns heal, especially if there is scar tissue.
  7. Keep a journal and record your pain levels, your mental state, and how the injuries have affected your life.

Burn Injury Lawyers Can Secure Compensation For You

Our experienced attorneys understand that recovering your health after a burn injury includes sound legal guidance. If you’ve suffered a burn injury, schedule a free consultation with the burn injury lawyers from our firm, so we can accurately assess your case. Contact us online, call 310-273-7300 or email us to speak with an attorney today.