People who have experienced burn injuries understand that there is a great deal of pain and suffering experienced, which is usually followed by medical bills, missed work, and often permanent and obvious scars that can emotionally affect the injured.If you have suffered burns to your skin and are in great pain contact our Burn Injury Attorneys today for a free no cost evaluation of you accidental injury claim.
According to recent studies, there are approximately 450,000 burn injuries that get reported every year that require medical treatment. Additionally, approximately 3,500 burn incidents result in fatalities; either from residential fires, car or plane crashes, electrical contact, contact with various chemicals, and sometimes just due to inhaling the smoke and vapors from the fire. The majority of burn incidents occur at home, or in someone’s residence. Unfortunately for the victim, many incidents could have been prevented if someone had been more careful or proper safety measures had been taken.
Liability for Injuries – Who can be held responsible for my injuries?
Liability for your injuries, can depend on a number of different factors. Where the injury took place, how it occurred and what steps were taken to avoid injuries. With lodging or hotel fires, the establishment is generally held liable. However, depending on who or what caused the fire, their liability may be limited.
When considering who is liable, it is important to know all the facts. Unfortunately many facts will not be made known until discovery takes place. Discovery allows for your attorney to determine the pertinent facts to your case and to better get an understanding of who is at fault.
Depending on the aforementioned issues, liability can be imposed on a number of parties and it is important to clearly understand your rights.
What are the degrees of a burn injury?
Burn injuries have multiple degrees. The most common degree of burn injuries are 1st through 4th degree burns. An explanation of each of these injuries are as follows
- First Degree Burns: 1st degree burns from barbeque accidents are common. 1st degree burns are categorized as those having the least amount of penetration through the skin. These are considered the least dangerous or hurtful.
- Second Degree Burns: 2nd degree burns generally cause a greater level of discomfort. Signs of second degree burns include blistering of the skin. This usually happens when the contact with the chemical, heat or other substance penetrates through the skin. Usually those suffering from 2nd degree burns require medical attention. Barbecue defects will likely cause 2nd degree burns or greater. It is important to seek medical attention when suffering from this level of burns.
- Third Degree Burns: 3rd degree burns are those that penetrate through the skin causing serious damage. These types of burns occur from electrocution, or serious prolonged exposure to heat or fire. 3rd degree burns require extensive medical attention and can be life threatening. These types of injuries often require cosmetic surgery to have them correct.
- Fourth Degree Burns: 4th degree burns penetrate beneath the skin and lead to muscle damage. These types of burns are often life threatening and if not treated promptly will lead to death. Often times even those who seek timely medical attention die shortly after exposure.
- Fifth Degree Burns: 5th degree burns, are those that penetrate to the bone. These types of burns are fatal and do not leave survivors.
- Sixth Degree Burns: 6th degree burns, much like 5th degree burns are unlikely to leave survivors. Unfortunately these types of injuries are so severe that they leave the body un-identifiable
You should not attempt to diagnose your degree of burns yourself. It is important to have a qualified professional make this determination. If you have been injured seek medical treatment for your injuries.
Compensation for a Burn Injury Claim
Unlike standard injury lawyer who deal with personal injuries, burn injuries are unique. When dealing with a burn injury there are a number of different factors that need to be considered. This includes, psychological damage, physical damage to the body, anguish, pain and suffering and life-long injuries.
Due to the nature of burn injuries, you damage may require permanent care and treatment. This is because of the healing process which may require long term treatment.
It is important to ask your attorney his intentions. Whether he is going to file against the wrongdoer, whether they are willing to fight for your case and what their resources are. Many personal injury attorneys do not have the resources, time, funds, experience or knowledge required to get a large settlement. Rather they are more interested in making a quick settlement. Our firm has the resources which we use to make sure that your injuries are compensated for. It is important that any firm that represents you knows the extent of your injuries and takes the steps needed to help you achieve or procure maximum recovery and treatment.
How Long Do I Have to File a Lawsuit: In the State of California victims of serious injuries have two years from the date of an accident to file a civil lawsuit for monetary compensation from all at fault parties. Failure to file a claim within the statutory file limit cal eliminate a victims right to recovery under the law.
Types of Burn and Fire Injuries We Handle
Our Los Angeles Burn Injury Law Firm is dedicated to perusing justice for victims injured in
Automobile – Car Truck and Motorcycle Burn Injuries
Trusted Legal Representation from Burn Injury Victims Advocates: If you have been injured or burned, contact the accidental injury lawyer Los Angeles for a free case evaluation. Our attorneys are available 24/7, for you speak with. We deal personally with our clients and make sure that we develop a strong connection and understand the injuries and pain suffered. While money damages will not repair the damage, they help. Many victims of burn injuries are faced with staggering medical bills. A settlement will not only help alleviate these issues, but also provide funds for you to heal and recover from your injuries.