Burn injuries can be devastating for innocent victims and the loved one who care for them.  The Law Offices of Downtown LA Law is dedicated to helping victims of burn injuries receive the compensation they are owed.  Our esteemed and dedicated team of Personal Injury Attorneys has handled and successfully litigated many personal injury and workplace injury cases and has amassed a venerated record in compensation for innocent victims.

If you have suffered burns or smoke inhalation  due to a car accident, motorcycle or truck collision, home or apartment fire, workplace incident, construction site explosion, fireworks display, or defective product contact our offices today to a free non cost evaluation of your burn injury claim.  Our legal staff is standing by.

Common injuries due to fires explosions and workplace accidents – Some of the most frequent injuries due to fires and explosions are as follows:

  • Smoke Inhalation
  • Carbone Monoxide Poisoning
  • Electrical Burns due to faulty wiring
  • Radiation Burns
  • Workplace Chemical Burns
  • Scalding  – Hot Water Burns
  • Burns from boating accident – Cruise Ship Burns
  • Loss of hearing due to shock wave from an explosion
  • Loss of vision

The Degrees of Burns:

Unknown to many there are in fact a total of four degrees of burn injuries.  Below is a brief description of the different degree burns a victim of a fire may suffer.

First degree:  1st degree burns are the least severe bun injury with only the outer epidermis lawyer damaged.  These burn usually lead to redness, dryness and painful sensations, and can heal within one to two weeks.

Second Degree Burns:  2nd degree burns effect the deeper layers of the skin as well leading to blistering of the skin.  Symptoms include a moist texture around the burn, general pain, and can led to serious post burn infections.  In more serious case such burn can lead to permanent scarring requiring skin grafts.

Third Degree Burns: 3rd degree burns extend deep into the epidermis.  The entire epidermis is damaged leading to a dry leathery consistency.  Such burns can cause permanent scarring disfigurement and usually require skin grafts.  Infections and possible amputations may result.

Fourth Degree Burns:  Severe burns affecting the epidermis and well as the underlying tissue and muscle.  Such burns lead to charring or blackening of the skin and will usually lead to amputations, functional impairment, gangrene, and fatalities

Landlord and Property owner liability for burn injury Claim – Residential Fire Liability

According to California property laws regarding the prevention of fire on rental properties; landowners are responsible for maintaining a safe premises, hazard free, including the prevention of serious injuries die to fires. An owner occupier has a duty to inspect the property so as to find unsafe conductions and properly remediate the issues.  Unsafe conditions leading to severe burn injuries due to fires and explosions include: (1) Improper emergency exits (2) Blocking of Locking of emergency exits, gates, and doors (3) Lack of fire extinguishers on property (4) lack of fire alarms (5) lack of smoke detectors (6) lack of carbon monoxide detectors.

Premises Liability and Fires:

Land owner or possessors liability varies greatly depending upon the classification of the victim.  Generally, all visitors fall into one of three categories:

Invitee:  An invitee is owed the highest duty of care.  They are any individual who is either expressly or impliedly invited to another person’s premises for their mutual benefit.

Licensee: Any individual who enters the premises at the owner or possessors consent for a non business or commercial purpose.  The most common example is a social guest.  In order to recover as a licensee, a victim must establish (all three):

  1. The owner or possessor knew or should have known of the dangerous condition, and should have known that it created an unreasonable risk of harm, and likewise should have known that the plaintiff would fail to discover the dangerous condition
  2. The owner or possessor did not make the condition safe or failed to warn the licensee of the condition
  3. The licensee did not know of the dangerous condition or the risks involved

Smoke Inhalation and Carbone Monoxide Detection Installations Laws – California

Smoke inhalation can damage the body through lack of oxygen (asphyxiation) as well as chemical exposure present in the smoke.

By January 1st, 2011 it is required that a person who owns a dwelling or rental property install a carbon monoxide detector.  Apartment building owners and managers are required to install the devices and to inspect and upkeep them.

Landlords or occupiers of property can be liable for damages that occur as a result of exposure to carbon monoxide. In California liability can exist even if no act of negligence exist or when the release was unintentional

Fires are also a common issue for

  • Motor Homes and RV’s
  • Manufactured Homes
  • Vehicles and Motorcycles
  • Big Rig Trucks and Public Transportation Vehicles including Buses and Light Rail Trains

Trusted Legal Representation from Residential Fire Burn Injury Victims Attorneys

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.