A burn injury can be one of the most traumatic personal injuries a person can suffer. The monetary, mental and physical costs of recovering from a burn injury are staggering. A burn injury can require months, sometimes years of hospitalization, doctors’ visits, physical therapy and often extensive counseling to overcome the mental trauma sustained from suffering such an injury. If you or a loved one has suffered a serious burn injury due to someone else’s negligence, contact me immediately. I fight to help people all across Southern California get fair and just compensation for their burn injuries.
Every year in the United States, approximately 2.4 million burn injuries are reported. Between 8,000 and 12,000 burn victims will die, while almost a million will suffer significant or permanent disabilities because of their burn injury. The most common injury caused by burns is disfigurement to the skin, the largest organ of the body. Burns can also result in damage to the body’s chemistry and organs other than the skin. When burn injuries are suffered, the severity of the burn will depend on which layers of the skin become damaged or destroyed.
Burn injuries can be caused by contact with flames, hot liquids, steam and other intense heat (thermal burns). Some injuries are caused by contact with sunlight or other ultraviolet light (light burns). Chemical burns are caused by alkali or acid while radiation burns occur because of contact with nuclear radiation or ultraviolet light.
First-degree burns involve only the first layer of skin. If both the first and second layers of skin are burned this is called a second-degree burn. The most serious burns are third-degree burns where all layers of skin and underlying tissue are damaged. Burn injuries can result from a variety of different activities and sources. The most common burn injuries are:
The destruction of nerves from any burn is extremely dangerous as the ability to feel pain is essential to survival. In addition, burn injuries affect the skin’s ability to prevent loss of body fluids, so burn injuries can lead to dehydration. The skin also regulates body temperature by controlling the amount of evaporation of fluids from the sweat glands. Not only can burn injuries severely affect the body’s functioning, but they can also drastically alter a person’s appearance. They frequently result in permanent scars that can cause severe mental and psychological coping difficulties.
Burn victims injured by the negligence of another person or entity have legal rights to file a claim against the negligent party to recover damages. Since burns are among the most expensive catastrophic injuries to treat, settlements and jury awards in these cases are often significant. A burn victim may require skin grafts (a process where burned skin is replaced with healthy skin from another part of the body), skin replacement (a temporary alternative to skin graft), physical therapy, and reconstructive surgery (to repair skin disfigurement and scarring).
Compensation depends on the injury and the ability of your attorney to prove the level of damage inflicted upon the victim and that the negligence of others caused the accident. In addition to medical costs, damage awards may consider pain and suffering, impact to lifestyle, potential earnings and medical costs.
Whether accidents occur through ignorance, carelessness or negligence, the consequences remain the same. A personal injury from a burn involves more than physical and emotional harm, and generally has a major impact on the victims’ finances, family, job and future. I will aggressively work within the justice system to return the victims of personal injury to the life they led prior to an injury. While monetary compensation cannot change the past, it can help the victim meet the challenges of the future.
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