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Everyone has suffered at least a mild burn at some point in their lives, whether from a wayward campfire ember or a grease splatter while cooking. Burns are common in the United States, with approximately 486,000 people needing medical care for burns every year. Unfortunately, fire-related deaths are also common, and the CDC found that one fire-related death happened every 169 minutes in 2012.
If you or a loved one have suffered a burn injury due to someone else’s negligence, speak with an Orange County burn injury attorney at the law firm of DiMarco | Araujo | Montevideo in California today. We can review your legal options during a free consultation.
Burns are caused by electricity, heat, chemicals, radiation, or friction. Many burn injuries occur as a result of car accidents, motorcycle accidents, defective products, and many more. They are a type of skin injury that are rated by how deep the burn went, how much damage was caused to the skin, and how much damage was caused to the surrounding area, such as the underlying tissues. Although exposed parts of the body are at the most risk of being burned, internal injuries such as nerve damage are possible too. Whether your burn injuries were the result of an Orange County auto accident, product liability accident, or any action due to the negligence of another, our law firm can fight for justice and fair compensation.
Burns happen in a number of ways. While most of us associate burns with flames, that’s not the only way they occur. The American Burn Association estimates:
In many burn injury cases, especially concerning electrical burns, thermal burns, or chemical burns, the accident may have been caused by someone else’s negligence. Electrical and chemical burns are a common hazard in many occupations, which is why OSHA enforces safety regulations. Sadly, it’s not uncommon to see workplace injuries occur as a result of company negligence. If a company doesn’t have thorough safety standards in place, it will almost certainly be held liable for any accidents that result.
Burns are classified according to their severity. In general, we can see burns classified in ranges from first- to fourth-degree.
In a personal injury case, your attorney’s job is to prove the other party’s negligence. There are many situations where a burn injury can be a result of negligence, such as:
There are a number of ways a burn accident can be caused by a negligent party. Our Orange County burn injury lawyers will examine the facts to determine if you have a possible case.
Depending on the severity of your burn injuries, you may be able to claim a significant amount of damages. Especially if there is property damage, costs may be in the hundreds of thousands of dollars. Damages can include:
Find out which types of damages you may be eligible to recover during a free case evaluation with one of our Orange County personal injury lawyers.
Medical professionals have come up with a technique to uniformly describe how much area of the human body has been covered by 2nd or 3rd-degree burns. Called the Rule of 9s, it quickly predicts the total body surface area (TBSA) that has been burned by splitting the adult human body into eleven sections which they consider each to be roughly 9%. The last remaining 1% refers to genital burn injuries. The eleven sections are: head, right arm and hand, left arm and hand, chest and neck, abdomen, upper back, lower back, right thigh burn, left thigh, right lower leg, calf and foot and left lower leg, calf and foot.
Serious burn injuries can have lasting implications on a victim. Not only are burn injury victims subjected to excruciating pain immediately following the burn and during the recovery process, but they will also experience prolonged recovery periods and will likely have to deal with permanent scarring and disfigurement as well as significant emotional and psychological trauma.
The immediate consequences of a burn injury are the pain and suffering as well as the consequences of being hospitalized. This could include extended periods of time away from work as well as major out-of-pocket expenses for a victim and their family (i.e. travel to and from medical facilities, costs of medical equipment, etc.).
The long-term consequences involve the often excruciating healing process, which can include multiple surgical procedures as well as painful physical therapy and rehabilitation. Lastly, burns are the types of injuries that leave reminders. For burns that occur in visible areas of the body, such as the face, arms, hands, legs, and feet, the effect is twofold. First, victims have to see the constant reminder of a traumatic and painful experience. Second, victims will have to deal with the stigma that comes with the public judging somebody who may not look “normal.” This can come with unfortunate bias from employers and coworkers.
Burn injury cases can become incredibly complex, particularly because they often deal with tremendous medical expenses. You can be sure that insurance carriers and at-fault parties will do what they can to avoid paying large settlements in these cases. However, when you work with a Las Vegas burn injury attorney, you will have an advocate by your side who has the resources and legal expertise to take on any adversary. An attorney can:
If you have a burn injury, regardless of where it is, be sure to contact a medical professional. Treatments differ depending on the degree of the burn and the affected area. It is a general rule not to break any blisters that are a result of your burn injury, no matter how tempting it may be. Treatments for severe burns will also include making sure to solve any dehydration or infection issues. For the most serious injuries, treatments may also include the removal of dead skin (debridement), skin grafts, or cosmetic surgery. Massage, physical therapy, and acupuncture are some alternative treatments that are now done to help with the overall recovery process. Our Orange County attorneys can recover fair compensation to cover your medical bills and more.
If you or a loved one have received serious burns due to negligent behavior, the team at DiMarco | Araujo | Montevideo is in your corner. We have worked with burn victims in Orange County, California since 1979 and know how to achieve results. Set up a free initial consultation with one of our burn injury attorneys by filling out our online contact form or call us at (714) 783-2205.