Burn injuries are some of the most painful and damaging and can often inflict lifelong disfigurement. Severe burn injuries often have catastrophic consequences for the victims and their families. Burn injuries commonly prevent victims from returning to their normal life, employment, and daily routine. The financial costs and emotional aspect of such injuries often bring upon undue hardship not only on the victim but also their family. If you, a friend, or a loved one have suffered a severe burn injury as a result of someone else’s negligence, you have the right to take legal action against the party responsible for your injuries. Contact an experienced Fresno burn injury attorney to discuss your right to compensation.
Common Causes of Burn Injuries
Burn injuries can be severe and can cause lifelong deformity, disability, and disfigurement. Severe burn injuries are classified as catastrophic due to their damaging nature and life-altering impact on the victim. Burns are not solely caused by fires, burns may also be caused by water, steam, chemicals, defective products, and even medical malpractice. Injuries can be caused by many types of accidents, including:
- Auto accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Construction accidents
- Defective products
- Motorcycle accidents
- Nursing home abuse
- Pedestrian accidents
- Slip and fall accidents
- Truck accidents
- Workplace accidents
- Medical malpractice
What Are the Different Types of Burn Injuries?
The skin is the human body’s largest organ. The thermal burn is considered the most common type of burn injury and it involves contact with fire, hot liquid, hot objects, or steam. Other types of burn injuries are caused by electricity, chemicals, friction, and radiation. Pain management for burns can be somewhat difficult as burns differ in type and severity. Common burn injury classifications can include, but are not limited to:
First-Degree Burns – Are considered mild when compared to others, and result in pain and reddening of the outer layer of the skin (epidermis). A sunburn is an example of a first-degree burn.
Second-Degree Burns – Causes damage to the outer layer (epidermis), and the layer of skin below it (dermis). These Burns cause pain, redness, swelling, blistering and sometimes scarring. Second-degree burns can take several weeks to heal.
Third-Degree Burns – Damage the epidermis, dermis, and their underlying tissues and sweat glands. Third-degree burns result in white, blackened, or charred skin that may become numb. Their treatment may include skin grafting and surgery.
Additional categories exist for catastrophic burn cases which include fourth-degree burns, which extend into the fat layer; fifth-degree burns, which extend into the muscle; and sixth-degree burns which extend into the bone.
What Damages Can I Recover?
In California, if you have sustained a personal injury as a result of someone else’s negligence you have the right to bring forward a claim for non-economic damages. Examples of non-economic damages are out-of-pocket expenses such as lost wages (due to your injuries), and past, present, and future medical bills and expenses. Depending on the circumstances surrounding your injury, you may also be eligible to recover non-economic and punitive damages.
If you have suffered a burn injury as a result of someone else’s negligence, you are encouraged to contact a Fresno burn injury attorney to discuss all damages available to you. The Fresno burn injury attorneys at the Grossman Law Offices will work effectively and aggressively to get you the compensation that you deserve. Contact the Grossman Law Offices for a free burn injury evaluation.