Los Angeles Burn Injury Lawyer
If you or a loved one suffered from a burn injury accident in Southern California, it is vital that you contact a Los Angeles burn injury lawyer with proven success in recovering substantial compensation for burn injury victims. To determine whether you have a legitimate burn injury case in Los Angeles, consult with one of our highly qualified personal injury lawyers to help you file a personal injury claim.
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According to the American Burn Association, each year there are 1.1 million burn injuries in the United States, which require treatment. Approximately 45,000 of these catastrophic injuries require hospitalization and approximately 4,500 of these victims die. Many suffer burn injuries caused by the negligent, reckless, or intentional conduct of another party. Most severe burn injuries, such as third-degree burns, can result in burn injury lawsuits.
Burns may result from fires, automobile accidents, work-related injuries, defective products, and many other causes. These injuries often cause extreme pain and can lead to life-threatening infections and severe disfigurement.
Often victims of burn injuries face many years of ongoing treatment and surgeries during their recovery, resulting in extremely high medical bills. Many people find themselves temporarily or permanently disabled and may have many months or years of lost wages.
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Classification of Burns
When handling a burn injury case, it is important to understand the medical and financial impact of the various classifications of burns. Burns are classified by type or cause.
The most common types are thermal burns, chemical burns, and electrical burns.
- Thermal burns are caused by an external heat source, which raises the temperature of the skin and causes the death of skin and underlying tissue. Flames, steam, scalding liquids, and hot metals can all cause this type of burn injury.
- Chemical burns are caused by caustic chemicals such as acids, alkalies, detergents, or solvents coming into contact with the skin or eyes.
- Electrical burns are caused by electric current passing through the body.
Degrees of Burns
Burns are further classified by degree or depth of the burn injury sustained.
- First-degree burns or superficial burns damage only the epidermis or outer layer of skin. The skin is red, painful, and dry with no blisters. First-degree burns can be mild sunburns.
- Second-degree burns or partial-thickness burns involve both the epidermis, or outer layer of skin, and part of the dermis, the second layer of skin. Second-degree burns are red, painful, involve blistering or swelling, and may be caused by hot boiling water or open flames.
- Third-degree burns are also known as full-thickness burns. A third-degree burn destroys the first and second layers of skin and may even damage the underlying bones, muscles, and tendons. The burn area appears white, leathery, or charred. There is often no pain associated with third-degree burns because the nerve endings in the tissue have been destroyed.
The severity of a burn injury is also judged by the amount of body surface area involved. The greater the total body surface area (TBSA) of the burn, the more serious the burn:
- < 10% total body surface area in an adult
- < 5% total body surface area in the young or elderly
- < 2% full-thickness burn
10-20% total body surface area in an adult
5-10% total body surface area in the young or elderly
2-5% full-thickness burn
> 20% total body surface area in an adult
> 10% total body surface area in the young or elderly
> 5% full thickness burn
Minor burn injuries can often be treated at home or at a doctor’s office. Moderate burn injuries should be treated at a hospital. Major burn injuries should be treated in a specialized burn unit of a hospital.
What Are the Common Causes of Burn Injuries?
A serious burn injury can occur in many different situations as a result of someone else’s negligence, from minor burns to devastating injuries that can cause excruciating pain and severe scarring.
In order to prove fault against the defendant responsible for your burn injuries, you’ll need the services of a qualified Los Angeles burn injury attorney to help guide you through the process of filing a claim or lawsuit against the negligent party, whether they are your employer or a manufacturer of a defective product.
Catastrophic burn injuries are more serious injuries that should be handled by experienced injury lawyers to help you recover financial compensation for the damages sustained.
Some of the most common causes of serious burn injuries include:
- Motor vehicle accident
- House fire
- Defective product
- Workplace accident
- Chemical spill
- Electrical accident
How Are Burn Injuries Treated?
When a person’s skin is burned, nerve endings are damaged, causing extreme pain. In fact, many medical professionals consider serious burn injuries to be the most painful type of injury one can endure. These injuries often lead to infection due to the damage to the skin’s protective barrier. Up to 10,000 people in the United States die each year because of burn-related infections.
Treatment for serious burns may involve the surgical removal of dead tissue, which is called debridement. If the tissue has been damaged to the point where it cannot heal, a skin graft may be needed. This involves taking a piece of skin from an unburned area of the body and transplanting it to the injured area. The burn victim will also need to undergo physical therapy to minimize scarring and to keep the injured areas from becoming inflexible. In children, skin grafts may have to be replaced as the child grows, since the grafts will not expand.
What Happens to Burn Injury Victims?
Treatment for burn injuries has made steady progress in recent years. Victims with injuries that were once considered fatal may now survive. Twenty years ago, burns covering half the body were routinely fatal. Today, patients with burns covering up to 90 percent of the body can survive, although normally these injuries leave serious and permanent impairments.
Burn victims suffer physically, emotionally, and financially. They may face many years of medical care, nursing care, physical therapy, and psychological care. Survivors of serious accidents may have to live with disfigurement, physical pain, extensive nerve damage, permanent scarring, and life-long emotional trauma. In addition to these physical hurdles, victims also face astronomical medical bills, lost wages, and other monetary damages.
Selecting A Los Angeles Burn Injury Attorney
If you or someone close to you has suffered severe burn injuries, it is vital to contact a personal injury law firm with substantial experience in handling the legal, physical, and emotional challenges facing burn victims. Our Los Angeles burn injury attorneys understand the complex legal and medical issues involved in burn injury cases and have the skill to effectively present these issues to a jury.
We are a large and well-respected law firm with the substantial resources necessary to prosecute the most complex cases. Our firm has a proven track record of obtaining substantial financial compensation for our clients in a wide range of cases, including burn injury claims.
[Written by Derek Pakiz. Article updated on 2022-11-28]