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Burn Injuries

Burn injuries are one of the most traumatic injuries that a person can experience. Burns can be excruciatingly painful and may take a long time to heal. Nerve damage and skin grafts are common, and in severe cases disfigurement and loss of function in the injured area can occur. The physical and emotional scars can last a lifetime. The American Burn Association has estimated that 2.4 million people in the United States receive medical treatment for burn injuries every year. Between 8,000 and 12,000 of these people die from their burn injury, and another 10,000 people die from secondary complications such as infections or pneumonia. Often times, burn injuries are the result of someone else’s negligence. If you or a loved one has suffered from a burn injury, or a loved one has died from burn injuries because of the negligence of another party, you should contact an attorney as soon as possible. At The Evans Law Firm, our experienced burn injury lawyer will hold the responsible parties accountable and help you recover the maximum amount of compensation allowable under the law.

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Severity Of Burn Injuries

Burn injuries are categorized by severity and include the following:

  • First degree burns: cause blistering of the top layer of skin (the epidermis). An example is sunburn. Minimal tissue damage is involved in first degree burns.
  • Second degree burns: cause swelling and blisters, which may affect the sweat glands and hair follicles. The affected area includes both the epidermis and the underlying layer of skin (the dermis).
  • Third degree burns: all layers of skin are burned and the underlying tissue is damaged. Immediate medical attention is required. Permanent scarring is common. In many cases, rehabilitation and plastic surgery is necessary.
  • Other burns: airway burns affect the trachea or lungs, which are burned by intense smoke inhalation or heat.

Common Causes Of Burn Injuries

Burn injuries can result from a number of circumstances. Some of the most common include the following:

  • fire
  • heat
  • chemicals
  • hot liquids
  • electricity
  • steam
  • radiation
  • flammable liquids and gases
  • explosions

Who Is Liable For A Person’s Burn Injuries?

Depending upon the circumstances, there are many different parties that may be liable for a victim’s burn injury. Any person (or entity, such as a corporation) can be held liable if their negligent or intentional misconduct caused a burn injury. The most common parties responsible may include any of the following:

  • Motor vehicle drivers: automobile accidents often cause burn injuries. Negligent drivers (including drunk drivers) may be liable for such injuries.
  • Product manufacturers: defective products have caused many burn injuries. For example, if faulty electrical wiring in a house caused a fire, the manufacture of the wire may be held liable for resulting to a burn injury. The contractor who built the house may also be liable if he or she knowingly used sub-standard wiring. An electrician may be liable if the wiring was improperly installed.
  • Property owners: business owners, landlords and property owners have a duty to ensure the safety of customers, tenants and guests. If someone is injured because of a dangerous condition on the property, the property owner(s) may be liable.

California Burn Injury Lawyer

Contact a burn injury lawyer today for a free case evaluation.

A burn injury can be devastating to the victim as well as his or her family. A burn injury lawyer at The Evans Law Firm will help you recover compensation for your injuries, such as past and future medical expenses, loss of income, pain and suffering, ongoing care and rehabilitation, counseling costs, and other possible damages. Call us today for a free case evaluation.

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