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Los Angeles Burn Injury Attorney

The American Burn Association reports that over 450,000 burn injuries requiring medical treatment occur every year (source). While minor household burns are common, being exposed to a hot or acidic substance for a few too many seconds can have severe health consequences. When burn injuries are bad enough, they may even cause death.

Most people experiencing burns do live to tell about it. However, bad burns require immediate and long-term medical care for a patient to recover at all. Full recovery from a severe burn can take years, and in these cases, their effects last forever. Brain damage, nerve damage, limb loss, disfigurement, and scarring are all common after a severe burn injury. Emotional disturbances, like depression and post traumatic stress disorder, are also common.

The severe nature of a burn injury means a victim may be out of work for months or years. In bad cases, he or she may never be able to work again. If you or a loved one are a victim of burn injury, and the cause of your condition was another person’s actions or negligence, you may be entitled to financial compensation. Our Los Angeles personal injury lawyers at Grey Law are experienced in helping victims of all kinds of burn injuries.

DAMAGES RECOVERABLE

Whether your skin was scorched from a product, because of an unexpected fire, or while cooking you are entitled to filing a claim for damages. Especially when the pain you endured was due to the negligence of other persons involved. Seeking legal representation increases your chance of getting the compensation you deserve. This article further explains the damages you can claim, and your lawyer’s role in the process. As a burn victim, your claim may include information on:

  1. Economic damages
  • Money, medical expenses and compensation for lost wages.
  1. Non-economic damages
  • Emotional distress, physical incapacity, and loss of companionship. You can also claim money for permanent disfigurement if you have been left with severe scars.
  1. Punitive damages
  • The misconduct, inattentiveness, and negligence of a person or organization. Such damages are meant to retaliate for misconduct that is especially egregious.

SEVERE BURN CAUSES

Many kinds of accidents can result in severe burns. Auto-accidents, mislabeled products, acid spills, fires, and electric shock can all cause extremely bad burns. Burns are divided into three categories when it comes to their source: thermal burns, electric burns, and chemical burns.

ELECTROCUTION AND ELECTRICAL BURNS

Electrical burns are another common hazard in the home. If your home or workplace is unsafe as a result of your landlord’s or somebody else’s negligence, you may be exposed to an electrical current. Direct contact with electricity can cause deep and painful burns. They can cause much extensive damage beneath the surface of the skin. There are six types, which include arc, flame, flash, low-voltage, high-voltage, and oral. In the United States this traumatic injury takes over 1,000 lives each year, with the mortality rate being as high as five percent. Read on to learn more about electrical burns.

CHEMICAL BURN INJURIES

Chemical burns are caused when harsh chemicals make contact with your skin. You can sustain a chemical burn from a regular household cleaner, for example. Solvents and acids can cause burns when exposed near the eyes or physically on skin. In less severe cases, it may cause a minor skin irritation or rash. In more severe cases, chemical burns can result in the complete disintegration of the skin tissue and even blindness. Chemical burns are characterized by being extremely painful and difficult to treat. Read on to learn more about chemical-based injuries.

THERMAL BURN INJURIES

Thermal burns are the most common, and occur when skin comes too close to a heat source. When exposed to high heat, skin immediately dies. Thermal burns are classified according to the degree of damage caused.

TYPE OF BURN INJURIES 

Before you file a claim, knowing the type of burn injury you sustained will help build your case.  In a first degree burn, only the first layer of skin dies and medical attention is typically not required. Longer exposure to the heat source or higher heat can cause second degree burns, where lower layers of skin die. Most of the time, these burns heal on their own, but some require medical attention. Third degree burns are the most extreme type of thermal burn, and require immediate medical attention. Several layers of skin die, and muscles and organs may die as well. Fire, hot surfaces, boiling liquids, and steam cause thermal burns. This article further explains how burns are legally classified.

WHO IS LIABLE IN A HOUSE FIRE ACCIDENT?

Most house fires are accidental. But there are fires that are purposefully set to claim insurance money, hurt other persons, or to cover up crime to name a few. If you were the victim of arson, this article provides insight in determining liability and next steps.

BURN TREATMENTS

When treating a severe burn, doctors must remove the damaged and dead tissue. They leave whatever tissue they can in the hope it will be able to heal. Sometimes, this tissue is too damaged to heal on its own, and skin grafts are needed.

Burn victims require intensive physical therapy as soon as possible to retain use of the burned parts of their bodies. Failing to use burned tissue for too long can make it permanently immobile. Burn injury victims can face years of rehabilitation.

If not treated promptly, burn injuries can result in lasting consequences. When skin and tissue death aren’t treated, they can spread and kill previously healthy organs. Dead tissue also attracts infection when not removed, which can be fatal. Don’t let the medical bills from a burn injury cause more pain and suffering. If you experienced burn injury in Los Angeles, contact Grey Law today.

SETTLEMENT VALUE OF A BURN INJURY CLAIM

Are you trying to reach a settlement from a burn injury claim? This article is a great reference to learn more about how your case may proceed. To get the most out of your legal process, take detailed notes and photographic evidence of when and where the injury occured. All victims must seek medical treatment for official documentation of injuries sustained from a doctor. We understand that medical bills can easily pile up, as it is often an ongoing treatment process. Depending on the severity, you may not be able to function as you normally would on a day-to-day basis. Our legal team will make sure to build an extensive case, to ensure that you receive the maximum compensation possible to pay for damages that resulted from your injury.

IMPORTANCE OF HIRING A BURN INJURY ATTORNEY

At Grey Law, our team has many years of experience in representing victims, and we will do whatever it takes to get you the justice that you deserve. Burn injuries are among the most serious types of injuries. It is important that you seek medical treatment immediately to prevent an infection. Victims not only suffer from pain, but also a wide range of other burdens as well. Seeking legal representation can strengthen your claim, as we can provide you with insight, an evaluation and advice.

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