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According to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), burns and fire-related accidents are the third leading cause of fatalities in the home. As recently as 2010, a fire-related death occurred every 169 minutes. Furthermore, fire-related injuries occurred every 30 minutes. To put these figures into dollar amounts, the cost of fire and burn-related injuries a year is estimated at $7.5 billion dollars.

However, these types of horrific injuries go beyond dollar amounts. The skin is an important organ that is responsible for many crucial bodily functions and is more than a covering for the body. Depending on the severity, many burn injury victims may lose their ability to fight disease and dehydration. The most severe burns can destroy skin elasticity, sweat glands, and hair follicles, which can cause serious issues with mobility and breathing. 

Many burn victims suffer from psychological scars which can make it impossible to live a normal life. If you have suffered burn injuries in the city of Bakersfield because of someone’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. 

Don’t hesitate to contact our Bakersfield burn injury attorneys 24/7 at (661) 347-3610 or feel free to email us at [email protected] to schedule a free consultation with our experienced, caring and compassionate legal team. At West Coast Trial Lawyers, we are always here to answer any questions you may have about burn injury claims and damages you may be entitled to.

Burn Injury Statistics


According to The American Burn Association and The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):
  • 44% of burn center admissions were for fire or flame burns.
  • 33% of burn center admissions were caused by scalding injuries.
  • 9% of burn center admissions were caused by direct contact with a hot source.
  • 4% of burn center admissions were for electrical burns.
  • 3% of burn center admissions were for chemical burns
  • Males account for $4.8 billion in medical costs and females account for about $2.7 billion.
  • Non-hospitalized burn and fire-related injuries costs are about $3 billion.

Liability In A Burn Injury Case

A Bakersfield burn injury lawyer will consider several factors when determining liability, such as how the burn happened and where it is located on a victim’s body. These circumstances will help determine both liability and compensation. The location of a burn on a person’s body matters. 

If a burn is located on a visible part of your body, such as on your face, you are more likely to experience embarrassment and emotional distress. For example, if a burn occurred on your face rather than on your arms, you will most likely be entitled to higher damages.

Another important question to ask is whether the victim was injured by an accident or by a deliberate act. If the person who caused your burn injury acted with malice or recklessness, you may also be entitled to punitive damages which are separate from the normal damages you would already be entitled to for your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and etc. 

Punitive damages are rarely awarded and are only given to a burn injury victim when a defendant acted with extreme recklessness or intentionally tried to cause you harm. 

More On Negligence And Burn Injuries

Negligence is a wrongful act that can be committed by an individual, a company, or a group of people that causes harm to another. In order to successfully pursue a burn injury claim, a burn injury victim must prove that: 

  1. The defendant owed the burn injury victim a duty of care;
  2. The defendant failed to comply with this duty of care; and
  3. The defendant's failure to comply with their duty of care was a significant factor that caused a burn injury victim’s losses.

It is also important to mention that California is a comparative negligence state. This means that a burn injury victim who was partially responsible for a burn accident may still recover some damages. However, a burn injury victim’s damages will be reduced by his or her degree of fault.

An example of negligence and burn injuries: Sam is having drinks at a local beach with friends around a bonfire. Sam happens to have some fireworks in his pocket. Sam has been drinking and decides to light the fireworks. Rather than throw them into the sand, away from his friends, he throws them at his Bob’s feet. Sam doesn’t want to hurt Bob. In his mind, Sam thinks it would be a great practical joke to scare Bob. 

Unfortunately, the fireworks land in the bonfire. This causes an explosion that burns Bob’s hands and face. In this example, Bob can file a personal injury claim against Sam. Sam would almost certainly be held liable for Bob’s injuries and damages. Furthermore, Sam would likely have to pay for Bob’s medical bills and lost wages and because Bob’s burns happened in visible and sensitive areas, Bob would possibly qualify for additional damages to compensate him for his pain and suffering and physical disfigurement. 

The above is only one example of how a person can suffer a burn injury. Burn injuries can also be caused by defective products as well. Please consult with an experienced Bakersfield burn injury lawyer to discuss whether the specific circumstances that caused your burn injury entitle you to file a personal injury claim. 

West Coast Trial Lawyers Is Always Here To Help

If you have sustained burn injuries as a result of someone’s negligence or deliberate acts of malice, you have the right to hold the guilty party responsible for your losses. A Bakersfield burn injury attorney at our firm can recover financial compensation for the losses you have suffered. Call us today at (661) 347-3610  or email [email protected] to schedule a free consultation with our experienced, caring and compassionate legal team.

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