Burn injuries, regardless of cause, are very painful and will always require costly medical treatment. A burn injury is a type of personal injury, which means that if your injury was caused by either a negligent individual, group, or defective product, you may file a personal injury claim against the guilty party in order to recover compensation for your losses.
Burn injuries are more common than people believe. According to data provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 486,000 burn injuries occurred in 2011, which required emergency room visits and extensive medical treatment. Furthermore, more than 3,000 deaths were reported that year.
Burn injuries are generally identified depending on severity. Burn classification is one of the most important considerations a burn injury attorney will analyze when determining liability and potential damages. The more severe a burn was, the greater the likelihood that medical costs associated with treating resulting injuries will be. For the most part, more severe injuries translate into greater compensation.
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Fires are just one circumstance that can cause burns injuries. Here are some quick facts about fires, burn injuries, and burn fatalities:
A moderate burn injury may cost a victim over $200,000. Even those with the most generous insurance plans will likely struggle to afford these costs. Furthermore, more serious injuries may cost a victim $1.5 million, and that’s without any complications or unexpected emergencies. Finally, the very worst burn injuries may cost over $10 million to treat.
Burn injuries will often require long term, specialized medical treatment. Spending a significant amount of time in a burn unit is not uncommon. Unfortunately, very serious burn injuries also carry a risk of permanent disfigurement, psychological issues, infection, and the possibility of skin graft failure.
Let’s discuss one of the most common types of burn injury claims. This type of claim revolves around burn injuries that were caused by defective products. Any company that designs, manufactures, or sells a defective product that causes someone to suffer burn injuries can be held responsible.
According to Beverly Hills product liability law, any person, entity, or group that is directly involved in a product’s chain of distribution can be held responsible for a victim’s losses. This can include designers, manufacturers, and sellers.
Strict liability cases typically revolve around:
If you suffered burn injuries that were caused by negligence and you want to file a product liability lawsuit, you must prove that the:
Consider this following example of burn injuries caused by a defective product: Anita just bought a new e-scooter. She’s never ridden an e-scooter before. She practices by going around the block a few times and everything seems to be going well. Later that afternoon, Anita goes out for a long ride. All of a sudden, the e-scooter suffers an electrical malfunction, which causes it to burst into flames.
As a result of this malfunction, Anita experiences severe burns on her legs. Anita contacts an experienced Beverly Hills burn injury attorney who helps her identify the product malfunction. However, no one wants to accept responsibility for the defective e-scooter. The manufacturer will not accept liability. And the store that sold the e-scooter claims they had no idea about the product defect either.
In this situation, all Anita needs to prove is that the e-scooter company designed, manufactured, or sold a defective e-scooter; that the e-scooter had a design, manufacturing, or warning defect when it left the company’s possession; that Anita used the e-scooter in a safe, reasonable way; and that the e-scooter’s defect was the cause of her injuries.
Burn injury accidents happen. However, if you were injured because of someone else’s negligence or a defective product, you may be entitled to compensation for your losses. Damages are a type of monetary award that is intended to compensate a burn injury victim for losses and injuries sustained as a result of negligence. Damages are typically classified under the following categories.
For example, if someone deliberately tried to harm you by causing you to suffer burn injuries, you would most likely qualify for punitive damages on top of the normal compensatory damages you would already be entitled to for your medical bills and pain and suffering.
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 Beverly Hills burn injury attorney at West Coast Trial Lawyers will help you recover compensation for the losses you have suffered.