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What Factors Are Considered When Determining Compensation for a Burn Injury?


Burn injuries are among the most painful and devastating injuries anyone can possibly experience. Medical treatment for burn injury victims often require costly plastic surgery, and victims may still be left with permanent scarring. Many burn injury victims also suffer from excruciating pain and psychological scars that make it nearly impossible to ever live a normal life.

If you sustained a burn injury due to the negligence of another party, you may be eligible to file a personal injury claim against them for damages. At West Coast Trial Lawyers, our qualified Los Angeles burn injury attorneys are readily available to offer legal assistance. We have over 60 years of collective legal experience in handling personal injury cases. With our track record of winning more than $1 billion in settlements for our clients, we are confident that we will get you the compensation you deserve for your losses.

To schedule a free consultation at our Los Angeles personal injury law firm, please contact our 24/7 legal team by calling (213) 927-3700 or filling out our quick contact form.

How Is a Burn Injury Settled?

The way the burn occurred, and where it is located, are perhaps the most important considerations when determining the value of a settlement. A jury will consider, among many things, how bad the burn looks and the way it will affect a victim’s quality of life. There are so many types of situations that can cause a burn injury. Therefore, settlement amounts will vary greatly depending on the specific circumstances.

For example, a burn that occurs on someone’s face will be valued much more highly than one that occurred in a less visible place, such as an arm or a leg. Let’s consider a more specific example. Say that a burn victim was hurt in an accident that was or was not potentially avoidable. The value of such a case will likely be lower than a case in which a victim was hurt because someone failed to follow necessary safety regulations.

Physical and Emotional Pain and Suffering

Due to the fact that burn injuries will cause lifelong health issues and permanent disfigurement, victims may also be entitled to damages for their physical and emotional pain and suffering. Damages for pain and suffering will consider the reality that a victim will experience the shame and embarrassment of becoming physically deformed for the rest of their lives.

Types of Burn Injury Settlements

Negligence Burn Injury Settlements

  • One of the most infamous burn injury cases was with a woman who received $640,000 from McDonald’s after enduring third-degree burns caused by boiling hot coffee.
  • A victim endured both a second-degree and third-degree burn when the fumes from an overfilled propane tank exploded as the victim was using a barbeque. This individual settled for $970,000.

Product Liability Burn Injury Settlements

  • A hospital patient suffered burns due to his defective bed that burst into flames while he was laying on it. The victim settled for $1,000,000.
  • A burn victim who endured permanent scarring and third-degree burns as a result of a flammable skirt settled for close to $4,000,000.

West Coast Trial Lawyers Is Here to Help 

If you sustained injuries as a result of a burn accident, our expert team of Los Angeles burn injury attorneys at West Coast Trial Lawyers will help you recover compensation for damages you have suffered. This includes medical expenses, lost wages, emotional distress, and pain and suffering.

Contact us today by calling (213) 927-3700 or filling out our quick contact form to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with our knowledgeable, caring, and compassionate legal team.

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