Personal Injury Firm in Los Angeles
Burn injuries are among the most painful injuries someone can experience. Burn injury victims may require costly surgeries, including plastic surgery, and even then, they may be left with permanent scarring. Some burn injury victims suffer from excruciating pain and psychological scars that make it hard for them to ever live a normal life. Because burn injuries are so complex, the effects of your injury can be unpredictable. What may seem like a minor burn can lead to serious complications, such as an aggressive infection impacting multiple parts of your body. Serious burn injuries can require highly specialized treatment in a burn unit along with long term medical care and rehabilitation.
For these reasons, it is important to have an experienced burn injury attorney help you obtain the financial compensation you deserve for your physical and emotional injuries. Whether you think your burn injury is mild or severe, an experienced burn injury attorney can carefully assess your situation and discuss all legal avenues that may be available to you. Depending upon the particular circumstances of your case, multiple parties may be held legally responsible for your injuries, including utility companies, product manufacturers and distributors, building owners, and property management companies. Without the help of a competent burn injury attorney, it may be very difficult to properly investigate and find all sources of potential compensation.
Burn injuries can cause damage to your skin, deeper tissues, and even nerves and bones. If you experience a burn injury, it is important to seek medical attention. First degree burns and some second degree burns heal on its own without professional medical treatment. If you suffer a minor burn, run it under cool water immediately and keep it clean to allow it to heal over time.
Third and fourth degree burns are much more serious injuries and must be treated immediately by medical professionals. Sometimes, a person who suffers a severe third or fourth degree burn will not feel pain due to nerve damage. Severe burns, if left untreated, can lead to more disastrous results such as infections, going into shock, and other complicated medical issues. If you cool a large, severe burn too quickly, you may risk getting hypothermia. These injuries cannot be treated at home and require medical attention to reduce and prevent further risks. Deep burn injuries often require skin graft surgery to maximize the healing process.
An experienced Los Angeles burn injury lawyer can help victims collect the compensation they deserve for their injuries and move forward with their lives. Burn injury victims are entitled to receive the following compensation:
Some important things to consider when evaluating your case is how the burn happened and where the injury is located on your body. Burn injuries can occur in various situations and settings- in the workplace, at home, while using a defective product, etc. Establishing the facts of how the burn occurred is essential to the value of the settlement because it determines who will be held liable and the degree of liability. If the defendant is a manufacturing company, as opposed to an individual, the defendant may have the ability to pay a higher settlement. If the burn is located on a more obvious part of the plaintiff’s body, such as the face, he/she is likely to experience more emotional distress, embarrassment, and loss of enjoyment of life. The amount awarded to the plaintiff for pain and suffering can depend largely on where the burn is located.
In some cases, it can be proved that the defendant who caused the burn injury acted with intent or gross negligence. If that is true, the burn victim may be entitled to punitive damages. Punitive damages are separate from actual damages, which compensates the victim for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, etc. The purpose of punitive damages is not to compensate the victim but rather to penalize a person or company for their misconduct. The amount of punitive damages awarded may vary greatly according to each case and the defendant’s wealth.
In burn injury lawsuits, the burden of proof falls on the plaintiff. This means the plaintiff must prove that the injury suffered was caused by the defendant’s action or negligence. Having a trained burn injury attorney handle your case is crucial to getting the best settlement.
The legal team at West Coast Trial Lawyers knows how to get results for our clients. We are top notch Los Angeles trial lawyers who have recovered over $1 billion in verdicts and settlements.* Because burn injury cases can be complicated, you need to make certain that you are represented by a legal team with the experience and resources necessary to win your case. We are here to help you through this traumatic experience, so you do not have to deal with additional stress during your recovery.
The lawyers at our firm have extensive experience handling complex cases involving serious and life-threatening injuries. We are focused on obtaining superior outcomes for people who have suffered painful injuries or lost loved ones in all types of burn accidents, including:
The top-notch attorneys at West Coast Trial Lawyers know how emotionally and physically difficult it can be to recover from a burn injury. If you or someone you care about has been injured or killed in a fire, explosion, or any other type of burn accident, an experienced Los Angeles burn injury lawyer at our firm can help you get the financial compensation you deserve. We never charge a fee for our legal services, unless we are able to obtain compensation for you. Call (213) 927-3700 or email [email protected] to schedule a free consultation with West Coast Trial Lawyers, and find out what our experienced and dedicated personal injury attorneys can do to help.