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How to Maximize Your Burn Injury Settlements In California


West Coast Trial Lawyers Can Increase Your Burn Compensation Amount


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.

Below, our experienced burn injury attorneys will discuss burn injury settlements and the way that they are typically determined. If you have suffered burn injuries, the experienced burn accident attorneys at West Coast Trial Lawyers are always here to answer any questions you may have about burn injuries and available damages.

How Did The Burn Accident Occur?


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 the woman who received $640,000 from McDonald’s after enduring third degree burns caused by boiling hot coffee.
  • A victim endured both second and third degree burns 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 when, because of a product defect, his bed went up in flames. 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 or close to $4,000,000.

Available Damages


Accidents happen. If you were injured as a result of someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation for your losses. Below is a brief explanation of damages. Damages are a type of monetary award that is determined by a court of law to help compensate an aggrieved individual for any losses or injuries sustained as a result of someone’s negligence.

Economic Damages
Economic damages are intended to compensate a plaintiff for losses that a dollar amount can readily be attached to. Economic damages are calculated by determining the amount of out of pocket losses an aggrieved individual has or will expect to incur as a result of their injuries.
A few examples of economic losses include:

  • Loss of Earning Capacity
  • Medical Bills.
  • Lost Wages

Non-Economic Damages
Non-economic damages are essentially intended to cover losses that are thought of as subjective and will not necessarily cover out of pocket losses. Non-economic damages may include compensation for:

  • Emotional Distress
  • Pain And Suffering
  • Loss Of Enjoyment Of Life

Punitive Damages
The third type of damages a California court may award are known as punitive damages. Punitive damages are intended as punishment and are only awarded when a defendant’s behavior is especially harmful. Punitive damages are relatively rare and in fact were only incorporated in 5% of all verdicts.
Furthermore, there is no real set standard for calculating and awarding punitive damages. Punitive damages are awarded at the court’s discretion and will vary depending on the specific circumstances of a case.

Limitations For Damages In California
For the most part, there is no real cap on compensatory damages following a personal injury claim. This means that courts are able to award any amount they feel is appropriate and reasonable. However, the only exception is regarding medical malpractice cases. In these cases, the limit for pain and suffering and other non economic losses is $250,000.

West Coast Trial Lawyers Will Fight For Maximum Compensation For Your Burn Injuries
If you have sustained injuries in the city of Los Angeles as a result of a burn accident, an attorney at our firm can help you recover financial compensation for the losses you have suffered, including medical bills, property damage, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Contact a burn injury lawyer today at West Coast Trial Lawyers today at (213) 927-3700 or email [email protected] to schedule a free consultation with our experienced, caring, and compassionate legal team.

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