5 Common Places for Burn Injury Accidents
Be Careful with the Heat at These Hot Places
California wildfires have been responsible for several thousands of acres of lost land, as well as deaths and unaccounted citizens. In fact, California’s recent wildfires have led to around 86 deaths and 500 missing people. Though alarmingly ordinary, wildfires are not the most common cause of burns.
When a burn is caused by the negligence of others and you have sustained injuries, you may be entitled to compensation. West Coast Trial Lawyers practices personal injury law in Los Angeles and can help you recover damages in a burn accident case. Listed below are a few places where burns commonly occur.
Many people accept the serious risk of skin cancer as they earn their perfectly golden appearances in a tanning bed. However, some do not realize the potential hazards and injuries you can get from a tanning bed. Unfortunately, there are thousands of cases where people have suffered injuries from a tanning bed and or have been sent to the emergency room.
Not only are tanning beds the cause of over 170,000 cases of skin cancer a year, but almost 80 percent of injuries that were caused by tanning beds contained deep and severe burns. Tanning has also led to an increased risk of melanoma.
“Tanned skin is skin damage,” quotes Dr. Adam Friedman, an assistant professor of medicine and director of dermatologic research. “Now we can say there are acute issues too,” said Friedman. “I think the idea that someone will have to go to the hospital or the emergency room can dissuade people. This is arming the medical community with more power to push people away.”
From overly zealous blow dryers to dangerously strong chemicals, there are a myriad of ways that you can get burned in a hair salon. In fact, there are new styles and trends, which some include actual flames. Hair salon chemical burns are more common than people realize, and like most personal injury cases, will rely on the victim proving the negligence of the stylist or business.
When you go to a restaurant or cafe, there is not only an understanding, but an expectation that your food will be hot. However, the restaurant or cafe may be liable if what they serve is too hot, or if they did not give the customer a proper warning.
Your place of employment may also put you at a higher risk of receiving a burn injury. Chefs, as well as construction workers and equipment cleaners, are considered high-risk occupations. Burns at work should be covered by your employer’s insurance policy.
A majority of burn accidents happen when you’re in your own home. Most accidents occur from cooking, such as spilling hot oil or touching a hot item. Electrical burns and chemical burns can also happen at home. Usually, these types of cases are covered by either homeowners insurance or your own personal health insurance.
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 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 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
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 percent 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 Is Here to Help
If you have sustained injuries in the city of Los Angeles as a result of a burn accident, a personal injury attorney at West Coast Trial Lawyers can help you recover compensation for the losses you have suffered, including medical bills, property damage, lost wages, and pain and suffering.