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Irvine Burn Injury Lawyer

Burn injuries are always more than skin deep. They can physically and psychologically devastate a victim for the rest of their lives. Our skin is not just a covering for our bodies. It is an important organ that’s responsible for crucial bodily functions. Depending on the severity, burn victims may lose their ability to fight against life threatening disease and dehydration. A severe burn can completely destroy skin elasticity, sweat glands, and hair follicles. As a result, some victims may develop issues with mobility and breathing.

Even minor burns can lead to serious complications, such as aggressive infections that can quickly spread to multiple parts of a victim’s body. Unfortunately, many burn injury victims will suffer from psychological scars that make it impossible to ever live a normal life. Severe burn injury victims may have to deal with stares, insensitive comments, and discrimination.

Whether your burn injury was mild or severe, the compassionate team of Irvine burn injury lawyers at West Coast Trial Lawyers will do whatever it takes to get you the medical treatment you deserve. If you or a loved one was the victim of a traumatic burn injury, it’s crucial that you speak with an experienced Irvine burn injury lawyer as soon as possible. We will recover all the compensation you are entitled to so that you can completely focus on your loved ones and on your recovery.

Common Types Of Burns

  • Flame Burns: Most commonly seen in building fires and generally occur after direct contact with an open flame.
  • Contact Burns: Caused by contact with hot objects such as cooking appliances, cigarettes, or equipment that radiates at extreme temperatures (heaters, car radiators, etc.).
  • Flash Burns: Often caused by the rapid ignition of a flammable liquid or gas.
  • Scalds: Usually occur after contact with hot liquids.
  • Steam Burns: Usually seen in industrial accidents, but can also be caused by appliances that are under extreme steam pressure.
  • Chemical Burns: Often caused by exposure to a strong acid or base, such as commonly seen in household cleaning supplies or industrial chemicals.
  • Electrical Burns: These burns occur when electricity passes through skin tissue. Electrical burns may not look serious, but they can cause severe internal damage.

Fire Causes And Preventative Measures

Below is a list of five common causes for many home fires and fire related fatalities:

  1. Kitchen and Cooking Accidents: Open flames, malfunctioning pilot lights, and outdated electrical equipment can easily start a grease fire. Pots of boiling water or other hot liquids are hazardous for everyone, but especially for young children who may accidentally knock over a pot of hot water or grab a handle without realizing the consequences. Remember to always keep a fire extinguisher in your kitchen and never attempt to put out a grease fire with water. Also, turn pot handles towards the center of your stove and keep an eye on open flames.
  2. Children and Matches: Sadly, this is a very common cause of many home fires. Children are fascinated by fire, and don’t fully understand how destructive and unpredictable it can be. It’s important to teach young children about fire safety and include them in your fire prevention efforts.
  3. Smoking: Regularly empty out ashtrays to prevent the buildup of hot ash, and make sure a cigarette is fully extinguished before leaving it unattended.
  4. Electrical Hazards: Pay attention to electrical appliance voltage and never plug an appliance into a circuit that can’t handle it. Don’t overload circuits or extension cords by plugging in too many appliances into one outlet. Avoid placing electrical cords or wires under any rugs or over nails. Be mindful of rips or tears in the plastic coating of electrical cords, and immediately shut off and disconnect any cord or appliance that sputters, sparks, or emits an unusual smell.
  5. Heaters and Chimneys: Keep anything flammable three feet away from a portable heater. Use fire screens if you have a chimney, and clean it on a regular basis.

Liability In Burn Injury Accidents

An important question to ask when determining liability after a burn injury are: how did the burn occur? Establishing how the burn occured will determine who is liable, as well as degree of liability. The plaintiff must prove the victim’s burn was caused by the defendant’s negligence.

Damages In  Burn Injury Accidents

Other than calculating the past and future medical bills to determine damages, an important question to ask when determining damages after a burn injury is –  where is the burn located on a victim’s body? If the burn is located on a visible part of the plaintiff’s body, such as on his or her face, a victim is more likely to experience embarrassment and emotional distress than if the burn was located somewhere less visible. The amount awarded to a plaintiff for pain and suffering will therefore depend largely on where the burn is located on his or her body.

A burn victim may also be entitled to punitive damages if the defendant who caused the burn injury acted with intent or gross negligence. Punitive damages are separate from actual damages. Punitive damages are not intended as compensation, but are meant to punish the person or company who acted intentionally, recklessly, or with malice.  

An experienced Irvine burn injury lawyer will develop a specific plan to recover the compensation you deserve so that you can move forward with your life. Burn injury victims may be entitled to receive compensation for:

  • Past and Future Medical Expenses.
  • Loss of Earning Capacity.
  • Past and Future Income.
  • Humiliation.
  • Pain and Suffering.
  • Emotional Distress.
  • Loss of Enjoyment of Life.
  • Loss of Consortium.
  • Disfigurement.

Our Team is Here to Help

If you or a loved one has suffered a traumatic burn injury, contact an experienced Irvine burn injury lawyer at West Coast Trial Lawyers today. Our attorneys will help to get you the maximum compensation for your short and long-term medical care and other losses and damages. Consultations with a dedicated Irvine burn injury lawyer at our firm are always free, and you only pay when we get you compensation for your injuries. You can reach our friendly staff today by emailing us at or by calling toll free at (213) 927-3700.

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