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Burn injuries are among the most painful injuries anyone can possibly experience, and because burn injuries are so complex, the long term effects are very unpredictable. Burn injury victims often require multiple, expensive plastic surgeries, and may still be left with permanent scarring. Many burn injury victims suffer from chronic, excruciating pain and psychological scars that make it nearly impossible to ever live a normal life.
Even minor burns can lead to serious complications, such as aggressive infections that can affect multiple parts of a victim’s body. And the most serious burn injuries will require highly specialized treatment in a burn unit, along with long-term medical care and significant rehabilitation.
Whether your burn injury is mild or severe, the experienced Pasadena burn injury lawyers at West Coast Trial Lawyers will do whatever it takes to get you the medical assistance you deserve. If you or a loved one has sustained a traumatic burn injury, you need to speak with an experienced Pasadena burn injury lawyer as soon as possible. We will help recover all the compensation you may be entitled to so that you can take care of your loved ones and focus on you recovery.
Burns are typically categorized into three types, which are first, second, and third-degree burns, and they are determined by severity.
First-Degree: The first layer of skin is damaged, but isn’t destroyed. Skin color may turn bright pink or red. Blisters generally aren’t common after first-degree burns. Damaged skin may peel off after a few days. First-degree burns are easier to treat and typically heal between one and two weeks.
Second-Degree: This type of burn is moderate to severe, because the first and second layers of skin (the epidermis and dermis) are damaged. Second-degree burns will often result in noticeable blistering. A skin graft may be needed, depending on the severity. Second-degree burns usually heal between two and eight weeks.
Third-Degree: These burns are the most severe and dangerous because they extend to the deepest layers of skin. All three layers of skin are destroyed and will blister. Third-degree burns cause severe scarring, and if the burn victim sustained nerve damage, he or she may no longer feel pain. A skin graft is usually necessary after sustaining a third-degree burn.
An experienced Pasadena burn injury lawyer can help you collect the compensation you deserve for your injuries so that you can move forward with your life. Burn injury victims may be entitled to receive the following compensation:
When determining liability, it’s important to consider how the burn happened and where it is located on your body. Burn injuries occur in various situations and settings, including at work, home, or while using a defective product. Establishing how the burn happened can help determine who is liable, as well as degree of liability. In burn injury lawsuits, the burden of proof falls on the plaintiff. The plaintiff must prove the burn was caused by the defendant’s negligence.
If the defendant is a manufacturing company rather than an individual, the defendant can usually pay a much higher settlement. And if the burn is located on a visible part of the plaintiff’s body, such as on his or her face, a victim will experience more embarrassment, emotional distress, and loss of enjoyment of life. The amount awarded to a plaintiff for pain and suffering will depend largely on where the burn is located on his or her body.
There are instances where the defendant who caused the burn injury acted with intent or gross negligence. In these cases, the burn victim may be entitled to punitive damages. Punitive damages are separate from actual damages, which are intended to compensate the victim for his or her medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, etc.
Punitive damages are different because they’re intended to punish a person or company for their misbehavior. The actual amount of punitive damages will vary greatly according to each case and the defendant’s assets.
Most burns are caused by preventable accidents such as dropped cigarettes, unattended cooking, or children playing with matches or lighters. But many burn injuries are also a result of:
An increasingly common burn risk in California comes from wildfires. Over 2 million homes in the state of California are considered as high risk from wildfires, and more than 417,000 of these homes are in Los Angeles County. In 2011, fires in the Southern California area claimed the lives of 3,005 people and injured over 17,000.
The Pasadena burn injury lawyers at West Coast Trial Lawyers have extensive experience handling complex cases involving serious and life-threatening burn injuries. We will obtain maximum compensation for victims who have suffered painful injuries in all types of burn accidents, including:
If you or a loved one has suffered a traumatic burn injury, contact an experienced Pasadena 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 Pasadena 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 [email protected] or by calling toll free at 213 927 3700