Our California burn injury attorneys can represent people who have suffered burn injuries because of someone’s negligence or wrongful actions.
Burn injuries are often caused by electrical accidents, house fires, defective products, and motor vehicle accidents. Injury victims have the right to hire a burn injury lawyer to help them receive compensation for their injuries.
Common burn injuries include:
- nerve damage, and
- physical pain and swelling.
Burn injury victims can file a legal suit against a wide range or parties, including:
- contractors and home builders,
- home inspectors,
- motorists, and
- product manufacturers.
Personal injury attorneys can help burn victims by:
- investigating injuries,
- gathering evidence,
- managing a victim’s medical treatment,
- filing an injury claim with a party’s insurer, and
- filing a burn injury lawsuit.
The Shouse Law Group is a California-based personal injury law firm that helps victims to bring burn injury lawsuits. We work tirelessly for all our clients and seek to get you the biggest settlement possible. Contact our law firm today to get the legal help you deserve.
What are common types of burn injuries?
Each year in the United States, 1.1 million burn injuries require medical attention.1
Burn injury cases often involve victims who suffer one (or more) of the following:
- scalding injuries from hot liquids and other hot objects,
- thermal burns,
- chemical burns,
- electrical burns,
- disfigurement or permanent scarring, and
- nerve damage and related disabilities.
Note that burns are either:
- first-degree burns, or mild burns that normally only affect a person’s epidermis (or outer layer of the skin),
- second-degree burns, or more serious burns that may injure the epidermis and the dermis (or the lower layer of skin), and
- third degree burns, or, the most severe burns that burn all the way through the epidermis, dermis, and the tissue underneath.
Common causes of burn injuries include:
- car accidents,
- house fires,
- electrical accidents,
- construction accidents,
- workplace accidents,
- acids, and
- open flames.
Severe burn injuries require immediate medical attention/medical treatment and may result in skin grafts.
Who are common defendants in a burn injury lawsuit?
Given the causes of burn injuries, injury victims most often file burn injury claims against:
- product manufacturers (in product liability cases),
- contractors and home builders,
- private homeowners,
- manufacturers of fireworks, and
- people who commit negligent or wrongful acts.
If burn injury victims bring a lawsuit against one of these parties, they can seek financial compensation for compensatory damages. These include compensation for:
- medical bills and medical expenses,
- ongoing medical care (for example, physical therapy),
- burn unit treatment,
- skin grafting procedures,
- lost wages,
- property damage, and
- pain and suffering.
Catastrophic injuries can also result in compensation for emotional distress and loss of consortium.
If someone is killed in a fire or burn injury accident, the victim is no longer alive to file a personal injury lawsuit on their own behalf. Instead, certain family members can file a wrongful death lawsuit. A wrongful death lawsuit will allow the surviving family to recover damages and hold the wrongdoer responsible for their actions.2
What is the role of a burn injury lawyer?
Personal injury attorneys assist burn victims in a host of different ways.
They help injured parties receive medical care and assist in managing ongoing medical treatment.
They investigate injuries and help gather evidence regarding the cause of an accident.
If personal injury lawyers determine that someone was negligent in causing a burn, they can send a demand letter to the negligent party. A demand letter puts the party on notice that the injury victim intends to file a personal injury claim with the party’s insurance company.
If the claim does not lead to positive case results, a burn injury attorney can file a lawsuit on the victim’s behalf.
Note that lawsuits involve time and complex matters of California law. Personal injury lawyers are skilled in weathering the legal system and advising parties on the laws that apply to a given case.
What are the benefits of a burn injury attorney?
Burn injury lawyers know what a burn accident is worth. They can find hidden value in these matters and settle a claim for the greatest figure possible.
Keep in mind that ongoing medical treatment for these injuries can take years and easily cost thousands, sometimes millions of dollars in medical expenses. Skilled attorneys are not only aware of this, but they fight hard to help their clients recoup all the expenses associated with their treatment, pain, and losses.
Injury lawyers are familiar with the insurance policies that may apply to an accident, and they can file a claim with the applicable insurance company and negotiate a claim on a client’s behalf.
While some people injured in a burn case can try to represent themselves in the matter, people represented by a lawyer usually receive bigger settlements and awards.
For additional help…
If you or a loved one was injured in a burn accident, we invite you to contact our law firm at the Shouse Law Group. Our attorneys provide both free consultations/free case evaluations and legal advice you can trust.
We work tirelessly to get you the maximum compensation available for your case.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, fact sheet on burns.
- See, for example, California Code of Civil Procedure 377.60.