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El Centro Burn Injury Attorney

Burn injuries are among the most painful and costly injuries a person can experience. Mild sunburns and minor burns from cooking heal quickly and typically only need first aid. Severe burns are not so simple. Victims of these serious injuries often need significant medical interventions to heal, including skin grafting, reconstructive surgery, and medically induced comas, and then these victims still face a lifetime of living with disfiguring scarring and limited physical function.

If you have suffered a burn injury in the El Centro area because of another person’s careless actions, California law often permits you to take legal action to seek compensation for damages related to your injuries. You and your family should not have to cope with the extra expenses of living with a severe burn injury caused by someone else.

The experienced El Centro personal injury attorneys at Gomez Trial Attorneys represent victims of severe, preventable burns. Our compassionate lawyers fight to help clients get the compensation they deserve after severe burns devastate their lives. Contact Gomez Trial Attorneys today for a free case evaluation, and read on to learn more about our legal services for El Centro-area burn victims.

Gomez Trial Attorneys’ Results in Burn Injury Claims

The award-winning legal team at Gomez Trial Attorneys has extensive experience with negotiating, settling, and litigating personal injury claims, including those involving severe burn injuries. The firm’s continued commitment to client service and seeking justice has led to the recovery of tens of millions of dollars in compensation for clients. Recently we have achieved settlements and jury awards in the amounts of $3,000,000, $5,819,605, and $9,500,000 for burn injury victims.

These examples of our significant successes do not guarantee a specific financial outcome in your burn injury case, of course. Each claim has underlying facts and events that can add to or detract from its value. However, the experienced burn injury lawyers at Gomez Trial Attorneys investigate the circumstances of each claim and aggressively pursue the best possible result for their clients.

Most Common Sources for Burns

According to the American Burn Association, more than 485,000 people receive treatment for burn injuries each year across the United States. These treatments result in 40,000 hospitalizations, 30,000 of which involve admissions to specialty burn centers. Different types of burns require different treatments, so you, or someone on your behalf, should always tell emergency responders and doctors about the source of a burn, to ensure that you receive the proper care.

The most common sources of severe burns requiring medical treatment include:

Hot Liquids

A scald is a name for a burn from hot liquid. Many different locales and situations lead to scalds, such as:

  • Bar and restaurant workers who make hot coffee, hot tea, or tend to soups and other hot liquids face the risk of a scald while on-the-job. Diners and patrons also face the risk of a scald if a worker accidentally spills hot liquid on them.
  • Boiling and braising food in the kitchen and grilling outdoors as well as cooking soups and making hot beverages at home sometimes lead to scalds. Young children are especially vulnerable when left to cook alone, but a simple bump of a pan or pot, or dropping a mug of hot coffee can lead to serious burns. Parents who leave their children at in-home daycares should remain aware of the possibility of their children suffering a scald.
  • Young children, toddlers, and infants risk severe scalds from a bath when a landlord fails to maintain or adjust a hot water heater or other building system.


Fire is the most obvious common cause of a severe burn, but fires occur through many different mechanisms. Gas leaks, unattended indoor and outdoor fires, and even the failure to put out lit cigarettes can all cause fires that lead to severe burns. Electrical malfunctions that throw sparks can also cause severe fires that put people in danger. And, of course, a person who purposely starts fires also puts others at risk for dangerous burns.

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A purposeful fire does not always mean arson. Sometimes people start controlled fires to burn brush or trash, or they start bonfires for recreational purposes. When controlled fires go wrong, burns can happen. Flammable liquids increase the intensity of a fire and sometimes cause explosions, especially when highly flammable liquids or gases like gasoline, ammonia, hydrogen, or propane are involved. Burn victims who suffered their injuries in a fire, and are lucky enough to survive, often have severe or catastrophic burns.

Corrosive Substances

Hazardous and toxic chemicals with corrosive qualities cause chemical burns. Chemical exposure often occurs in the workplace, but can happen elsewhere, too. Cleaning products are the most common source of chemical burns. Corrosive chemicals do more than burn skin, as they also damage lungs when inhaled. In the most extreme cases, chemical burns expose bone or burn through bone. Examples of chemicals with corrosive qualities that cause burns include ammonia, bleach, battery acid, chlorine, teeth whitening products, and denture cleaning products.


Radiation therapy is one of the go-to treatment options for some types of cancer. When a patient’s cancer is responsive, radiation treatment shrinks or eliminates tumors. Some doctors also use radiation to treat other types of tumors, blood disorders, and thyroid disorders. Even with the good that radiation does, patients risk burns. Those who have diagnostic imaging such as CT scans, X-rays, and MRIs are also vulnerable to radiation burns that cause skin, tissues, and internal damage, leading to lifelong complications. Sunburns also constitute a common, usually mild, type of radiation burn.


Electrical currents are dangerous and deadly, and they lead to multiple types of burn injuries. Unprotected outlets and circuits, loose wires, and worn wires all have the potential to lead to a burn injury.

The National Institutes of Health reports that electricity causes four types of burn injuries:

  • Flash injuries are mild, superficial burns that heal quickly and often do not require medical attention. Additionally, no electrical current goes through the body in a flash injury.
  • Flame injuries occur when an electrical current throws a spark and ignites clothing or any other nearby flammable substance. In some flame injuries, electricity travels through the skin, but the biggest burn hazard comes from flammable items.
  • Lightning injuries occur when short bursts of high voltage electricity flow through someone’s body. Lightning injuries mostly cause internal burns, but sometimes cause external burns.
  • True injuries occur when someone’s body becomes part of an electrical circuit, so the electricity flows through their body. True injuries are typically fatal, requiring surviving family members to consider filing a wrongful death suit depending on the circumstances of their fatal burn injury.

Burn Degrees

The amount of compensation an El Centro burn victim might recover for an injury caused by another party’s wrongful actions can depend, in part, on the degree of burn the victim has suffered.

Doctors assess burns a tiered scale, with each level of burn representing a distinct increase in its severity:

  • First-degree burns are those that only impact the very top layer of skin, formally called the epidermis. Treatment for a first-degree burn most often includes first aid, but those who suffer first-degree burns on a large part of their body must seek medical treatment.
  • Second-degree burns are more severe than first-degree burns and extend through the epidermis, into the dermis. Sometimes burn victims with second-degree burns need a skin graft, but they always need extra time to heal.
  • Third-degree burns extend through each layer of skin and often require reconstructive surgery with one or more skin grafts. Third-degree burns are painful for burn victims, who need to stay in the hospital and must follow a strict pain management regimen to cope with pain during recovery. Burn victims typically have permanent scars when they suffer third-degree burns.
  • Catastrophic burns encompass so-called fourth, fifth, and sixth-degree burns. Catastrophic burns extend through all the skin, muscle, and fat layers. The most severe catastrophic burns expose bone. Catastrophic burn victims often go into shock because of the pain and physicians must induce a coma until a certain amount of healing occurs. Burns that are this severe also impact many other body processes and open the body to infection, frequently making them fatal.

At Gomez Trial Attorneys, we want our potential clients in El Centro to know that any degree of burn caused by someone else’s dangerous, careless, wrongful conduct may entitle them to compensation under California law. No one has the right to take actions that burn you, no matter how “minor” the burn seems. If you have suffered any kind of preventable burn through no fault of your own, then contact us today to learn about your legal rights.

Recovering Damages After an El Centro Burn Injury

Here at Gomez Trial Attorneys, we represent El Centro burn victims in seeking compensation for their injuries from the individuals or entities who did them harm.

Every case has its own unique circumstances, of course, but some of the most common categories of damages burn victims may seek to recover include:

Medical Expenses

Severe burns are costly because they often require a long hospital stay. Other medical expenses that add to the cost include ambulance and emergency services, and diagnostic imaging to evaluate severe burns. If a burn victim suffers so much pain that a doctor has to put them in a coma, the treatment drastically increases the length of hospitalization to weeks or months in a burn unit. Severe burns also cause some burn victims to undergo one or more skin grafts and reconstructive surgeries. Burn victims with extensive internal damage sometimes need ongoing care at a costly long-term nursing care facility.

Lost Wages

Severe burns cause burn victims to miss large chunks of time from work for hospitalization, treatment, and recovery. Missing weeks or months of work has a sizable economic impact on most households, especially when the burn victim contributed to a household’s income. Some burn victims cannot return to their jobs at all. In these cases, a burn injury attorney may seek the value of lost future wages in a burn injury claim.

Scarring and Disfigurement

In some cases, courts award damages to an El Centro burn injury victim to compensate for scarring and disfigurement. The amount a person receives for scarring and disfigurement depends on the location and the size of the scar, of course. For example, a burn scar on the cheek is likely “worth” more in a legal claim than the same size scar on the ankle. Similarly, a small burn on the leg does not merit as much compensation as a burn that extends the length of a person’s leg. Lawyers and courts also often consider the embarrassment and humiliation a burn victim can suffer from living with a burn injury when calculating the appropriate amount of damages the person should receive.

Contact an El Centro Burn Injury Lawyer Today

Severe burn injuries cause victims great physical and emotional pain and substantial economic loss. You deserve compensation when another person or business caused your burns, and you shouldn’t have to cope with financial stress in the wake of a serious injury that you suffered through no fault of your own.

The team at Gomez Trial Attorneys understands the challenges you face as an El Centro burn injury victim. We have the experience and know-how to help burn victims like you obtain the compensation you need and deserve for your injuries and losses.

If you have suffered burn injuries because of another person’s or business’s careless actions, and you live or work in the El Centro area, contact Gomez Trial Attorneys today online or at (619) 237-3490 for a free case evaluation. We can discuss the details of your burn injury and how we might assist you in seeking the compensation you deserve. We represent clients on contingency, which means we only get paid if we obtain compensation for you.

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El Centro, CA 92243

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