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Severe burn injuries are not only excruciatingly painful for burn victims, but they also come with high medical treatment costs and require burn victims to spend weeks or months in a hospital burn unit. Many of those who suffer severe burn injuries also face one or more reconstructive surgeries with skin grafts. If you, your child, or another loved one has suffered a burn injury because of another person’s or business’s negligent behavior, California law allows you to take legal action to seek damages for losses related to the injury with the help of a Riverside burn injury lawyer.
The experienced and compassionate Riverside burn injury lawyers at Gomez Trial Attorneys have decades of experience communicating and negotiating with insurance companies and seeking justice for those who have suffered injuries at the hands of negligent individuals and businesses. A member of our skilled legal team can handle the details of your burn injury claim while you focus on healing. Contact a Riverside personal injury lawyer at Gomez Trial Attorneys for a free consultation.
The skilled legal team at Gomez Trial Attorneys has extensive experience advocating for injured clients, and they can seek the compensation injured people deserve for damages related to burn injuries caused by another party’s negligence. The firm’s dedication to client advocacy and professional exceptionalism has resulted in the recovery of hundreds of millions of dollars in damages for clients, including those who have suffered burn injuries.
Our most recent burn injury cases compensated clients for their injuries with jury awards and settlements in the amounts of $3 million, $5.8 million, and $9.5 million. These are only examples of potential outcomes, and they do not guarantee a specific financial outcome in your burn injury claim. However, the Riverside burn injury lawyers at Gomez Trial Attorneys have the knowledge and resources to build the strongest case possible against at-fault parties and increase the likelihood of a positive outcome for a client’s individual situation.
The American Burn Association estimates more than 485,000 people per year across the United States receive medical treatment for burn injuries, resulting in 40,000 hospital stays, most of which are at hospital burn centers. The source of a burn plays a large role in determining treatment and permanent damages that a burn victim experiences. The sun, heat, radiation, corrosive chemicals, and electricity are the five major sources of burn injuries. Specific details about common burn sources are below:
Most often, burn victims suffer injuries in a fire. Some fires are purposeful and controlled, and others are accidental and uncontrolled. Individuals who get trapped in an uncontrolled fire suffer catastrophic injuries if they are lucky enough to survive and not die of smoke inhalation. Wildfires are sometimes caused by natural events, but every other type of accidental fire is preventable and burns that occur from a controlled fire are clearly preventable injuries caused by negligence.
Fires occur for many reasons, including:
Exposure to hot steam or liquid scalds a person’s skin, sometimes leading to a severe burn injury. Many scenarios can lead to a scald, but dining or working in a restaurant, cooking at home, and taking a bath or shower are the most common culprits. Mechanics also sometimes suffer scalds when working on a vehicle’s radiator. Scalds that occur as a result of negligence most often occur in restaurants, for example a situation with hot beverages or soup, but daycare providers who let kids cook unattended or landlords who don’t properly set the temperature on a hot water heater or maintain it also open themselves up to liability if someone suffers a scald because of their negligence.
Some hazardous chemicals have corrosive properties that can not only cause lung damage but can also cause painful chemical burns when they come into contact with a person’s skin. Exposure to these chemicals can occur in the home, but can also occur in many other places, including the workplace.
Some examples of dangerous chemicals that cause burns include:
Doctors use radiation to take X-rays and perform other scans, such as MRIs and CT scans, and they commonly treat cancer patients with radiation to shrink or eliminate tumors. Doctors also sometimes treat non-cancerous tumors, blood disorders, and thyroid disease with radiation. If doctors expose an individual to too much radiation, they can cause internal damage and sometimes skin damage, opening themselves up to a medical malpractice lawsuit.
Electric currents are dangerous for people who know how to work around them, but even more hazardous for those who encounter them by accident. Negligently installed electrical wiring and outdated electrical work can cause a fire and potential burn injuries, but direct contact leads to electrical shock. Young children experience electrical burns or shocks when around unprotected outlets and face risk for other electrical burn injuries when negligent property owners don’t properly maintain their electrical systems.
According to the National Institutes of Health, individuals can suffer four types of electrical injuries:
The extent of your burn injury plays a large role in the amount of compensation you might receive in a personal injury lawsuit. Doctors, nurses, burn specialists, and other medical professionals evaluate burns by observing how far a burn penetrates through the body. You’ve probably heard these evaluations described as first-, second-, and third-degree burns. You likely know first-degree burns are minor and increasing degrees are more severe, but you should also know how medical professionals distinguish between each level of burn.
The following overview provides the defining characteristics of each burn level:
If you choose to take legal action against the individual or business responsible for your burn injury, you can expect that their insurance carrier and legal defense team will use every strategy they can to avoid some or all financial liability for damages related to your burn injuries.
Some common strategies legal defense teams use to devalue claims include:
An experienced Riverside burn injury attorney understands and anticipates the strategies that insurance companies and defense teams use to devalue your claim and knows how to protect you from these tricky tactics.
If your lawyer negotiates a settlement for you or a court rules in your favor, you might receive compensation for some or all of the following damages related to losses you incurred as a result of your burn injury:
You and your family shouldn’t have to cope with the economic challenges that come during the aftermath of a severe burn injury when another person’s or business’s negligence caused you harm. You deserve full and fair compensation for your burn injury.
At Gomez Trial Attorneys, we understand the difficulties you will face in the coming weeks and months and are here to help you hold the party who caused you harm accountable for their actions. Our skilled Riverside burn injury attorneys handle the details of each client’s case, investigate relevant facts, and build the best case possible against the defense and associated insurance carriers.
If you, your child, or other loved one has suffered a burn injury, contact Gomez Trial Attorneys online or at (619) 237-3490 for a free consultation to share your story with us and learn how we can help you in the wake of a severe burn injury.
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