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If you or a loved one has suffered a serious burn injury in San Diego due to someone else’s careless or dangerous conduct, Gomez Trial Attorneys can help. Our San Diego burn injury attorneys have represented a number of burn victims over the past 10 years, and we are confident that you will be in good hands with our attorneys and staff.
Burn injuries are one of the most painful and devastating injuries someone can suffer. Over 700,000 victims go to the emergency room each year for burns, and nearly 45,000 of them are hospitalized for longer-term care. Burns can range from first-degree (top layer) to third-degree burns (tissue damage), and they result in over 4,500 deaths per year due to cell death or infection or smoke inhalation.
For more serious burns, we know about the debridement, the grafting, and the time spent in the burn unit and ICU. We know the amount of physical and emotional therapy burn victims go through, as well as the significant toll it takes on their employment, finances, and personal lives. No person should ever have to go through this.
We are determined and hopeful to walk you through this difficult part of life and get you the necessary treatment and just compensation for your injuries. We will make sure that those who caused you injury will be held accountable.
While burns can be fatal, many burn injuries to the skin and underlying tissue can heal completely with time and treatment. Burns have a variety of causes, including:
Burn injuries are classified into three primary categories. There are technically a fourth-degree burn (damage extends into tendons and bones) and a fifth and sixth-degree burn, but most people who suffer them are killed in the process.
A first-degree burn affects only the first layer of skin. Signs and symptoms include redness, swelling, pain, and dry, peeling skin. Because the signs and symptoms disappear once the skin cells shed, the skin usually heals in 3-6 days.
One common example of a first-degree burn is a sunburn.
While first-degree burns are usually manageable with home care, they can still be extremely painful as the skin is damaged and sensitive to touch.
Second-degree burns are more serious because the damage extends beyond the top layer of skin. This damage causes skin to blister and become extremely red and sore. Some blisters pop open, giving the burn a wet, moist appearance.
Some second-degree burns take longer than 3 weeks to heal, and frequent bandaging is necessary to prevent infection. Pain is classified as severe.
Third-degree burns are the worst burns people survive. They cause damage through every layer of skin, extending into the underlying tissue of the body. The damage can reach the bloodstream, major organs, and bones. Third-degree burns can result in death.
Treatment for third-degree burns is extensive and requires hospitalization at a burn unit or ICU. The damage may be so extensive that the person may not feel pain because his nerves are damaged or dead. Depending on the cause, third-degree burns cause this skin to look waxy and white, charred, dark brown, or raised and leathery. These burns lead to permanent scarring and extreme pain.
While improved technology and burn treatments have saved thousands of lives and helped improve the quality of life for burn victims, medical costs are incredibly expensive. Treatment routinely runs into the $100,000+ range.
There is also a considerable loss of income that results from many serious burn injuries due to not being able to work.
You need a highly experienced attorney who can help to get the necessary compensation to pay for your medical costs and provide for your loss of income and future expenses. We never charge a fee unless we obtain a recovery for you. Our fee is a percentage of your recovery, and we advance all costs for investigators, experts, and any other expenses associated with winning your case.
At Gomez Trial Attorneys we specialize in personal injury, products liability, mass tort, and environmental, insurance, and corporate litigation. We are dedicated to helping people across California, including San Diego, Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino, and Imperial Counties to get fair and just compensation for their injuries. You can depend on our knowledge and skill when it comes to representing a client with a burn injury. With decades of collective experience, lawyers at our firm consistently gain some of the largest recoveries for personal injuries cases, including burn injury claims.
Please call our office at (619) 237-3490 for more information. Our San Diego burn injury attorneys and staff are happy to speak with you, and all consultations are free.
More than a million people in the U.S. suffer burn injuries that are severe enough to require medical attention, and around 10,000 people die each year from burn-related infections. These injuries can occur in many different ways, but the results are often the same: pain from the burn injury or the treatment, and fear about the costs associated with the injury.
If you have suffered a burn injury in San Diego that was caused by someone else’s reckless, careless, or intentional actions, you could obtain compensation for your injuries through a legal process. However, the process is not simple and lends itself to a lot of confusion.
Here are the answers to some general questions our San Diego clients often ask about burn injuries. For questions related to your specific case, please contact us at Gomez Trial Attorneys for a free case evaluation.
The severity of your burn is defined in “degrees” as follows:
Seek immediate medical assistance for burns that:
Call your healthcare provider if you experience:
Chemical or electrical burns are not necessarily worse than other types of burns, such as thermal burns caused by heat or flames, or friction burns caused by contact between the skin and a rough surface such as a roadway. However, there are some specific considerations with these types of burns. Chemical burns often require a large amount of fluid to wash the chemicals from the skin. Failure to do this can cause continued exposure to the chemical and can result in more or worsening burns.
Electrical burns are caused by electricity making contact with the skin or entering the body. This type of burn often results in injuries inside the body that cannot be seen from the skin. Seeking medical attention immediately for this type of burn allows your health care provider to evaluate you for the potential of internal injuries and to address those injuries quickly.
A skin graft is a medical procedure in which healthy skin is harvested from a discrete area of your body and used to cover the scarred area from your burn during a surgical procedure. The procedure is often performed as out-patient treatment, with the recovery of both the donor site (where the skin was harvested from) as well as the graft site—taking about two weeks, provided there is no infection. It’s potentially painful and extremely expensive—and you shouldn’t need to pay for it if someone else’s negligent actions caused your burn. Call us for help getting the liable party to pay for your skin graft surgery.
In California, if you have suffered a burn injury as the result of the reckless or careless actions of someone else, you could pursue compensation for the expenses and quality-of-life impacts you have experienced through a San Diego burn injury lawsuit. Generally, you must file in civil court within two years of the date on which your burn injury occurred.
The lawsuit seeks to:
San Diego residents who have acquired a burn injury as the result of someone else’s carelessness or recklessness can pursue the recovery of both economic and non-economic damages. The term “damage” refers to a payment made in compensation for harm. Economic damages are a payment made in compensation for the expenses you incurred from your injury.
Common expenses that are included in economic damage claims for burn injury cases include:
Non-economic damages are a payment made in compensation for the negative impact that your burn injury has had on your quality of life.
Examples of the sort of impacts that are often listed on non-economic damage claims in San Diego are:
Settlements and awards are generally a one-time deal. Once you agree to an amount in a settlement or are awarded a judgment in court, you generally cannot go back and ask for more money. It is important that your attorney properly values your case to reflect not only the medical expenses you have already incurred, but also those that you are likely to incur in the future as you continue to receive treatment for your injury or experience the complications of it. Burn injury attorneys, like those at Gomez Trial Attorneys, understand that you may incur additional expenses with a serious burn injury and will try to account for those expenses in your damage claim.
Burn injuries can happen in a variety of ways, and each way features a different potentially liable party.
Some common examples of liable parties in burn injury cases include:
Because burn injury settlements are created based on the unique aspects of a single case, there really is no average settlement.
Several factors that could change the value of your case, including:
Burn injuries often take unexpected turns and twists. The injury can appear mild and then an infection can occur. Or the burn can be quite severe and yet feature few complications to hamper recovery. The right San Diego burn attorney understands this and is willing to fight for your right to claim the compensation you need to tackle both past, current, and future medical expenses and wage loss.
The burn injury lawyers at Gomez Trial Attorneys also understand that burn injuries can pose a lot of negative impacts on your quality of life. The injury can take many months to heal, even without complications, and can result in intense pain and suffering.
Let us help you make sense of the process of obtaining compensation for your burn injury. For a free case evaluation, contact Gomez Trial Attorneys online or call as soon as you can.
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