Lancaster Burn Injury Lawyer
Burns are absolutely one of the most agonizing injuries. A burn injury victim with serious injuries will endure some of the most catastrophic and disfiguring damage imaginable. In addition to the pain and suffering of the physical injuries, survivors often also suffer debilitating psychological and emotional trauma associated with disability and disfigurement.
Serious burn injuries often require an extended convalescence time. The melted skin, damaged tissue and severe nerve damage can leave a person suffering the trauma for a lifetime. Catastrophic burn injury survivors will incur costly medical expenses that often persist for many years and may not be covered fully by insurance.
Degrees of Burn Injuries
Burns can cause blistering, redness, swelling, shock, and even death.
- FIRST-DEGREE BURNS damage only the outer layer of skin:
- SECOND-DEGREE BURNS damage the outer layer and the layer underneath:
- THIRD DEGREE BURNS damage or destroy the deepest layer of skin and tissues underneath:
They are categorized into 3 types by severity:
The skin is generally red and some pain is present. No blisters should be present in first degree burns; they are dry in appearance.
These can be characterized as partial or full thickness, depending upon the extent of the burn.
With partial thickness burns, blisters may be present and involve the entire epidermis (outer layer of the skin) and dermis (the thick under layer of the skin containing the nerve endings and hair follicles). These burns have a red and wet appearance and are very painful. They heal without skin grafting but some minimal scarring can result.
In full thickness burns, the epidermis is destroyed and most of the dermis is affected. These burns require surgical removal of burned tissue and skin grafting is performed to begin the healing process.
The most dire of all burn injuries, third degree burns always require immediate medical attention. All layers of the skin are destroyed and fat, muscle and even bone may be affected in such burns. Burned areas can have a black or white appearance and may look dry and leathery in texture. Because of the extensive damage to subcutaneous tissue, pain may not be felt in the immediate area of the burn. In cases of third degree burns, call 911 or get to a hospital immediately.
Common Types of a Burn Injury
- Thermal burns — caused by flames and other hot objects
- Scalds — caused by boiling water or other hot liquids
- Chemical burns — caused by chemicals and volatile combinations of chemicals
- Burns from explosions — caused by car accidents, industrial/construction site accidents or accidents in the home
Your Rights as Burn Victim
After suffering a burn accident, a personal injury lawyer can direct you every step of the way through this heartbreaking ordeal, but you need to retain an attorney as soon as possible. At the law offices of Brent Duque, our Lancaster burn injury attorneys have the experience you need to ensure that your rights are protected against insurance companies that may seek to settle quickly, limiting the compensation you deserve.
If your burns were caused by the negligence of another, you can recover damages. Serious burns cause immediate trauma and damages that can be truly traumatic. We understand that every case is unique and that every burn victim faces a different set of hurdles. We work with a variety of experts, including medical specialists, to help us assess the extent of your injuries and rehabilitation needs. We work closely with financial experts to help determine the extent of you economic losses. Our team of fire accident reconstruction engineers examine combustibility, temperature, burn rates, explosive coefficients, hazardous chemical reactions and other variables. We will bring the right resources to effectively represent your case.
In a fatal burn injury, the victim’s spouse, relatives and dependents have a right to seek damages as well. Even if the person who caused the accident is charged with a criminal penalty, you have a right to sue in civil court and get compensated for your loss.
Contact our Los Angeles County Personal Injury Attorney at 1-877-241-9554 to learn more about your legal options. A free consultation is just a phone call away. You can even use our online contact form, and we’ll reply to you quickly.