Riverside Burn Injury Lawyer
Traumatic burn injuries are one of the most painful and devastating. Burn injury survivors suffer some of the most devastating and disfiguring injuries imaginable and those injured in a burn accident many times also suffer intense psychological and emotional scars associated with disability and disfigurement.
Those suffering a sever burn injury will likely face a very long convalescence period. The melted skin, damaged tissue and severe nerve damage can traumatize a person for the rest of their life. Catastrophic burn injury survivors will incur mounting medical expenses that often persist for many years and may not be covered fully by insurance.
Degrees of Burn Injuries
Burns can cause swelling, redness, blistering, 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 affected skin is generally red and painful but typically do not blister; they are dry in appearance.
These can be classified as partial or full thickness, depending upon the extent of the burn.
In partial thickness burns, blisters may appear 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 take on a red and wet appearance and will be very painful. Partial thickness burns heal without skin grafts but some minimal scarring can result.
In full thickness burns, the epidermis is severely damaged or destroyed and most of the dermis is affected. These burns require surgical removal of the burned tissue and may also require skin grafting to help with the healing process.
The most serious of all burn injuries, third degree burns require immediate medical attention, without exception since all layers of the skin are destroyed. Fat tissue, muscle and even bone may be affected in such burns. Burned areas will be either black or white in appearance and may look dry and leathery. In cases of third degree burns, call 911 or get to a hospital immediately.
Common Types of a Burn Injury
- Thermal burns — can be caused by flames and other hot objects
- Scalds — can be caused by boiling water or other hot liquids
- Chemical burns — can be caused by chemicals and volatile combinations of chemicals
- Burns from explosions — can be caused by a motor vehicle accident, industrial orconstruction site accidents or accidents in the home
Your Rights as Burn Victim
If you have been involved in a burn accident, call a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. At the law offices of Brent Duque, our Riverside burn injury attorneys can answer your questions and come armed with the expertise you need in order to protect your rights against insurance companies that may seek to settle quickly, limiting the compensation you deserve.
If negligence is at fault for your burn injuries, you have a right to recover damages. Serious burns cause immediate trauma and damages that can be truly overwhelming physically, psychologically and financially. We understand that every case is unique and every burn victim will face a different set of struggles. 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 immediate 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 Riverside 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.