Riverside County Burn Injury Lawyer
Burn injury survivors suffer some of the most catastrophic, excruciating and disfiguring injuries imaginable. But their pain and suffering goes past just the physical symptoms. Those injured in a burn accident often also suffer debilitating emotional and psychological scars when facing a lifetime of disability and disfigurement.
When burned, the victim generally faces a very lengthy period of convalescence. The damaged tissue, melted skin and severe nerve damage that results from a burn injury can traumatize a person for their entire lifetime. Disastrous burn injuries leave survivors with costly medical bills that pile up and often continue for many years. These expenses may not be fully covered by their 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:
First-degree burns are considered mild compared to other burns. They result in pain and reddening of the epidermis (outer layer of the skin).
Second-degree burns (partial thickness burns) affect the epidermis and the dermis (lower layer of skin). They cause pain, redness, swelling, and blistering.
Third-degree burns (full thickness burns) go through the dermis and affect deeper tissues. They result in white or blackened, charred skin that may be numb.
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 a Burn Victim
A personal injury answer can answer your questions and assist you through this devastating time, but you need to retain an attorney as soon as possible. At the law offices of Brent Duque, our Riverside County burn injury attorneys come backed with years of experience protecting the rights of burn victims against insurance companies that may seek to settle quickly.
If your burn injuries were caused by the negligence of someone else, you may be able to recover damages. Serious burns can be life-altering. We know that every case is unique and each burn victim will face a different set of burdens. We work with a variety of experts, including medical specialists to help us assess the extent of your injuries and rehabilitation needs.Our financial experts will help determine the extent of you economic losses and our team of fire accident reconstruction engineers examine the cause of the burn, including temperature, combustibility, burn rates, explosive coefficients, hazardous chemical reactions and other variables. We have 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.