Burn Injuries from Accidents

Burn Injury Lawyer – Serving All of California

Burn injuries can be caused by gas fires and explosions, electrical accidents, exposure to corrosive chemicals and many other hazardous situations. Truck, motorcycle, and other types of automobile accidents can result in dangerous fires that can quickly engulf vehicles. In other instances, fires can erupt in homes or businesses that can cause individuals to suffer severe burn injuries. If property owners fail to ensure that their building has functioning fire detectors, exit signs, and fire extinguishers, then they can be held liable under premises liability law. If employees suffer burn injuries while on the job, they may be entitled to receive financial compensation from their employers.

Injuries associated with a serious burns can be painful, damaging, and may require long term medical care. Due to the debilitating nature of serious burn injuries, the financial, physical, and mental costs of recovering from them can be overwhelming and very difficult to handle alone. Susan Handel has extensive experience in handling burn injury claims and knows how to deal with insurance companies. Susan Handel can help you cope with the many issues that often accompany a burn injury. The consequences of a burn injury can include months, and even years of doctors fees, hospitalization, surgical grafts, physical therapy, and in many cases counseling. The psychological distress often suffered after a burn injury is traumatizing.

Long Term Results of a Burn Injury

In order to avoid paying for the full treatment of a burn injury, insurance companies often try to settle quickly after an accident, before the full extent of the burn injuries are apparent. It is important to determine the long term consequences of a burn injury in order to determine how much financial compensation a burn victim will need. When determining how much compensation is fair, Susan Handel takes into consideration that you may require lifelong treatment and extensive reconstructive surgery. Scars that can result from a burn injury often require multiple surgeries, and can remain indefinitely.

Types of burn injuries

Burn injuries are classified as either first, second or third degree burns.  The most extensive types of burn injuries are third degree burns.  Burn injury attorney Susan Handel will work to ensure that victims receive superior compensation to cover the full physical and emotional costs of their injuries, including reconstructive surgery, skin grafts, and emotional counseling.

The type of burn injuries that are typically involved in a personal injury claim fall into four major categories:

  1. Electrical burns: These burns typically occur as the result of contact with strong electrical currents, often due to defective or otherwise unsafe electrical outlets and wiring.  Victims of construction accidents frequently sustain electrical burns.
  2. Thermal burns: These burns injuries are generally caused by exposure to flame, heated metals, steam, or contact with scalding liquids such as boiling water or hot beverages, such as coffee or tea.
  3. Chemical burns: Chemical burn injuries typically result from contact with abrasive chemicals containing strong acid or base components such as paint removers, detergents, solvents, bleach or concrete mix. These types of burn injuries frequently lead to product liability lawsuits.
  4. Radiation burns: These burns are caused by excessive exposure to damaging radiation such as medical x-rays, as well as ultra violet rays which are used in tanning beds.

Burn injury classifications

Burn injuries which are typically involved in burn injury cases are classified into three categories based upon the severity of the burns:

  • First Degree burns: Affecting only the epidermal skin layer and involves minimal tissue damage. First degree burns generally heal with no need for medical assistance and rarely cause scarring.
  • Second Degree burns: Typically affect both the epidermis and the dermis and often cause blistering.  Treatment of second-degree burns typically involves careful dressing of the injured area and avoidance of infection; however, some injuries may require skin grafts if the injury is severe enough.
  • Third Degree burns: Extend through the first two layers of the skin and they also affect underlying nerves, muscles, tendons, and even bones.  Skin grafts are commonly required in treatment of third degree burns.