Burn Injury Lawyer in Los Angeles
What Are Burn Injuries?
Burn injuries are among the most physically painful and psychologically damaging types of injuries that an individual can suffer, leaving scars that are both physical and emotional. Burn injuries frequently result in severe scarring and nerve damage that limit the skin’s ability to perspire and react to stimuli.
They are highly visible and extremely disfiguring, and frequently cause the victim to feel socially ostracized. If you have been injured by burns, it’s important to contact a burn injury lawyer in Los Angeles. They will help you receive the compensation you deserve.
Types of Burn Injuries
The skin has three layers: the epidermis (the outer layer), the dermis (middle layer), and the hypo dermis (subcutaneous layer). Burn injuries are generally categorized by degrees that relate to how deeply the burn injury penetrates the three layers of skin.
First Degree Burns:
First degree burns are minor burns that affect only the outer layer of skin, the epidermis. Though painful, first degree burns often result in no more than discomfort and redness for short period of time, as long as no infection occurs.
A prolonged run under cold water will help to alleviate the problem.
First degree burns are usually caused by sunburn or happen when skin comes into brief contact with moist or dry heat, chemicals, or friction.
Second Degree Burns:
Second degree burns affect the epidermis and the dermis, the first and second layers of skin, and are more serious than first degree.
Pain, redness, swelling and blisters will all be present in a second degree burn, resulting in possible mild scarring.Second degree burns larger than 3 inches require professional medical attention.
Third Degree Burns:
Third degree burns penetrate all three layers of skin and can be identified by areas of dry and white skin and charring. Third degree burns cause significant scarring and disfigurement and may be potentially be fatal. They may also be accompanied by other secondary injuries like smoke inhalation or carbon monoxide poisoning. Third degree burns may require skin grafting and may cause nerve damage.
If you believe that you have suffered a burn related accident through no fault of your own, then you need to contact a burn injury lawyer who will be able to help.
Fourth, Firth and Six Degree Burns:
Fourth fifth and sixth degree burns refer to burn injuries that penetrate three layers of the skin, the muscle and the bone.
They are frequently fatal due to their damage to major arteries and veins, those who survive these types of severe burns may require amputation, extensive skin grafting and may suffer from disfiguring scars.
How Can a Burn Injury Lawyer in Los Angeles Help You?
Burn related injuries are among some of the most excruciating and debilitating injuries that a person can receive and in many cases they often leave the victim with scars that are both emotional and physical.
Over one million people seek treatment for burn injuries every year due to accidents in the home and at work. In 2016 alone, there were 3,390 deaths from fires.
Although this figure has decreased slightly over the last few years, the costs of treatment haven’t. On the contrary, they’ve increased, which is why you should contact an experienced team of burn injury attorneys who are able to help.
In general burns injury victims (certainly the last 2-3 categories of burn) are cared for in specialized burns injury units as severe burns run the risk of developing infection, tissue swelling, fluid imbalance, and dehydration and shock. Costs for this type of care can be astronomical and require long treatment as well as lengthy aftercare.
This only adds the financial worry of the victim. The help of a highly skilled and experienced burn injury lawyer in Los Angeles will ensure that the victim doesn’t have to worry financially and can put all their efforts into recovery and being able to move on with their lives.
Legal support immediately after a burn accident is often over looked as the victim and their families are rightly concerned about immediate treatment. However, by contacting a Los Angeles burn injury attorney at the earliest possible moment, it will ensure that the case is reviewed as quickly as possible.
You Don’t Need to Suffer – We’ll Help You Get Compensation
Depending upon the severity of the burns accident, a claim can easily run into hundreds of thousands, if not millions of dollars. This is why it’s important to get it right.
Over estimate a compensation claim and the amount may never going to be awarded. Under estimate and it means that the victim will end up settling for compensation package that falls short of their requirements.
As a knowledgeable burn injury lawyer in Los Angeles, our team will see to it that the victim gets the full and fair compensation package for their injuries and will do it speedily and efficiently. This means that the injured party can concentrate on trying to rebuild their life and moving on instead of having to worry about the case.
By helping you get the compensation you deserve, you can begin to move forward in life again. The Law Offices of David H. Greenberg can help you cope.
How We Settle Burn Injuries at Work
If you have suffered a burn injury whist at work, then chances are that there will be a grossly negligent party. If this is the case then it is vital that you contact an experienced burn injury lawyer in Los Angeles who can help.
The Law Offices of David H. Greenberg will bring on board a myriad of independent experts who can use their skills to find out where the negligence lies. People such as accident reconstruction experts, health and safety advisers and medical professionals can all be called upon to present their findings to the representing attorney. From this, a lawyer can build a case for the plaintiff.
We Create Compensation Packages Based Off:
- Immediate and ongoing medical expenses
- Ongoing after care (depending upon severity)
- Loss of wages while in recovery
- Loss of future wages (if unable to continue in the same job)
- Emotional damage caused
- Any future counselling costs
Burn Injury Statistics
- 85% of burn-related deaths in the United States occur in residential fires.
- More than 20,000 people In the United States annually suffer burn injuries severe enough to necessitate hospitalization.
- African Americans and Native Americans make up 27% of the 1.25 million burn injuries and fire deaths.
- Poor Americans, rural Americans and Americans living in substandard housing are the next likely to die as result of burn injuries.
- Men are twice as likely as women to suffer from burn injuries.
- Children and the elderly account for 20% to 40% of all burn and fire injuries and deaths in the United States and are at the highest risk of injury and death from fires and burns than any other demographic of the population.
How Burn Injuries Occur
- Fire: Half of fire related injuries take place in buildings without smoke alarms.
- Scalding hot water or boiling water.
- Certain types of chemicals
- Hot objects such as water heaters, radiators, or motorcycle exhaust pipes
- Fires caused by on-the-job accidents, automobile accidents, or residential fire accidents
- Electrical burns (usually from job-related activities)
- Thermal burns (typically caused at home from contact with hot liquid or steam over 115°)
- Chemical burns