Burn injuries have major effects. Skin is much more than simply aesthetic; skin is a major organ delivering many life-maintaining functions, including: temperature regulation, proper hydration regulation, and infection and disease barrier. Severe burns damage this vital organ AND other important body parts and functions like sweat glands and even breathing.
In California, residents face burn injury threat not only from potential home or workplace accidents, but also from the risk that wildfires post. According to statistics, over 17,000 people have been injured by wildfires in California and over 3,000 people have lost their lives to wildfires. These are serious injuries from real risks. Knowing how the law views such cases can be important in deciding if you have a case and then knowing how to proceed with it.
Burns accident cases are unquestionably traumatic as they may scar victims both physically and emotionally. The impact of burn injuries can be on the victims and their loved ones, a fact that may never really go away. There are various scenarios for liability, including workplace accidents or extreme elements. This can result in working with multiple types of insurance claims and that can get complicated. Insurance companies may try to attribute injuries to other factors, limiting or mitigating their role in your recovery. We believe your physical pain and emotional suffering is worth something and we will fight to get you the settlement you deserve.Burn Cases and Liability
There are potential fire hazards everywhere, whether it is an apartment building, workplace, restaurant or outdoor activity. If you fell victim to a burn injury, we encourage an investigation to find out whether another party’s actions contributed to your burn case and whether they can be held accountable.
Burn injuries typically result in permanent pain and disfigurement, and therefore can result in higher settlement awards. Burns can be the outcome of various situations, including faulty equipment or negligence.
Various Burn Accident Cases may Include:
- Fire occurred in an apartment building
- Fire as a result of a car collision
- Fire from commercial trucking accidents
- Fire resulting from a malfunctioning or defective product
- Burns occurring from an unsafe work environment, such as obstructed fire exits
- Steam burns from unbearably hot water or other liquids
- Electrical burns as a result of poor wiring
- Acid burns or chemical burns from improper storage of hazardous materials
- Radiation burns from X-rays or high-frequency rays
No two burn cases are alike and require various types of treatment, depending on the severity of the burn. With advanced cases, there can be increased pain and are much more challenging to treat. For some cases, the only types of treatment available may be skin grafts and surgery, which may also become costly. Often, insurance companies will try to dismiss requests for cosmetic and reconstructive surgery to diminish scars, as frivolous. However, an expert team of attorneys knows how to advocate for such as request and how it impacts the quality of a burn victim’s life.Case Law
Burn injury cases fall under personal injury law and most often also include insurance companies, as well as potentially including employer’s fault with liability and worker’s compensation.
Types of Burn Injury Claims:
- Thermal burns
- Chemical burns
- Electrical burns
Causes of Burn Injury Claims:
- Machinery that is malfunction or defective
- Fireworks that malfunction or are defective
- Chemicals that are improperly stored or used
- Wildfires that result in damage to property and life
- Violations to OSHA policies regarding safe practices
- Staff that has received improper or inadequate training for the chemicals or machinery they are required to use
Burn injuries may be caused from a number of situational variables. This type of personal injury can be the result of negligence, defective products, or can fall under premises liability. These cases also fall under statute of limitation laws, so it is important to begin pursuing your claim right away.Burn Accident Trends in Los Angeles
Burn accident verdicts can vary based on severity and circumstance. Most cases can find settlements awarded in amounts over $1 million, often due to the traumatic experience of the injury as well as the ramifications medically and personally. Burn injuries can lead to job losses and growing medical expenses, among other potential issues for the injured party.
In 2013, a 13-year-old was awarded a $150 million settlement by a jury after watching her family burn to death in the aftermath of a terrible highway collision. The trial took four years to come to a conclusion after the initial accident occurred. This is not uncommon, as such cases can wind up drawn out as all factors are considered and fault is investigated. After a conclusion of fault is made, the settlement process then takes more time. This is why having good legal representation is important; you should not have to be under more emotional trauma than you already are.Frequently Asked Questions
How do I Know if I Have a Case?
Great question! The best way to know if you have a case is to meet with a knowledge legal representative who can guide you through the process of understanding if you have a case and, if you do, how to pursue it.
What Legal Code Does my Case Fall Under?
Depending on the cause of injury, your case could fall under personal injury legislation, product manufacturing legislation, or premises liability legislation. The best way to know which one is to speak with an attorney.
Do I Have the Right to Pursue a Case if the Injury Happened to a Family Member?
Yes. Under California legislation eligible family members may pursue legal action on behalf of a loved one. Those eligible family members include: spouses, domestic partners, children, and grandchildren.Let Bridgewater Law Group be Your Advocate
If you were injured in an accident, contact us at Bridgewater Law Group. Our knowledgeable, experienced attorneys will work for you. We are licensed by the state of California to practice law and are familiar with the insurance laws of the state. We will not stop until we know we have gotten you the best settlement to compensate for your pain and suffering. You focus on your recovery, let us do the rest. If we do not win a settlement, there is no fee to you.