Burn injuries are not only extremely painful – they take a long time to heal and can cause significant emotional scarring as well as physical disfigurement. Burn victims often suffer emotional damage such as post-traumatic stress disorder or nightmares about the incident for years to come. They may be afraid to return to their normal activities for fear of another burn injury. Meanwhile, physical injuries create permanent scars to always remind the victim of the traumatic incident. If you or a loved one recently sustained a burn injury in any type of accident, come to The Law Office of Arash Khorsandi. We want to help you recover for this serious type of injury.
Types of Burn Injuries
Burns occur most often in the home, due to hot kitchen oils and defective household products. Burns can also happen in the workplace, from improper training or lack of safety gear. Depending on the severity of the burn, victims may require surgeries and skin grafts to treat the injured areas. Severe burns may result in amputation. All burn victims run the risk of infection as well. Specific health risks and prognoses depend on the type of burn:
- Thermal burns. Thermal burns, or those from contact with a hot substance or surface, are the most common type. They can occur in a car accident, in the kitchen, or in a fire or explosion. Thermal burns damage the tissues from the outside inward, and often leave permanent physical scars or disfigurement.
- Chemical burns. Strong acids or bases can lead to chemical burns on a person. Chemical burns can cause reactions on the exterior of your skin or within your body. Chemical burns can result in serious internal damage as well as physical scarring.
- Electrical burns. Electrical burns can come from contact with live electrical wires, electrical current, or lightning. Electric current can run through the body, affecting the tissues, muscles, organs, and bones. These incidents may occur in the workplace while working around power lines or from defective electrical products.
There are also radiation burns, or those caused from ultraviolet lights. These burns are less common than the other three, but can result in similar tissue damage and disfigurement. Fireworks, accidental fires, scalding liquids, hazardous chemicals, and electric components can all cause serious burns. After any type of burn, research your legal options. If you think someone else’s negligence is the cause of your burn injury, you may be eligible for compensation. You could recover for your medical costs, pain and suffering, emotional distress, and lost wages.
Should You File a Burn Injury Claim?
Burn injuries are complex and can affect every part of the body. It may take weeks or months to recover from a third-degree burn. You may have permanent scarring or a disability because of your burns. In these cases, your first step toward recovery should be to identify the potential defendant(s), or the individuals that caused your injuries. This may be the person who started the fire, your employer, a product manufacturer, or a driver that caused an accident. Any party that acted negligently, resulting in your burns, is a potential defendant.
Once you identify the defendant, file a personal injury claim against him or her. A claim can help you fight for just compensation for your traumatic injuries. Work with an attorney to file a claim with the civil courts or for help negotiating a settlement with the defendant’s insurance company. A civil claim might be the right option if you believe you can receive a higher award amount through a court trial than with settlement negotiations. The Law Office of Arash Khorsandi has attorneys who specialize in burn injuries in California. Call (888) 488-1391 or contact us online for a free consultation.