Burn Injury Attorney in California
Burns can be caused by chemicals, heat, electricity, radiation, fire, hot liquids, or even too much time in the sun. They vary in severity from first degree to third degree, with a third-degree being the most damaging burns. While burn cases are extremely painful and may require extensive treatment to restore form and function to the burned area, some burns are so severe that they damage underlying tissue, even muscles, nerves, and bones.
As if the pain from the burning injury itself is not enough, there is the painful process of treatment for the burn to prevent infection. Burn injuries are more likely to become infected as the body’s natural defense system, the skin has been damaged allowing bacteria to enter the body.
Our office can help you identify who is responsible for your injuries, detail the damages you are entitled to, and represent you throughout your case. The process of filing a burn injury claim depends on what caused the injury and other details of each individual case. Since burns can result from a variety of different incidents, each case will proceed differently depending on if the harm was caused by a car accident, work accident or defective product, or other means.
First things first, a burn must be treated properly and quickly. Failure to do so can cause further damage to the skin. Sometimes immediate at-home treatment may include pain medication and burn creams. With more severe burns, injury victims may require surgery, medication or the use of medical devices. Burns can damage organs or result in infections, as previously discussed above. If an infection develops, it will require further specialized treatment. The number one priority in any burn injury is to seek medical assistance as soon as possible if you or a loved one has sustained suffered a burn injury.
Who Can File A Lawsuit Based On A Burn Injury In California?
Anyone can legally file a personal injury claim based on a burn injury in California. If you or a loved one suffered a burn injury as a result of someone else’s negligence, you can file a burn injury claim and seek compensation for that injury.
Who Can Be Held Liable For A Burn Injury In California?
Exactly who can be held responsible for a burn injury depends heavily on the circumstances of each individual case. Any person, business, or entity may be held responsible for your burn injury if it can be proven that they were negligent or intentionally acted in a way that caused your injury.
Possible defendants in a burn injury claim could be other drivers in an auto accident, manufacturers that produced a faulty product or property owners who failed to properly maintain a safe environment. After examining the facts of your case, a California burn injury lawyer will be able to tell you who could be held responsible for your injury.
Is There A Time Limit For Filing A Burn Injury Claim In California?
Yes. California’s Code of Civil Procedure (CCP) § 335.1 sets a limit of two years from the time of the injury to file a lawsuit. If you do not file within this time, your case will almost certainly be dismissed. This is just one reason why you should contact an experienced burn injury attorney as soon as possible if you’ve been injured.
What Damages Can I Claim If I’ve Suffered A Burn Injury?
If you’ve sustained a burn injury due to the negligence of someone else, you can claim damages based on many different factors including:
- Loss of income
- Medical expenses
- Temporary or permanent disability
- Reduced ability to work and/or earn income
- Pain and suffering
- Physical therapy costs
- Loss of enjoyment of life
You should speak with an attorney about your case to find out what specific damages you might be able to seek compensation for.
Can I File A Claim If A Loved One Was Killed In A Fire?
If someone lost their life in a fire that was caused by the negligence of another, you or another family member may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit to seek compensation.
Again, you should speak with a qualified California civil attorney as soon as possible to determine if you have grounds for a wrongful death claim and learn who can legally file a claim for wrongful death.