Burn Injury FAQ
There are many ways a burn can occur. There are also many different types of injuries you can suffer as a result of a burn. If you have been burned, it is important to work with an experienced personal injury lawyer who understands burn injuries. Call (844) 335-3271 to schedule your free consultation with a Riverside burn injury lawyer at Deldar Legal. We have helped many Riverside burn victims recover compensation for their injuries and losses. We fight hard for injury victims.
What Causes Burn Injuries?
There are many different ways a burn can occur. Open flames are the most obvious source of burns. These can be found in candles, lanterns, fireplaces, fire pits, and other household objects. But burns can also occur as a result of heat. Hot water, hot pipes, hot appliances, hot stoves, and other hot objects can cause severe burns and other complications. Finally, a person can also sustain a chemical burn. The Mayo Clinic reports that chemical burns can be caused by many common household products, such as drain cleaners, paint thinners, and gasoline.
Some burns are the result of several causes. In a car accident, for example, a person might be burned by an exploding gas tank, which poses the threat of both an open flame and a chemical burn. The victim could also suffer chemical burns from the chemicals used in airbags or thermal burns from an overheated engine. The more severe an accident is, the more ways there are to be injured, and the more likely it is that the victim will be burned.
Treatments for Riverside Burn Victims
The treatment for a burn will depend on how severe the burn injury is. Minor, first degree burns can sometimes be treated at home with cool water, aloe vera, or topical lidocaine. More serious second-degree burns will require monitoring and dressing by medical professionals. They might also require prescription ointments. The most serious burns can require hospitalization. The Cleveland Clinic reports that third-degree burn victims might need healthy skin to be grafted onto the burn site, or even the use of synthetic skin. They might also need an IV line to replace lost fluids or to deliver heavy, prescription antibiotics.
Burns can also cause secondary injuries and medical complications. These complications can affect the medical treatment you require. According to the Mayo Clinic, these can include:
- Bacterial infection
- Fluid loss (including both dehydration and low blood volume)
- Dangerously low body temperature (hypothermia)
- Breathing problems and lung damage due to smoke inhalation
- Heavy ridges or scarring caused by an overgrowth of scar tissue (keloids)
- Bone and joint problems (such as contractures caused by the shortening of skin, muscles or tendons)
These complications can require a wide variety of medical treatments. Some, like scarring, might require optional cosmetic procedures. Others, like low blood volume, create life-threatening medical conditions. Bone and joint problems can require the victim to submit to painful orthopedic surgery. A person who is legally responsible for causing your injuries has an obligation to compensate you for all medical treatment that was made necessary by the burn.
Can I Recover Compensation for My Burn Injuries?
If your burn was caused by someone else’s negligence, you have the legal right to be compensated for all the losses you suffer as a result of your injuries. There are many ways that negligence can lead to a burn. Car accidents, for example, are usually caused by a driver’s negligence. If you are burned in a car accident, the negligent driver has a legal obligation to compensate you. Household accidents involving hot appliances or chemicals can also be the result of negligence. If, for example, a homeowner failed to maintain his water heater, it could explode and burn his guests. The homeowner’s negligence would make him legally responsible (“liable”) for compensating the guest for his or her Riverside burn injury.
A company can also be liable for your burn injuries. Manufacturers of consumer products are held “strictly liable” for any injuries that occur due to defects in design or manufacturing. This means the victim does not have to prove the company was negligent – only that the injury occurred through the intended use of the product. If you are burned by a defective curling iron, radiator, or even a motor vehicle, the manufacturer is strictly liable for your injuries. The company must compensate you for your medical bills, lost wages, property damage, pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, and any other losses that occur as a result of your burn injuries.
Do I Need a Lawyer to Get Compensation For My Burn Injuries?
Injury victims do have the right to negotiate a settlement without a lawyer. The problem is that they are at a severe disadvantage when they do so. Insurance companies and large corporations are protected by an army of lawyers. These hired guns have spent years creating contracts, policies, and sometimes even legal precedent. They work very hard to help their clients pay as little as possible on as few claims as possible. Injury victims are severely disadvantaged when they try to take on this complex legal infrastructure on their own. By hiring your own personal injury lawyer, your legal rights will be protected by someone who is fighting for you. Injury victims who are represented by counsel are routinely able to recover more compensation than injury victims who do not have their own attorneys.
Experienced, Aggressive Representation for Riverside Burn Victims
If you or a loved one has been injured by burns, it is important to consult with an attorney as soon as possible. You have important legal rights that must be protected. Call Deldar Legal at (844) 335-3271. If you are a Riverside burn victim our experienced Riverside burn attorneys can help you recover compensation for all types of injuries resulting from burns. Don’t delay – get an experienced personal injury lawyer in your corner as soon as possible. We fight against lowball settlement offers, surveillance, and other insurance company tactics. Injury victims have the legal right to be fully and fairly compensated for all of their losses. We fight hard to protect that legal right.
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