If you have suffered a burn injury, contact Los Angeles burn injury attorney Joshua Glotzer today to discuss your case. We have 20 years experience helping accident victims and their families get compensation for their pain and suffering. The consultation is free and we get nothing unless we win.
According to the American Burn Association, there are approximately 486,000 burn injuries resulting in medical treatment annually. The cost of medical treatment can be substantial, ranging anywhere from $35,000 to over $1,000,000.
Even when victims survive a burn or fire accident initially, they often remain at a high risk of suffering a fatal infection for a long time after they were hurt. Moreover, studies have shown that burn injuries are perhaps the most painful injuries an accident victim can suffer.
While there are technically fourth, fifth, and sixth-degree burn injuries, the vast majority of those who suffer this level of burn injury die. Following is an explanation of the first through third-degree burn injuries:
Determining liability after a burn injury depends on the specific facts of your case. First, we need to understand whether negligence played a part in your burn injuries. If it did, we need to figure out who the negligent parties were, and pursue an action against them.
The following are the most common causes for burn injuries and who may be liable.
While suing those at fault can never make up for all that victims have lost, doing so can help them secure their future and find closure by:
The most serious burns can require debridement and skin grafts, with many months spent in the burn unit and ICU. The injuries of burn victims take an enormous toll on their personal relationships, their finances, their job and their psychological health.
In the beginning, the struggle is simply for survival; later on, the recovery focuses on restorative care, yet the patient may still be undergoing extremely painful treatments.
Depression and anxiety are common during a burn patient’s recovery, and post-traumatic stress disorder can also appear. Burn injury patients may go through a grieving process for their former life (appearance, physical ability, mobility and employment).
Those with serious burn injuries may face:
In addition, other long-term issues that fire and burn injury victims can face include:
There are several types of fire injuries and burns that people can suffer. The differences often stem from what led to the injury.
Burn injury types include:
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention places burns and fires as the third-leading cause of death in the home. According to 2010 statistics from the National Fire Protection association, a fire-related death occurs every 169 minutes, and a fire-related injury occurs every 30 minutes. Further facts about burn injuries include:
Among children and the elderly, scald burns are very common. Children often grab the handle of a pot on a stove which contains boiling liquid, while scald burns from baths or showers when the hot water heater is set too high cause scald burns among the elderly. The problem is compounded by the fact that both children and the elderly have thinner skin than adults, therefore the burns are more serious.
With burn injuries, perhaps even more than most other types of injury, it is crucial that you have an experienced attorney by your side from beginning to end. Your attorney will be able to ensure the party responsible for your burn injuries compensates you properly for your medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering.
At Glotzer & Leib, LLP, we understand that the pain and severity of burn fire and explosion injuries cannot be overstated. What victims and families have to endure in the wake of such incidents is both unimaginable, and the fact that in many cases, it could have been prevented.
Los Angeles burn injury attorney Josh Glotzer is dedicated to defending the rights of injury victims and their families. As his case results show, Attorney Glotzer is a seasoned negotiator, investigator and litigator who is dedicated to finding justice for his clients and will do whatever is necessary under the law , including going to trial, if it is in his clients’ best interests.
For more information about burn injury cases and how we may be able to help you, call us directly (844) 821-5271 or fill out our online contact form to set up a free consultation with our Los Angeles personal injury lawyer. Remember, you cannot make this call too soon, as every second you wait, valuable evidence could be lost.