Los Angeles Burn Injury Attorney

Joshua W. Glotzer, Esq

Managing Partner

Los Angeles burn injury attorney

Severe burns are among the most serious injuries someone can receive in an accident. Countless people suffer burn injuries every year, and many of them leave lasting scars. At Glotzer & Leib, we have seen firsthand the harm a serious burn injury can do. Now, our burn injury lawyer can also review your burn injury case.

If you have suffered a burn injury, contact Los Angeles burn injury attorney Joshua Glotzer today to discuss your case. We have 20 years of 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. Let us address your burn injury claims.

Our Los Angeles Burn Injury Attorney Knows the Severity of Burn Injuries

Our Los Angeles burn injury attorney knows the severity of burn injuries

According to the American Burn Association, approximately 486,000 burn injuries result in medical treatment annually. The cost of medical treatment can be substantial, ranging from $35,000 to over $1,000,000.

Even when victims survive thermal burns or a dangerous fire initially, they often remain at a high risk of suffering a fatal infection for a long time after they are hurt. Furthermore, studies have shown that burn injuries are perhaps the most painful injuries an accident victim can suffer.

Levels of Burn Injuries

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:

First-Degree Burns

A first-degree burn affects only the top layer of skin. A sunburn is classified as a first-degree burn, with symptoms such as redness, pain, peeling skin, and swelling in some cases. First-degree burns usually heal within a week.

Second-Degree Burns

second-degree burn involves the first two layers of skin. The skin may be extremely red, blistered, and painful. In some cases, these blisters can open, leaving skin that appears moist. A second-degree burn can take more than three weeks to heal completely, and the victim can suffer acute pain.

Third-Degree Burns

Third-degree burns are among the most dangerous types of burns that a person can survive. They cause damage to all layers of the skin and can extend into the underlying body tissues, the bloodstream, the bones, and the major organs, or they can result in death.

Who is Liable for Your Burn Injuries?

Whos is liable for your burn injuries

Determining liability after a burn injury depends on the specific facts of your case. First, we must determine whether negligence contributed to your burn injuries. If it did, we need to determine who the negligent parties were and pursue an action against them.

The following are the most common causes of burn injuries and who may be liable:

Car Accident

If your burn injuries occurred following a car accident, even if the accident was due to the negligence of another, there could be other issues at hand, namely a manufacturing defect in the vehicle itself. You may have a claim against the negligent driver and motor vehicle manufacturer.

Residential Fire

If you suffered burns in a residential home fire, the fire may have resulted from a faulty propane tank, a downed power line, arson, or shoddy wiring inside the house. Again, you may have a claim against the property owner and the product manufacturer that directly caused your injuries.

Workplace Accident

Burn injuries may result from a negligent employer mishandling dangerous chemicals or failing to maintain electrical wiring properly. If so, you may be able to pursue a cause of action against the employer and building contractor.

A Burn Injury Claim Can Help Your Recovery Process

While taking legal action against 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:

  • Ensuring that the responsible individual or corporation is held accountable and prevented from hurting others in the future;
  • Enabling victims and families to recover the compensation they need for hospital bills, physical therapy or rehabilitation expenses, pain and suffering, emotional distress, lost past, present, and future income, and funeral costs.

The Trauma of Burn Injuries

The most grievous 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 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 mourn for their former life (appearance, physical ability, mobility, and employment).

Long-Term Complications of Serious Burn Injuries

Long term implications of serious burn injuries

Those with drastic burn injuries may face the following:

  • Months or years of medical care and the resulting expenses;
  • Months or years of rehabilitation and nursing care;
  • Months or years of physical therapy and psychological care;
  • Severe scars and disfigurement;
  • Loss of earnings, and
  • Other financial damages.

In addition, other long-term issues that fire and burn injury victims can face include:

  • Increased skin cancer risk;
  • Permanent disfigurement and scarring;
  • Multiple surgeries, including plastic and reconstructive surgery as well as skin grafts;
  • Physical therapy and rehabilitation that can take months and even years;
  • Permanent nerve damage.

Common Types of Burn Injuries

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:

  • Chemical burns: This injury can be caused by contact with industrial or household chemicals in solid, liquid, or gaseous form.
  • Heat-related burns: Hot liquids, steam, hot solid objects, and fire can cause these injuries.
  • Cold burns: These burns are caused by exposing the skin to extremely cold conditions or objects.
  • Radiation-related burns: These burns can result from sun exposure, X-rays, radiation therapy for cancer, sunlamps, or tanning beds.
  • Electrical burns – Burns caused by contact with an electrical source or being struck by lightning.
  • Burns caused by friction—Friction burns, such as road rash, combine a heat burn and an abrasion caused by scraping against a hard surface. This injury is often the result of a motorcycle or bicycle accident.

Causes of Burn Injuries

Causes of burn injuries

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention places burns and fires as one of the leading causes of death in the home. It is the fifth-leading cause of death tied to childhood injuries.

According to 2010  National Fire Protection Association statistics, a fire-related death occurs every 169 minutes, and a fire-related injury occurs every 30 minutes. Further facts about burn injuries include:

  • Fire or flame burns are responsible for 44 percent of all burn injuries
  • Scalding burns caused by wet or moist heat are responsible for 33 percent of burn injuries
  • Nine percent of burn injuries are the result of direct contact with a hot source
  • Electrical burns are responsible for four percent of all burn injuries
  • Three percent of all burn injuries are the result of chemical burns
  • The remaining burn injuries are the result of miscellaneous sources
  • Scalding is the most common burn injury among children under four years old.
  • Deadly residential fires generally start in the living or sleeping area
  • Nearly half of all scald injuries are the result of spilled food and drinks—the remainder are from hot tap water and hot objects (irons, heaters, stoves)
  • About 2,500 burn injury deaths are the result of residential fires
  • About 300 burn injury deaths are from vehicle crash fires
  • About 550 burn injury deaths result from smoke inhalation, electricity, and scalding

Scald burns are very common among children and the elderly. Children often grab the handle of a pot on a stove that contains boiling liquid, while scald burns from baths or showers when the hot water heater is set too high, causing scald burns among the elderly.

The fact that children and the elderly have thinner skin than adults makes the issue worse because the burns are more severe.

How Your Los Angeles Burn Injury Attorney Can Help

With burn injuries, perhaps even more than most other types of injury, you must have an experienced attorney 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 recognize 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.


How long do I have to file a burn injury claim in California?

In California, you generally have two years from the date of the injury to file a personal injury lawsuit. You should speak with a burn injury attorney as soon as possible to ensure your claim is filed within these time limits.

What can I be compensated for in a burn injury case?

You may be eligible for compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and possibly punitive damages, depending on the circumstances of your case. An experienced attorney can help you familiarize yourself with the full compensation available based on your specific injuries.

How do I prove negligence in a burn injury case?

To prove negligence in a burn injury case, you must demonstrate that another party had a duty to ensure safety, breached that duty, and directly caused your injuries. Your attorney will help gather and present the needed evidence to support these claims.

Contact Our Los Angeles Burn Injury Attorney Today To Schedule a Free Case Consultation

Contact our Los Angeles burn injury attorney today to schedulea a free case consultation

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 dedicated to finding justice for his clients. He will do whatever is necessary under the law, including going to trial, if it is in his client’s best interests.

For more information about burn injury cases and how we can help you, call us directly at (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 valuable evidence could be lost every second you wait.


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