Burn injuries are incredibly painful and devastating. They often require extensive medical treatment and long-term care in specialized burn centers. If you or a loved one has suffered burn injuries due to negligence or wrongful actions, you may be entitled to seek compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, and physical and emotional suffering.
At Garrity Traina, our team of Los Angeles burn injury attorneys has a proven track record of helping Californians recover damages for severe burns and other catastrophic injuries. We also assist clients residing in other states. With a wealth of experience and a track record of million-dollar verdicts and settlements, you can trust us to handle your complex burn injury case.
Common Causes of Burn Injuries
Burn injuries can occur in various types of accidents, such as house fires, defective products, motor vehicle accidents, electrical accidents, construction accidents, and industrial machinery accidents. These accidents can result in different types of burns, including thermal burns, scalds from hot liquids, chemical burns, explosions, and electrical burns.
While the source of the burn may vary, the pain and injury it inflicts remain equally severe. Some sources of burns are more likely to cause deeper and more extensive damage.
Determining Liability for Burn Injuries
Burn injuries can occur in different ways, involving multiple negligent parties. It could be a defective product causing a fire, contact with improperly marked live electrical lines, or a construction accident. Experienced attorneys with expertise in burn injury cases understand how to establish fault by providing proper documentation and evidence.
Proving negligence may involve showing hazardous conditions, such as overhead power lines, were not properly marked. In product defect lawsuits, identifying all negligent parties involved in the design, manufacturing, and sale of the defective product is crucial.
Classifying Burn Degrees
Doctors classify burns into three categories or “degrees” of severity. First-degree burns affect only the outer layer of skin (epidermis) and are mild. Second-degree burns extend into the outer epidermis and lower layer of skin (dermis) and are more serious. Third-degree burns are the most severe, damaging the epidermis, dermis, and underlying tissue.
Additional categories beyond the third degree indicate injuries that extend into ligaments, tendons, muscles, bones, or internal organs. Severe burns may require extended hospitalization, skin-graft surgeries, and physical therapy.
Ongoing Complications from Burn Injuries
Burns may result in various complications, including infection, breathing problems, scarring, fragile skin, bone and joint problems, and psychological damage. Each patient’s outcome is different, but these complications are common among burn injury cases.
Lifetime Costs for Burn Injuries
Treating burn injuries can be extremely costly due to ongoing complications. Hospitalizations for burns represent a small percentage of overall injuries in the United States, yet treatments cost billions of dollars annually. Complications such as scarring, infections, fragile skin, delayed wound healing, and psychological issues significantly impact medical expenses.
Damages for Catastrophic Burn Injuries
If you or your loved one has suffered severe burns due to negligence or wrongful actions, you may be eligible to seek damages. These damages may cover medical expenses, physical pain and suffering, mental suffering, lost wages, and loss of companionship.
Our Results in Burn Injury Lawsuits
Garrity Traina has a successful track record in handling burn injury cases throughout Southern California and the United States. Our experienced legal team has secured record-setting verdicts and settlements, including a $4.9 billion product liability verdict against General Motors. We are passionate about helping burn injury victims recover the compensation they deserve.
While we cannot guarantee the outcome of your case, working with a knowledgeable and compassionate lawyer who has handled numerous burn injury cases can make a significant difference. If you believe negligence played a role in your burn injuries, contact our team at (866) 634-4525.