While some burn injuries are minor, like a bad sunburn, for example, others are extremely serious, and even fatal. When burns result from explosions, in particular, they can cause disfigurement, permanent scarring, and a number of life-long injuries. Victims often face years of surgery and treatment, and some never recover.
Burn injuries have a number of causes. Car accidents, workplace accidents, defective products, and more can all result in serious burn injuries. When they do, accident victims need to speak to a California personal injury lawyer who can help them recover from their injuries.Classification of Burns
Burns have different classifications depending on what caused them. The most common classification of burns are electrical burns, chemical burns, and thermal burns.
Thermal burns are those caused by external heat such as flames, steam, hot metals, and scalding liquids. Chemical burns, as the name suggests, are caused by substances such as industrial solvents or chemicals in household cleaners. Electrical burns are caused when electricity flows through the body, such as during an electrocution.Degrees of Burns
In addition to being separated by classifications, there are also different degrees of burns. These have nothing to do with classifications. For example, a thermal burn can be a first-degree or a third-degree burn, as can an electrical burn.
- First-degree burns are those that most people think of when they consider burn injuries. These only damage the outermost layer of the skin and typically heal on their own in a few days.
- Second-degree burns affect the outer layer of the skin, as well as a portion of the dermis, or the layer underneath the top layer of skin. These turn red, are extremely painful, and could blister.
- Third-degree burns, the most severe, cause damage to the complete outer layer of skin, as well as the second layer of skin. These burns often reach so far they cause damage to the bones, tendons, and other soft tissues beneath the skin.
The worst burn injuries are not only extremely painful, they are also very costly to treat. When a person sustains one of these injuries due to another person’s negligence, they need to speak to an attorney who can help them obtain compensation to help cover the cost.The Prognosis
Years ago, the prognosis was not very good for burn victims. Back then, if a burn covered half of a person’s body, the outcome was typically death. Today however, those who sustain even the most serious burn injuries have a greater chance of recovery.
Unfortunately, burn victims often have more to recover from than just the physical scars. They are often left with deep emotional scars, and humiliation and embarrassment over their new appearance. Compensation can help cover these types of losses, in addition to medical costs, loss of earnings, and other monetary damages.Speak to a Burn Injury Lawyer in California to Get the Compensation You Deserve
Recovering from a burn injury is a long and painful process. Unfortunately, it is also an expensive one. Burn victims need to speak to a California burn injury lawyer who can help them get the compensation they deserve.
If you have been burned as a result of someone else’s negligence, do not try to take on the at-fault party and their insurance company alone. Call us at Willoughby Brod, LLP at (800) 427-7020. We will hold those responsible accountable for paying compensation for your injuries, and assist with your recovery in any way we can. Call us today for your free consultation and learn more about how we can help.