Los Angeles Burn Injury Lawyers
Aggressive representation for burn injury victims in California
The effects of a serious burn injury can be both physically and emotionally devastating due to the disfiguring of the skin. Even with today’s medical advances in wound treatment, therapy and plastic surgery, a burn victim is often left with permanent physical and emotional scarring. Although it can be a traumatic experience to survive a residential fire, chemical explosion, gas leak, electrical burn or natural fire, there is help available to assist you in the recovery process. The Los Angeles burn injury lawyers of McNicholas & McNicholas, LLP offer support, legal assistance and professionalism for you and your family.
What are the degrees of burn injuries by severity?
There are three primary classifications, or degrees, of burns:
- First degree burns. These are often the least serious, as they only damage the very top layer of skin. First degree burns can usually be treated at home.
- Second degree burns. Second degree burns damage both the top layer of skin and the layer underneath. They are more serious and may require medical attention. Second degree burns often present with blisters and can leave scars.
- Third degree burns. These are the most serious, as they damage the deepest layers of skin and tissue. Third degree burns can lead to nerve damage and may require skin grafts.
Third degree burns are the most serious burns, but that does not mean first and second degree burns do not require immediate attention. You should always seek medical attention in an effort to avoid long-lasting negative impacts.
Signs and symptoms
Signs and symptoms of a burn injury vary based on the degree of the burn. The most common signs of a burn injury include swelling, blistering and scarring. In the worst cases, death can result. Burn injuries also commonly lead to infections because of the damage done to the top protective layers of skin.
Just as signs and symptoms vary based on the degree of the burn, so too, do treatment options for varying types of burns. For mild burns, over-the-counter creams can be used to treat any pain, swelling and potential infections. For more severe burns, cleaning and skin grafting may be required. These can be lengthy, painful and expensive processes.
Complications of burn injuries
Burns are considered catastrophic injuries because they can lead to serious, life-altering conditions and disfigurement. People who suffer burn injuries to the face and neck may struggle with finding work or even going out in public. Severe scarring of any kind can also lead to loss of confidence, depression and anxiety.
There are also physical effects of serious burns that could lead to lifelong problems:
- Infections. Burn sites can easily become infected because they are open wounds. That infection can travel through the bloodstream and cause a life-threatening inflammatory reaction called sepsis.
- Respiratory issues. Inhaling hot ash and smoke can cause burns to the mouth, tongue, throat, larynx and esophagus. It can also cause damage to the lungs.
- Contractures. Scar tissue can tighten up over time, leading to tightness in the muscles or tendons. These contractures can make movement painful. They can also cause breathing difficulties if the scar tissue tightens over the chest.
- Compromised immune systems. Certain types of organ damage and infections can have permanent effects on your immune system. This can leave you prone to infections in the future and affect your body’s effectiveness at fighting them.
How are burn injuries caused?
According to the American Burn Association, about 3,400 people die each year from fires, burns or smoke inhalation, and about 40,000 people in the U.S. are hospitalized every year for burn-related injuries.
Some of the most common causes of burn injuries include:
- House fires
- Electrical fires
- Vehicle fires
- Chemical exposure
- Radiation exposure
- Defective products
- Grills and barbeques
- Space heaters
- Worksite accidents
- Scalding drinks/high-temperature foods
Filing a claim for burn injuries in Los Angeles
Your recovery plan and the process will depend on the severity of the burn. You may require compensation for your personal trauma, pain and suffering, medical bills, lost wages, future medical bills, permanent scarring, disfigurement, ongoing therapy and future surgeries.
The process of your recovery will depend on many factors, such as the burn location and severity, and the facts leading to the injury. The California statute of limitations varies depending on the cause of the burn injury. It’s important to get help right away from a Los Angeles burn injury lawyer who can help you navigate your way through the process, and secure whatever documents you may need to support your case.
Establishing liability in a Los Angeles burn injury lawsuit
Liability depends on how you were injured. For example, if you were injured from a chemical burn at work, you may have a case against the maker of the chemical or the device the chemical was stored in. This would be separate and apart from the workers’ compensation system. As another example, if you were burned as a result of the use of a product (like a hot water heater or an electrical device), you may have a product liability claim, depending on the facts.
The Los Angeles burn injury lawyers at McNicholas & McNicholas, LLP understand how traumatic the pain and disfigurement of burns can be, and how expensive treatment is. We want to help you get the treatment you need and the compensation you deserve for your burn injury case.
Why choose our burn injury attorneys for your case?
Since 1993, we have been handling complex and catastrophic cases related to serious injuries in California, resulting in multimillion-dollar results for our clients against large private and public organizations. We have the resources to ensure your needs are met in a timely and efficient manner.
Large settlements and verdicts can help an injured person put his or her life back together, and can also make an impact on holding companies and industries accountable to create, improve and implement better products and services.
Resources for burn injury victims and caregivers in California
Emergency Services: 9-1-1
The Grossman Burn Center
7325 Medical Center Dr
West Hills, CA 91307
LAC+USC Regional Burn Center
2051 Marengo St
Los Angeles, CA 90033
Shriners for Children Medical Center
909 S. Fair Oaks Ave
Pasadena, CA 91105
Foundations and support services:
Children's Burn Foundation
5000 Van Nuys Blvd
Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
Alisa Anne Ruch Burn Foundation
50 N. Hill Ave
Pasadena, CA 91106
These resources are provided as an aid to help identify and locate other resources that may be of interest, and are not intended to state or imply that we sponsor, or are affiliated or associated with, any of the organizations.
Call the Los Angeles burn injury lawyers of McNicholas & McNicholas, LLP today
Contact the compassionate and experienced personal injury attorneys at McNicholas & McNicholas, LLP today for a free, no-obligation consultation. Our Los Angeles lawyers want to help you protect your family and your future. Call our office at 310.474.1582 or fill out our contact form. We proudly serve clients throughout California.