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Burn Injury Claims: Experienced Claims Lawyers in San Diego

At CaseyGerry, we understand the devastating impact burn injuries can have on your life. We’re here to guide you through the complex process of filing a burn injury claim by providing the legal advice and compassion you deserve. We work hard so that you have the best chance of recovering the compensation you’re entitled to for your losses. Remember, your claim’s worth is not just a number but a reflection of the physical and emotional hardship you’ve endured. Please get in touch with us to schedule a free consultation. 

Types of Burn Injuries

There are different types of burn injuries, each with unique characteristics and potential complications. Here are some of the most common ones encountered by our San Diego trial lawyers:

  • Thermal burns result from exposure to heat sources like fire, hot metals, steam, or hot liquids. These burns can vary in severity from minor first-degree burns to life-threatening third-degree burns.
  • Electrical burns result from exposure to high-voltage electrical currents. These burns can be extremely dangerous, as they can cause severe internal injuries and visible external scars.
  • Chemical burns occur when the skin comes into contact with a harmful chemical. These burns can cause significant damage, often penetrating deeper layers of skin and causing severe pain and injury.

Regardless of the type of burn injury, seek legal counsel for professional advice on moving forward.

Common Causes of Burn Injuries

Burn injuries occur in various settings and are often the result of unfortunate accidents. These can range from simple household incidents to catastrophic traffic accidents.

Causes can include the following:

  • Workplace Incidents. Workers could encounter several burn hazards, such as exposure to hot surfaces, chemicals, and electrical equipment. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported 16,550 cases of workplace injuries labeled burns and corrosions in 2020. Employers are responsible for maintaining safe working conditions and providing adequate safety training to prevent such incidents.
  • Product Malfunctions. Faulty appliances, defective electronics, or improperly labeled chemicals can all pose a risk. Product manufacturers and distributors must ensure their products are safe for use and provide clear instructions and warnings to consumers.
  • Motor Vehicle Accidents. Car, truck, and motorcycle collisions can cause burn injuries due to fires or explosions resulting from the crash. The legal process for recovering compensation in such cases is complex and often involves filing a personal injury claim against the responsible parties.

Identifying Liable Parties

Burn injury claims can have one or several liable parties. For example, fire-related burns from a car crash could lead to a claim against the negligent driver and the vehicle manufacturer if a flaw worsened the spread of flames. Here are some potentially liable parties:

  • Individuals: In some cases, another person’s negligence or reckless behavior may lead to a burn injury. 
  • Employers: If a burn accident occurs in the workplace due to inadequate safety measures or insufficient training, the employer may be liable for the injuries sustained through worker’s compensation. 
  • Product Manufacturers: The manufacturer may be responsible if a faulty or unsafe product causes a burn injury. 
  • Property Managers or Owners: Owners have a duty of care towards those who visit their property. They may be liable if they have neglected this duty and a burn accident occurs.
  • Service Providers: This includes businesses such as restaurants or salons where hot substances or tools are used. The company may be held responsible if negligence leads to burn injuries.

How Much Is My Claim Worth?

Severe burns often result in significant financial compensation because of the mobility issues and disfigurement that usually accompany them. These could lead to six-figure burn injury settlements. If the court awards punitive damages, you could receive even more. 

Note that these are ballpark guesses. Only an experienced personal injury attorney can evaluate your case and estimate its worth.

The Legal Process for Burn Injury Claims

The legal process to recover compensation for burn injury claims begins at the time of the injury–how you respond to the incident could impact your claim. Note that your priority throughout the process should be your health:

  1. Seek medical attention. Even if your injury seems minor, get immediate medical attention. The doctor’s assessment of your injuries and the treatments provided will be an important part of the legal process.
  2. Document your injuries and treatment. Keep track of all medical bills, physician visits, medications, and therapies related to the burn injury. These documents will provide essential evidence for your claim.
  3. Gather evidence. Obtain witness statements, photos of the scene, and any physical evidence of the incident. Store these documents safely for examination by a lawyer or presentation in court.
  4. Hire a burn injury lawyer. Our attorneys work hard to protect your rights and get you the compensation your case deserves.

The Importance of Working With a Burn Injury Lawyer at CaseyGerry

If you or a loved one has suffered a burn injury, consult with a legal team that delivers results. We have the knowledge and experience to navigate the complex legal process, identify liable parties, and advocate for your rights. Our experienced attorneys work hard to positively influence the outcome of your claim. Schedule a free consultation with CaseyGerry today.

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