Burn injuries can be extremely serious, and in many cases life-threatening. Burn injury victims commonly endure not only physical scars, but also psychological trauma, lost wages, vast amounts of medical bills, and lifelong pain and suffering. If you are the victim of a burn injury resulting from negligence, your may be entitled to substantial financial compensation.
Burn injuries are often the result of a negligent party failing to ensure the safety of a domicile, building, job site, workplace, commercial space, or type of equipment. Fortunately, 90% of all burns are categorized as minor. However, the 10% of burns that are considered serious typically require extensive medical treatment and rehabilitation over the course of many years (all of which can be exorbitantly expensive). Financial compensation for both minor and serious burns may be warranted in instances where the injuries resulted from negligence or carelessness. An experienced Dordulian Law Group attorney can help you determine if you if you have a claim and are entitled to a financial damages award following a burn injury.
Burn injuries are classified under specific categories, such as fire and flame burns, scald burns, contact burns, chemical burns, electrical burns, and other miscellaneous types. Statistics related to the prevalence of burn injuries according to type or causation include:
Children under the age of five account for 20% of all burn injuries. Overall, 65% of burn accidents involving children are the result of a scalding injury, while 20% are considered contact burns. Children under the age of one have the highest rate of scalding injuries, and burns represent the second leading cause of unintentional death for children ages one to four.
Victims of burn injuries may experience multiple physical complications, such as surgery (skin grafts), rehabilitation, disfigurement, permanent pain and suffering, and wrongful death. Non-physical complications from burn injuries can include lost wages, PTSD, anxiety, depression, and permanent disability rendering the victim unable to work.
Over 450,000 burn injuries requiring medical attention are recorded annually in the United States, with roughly 72% occurring in residences. Most burn injuries take place in kitchens, with defective smoke alarms, electrical faults, chemical spills, and failed fire extinguishers as major contributing factors.
Smoke detectors and fire extinguishers serve an important role in fire safety and require routine testing, proper placement, and maintenance. Depending on the fire, the type of smoke detector in your home can make the difference between life and death. Ionization alarms and photoelectric alarms are the two most common types of smoke detectors available. For optimal protection, it is recommended that both ionization and photoelectric technologies be used.
Landlords may overlook crucial devices for fire safety and prevention. Ionization smoke detectors are cheaper, and more commonly used in apartment complexes. However, most apartment fires are slow-burning (or smoldering), and emit thick smoke prior to any flame. Ionization smoke alarms may be unable to detect that type of smoke immediately.
Unless a lease explicitly states otherwise, a landlord is not required to provide a fire extinguisher within an apartment unit. However, all apartment complexes must have an easily accessible fire extinguisher on every floor. The absence of a fire extinguisher on any floor of an apartment complex would be considered negligence on the part of the landlord.
DLG’s top-rated attorneys are experts at navigating the various laws and regulations, and can help you determine if your burn injury was the result of negligence.
OSHA requires employers to train employees on fire hazards within the workplace, including what to do in a fire emergency. While the risk of fire in the workplace is always possible, not all burn injuries in the workplace are a direct result of a fire or flame. Electrical burns commonly occur in the workplace, and should always be treated immediately with medical attention. High temperature burns resulting from explosions or heat/electric arcs are another common type of non-fire related burn that can occur in the workplace. Thermal contact burns and chemical burns are also common in some workplaces.
Depending on your particular work environment, you may be at a higher risk for burn-related injuries. Restaurant and food service workers, for example, are often exposed to burns from grease, steam, hot food/beverage spills, and accidents involving grills or fryers. According to OSHA, deep fryer-related accidents are the leading cause of burns among restaurant workers.
When pursing damages for a burn injury, every case is different and various factors will determine how much your claim is worth. The severity of the burn, whether it was deliberate or accidental, and how the injury impacts one’s life going forward are all considerations that can be used in determining fair compensation for an accident.
You may be able to claim compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, and even lost earning potential/capacity. Additionally, emotional distress, psychological trauma, pain and suffering, disfigurement, disability, and loss of companionship can be factored into a claim. Depending on how the injury occurred, punitive damages may be sought for gross negligence and/or deliberate misconduct.
Determining fault in a burn injury case can be difficult, but our experienced and dedicated attorneys will investigate your claim and work with all pertinent parties (such as law enforcement officials, first responders, accident reconstruction specialists, and medical professionals) to prove your claim warrants a maximum payout. The burn injury attorneys at DLG are here to help you recover every penny of compensation you deserve for your accident.
Under California law, the statute of limitations to file a claim seeking compensation for your burn injury is two years from the date the incident occurred. Once the two-year statute of limitations has expired, burn injury victims are unable to pursue legal recourse. Contacting an experienced burn injury attorney at DLG immediately following your accident will ensure your claim is filed properly and you receive the maximum compensation you deserve.
Contact a DLG lawyer today for any burn injury requiring medical attention that was caused by the negligence of another party, such as an employer, landlord, or business. Our experienced team of attorneys can help you determine if you have a claim and how much your claim is worth.
The America Burn Association is dedicated to promoting and supporting burn-related research, education, care, rehabilitation, and prevention. Visit their Burn Survivor Resource page for information on support options for those affected by burn injuries.
The Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center (MSKTC) has developed a list of resources to assist people living with burn injuries. Evidence-based materials for burn injury victims are available on their Living with Burn Injury resource page.
The University of Washington Medicine Northwest Regional Burn Model System assists burn victims in securing workplace accommodations following a burn injury. When smaller employers do not have the experience or resources needed to help an injured employee return to work, the university’s Burn Model System assists employers in making accommodations deemed necessary by a burn victim’s medical provider.
The Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors is the nation’s largest non-profit dedicated to supporting burn survivors, their loved ones, burn care professionals, and researchers. Founded in 1977, the organization has countless resources for both burn survivors and their caretakers.
The UC Davis Health Firefighter’s Burn Institute and Regional Burn Center has created a Burn Survivor Support and Aftercare guide. Their helpful guide includes a listing of community opportunities available across the country, and identifies support/recovery assistance programs to help burn survivors connect with their peers during the recovery process.
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We understand how devastating a burn injury can be, and are dedicated to helping burn victims and their families recover the compensation they deserve. With Dordulian Law Group on your side, you never have to worry about upfront costs. Our ‘no fee guarantee’ means that if you don’t win, you don’t pay. We handle all cases on a contingency fee basis. There are no upfront fees, and we only get paid when you win. We believe members of the Los Angeles community who have suffered from burn injuries deserve the best legal representation available, without having to pay exorbitant upfront fees.
If you have been the victim of a burn injury, you may be eligible for substantial financial compensation. Dordulian Law Group is a Glendale, CA personal injury law firm with decades of experience in catastrophic injury cases, including burn injuries. We serve as tireless advocates for injury victims, preparing every case for trial to ensure you receive the largest possible financial settlement for your claim. We won’t settle for anything less than a maximum damages award, fighting for every penny you deserve following your burn accident.
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