Burns come in three degrees. With a first-degree burn, only the outer layer of skin is damaged. With a second-degree burn, both the outer layer of skin and the layer just beneath it are damaged. A third-degree burn is the most serious kind of burn because not only are the outer layers damaged but also the deepest layer of skin and tissues beneath them is harmed. Second- and third-degree burns are considered catastrophic injuries with the capacity to change your life permanently. There are many situations in which burn injuries may occur, including motor vehicle accidents and dangerous property conditions. If you suffer serious burns, the California burn injury lawyers at The Law Office of Black & DePaoli, PC may be able to help you bring a claim for compensation.
Pursuing Compensation for a Burn Injury
Burns may be caused by heat, electricity, toxic chemicals, radiation, and sunlight. When they are caused by hot liquid or fire, burn injuries may be accompanied by inhalation injuries. Burns may present as swelling, scarring, or blistering of the skin. However, they may also cause someone to go into shock or die. Sometimes they result in infections. After you suffer burns, your doctor may clean the wounds, provide antibiotic creams, and replace skin. Sometimes plastic surgery is necessary. In these cases, a doctor may remove the dead tissue and perform reconstructive surgery, as well as providing skin grafts.
If your burn injuries resulted from someone else’s negligence, either in the context of a motor vehicle collision or an accident on property, you may be able to sue the negligent individual or entity for your damages. Establishing negligence requires you to prove by a preponderance of the evidence that the defendant was obliged to act with a certain standard of care, breached that obligation, and caused your injuries and damages.
In a premises liability case, you will also need to prove notice, which means that the defendant knew or should have known about the dangerous condition that caused your injuries. For example, if the landlord of your apartment failed to properly maintain the wiring in your building over a period of years, resulting in an electrical fire, this is likely to be viewed as evidence of constructive notice. The longer that the dangerous condition that caused your burn injuries existed, the more likely it is that a court would find constructive notice.
With second- and third-degree burns, there may be scarring and disfigurement. In addition to recovering compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages, and mental anguish, you may also be able to recover damages for scarring and disfigurement in an amount that the jury feels reasonably represents the degree to which you have been affected by these injuries. Generally, juries tend to value burn injuries highly if they are on a visible part of your body like your face or hands.
Retain an Experienced Folsom Personal Injury Lawyer
If you have suffered serious burns, you should retain an experienced Folsom personal injury lawyer. Travis G. Black formerly worked in the insurance industry and understands how adjustors may perceive your claim. Our Folsom firm offers perceptive legal counsel and works hard on behalf of our clients. Contact us online or call The Law Office of Black & DePaoli, PC at (916) 634-0729 for a free consultation if you need a car accident attorney or representation in another personal injury claim.