HOW DO BURN INJURIES HAPPEN IN PERSONAL INJURY CASES?
Posted on Monday, March 14th, 2016 at 8:46 pm
Burn injuries can occur in a variety of personal injury cases from car and motorcycle accidents to truck crashes, boat accidents, and defective product accidents. In motor vehicle accidents, burns are common injuries when an explosion occurs as a result of the collision. A burn injury is also common with a defective product such as a hair dryer catching on fire or a small appliance exploding due to a defect in the design.
Regardless of what type of accident caused your burn injury, you may be entitled to receive compensation for your damages from the negligent party who caused the accident. Burns can be extremely painful and difficult to treat. Burn treatments can often take years and be very costly depending on the severity of the burn. The severity of a burn depends on several factors including the location of the burn, the degree of the burn, and how large of an area was burned in the accident.
It is extremely important that you seek immediate medical attention if you suffer any type of burn in a personal injury accident. Immediate medical care can reduce the risk of permanent injury or serious complications such as infections from the burn. Your next priority should be contacting the burn injury attorneys of The Tiemann Law Firm. Our attorneys will begin working on the legal aspect of your case as you focus on your health.
What Damages Can I Receive If I Am Burned In An Accident?
If you are burned, the compensation available will depend on several things such as the severity of your injury and other damages you suffer as a result of the accident. For example, if you suffer a third degree burn that requires extensive medical treatment including skin grafting and cosmetic surgeries, the award you receive may include compensation for future medical expenses, scarring, disfigurement, embarrassment, mental anguish, and physical pain. In addition, you may receive compensation for your lost wages and future lost wages plus any additional out-of-pocket expenses related to the accident and/or your burn injury.
The costs of treating a burn injury can be substantial. Even a minor burn injury can cost over $15,000 to treat. A first degree burn, the least destructive burn, can develop complications if not treated properly. This is why it is important to seek medical treatment following a burn injury even if you believe the burn is minor. Until a medical professional has examined the burn, you do not know how severe the damage may be to your skin and the underlying tissues and organs.
A third degree burn causes the most damage but often does not hurt as severely as a first or second degree burn. The nerves are damaged in a third degree burn; therefore, the victim may not suffer great pain. However, a third degree burn poses the greatest risk of lasting damage. Regardless of the pain level, go to your physician or the emergency room to be sure you receive the medical treatment necessary to recover as fully as possible.
Contact an Experienced Burn Injury Attorney
If you have been burned in a motor vehicle accident, defective product accident, or other type of personal injury, contact Tiemann Law Firm for your free consultation with one of our Sacramento personal injury attorneys.
You can contact us online, call our toll free number (916) 999-9000, or chat with a representative on our website. We are here to help you and to help your family recover after a serious burn injury.