Burns can range from minor burns that heal within a few weeks without the need to see a doctor. However, some burns are more serious and may require medical attention. In some cases, burn injuries may require surgery and result in scars and disfigurement. Serious burns can also cause complications and infections.
There are many causes of burn injuries. If the negligence of another party causes your burn injury, you may be entitled to compensation for an injury claim. The claim may be filed as a product liability claim, personal injury claim, or premises liability claim depending on the cause of the burn.
Causes of Burn Injuries in Accidents
Burns damage the layers of the skin. Deep burns can also damage the nerves, bones, and soft tissue below the skin. Fire is a common cause of burn injuries. However, overexposure to the sun can also result in severe burn injuries. Exposure to chemicals, electricity, and hot liquids can also result in burns.
Some accidents that could result in burn injuries that may be the fault of another party include:
- Automobile accidents, including car, truck, and motorcycle accidents
- Accidents involving defective or dangerous products
- Work-related accidents
- Accidents on another party’s property
When a burn injury occurs, it is important to seek medical attention.
Diagnosis and Treatment of Burn Injuries
A first-degree burn is the mildest type of burn and typically does not result in permanent damage to the skin. A second-degree burn damages a portion of the dermis. Second-degree burns can result in blisters, pain, and swelling.
Third-degree burns destroy the first and second layers of skin and can cause damage to the subcutaneous tissue. Skin appears charred and blackened, but it may also appear white. Fourth-degree burns are the most serious degree of burns. These burns penetrate all layers of skin and can cause damage to the underlying bone and muscle.
Treating Burns After an Accident
In many cases, first-degree burns may be treated at home with creams and over-the-counter pain medications. However, a physician should evaluate serious burns. Individuals who sustain severe burns or burns covering a large portion of their body may require treatment at a specialized burn treatment center.
Depending on the severity of the burn, treatments for burns could require surgery, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and other advanced treatment options.
Filing a Claim for a Burn Injury in Sacramento
If you sustain a burn in an accident, you might be entitled to compensation for your injuries and losses. Burn treatment can be expensive and the long-term damage caused by burn injuries can be extensive. Consulting a Sacramento personal injury attorney soon after your accident can be very helpful. An attorney can explain your legal rights and options for filing an injury claim.
Contact The Tiemann Law Firm by calling (916) 999-9000 or by visiting our website to schedule a free consultation with one of our Sacramento personal injury attorneys.
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) can result in life-altering conditions. However, some TBIs are mild and may go unnoticed until the person begins experiencing symptoms of a brain injury. Even at that time, the person may not immediately equate the symptoms of a TBI with a head injury. One of the reasons some individuals may not realize a TBI is causing their symptoms is because some TBI patients have not sustained a blow to the head or display any other outward sign of head trauma.
What is a Traumatic Brain Injury?
According to the Mayo Clinic, a TBI may temporarily impact the brain cells, or it can cause severe damage to the brain from bruising, bleeding, tearing, and other physical damage. A TBI can occur from a violent blow to the head or from the head striking another object. However, brain damage may also occur from a strong jolt to the head or the body. Therefore, you could experience a TBI even though your head does not strike an object.
For instance, a closed head injury may occur in a car crash when your head is whipped around because of the sudden jolt to the body at the time of the impact. When your head is thrown backward and forward or side-to-side, your brain can move violently within the skull striking the bony structure in one or more places. Each time the fragile brain tissue strikes a part of the skull, the tissue can sustain damage.
In some cases, a closed head injury caused by a strong jolt can cause more damage than a penetrating head injury. A penetrating head injury occurs when an object enters the brain through the skull. Damage is typically localized to the area where the object enters the brain. However, with a closed brain injury from a jolt, numerous parts of the brain may be injured as it “bounces” around within the skull.
TBI Symptoms and Signs
Symptoms and signs of a brain injury vary depending on the severity of the brain injury. Children can also display different signs of brain trauma because of their age.
It is helpful to know the symptoms of TBI, so that you can seek immediate medical attention for a brain injury. The Mayo Clinic provides an exhaustive list of symptoms divided into categories, including physical symptoms, sensory symptoms, and cognitive symptoms. It also provides symptoms of mild traumatic brain injuries and moderate to severe TBIs. You can also review a list of children’s symptoms of TBI on the website.
It is important to remember that you do not need to lose consciousness after sustaining a TBI. Also, symptoms may not be present for several hours or days after a brain injury. You should also seek medical attention if you experience any symptoms of a brain injury after an accident. However, it never hurts to be evaluated by a medical professional after any accident to rule out a TBI or other head injury.
Contact a Sacramento Brain Injury Attorney for More Information
Several situations can result in a TBI including:
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Slips and falls
- Sports and recreational activities
- Work-related accidents
- Accidents involving defective products
If you are injured in an accident, you might be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Contact our Sacramento brain injury attorneys for a free consultation by calling The Tiemann Law Firm at (916) 999-9000 or by visiting our website.
When you purchase a product, you never expect that product to cause an injury. Unfortunately, millions of people are injured by dangerous and defective products in the United States each year. Knowing what to do if a product injures you or your family members is important. The steps you take after a product injury can have a significant impact on your ability to hold the manufacturer or other parties liable for your damages and losses in a product liability claim.
What is a Product Liability Claim?
You may have a valid product liability claim if a product injures you because the product was defective. Before you can recover compensation for your damages, you must prove that the manufacturer or other liable party owed a duty to you; the party breached that duty; and, you sustained harm, such as a physical injury and financial damages. A Sacramento product liability attorney can help you gather evidence to prove each element of a product liability claim.
Who is Responsible When a Product Injures Someone?
The party or parties responsible for damages in a product liability case are determined by the type of defect that caused the injury. If the product’s design is faulty, the original designer may be liable for damages. However, if the manufacturer changed the product’s design or altered the way the product should be manufactured, the manufacturer may be liable. Distributors and sellers can be held liable for product liability claims in some cases.
A product liability attorney investigates the circumstances that lead to the injury to identify the responsible parties. It is important to identify all the responsible parties to maximize your chance of recovering full compensation for all damages and losses.
What Should I Do After a Product Injuries Me?
One of the first things you should do is seek medical attention. You need to prevent your injury from becoming worse, but you also need to document your injuries for a potential defective product claim. A key element in proving a product liability claim is proving that you sustained damages as a result of the defect in the product. Physical injuries are the most common type of damage, followed by financial and emotional damages.
If possible, try to preserve the product, packaging, and instructions for evidence. In some cases, it could be dangerous to preserve the product. If it is dangerous to keep the product, keep whatever you can and take pictures, if possible, of the parts that you must dispose of to prevent further injury. Also, if you suspect the product is dangerous, you may want to contact local authorities to discuss proper disposal. If so, keep detailed notes about all conversations with officials.
Contact a Sacramento Product Liability Attorney for Help
Product liability claims are complex. They often involve complicated questions about the design and the manufacturing process. A product liability attorney can locate expert witnesses to assist in proving the product was defective or dangerous and how that element caused your injury.
For a free consultation and case review, contact The Tiemann Law Firm by calling (916) 999-9000.
You were injured in a personal injury accident, and you are ready to discuss filing an injury claim against the party or parties responsible for your injuries. We encourage you to contact our office to schedule a free consultation with a Sacramento personal injury attorney if you have not already done so. Below is a checklist that you can use as you prepare for your first meeting with our attorney.
However, we want to be very clear. We care more about you, your recovery, and your story. While it is very helpful to have the information and documentation below, it is not necessary. We want to talk to you about your accident and your current situation. Our focus is on helping you understand your legal rights and your options for obtaining compensation for your injuries and losses.
Therefore, if you have the information or documentation below, please bring it with you to the first appointment, but do not let a lack of anything on the checklist keep you from speaking to an attorney.
Checklist for Meeting with a Personal Injury Attorney
- Copy of police report and accident report
- Copies of insurance policies related to the accident (i.e. homeowner’s insurance, car insurance, disability insurance, medical pay, etc.)
- The name and contact information of each insurance adjuster or other party who you have talked to about the accident or your injuries
- Copies of any medical records and statements from physicians or medical providers
- Copies of any correspondence from attorneys or insurance providers
- Information obtained from the accident scene, such as photographs and names of eyewitnesses
- Medical bills and other evidence of expenses and costs related to the accident, your injuries, and your recovery
- Proof of income and the dates you have missed work because of the accident
- A list of all medical providers who treated you after the accident
It can also be very helpful to make notes about what you remember about the accident. Small details could be very important. Your notes do not need to be full sentences or paragraphs. The information is to help you relate to your personal injury attorney what happened before and after the accident.
You may also want to include a list of questions you want to ask the personal injury attorney. We want to learn about you during the appointment, but we also want you to leave with answers to the questions you have about accident claims.
Get Peace of Mind and Learn About Your Legal Rights by Calling a Sacramento Personal Injury Attorney
Being injured in an accident can turn your life upside down. If you are unsure about what you need to do to protect your rights, contact our office for a free case review. You do not need to handle an insurance claim alone.
For a free consultation with one of our Sacramento accident lawyers, call The Tiemann Law Firm at (916) 999-9000. We are here for you to listen to what happened to you and provide you with the legal advice, guidance, and support you need as you continue to recover from a tragic accident.
The severity of the injuries sustained in an accident typically determines whether a person misses time from work. Some accident victims may miss a few days or no time from work after an accident. However, other accident victims may be out of work for weeks or months after a crash, especially if they require surgery to treat their injuries.
If an accident victim does not cause the collision, he or she is entitled to compensation for their injuries, losses, and damages. Lost wages is common damage included in accident claims. However, accident victims do not receive immediate reimbursement for financial losses, including loss of income.
When Does the Insurance Company Reimburse Me for Lost Wages?
Unfortunately, you will not receive compensation for your lost wages until your claim is settled. An accident claim should not be settled until you complete medical treatment for your injuries. Settling the claim before your doctor releases you could result in a much lower settlement amount.
It is impossible to know the exact total of your out-of-pocket losses until you are released to go back to work or your doctor tells you that you have a permanent disability that prevents you from working. If you are unable to return to work because of an impairment, your damages will be much higher. When you settle your claim without this information, you could lose hundreds of thousands of dollars in compensation.
Therefore, even though you may need the money, it is not in your best interest to settle your accident claim too soon. However, you also need to be aware of the deadline to file lawsuits in California. If you have not settled your claim before the deadline expires and you do not file a lawsuit, you can lose your right to recover compensation for your claim.
Calculating Loss of Income After an Accident
Calculating the loss of income sustained because of an accident and injury can be complex. An accident victim could have several types of lost income to include in the claim. Examples of damages in this category include:
Past Lost Wages
Past lost wages equals the total of all lost income from the date of the accident through the date of settlement. When calculating past lost wages, you can include bonuses, overtime, commissions, and other forms of income that you would have earned had it not been for the accident.
Future Lost Wages
If you are unable to work because of a permanent disability caused by the accident, you can also receive compensation for future lost wages. Future lost wages are more difficult to calculate. In many cases, we consult a financial expert to calculate future lost wages based on several factors such as your age, occupation, anticipated age of retirement, and life expectancy.
Loss of Earning Capacity
A loss of earning capacity may result when you suffer a disability that impairs your ability to earn the same income as you did before the accident. We also may consult a financial expert to calculate the loss of earning capacity.
Contact a Sacramento Accident Attorney for More Information
In some cases, loss of income may equal a substantial portion of an accident claim. You need to ensure that you calculate the value of your lost income correctly to maximize the amount of compensation you receive for your accident claim.