Burn Injuries

Burn injuries are among the most painful and dangerous injuries you can suffer. The accidents that end in burn injuries tend to be violent and terrifying and can leave you facing a future of hardship. If someone else’s negligence leaves you or someone you love with a burn injury, turn to an experienced Los Angeles personal injury attorney today.

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The Mayo Clinic Weighs in

The Mayo Clinic shares that all of the following apply to burn injuries:

Serious burns cause pain so severe that it often requires strong IV pain medications and anti-anxiety drugs.

If the burn covers a large enough area, it can lead to dehydration and subsequent organ failure.

Burns often lead to serious infections that can involve the underlying muscles, tendons, and even bone.

A larger burn can seriously affect the range of motion in the area (especially if it covers a joint).

A serious burn on or near the face can be permanently disfiguring.

Treatments for serious burns can include many difficult processes, such as breathing assistance (for those with burns on the face or neck), a feeding tube, cuts to ease the blood flow around the burn wound, skin grafts, physical therapy to help regain range of motion, and plastic surgery.

Burn injuries are extremely serious injuries that often require ongoing treatment and can lead to life-threatening secondary health concerns.

Common Causes

While many burn injuries are caused by fires, others are not. Some of the most common causes of burn injuries include:

Traffic Accidents

The heat generated in a high impact traffic accident (of any kind) can lead to life-threatening burns. Further, traffic accidents can lead to explosions that also cause fires. Victims of serious car accidents are extremely vulnerable to serious, debilitating burns.

Defective Products

We purchase consumer goods to enhance our lives in one way or another, but when these products are defective, they can be extremely dangerous – and serious burns are only one example. Consumer products can be defective by design (be prone to exploding into fire or producing extreme heat in the first place), can suffer a defect during manufacturing (a defect that causes the product to present a fire and/or burn risk), or can have an inherent fire and/or burn risk (without the necessary safety instructions and warnings.

Accidents on the Job

Burns on the job can be caused by explosions that result in a fire, workplace fires, by contact with corrosive chemicals, by contact with electricity, or by contact with boiling liquid, a flame, or steam.

Your Financial, Physical, and Emotional Damages

If you’ve suffered a serious burn as a result of someone else’s negligence, the physical, financial, and emotional damages you’ve suffered are likely to immense and can include:

Medical Costs

Burns often cause secondary health concerns, such as serious infections in the underlying area. The greater area the burn covers, the more likely that life-threatening complications will arise. Your medical costs may begin with emergency treatment at the scene of the accident and emergency transportation from the scene and continue on to surgeries and follow-up care, specialized treatments for burns (that are generally provided at burn units), hospitalization, ongoing treatment from doctors and specialists, physical therapy, prescription medications, and much more. Burn victims are often required to endure treatments far into their futures (as their burns heal and lead to ongoing complications, such as thick, rigid scarring that impedes movement).

Lost Earnings

Burns is as slow to heal as they are incredibly painful. If you’ve suffered a serious burn, you’re going to be off the job for a protracted period at best. Depending upon how serious your burn is and where it is, you may face diminished earnings into your future (if you’re able to return to work at all). Further, the career you’ve worked so hard to build could be upended by your burn injury. Because your career is so integral to your sense of self, a loss of this nature can be emotionally devastating.

Pain and Suffering

The physical and emotional pain and suffering associated with a serious burn is difficult to overstate. The terror associated with being burned is universal, and living through this experience can lead to PTSD-like symptoms that often require professional therapy to manage. The physical pain associated with serious burns is well documented and impossible to refute. In fact, a significant portion of the treatment for burns focuses on pain relief.

Recovering your full range of damages can help you regain your health to the best of your ability.

Take These Steps

If someone else’s negligence leaves you with a burn injury, there are two important steps you should take in support of your health and your personal injury claim, including:

Seek Immediate Medical Attention – Burns are serious injuries, and even if you think yours is mild, you’re well-advised to get a professional medical opinion on the matter. The sooner you begin burn treatment, the better your prognosis. Finally, follow all of your doctor’s instructions to the letter, including follow-up visits. Burns are far too dangerous not to do everything you can to promote your own healing, and adhering to your doctor’s orders helps to demonstrate that you take your burn injury as seriously as the insurance company should take it.

Consult with an Experienced Personal Injury Attorney – You’ve been burned and are not only facing astronomical medical bills but are also off the job, which leaves you in an immensely stressful situation. While you tend to your health, allow a dedicated personal injury attorney with extensive experience in burn injury cases to build your strongest claim.

Don’t Wait to Consult with a Compassionate Los Angeles Personal Injury Attorney

Burn injuries are among the most serious and devastating injuries, and the journey toward recovery is long and difficult. This is why we, the dedicated Los Angeles personal injury attorneys at Kash Legal Group, focus our concerted efforts on crafting solid claims that support our clients’ rights and rightful compensation. We’re here for you, too, so please don’t hesitate to contact or call us for more information today.

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