Burn injuries can be devastating. Sometimes, burn injuries can be so severe that you’re permanently disfigured or require skin grafting and plastic surgery to repair the damage you sustained. Burn injuries can significantly impact your quality of life and can force you to make pronounced changes to the way you move through the world. You may have been received a burn injury so disastrous that you’re unable to return to work and earn a living for yourself and your family, adding to the stress you’re already experiencing in the aftermath of the accident.
In any case, burn injuries are not to be taken lightly. If you’ve been involved in a burn accident in Anaheim that wasn’t your fault, you may be entitled to significant compensation.
Contact the Anaheim personal injury attorneys of OnderLaw, LLC today to discuss your case. Give us a call at (314) 963-9000 or contact us online for a free consultation. You won’t owe us a cent until your case is settled and won.
Why Do I Need a Lawyer?
While a lawyer isn’t required when you file a personal injury claim, they can make the process a lot easier for you. The process of filing a claim can be tedious and time-consuming, especially when you’ve been injured in an accident. A skilled lawyer can swoop in and take on the responsibility of investigating your claim, recover medical documents and other evidence needed to file your claim, and speak with insurance providers to negotiate more compensation for you.
When you have a lawyer, you can focus fully on recovering from your injuries while they focus on determining the full amount of compensation available to you. With an experienced lawyer on your side, you can rest well knowing that you have top-notch legal representation going to bat for you to preserve your rights and obtain the compensation owed to you.
Why Choose OnderLaw, LLC?
OnderLaw, LLC is a trusted law firm in Anaheim and throughout the U.S. We’ve helped thousands of clients injured, disabled, or killed in personal injury accidents to recover more than $3 billion in compensation, and we’re continuing to increase that number with each passing day.
Since our founding by James G. Onder, OnderLaw, LLC has operated with a mission to preserve client rights while working to provide them the compensation they’re entitled to. We’re familiar with personal injury cases of all types and are fully prepared and willing to help you file a personal injury claim to pursue the full amount of compensation owed to you.
Our lawyers are proud members of prominent and reputable legal organizations scattered across the nation, such as The American Trial Lawyers Association and The American Society of Legal Advocates. Additionally, our partners have been recognized by the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and Rue Ratings Best Attorneys of America as being within the top one percent of lawyers in the U.S.
With OnderLaw, LLC behind you and your case, you can feel confident that you have some of the best legal representation in the nation working to ensure that you receive the compensation you may be entitled to. We’ve worked tirelessly to help our clients achieve the results they were seeking. We’d be honored to do the same for you. The longer you wait to receive legal counsel, the longer you delay your access to the money you may be entitled to.
Causes of Burn Injuries
Whether by accident or the willful intent of another person, burn accidents happen across the nation each day. Some of the most common causes of burn injuries include:
- Hot liquids or steam
- Hot metal, glass, or other objects
- Electrical currents
- Sunlight or other forms of ultraviolet light exposure
- Abuse and neglect
Types and Severity of Burn Injuries
Burns are generally classified into four categories: First, second, third, and fourth-degree burns:
- First-degree burns. The least severe type of burn, first-degree burns, involve only the top layer of skin (epidermis). They may cause some redness and pain. Generally, first-degree burns won’t lead to disfigurement and can heal without the need for medical attention. However, it’s recommended that you seek medical care to ensure that you don’t experience any difficulty in the healing process and to ensure that your burn doesn’t become infected.
- Second-degree burns. These types of burns involve both the top and second layer of skin (dermis) and can potentially cause swelling and red/white, splotchy skin. Second-degree burns can lead to the development of blisters and can cause severe pain. If burns are deep enough, scarring can remain well after the wound has closed. It’s recommended to seek medical attention to ensure that your burn is healing properly and that you’re given the medication or ointments needed to heal as fully as possible from this type of burn injury.
- Third-degree burns. This type of burn injury goes all the way down into the fatty tissue, going past both the top and second layer of skin to the innermost layer, the subcutaneous layer. These are full-thickness burns, and there will be significant pain and discomfort. Burned areas may be black, white, or charred-looking. Medical attention will be required.
- Fourth-degree burns. These burns go through all layers of skin and underlying tissue and can involve muscle and bone. Fourth-degree burns can be so severe that you experience nerve damage. There will be no pain since the nerve endings are destroyed. This type of burn injury can cause severe disfigurement. With fourth-degree burns, medical attention is absolutely necessary. In fact, depending on the severity of the burn, you may require skin grafting in order to have the best healing results and for your wound to close completely.
Compensation for Burn Injuries
The compensation you receive depends on the severity of your injuries and the length of time you’ve spent in recovery from them. The types and amount available vary on a case-by-case basis, but the most common forms of compensation victims of burn injuries may pursue include:
- Medical expenses. If you’re severely burned, you’re going to need medical attention right away. However, the medical bills you incur as a result of the accident can be costly, especially if you’re in need of skin grafting following a severe burn accident. However, it should be said that you shouldn’t be made financially responsible for the burns you developed in an accident you didn’t contribute to. Fortunately, you’re entitled to seek compensation for the medical bills you incur in the aftermath of the accident. Medical expenses include skin grafting, x-rays, surgeries, prescriptions, rehabilitation, and more.
- Lost wages. Burn injuries aren’t to be taken lightly. You may have injuries so severe that you need to take time away from work to seek the medical care you need in order to recover from your injuries in the hopes of returning to work. Unfortunately, and through no fault of your own, you may lose the opportunity to make a living for yourself and your family for a period of time. You may be eligible to recover damages for the wages you lose as a result of the accident and the medical treatment you need to heal.
- Lost earning capacity. You may have been involved in a burn accident so devastating that you’re unable to return to work at all following the accident. Although there’s no amount of money that can restore your quality of life or ability to provide for yourself and your family, you can seek to be compensated for your lost earning capacity resulting from the accident.
- Pain and suffering. You may experience a great deal of pain and suffering because of the accident. You can recover damages for the pain and suffering you are forced to endure because of your injuries.
- Emotional distress. The accident and the resulting injuries may have been such a traumatic and devastating experience for you that you’ve developed emotional disturbances or mental health disorders such as depression, anxiety, or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). You may be entitled to compensation for these conditions.
- Property damage. Your personal belongings may have been damaged or destroyed in the accident. Some items may be irreplaceable, but you can recover damages for all the repair or replacement of items damaged or destroyed in the accident.
- Loss of enjoyment. Following the accident, you may no longer be able to participate in activities that brought you joy before you were injured. You can seek to be compensated for the loss of enjoyment of life you experience in the aftermath of the accident.
California Burn Accident Statistics
Burn accidents occur throughout the U.S. each day. Here’s what the data looks like in California:
According to the U.S. Fire Administration, 116 California residents died in home fires in 2020.
Data collected by Cal Fire reveal that a total of 8,112 fires occurred in California throughout the 2020 calendar year.
According to the California Department of Industrial Relations, three workers were killed in work-related burn accidents in 2018.
Contact an Anaheim Burn Injury Attorney
If you’ve been injured in a burn accident in Anaheim that wasn’t your fault, call the team at OnderLaw, LLC today. Call us at (314) 963-9000 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation.