Have you or someone you love suffered a burn injury in Bakersfield that wasn’t your fault? Did this burn injury cause you severe trauma or financial losses? If so, you should consider speaking to the Bakersfield personal injury attorneys of OnderLaw about filing a personal injury claim or lawsuit for compensation.

OnderLaw has almost two decades of experience helping people get compensation for injuries caused by another party’s negligence, and we can use that experience to help you. Call today for a free consultation, and see if an injury claim or lawsuit is right for you.

Why Do I Need an Attorney for My Burn Injury?

Filing a personal injury claim is more complex than filing other types of insurance claims. You need an experienced attorney to make sure your claim is complete, supported by evidence, and based on facts. Submitting a claim without the help of a lawyer may result in you getting less compensation.

A good lawyer can help you understand how losses and damages are calculated and make sure that you’re demanding the dollar amount that you need to cover all your losses. Some types of damages specific to injury claims don’t have an exact monetary value attached, so an experienced attorney is necessary to make sure you’re not leaving money you’re owed on the table.

A burn injury can often mean lost time at work and multiple trips to a doctor or hospital. Trying to build a complete claim for compensation while dealing with the realities of a debilitating injury can often be overwhelming. A qualified lawyer will do the legwork required to build a case for compensation, leaving you the time you need to recover from your injuries and get back to your life. We will investigate the accident, gather evidence and documentation, interview witnesses, and field the calls from insurance agents. We do the hard work, so you don’t have to.

An attorney can do more for you than send well-written letters or answer phone calls. As well as providing legal help, your lawyer is your confidant. We’ve dealt with situations like yours many times over, and we know the best way to move forward. We can provide the support you need during this difficult time.

Why Hire OnderLaw to Represent Me?

There are several great reasons why OnderLaw is the right choice for your burn injury claim.

We have almost two decades of experience helping thousands of people in California and elsewhere get the help they need after an accident or injury. We handle all types of injury claims, from whiplash accidents to wrongful death lawsuits, and we know how to make the system work for our clients.

We treat each one of our clients with the respect and dignity you deserve. You’re not just a statistic to us. We understand and appreciate the impact a debilitating injury can have on a family, and we take the responsibility you place on us seriously. Our team of dedicated, tenacious legal professionals will work tirelessly to get you the compensation you deserve.

We believe in giving back to the organizations and communities that have allowed us to grow and prosper. We regularly provide donations to charitable groups like MADD, Lupus Foundation of America, and Toys for Tots.

There are no upfront costs for our services. We work on a contingency fee basis, which means that we only take payment if we’re successful in getting compensation for you. If we don’t get compensation for you, you pay nothing.

We’re also very successful in getting the results our clients demand. We’ve obtained over $3 billion in settlements and awards for our clients over the last twenty years, and though we can’t guarantee a good result for every case we take on, we can guarantee that the diligent work that earned these results will be applied to your case as well.

Head to our Testimonials page to hear from some of our satisfied clients.

Causes of Burn Injuries in Bakersfield

Burn injuries are one of the most common causes of injury and death in the United States. There are a variety of causes for burn injuries in California, such as:

  • House fires
  • Chemical fires
  • Electrical fires
  • Vehicle fires
  • Fireworks
  • Radiation exposure
  • Space heaters
  • Scalding food or drinks
  • Defective products
  • Worksite accidents
  • Grills and barbecues
  • Frostbite
  • Explosions

Types and Severity of Burn Injuries

Burn injuries are usually divided into degrees.

First-degree burns only damage the top layer of skin, or the epidermis. A mild sunburn is a good example of a first-degree burn. The skin may appear red or swollen, but pain and symptoms usually subside after a day or two. First-degree burns are usually treated with pain medication, cooling ointments, and rest, and rarely leave scars.

Second-degree burns damage the top layer of skin and the secondary layer, or dermis. These injuries will cause the damaged skin to redden, swell, be painful to the touch, and develop blisters. These injuries are usually treated with pain medication, immersion in cold water, and cold compresses. They may leave scars depending on the depth of the burn.

Third-degree burns are full-skin burns, meaning that they fully destroy both layers of skin and nerve endings underneath. The damaged skin will appear brown, black, yellow, or white but will not be painful or sensitive to touch due to the damaged nerves. These types of injuries should only be treated by a healthcare professional and can leave lasting scars or damaged tissue.

Fourth-degree burns damage both layers of skin as well as muscle tissue, tendons, joints, or bones. These are life-threatening injuries that can irreparably damage body tissues and may require surgery to treat. If they don’t destroy the tissue completely, fourth-degree burns will cause severe, visible scarring.

Unlike many other types of injuries that we deal with, burns have the potential to cause massive scars and disfigurement that may persist even after extensive treatment, such as surgical skin grafts or amputation.

Compensation for Burn Injuries

Compensation for personal injury claims comes in the form of either a settlement from the negligent party’s insurance company or a verdict or award granted by a judge or jury. The exact amount you might be able to obtain is hard to determine without carefully reviewing the circumstances of your accident and the extent of the injury sustained, but in general, the more severe your injury, the more compensation you should be able to obtain.

The amount you should demand is determined by examining the losses, or damages, you suffered as a result of the accident and injury. Some losses are tangible, and some are not.

Non-economic damages, or general damages, are subjective, intangible losses that are difficult to value. Your attorney can help you arrive at an accurate dollar assessment for these losses. The losses apply to the injury itself and not the financial loss you suffer as a result of treating or living with the injury. Some examples include:

  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of enjoyment of life
  • Loss of consortium
  • Mental anguish
  • Emotional distress

Economic damages, or special damages, do have an assigned monetary value and are financial losses directly related to the injury that can be calculated and documented. Some types of economic damages include the following:

  • Lost wages
  • Property damage
  • Medical bills
  • Household expenses
  • Lost opportunity costs

California law also allows awards of exemplary damages in cases of extreme malice, oppression, or fraud. These are not intended to compensate you for any loss but rather to punish the person or party responsible for your injury and deter them from ever acting in the same manner again. Exemplary damages carry a higher burden of proof than compensatory damages and are only awarded by a judge or jury.

Burn Injury Statistics

Here is some information on burn injuries in California and elsewhere:

  • There were 116 home fire fatalities reported in California in 2020.
  • California had a burn injury rate of 5.0 injuries per 1,000 fires and a burn fatality rate of 1.6 per 1,000 fires in 2019.
  • One civilian dies in the United States every two hours and 35 minutes due to burns.
  • The vast majority of deaths from fires in the United States in 2016 were attributed to house or residential structure fires.
  • 73% of burn injuries that were treated in burn centers occur in the home.
  • In the United States, approximately 486,000 burn or fire injuries were treated at emergency departments between 2011 and 2015.
  • Almost a quarter of burn injuries occur in children under the age of 15.

Call Today for a Free Consultation

If you’ve suffered a costly and debilitating burn injury, don’t wait any longer. Call the attorneys at OnderLaw today for a free consultation, and let us help get you the compensation you deserve. We only take payment for our services if we obtain money for you. The initial consultation is absolutely free, so you have nothing to lose. Call today.