Did you or a loved one suffer a burn injury in Fontana due to a faulty product, workplace accident, or through someone else’s negligence? If so, you may be able to pursue compensation from the individual or company responsible for those injuries to help you pay your medical expenses. You may also be able to get compensation for any lost wages and for pain and suffering. Arrange your free consultation so our experienced Fontana personal injury attorneys at OnderLaw can examine the facts of your case.

Burn injuries are among the most painful types of injuries. Serious burns can also cause life-threatening secondary infections. These infections can extend your recovery well into the future and complicate your treatment options, adding to your medical costs. As the victim, you should be able to focus on your recovery without worrying about how to pay for it or how you will continue to support your family.

When companies and individuals are negligent in their actions or their product design and manufacturing processes, they are the ones who should be paying for your recovery expenses and for the harm their actions caused. In addition to rightfully compensating you, this is often the only way they will exercise greater caution in the future so that they don’t harm others.

Call us at today or use our convenient online contact form to schedule your free consultation. If, after reviewing your case, we can give you even a little bit of hope, you will be doing us a favor. We want to help.

Why Do I Need a Lawyer? Why Choose OnderLaw?

The experienced Fontana burn injury attorneys at OnderLaw know that you’re not reading this right now for no reason. You are desperate for help and relief. Unfortunately, getting that help and relief for burn victims can be far more complicated than it should be. Many victims don’t know how and where to start, through no fault of their own.

One reason why it can be so difficult to recover compensation for burn injuries is when those injuries were the result of a product defect or malfunction. Many different parties may have touched that product before it got in your hands, and one or more of them could be responsible for your injuries.

If the defect is in the design, for example, you would need to find the product designer. If it was due to the manufacturing, you could try to go after the manufacturer

An experienced Fontana burn injury attorney like those at OnderLaw will have the experience to thoroughly investigate who and what caused your burn injury. We can interview witnesses, medical staff, and examine any available records and reports, such as from your medical provider and emergency first responders. If you sustained burn injuries as a result of a defective product, we will review product recalls and any current or past legal action or settlements involving the product. 

Pursuing legal action could be more challenging if the responsible party has an attorney. They may try to claim that you were partially responsible for the accident that caused your burn injuries. Under California’s comparative negligence law, this could mean you might receive less compensation than you should rightfully get.

You also can’t count on insurance companies to treat you fairly. They are not in the business of paying you as much as you deserve, but as little as they can get away with. In fact, it’s best if you don’t talk to any insurance adjusters until you speak to an experienced Fontana burn injury attorney.

At OnderLaw, we handle each case with compassion while aggressively pursuing justice for your burn injury case. Whether it’s dealing directly with those responsible for your burn injuries or with their insurance companies, we work hard to get the best results for you, and we don’t receive a dime of compensation until you do.

Causes of Burn Injuries

Burn injuries often happen alongside other types of injuries. A good example is that of an automobile accident, a frequent cause of burn injuries. Motor vehicle accident victims often suffer head injuries, broken bones, strained muscles, and torn ligaments. Unfortunately, if a vehicle catches fire or explodes, victims can suffer from burn injuries as well.

The types of defective devices involved in burn injuries have grown from common household products to complex electronics. We see Fontana residents with burn injuries from coffee makers, stoves, or space heaters. More and more, electronic devices are malfunctioning and causing painful burn injuries, such as cell phones, chargers, and laptop batteries. Batteries from vaping devices can also explode and cause burn injuries.

If you are injured in a home fire, whether at your home or someone else’s, a number of sources could be to blame. Someone may have installed faulty wiring, didn’t properly ground an outlet, or neglected to replace old wiring behind an outlet. People can be careless about overloading a circuit or making sure that smoke alarms are functioning properly so residents are given timely warnings about a fire.

Unfortunately, in California, we are all too familiar with acts of arson like those responsible for some of our wildfires. These fires, as well as other conditions such as severe weather events, faulty gas line installation and maintenance, and even poor construction, can cause home and business explosions.

Fires are not the only source of Fontana burn injuries. Others include:

  • Chemicals, gases, and other substances that can cause skin burns
  • Tanning salons
  • Scalding water or steam

Types and Severity of Burn Injuries

The most common and least severe type of burn is the first-degree burn that only affects the first layer of skin, like one you might receive if you briefly touch a hot stove or pan. Other burns are far more serious:

  • Second-degreeaffects top two skin layers, evidenced by severe redness, swelling, pain, and blistering.
  • Third-degree – burned down to the third, or fat layer, of skin, including nerves in the burned area. Third-degree burns can be life-threatening or permanently disfiguring, typically requiring skin grafts or surgery.
  • Fourth-degree – burned down to the bone, typically resulting in permanent disfigurement and impairment. Many fourth-degree burn victims die from their injuries.

If you have a pre-existing health condition, such as diabetes or heart disease, it can complicate your treatment and recovery. This is also true depending on what parts of your body received the burn injuries.

Current and long-lasting physical injuries and impairments are not the only concern. Many burn victims suffer from long-term emotional disorders, as well, such as post-traumatic stress disorder and depression. Some also have difficulty regulating their body temperature as a result of their burn injuries.

Compensation for Fontana Burn Injuries

If the experienced Fontana burn injuries legal team at OnderLaw takes your case, we will pursue compensation that considers both your current and future needs, as well as reimbursement for your past costs. You may also be able to get compensation for any of your items that were destroyed or lost in the accident.

This type of compensation is called economic damages. In addition to medical care, it might include lost wages, loss of future earning power, and any medical considerations you may need in the future, such as in-home nursing.

You may also be eligible for non-economic damages for pain and suffering, loss of quality of life, and any disfigurement or impairment.

Burn Accidents Statistics

Burn injuries are among the leading causes of death in this country. Nationally, most burns happen in the home, typically from accidentally coming into contact with a fire or flame, touching a hot object, or in an electrical or chemical accident. Patients with burn injuries from fire also see more complications than from other burn injury sources.

According to the American Burn Association’s 2019 National Burn Repository Annual Report, the average hospital stay for burn injury survivors was around one day per % of TBSA (total body surface area) burned. Pneumonia is a frequent complication from a burn-related injury, as are urinary tract infections, cellulitis, respiratory failure, and wound infections.

Patients with burns covering more than 10% of their total body surface area, or TBSA, paid an average of $268,435 in hospital bills from 2009-2018. The majority of these patients had government-based health benefits, such as Medicare and Medicaid.

In California, young children age four and under suffer most of their burn injuries from scalding water or touching something hot. Those under the age of 5 are at great risk of dying from a home fire, usually from smoke inhalation. Overall, California reported an average of 25.6 injuries for every 1,000 home fires in 2019, and just over six deaths. 14% of fire-related injuries in the state that year occurred in vehicle fires.

Don’t Wait Any Longer – Contact Us Today!

You have suffered enough, physically and emotionally. If a simple phone call or contact through our online form can help relieve some of this suffering, isn’t it worth it? We guarantee that if you reach out for help with your or your loved one’s burn injury, we will respond. Let’s get started today.