If another person’s negligent actions or carelessness led to an accident that caused your burn injuries, you should contact the Long Beach personal injury attorneys of OnderLaw for legal assistance. You might be entitled to compensation, and we can help. You should not be responsible for the expensive medical bills you incur when someone else’s wrongdoing put you in this situation.

Burns can happen under a wide range of circumstances. Whether your get into a car accident and a vehicle catches fire, or you’re working on a construction site, and there’s an explosion, you could suffer severe burns and other injuries. According to the American Burn Association, more than 450,000 serious burn injuries occur each year in the nation. They usually require some form of medical care and can lead to debilitating and life-threatening medical problems.

Some victims need surgery or skin grafts to recover. If there’s permanent damage to the skin, nerves, or tendons, you could suffer a loss of mobility and require assistance with certain tasks. Physical disability is common after a catastrophic accident where burns cover most of the victim’s body. Burn injuries can upend your life and affect your normal routine.

At OnderLaw, our Long Beach burn injury attorneys know the importance of seeking justice for what happened to you. We can help you hold the negligent party liable and pursue the full amount of compensation you deserve. You should call us today so we can get started on your case and you can get your life back on track.

Why Do I Need a Lawyer? Why Choose OnderLaw?

At OnderLaw , we understand the mental, physical, and emotional toll a serious accident can take on you and your life. While you’re focusing on your recovery, you might not have the mental capacity to handle a personal injury case. That’s where we come in. We can take over that responsibility and complete each step of the legal process, so you only need to attend your doctor’s appointments.

Insurance claims and lawsuits can be complex and confusing for anyone to take on alone. You must deal with strict deadlines, legal paperwork, settlement negotiations, and collecting evidence. It’s stressful and overwhelming, especially if you don’t have anyone to help you. Our Long Beach burn injury attorneys are here to provide the legal services you need so you don’t have to face the negligent party and the fight for compensation alone.

We have a track record of success battling against insurance companies and individuals responsible for causing accidents. We have built a solid reputation since 2002 for our hard work and dedication to our clients and the results we’ve achieved in their cases. Multiple organizations have recognized us for our accomplishments, including The National Trial Lawyers, Super Lawyers, and the Million Dollar Advocates Forum. We also received an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell, a rating only given to the most skilled and highly-regarded lawyers in their fields.

Causes of Burn Injuries

OnderLaw has experience handling a range of burn injury cases. Burn injuries are commonly caused by these types of accidents or situations:

  • Construction accidents
  • Fires and explosions
  • Defective products
  • Motor vehicle accidents
  • Premises liability cases
  • Workplace hazards
  • Nursing home abuse
  • Dangerous medical devices

Burns can happen in various scenarios for many reasons. Some people suffer burn injuries while cooking dinner. Others sustain burns in a building fire or explosion at a worksite. The most common causes of burns include:

  • Motor vehicle accidents – Whether you’re involved in a collision with another car, truck, or motorcycle, a vehicle can catch fire and cause burns if you come in contact with the flames. Additionally, spilled motor oil and other hot liquids can lead to burn injuries.
  • Fires – Fires caused by faulty electrical wiring, unattended cigarettes, or cooking accidents can spark fires that injure anyone trapped inside a home where these things occur. You can suffer injuries from contact with flames and even sustain lung damage and other medical problems from smoke inhalation.
  • Thermal burns – The temperature of the skin increases when you touch something hot, such as scalding coffee. Injuries typically aren’t too severe when you suffer a thermal burn. However, a burn of this type can cause damage by destroying skin cells and causing blisters.
  • Electrocution – An electrical shock can lead to burns. The electrical current passes through the skin and damages tissue and even organs. In severe cases, fatalities result from this type of burn.
  • Product defects – Some products contain inherent dangers that can cause injury to the user. For example, a household appliance with faulty electrical components can cause a fire or explosion.
  • Chemical burns – Acids, detergents, and other liquids burn the outer layer of the skin and can disrupt nerve and tissue function if the damage extends below the skin.
  • Radiation burns – Radiation exposure can lead to this type of burn if you’re out in the sun too long or undergo an x-ray.
  • Explosions – Hazards exist on all types of properties that can result in explosions. However, construction sites seem to be the most common explosion locations. Working with dangerous chemicals increases the risk of a blast when they come in contact with a catalyst that sparks a fire.
  • Nursing home negligence – Nursing facilities and staff members must provide the medical care and assistance their patients need to remain healthy. Unfortunately, older adults are vulnerable to severe injuries and death when their caretaker doesn’t perform the necessary tasks of their job. Physical abuse and neglect often result in burn injuries.

The Long Beach burn injury attorneys of OnderLaw will dedicate every resource we have to hold the negligent party accountable for your losses. You shouldn’t be forced to pay for these out-of-pocket costs when you weren’t at fault for your injuries. You can depend on our team to be your advocate during this traumatic time in your life to help you move forward.

Types and Severity of Burn Injuries

You likely sustained a minor burn at least one time in your life. Maybe you were cooking and touched the hot pan or spilled hot coffee in your lap. It was painful, and you likely needed to ice it to prevent blistering but didn’t need to go to the hospital. When it comes to severe or life-threatening burn injuries, immediate and adequate medical treatment is necessary for correct healing and to avoid long-term complications.

There are four main classifications of burn injuries:

  • First-degree burn – There’s minimal skin damage from a first-degree burn. It’s also known as a superficial burn because it doesn’t affect anything other than the outer layer of skin. It can cause redness, inflammation, and some pain that resolves within a couple of days.
  • Second-degree burn – This is more severe than a first-degree burn but still doesn’t lead to much damage. The layers of skin below the top layer might become affected but crucial structures, such as organs and nerves, aren’t typically disturbed. Blisters can develop and burst, leaving scars on the skin.
  • Third-degree burn – One of the most severe types of burns is a third-degree burn. The damage can affect every layer of the skin, causing a stiff or leathery appearance. Nerves can become damaged as well, resulting in lost sensation at the site of the injury.
  • Fourth-degree burn – This is the most serious type of burn that can occur. The damage doesn’t only extend to every layer of skin but can also affect muscles and bone. Skin grafting is common with this type of injury to repair the visible damage. Some people develop life-threatening infections or end up with permanent scarring or disfigurement.

At OnderLaw, we know the long road ahead of you after your burn injury. You face an uphill battle trying to heal while pursuing a case against the at-fault party that caused the accident. You don’t have to go through this alone. We will remain in your corner from start to finish to provide the support and guidance you need.

Compensation for Burn Injuries

Burn injuries often lead to multiple losses. These losses are recoverable through an insurance claim or lawsuit. When you pursue your case, you might be able to seek compensation for:

  • Emotional distress
  • Past and future medical costs
  • Damage to personal property
  • Lost wages
  • Lost earning capacity
  • Pain and suffering
  • Physical impairment or disfigurement
  • Loss of enjoyment of life

When you hire one of the Long Beach burn injury attorneys from OnderLaw, we can file your claim, gather evidence, and negotiate for the full and fair settlement you deserve. If the insurance company denies your claim or offers a low settlement, we might need to pursue a lawsuit. Either way, we have the resources and experience to handle the process and try to reach the best possible outcome.

Burn Accident Statistics

An estimated 486,000 burn injuries per year require medical attention at a hospital. Every year, over 200 people are admitted to burn centers for treatment. Additionally, more than 60% of burn-related hospitalizations resulted in admissions to 128 burn centers.

Approximately 180,000 fatalities result from burn injuries every year. Most occur at work and home. Unfortunately, many accidents are entirely preventable.

Contact Us

At OnderLaw, we are ready to take on the negligent party that caused your burn injury and hold them accountable for their actions. You can feel confident knowing you have a dedicated and knowledgeable legal team by your side to fight for the maximum compensation you deserve.

If you suffered burn injuries, call one of our Long Beach burn injury attorneys for a free consultation.