Have you suffered burn injuries due to someone else’s negligence or a product defect? If so, you are likely incurring extensive medical bills and perhaps some rehabilitative and psychological therapies. If your burn injuries are severe enough so that you are unable to work, lost wages can add to your financial stress and hardship. The San Francisco personal injury attorneys of OnderLaw are here to help.

Burn injury victims often suffer both emotional and physical trauma and the scars to go with them. Any burns greater than first degree can put you at risk for secondary infections, with the most severe cases requiring surgery and significant rehabilitation. Focusing on your recovery must be your biggest priority for your own physical and mental well-being.

That is why you need an experienced and fierce advocate at your side to do the claims work and legal fighting for you. At OnderLaw, we have almost 20 years of experience in pursuing justice for our clients who have been wronged by the negligence and careless actions of others.

From product defects, car accidents, or wildfires set intentionally or caused by negligence, we help San Francisco burn victims fight insurance companies that try to offer as little as they can, and we are ready to step into the courtroom to take them on, if necessary. Don’t wait until your medical bills pile up and put you under even greater stress. Give OnderLaw a call today or contact us online for your free consultation.

Why Do I Need a San Francisco Burn Injury Attorney?

Severe burns are life-changing injuries, and pursuing a claim against those responsible can be exhausting. You may know who that is, but being able to prove it takes experience and an understanding of the California personal injury laws governing San Francisco burn injuries.

It’s important that you have an attorney who has experience in burn injuries, filing insurance claims, and fighting denials and low insurance settlement offers. You need someone ready to step into a courtroom to fight it out in front of a judge or jury, if necessary. The experienced San Francisco burn injury attorneys at OnderLaw can even take on relentless debt collection agencies that are heartlessly pursuing you for money during this difficult and tragic time.

At your free consultation, we will go over the facts of your case. We will be frank and honest with you about what we believe are your best chances of getting financial compensation. We will walk you through the process and let you know how long the process is likely to take.

Your focus should be on your recovery. At OnderLaw, our focus is on you and seeking the justice you deserve. We take on big insurance companies all the time. They know we are ready and willing to file lawsuits if necessary, and this often can lead to a more suitable insurance settlement for our clients. In addition to lost wages and medical and rehabilitation costs, we may be able to get you compensation for pain and suffering and loss of quality of life.

Why Hire OnderLaw?

When you select a San Francisco burn injury attorney, you want confidence in their experience and their results. Legal organizations around the country recognize OnderLaw for our achievements, but more importantly, they honor our client results and satisfaction. Our multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements earned us membership in the nationally recognized Million Dollar Advocates Forum. We are rated “Super Lawyers” based on recognition and ratings from other attorneys.

Most importantly, we consistently earn high ratings from those who need us the most and mean the most to us: our clients. When you put your trust in us to take your San Francisco burn injury case, you become part of our family, and we fight hard for you.

We don’t want you to do anything except focus on your recovery. We have the experience and resources to gather facts and evidence to present the strongest possible claim and case for you. This takes a lot of legwork and sometimes battling with large companies to get the information we need. They may be reluctant to give it to an individual who has been harmed by their products or actions or even claim they don’t have it.

The experienced San Francisco burn injury attorneys at OnderLaw can see right through those roadblocks and excuses, and we won’t let them get away with it. We know how to leverage our expertise to get the information we need for your case. We also know what product and medical experts we need to interview or call as witnesses if necessary. We have even used 3-D technology to recreate products and events. This can be very effective if we have to go before a judge and jury and intimidate defendants and their insurance companies.

In short, we work tirelessly for our burn injury clients while you are working tirelessly on your recovery and to regain your life. You don’t pay us a dime until we get you compensation for your burn injuries and related losses. A free consultation gets the process going, so give us a call today.

What Are Some Common Causes of San Francisco Burn Injuries?

The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) reports 16,600 fire-related injuries in the U.S. in 2019. An estimated 7,000 injuries occurred in residential fires. 19.7% of the 223,000 vehicle fires were caused by equipment failure. Explosions from impact can also cause burns to vehicle drivers and passengers.

Residential fires are reported as the leading cause of personal injury and death, with California one of the leading states for fire-related deaths. According to the National Fire Incident Reporting System, or NFIRS, California recorded 3.6 fire-related injuries for every 1,000 fires.

Of particular interest in California are the almost 493,000 outdoor fires across the country, or 40.4% of all fires. Only a small percentage of these, 4.4%, were caused by acts of nature.

Other residential-related fires that can cause burn injuries include:

  • Defective household devices, such as electrical appliances
  • Defective or improper wiring
  • Failure of property owners to maintain smoke detector equipment or have fire extinguishers
  • Improperly installed or maintained gas lines

Chemical or other flammable substances can cause burn injuries if instructions are not clear. Sometimes using a product as intended can still result in burn injuries, and those product makers should be held accountable. Even common household products, such as cleaning and personal care products, can cause skin burns in some individuals and should contain clear and proper warnings.

Some businesses don’t train their employees properly or keep their training updated. This can result in burns from exposure to flammable or toxic substances or even from hot steam. Improper training at nursing homes and assisted living facilities can lead to residents being burned with scalding water. Careless tanning salon attendants can lead to serious burns for their tanning bed customers.

Some office and multifamily residential buildings don’t ensure that their emergency exits are properly marked or are free from obstacles so that occupants can quickly escape in a fire emergency.

Types of Burn Injuries

According to the National Institutes of Health, burns are numerically ranked by degree of severity:

  • First-degree burns, like sunburn, are the least severe and typically heal in a week with little to no medical intervention.
  • Second-degree burns cause damage to the outer and second skin layers and usually need treatment. Some second-degree burns may cause scarring.
  • Third-degree burns require skin grafts and other medical interventions.
  • Fourth-degree burns burn into the body’s fat.
  • Fifth-degree burns extend into the body’s muscle, and sixth-degree to the bone.

Even though any burns above second degree can be severe and life-threatening, treatment advances have increased the survival rate, although those with the most severe burns are often left with permanent impairments or disfigurements. Many burn victims are at risk for considerable fluid loss, skin and bloodstream infections, and long-term bone issues. Severe infections may require amputating affected parts.

With quick access to high-quality medical treatment, many burn victims can receive a favorable prognosis. Burn victims must also keep their affected limbs moving, so very often, physical therapy is a critical part of the recovery process. All of this treatment can be very expensive and extend for months or even years. That is why the legal team at OnderLaw takes our obligations to San Francisco burn injury victims very seriously.

Proving Negligence in California

California law places the burden on you, the burn victim, to prove the defendant’s negligence directly resulted in your burns. The experienced San Francisco burn injury attorneys at OnderLaw know how to gather the necessary evidence to prove that negligence. We do everything necessary to build your case, reviewing medical records, interviewing witnesses, and contacting outside experts.

We must prove that the negligent party owed you a reasonably expected “duty of care” and that if they had exercised that care, you would not have suffered your burns. However, it’s important that we move quickly, as state law requires us to file a lawsuit within two years of your injury. If the other party is a government agency, we only have six months to file a lawsuit.

Types of Compensation You May Receive

If your San Francisco burn injuries were the result of someone else’s negligence or carelessness, you may be entitled to compensation for medical and psychiatric treatment, pain and suffering, loss of current and future wages, loss of quality of life, and for any personal property you have lost.

You may also get compensation for future needs, including rehabilitation, and for living arrangements to accommodate your burn injuries.

Don’t Wait – Call Today

California has a two-year statute of limitations for most personal injury lawsuits, or six months if the defendant is a governmental entity. Don’t risk losing the opportunity to get the compensation you deserve for your San Francisco burn injury. Give us a call today.