Were you injured in an accident caused by another person’s negligence? Did you suffer a burn injury as a result? If so, contact OnderLaw right away. You might be entitled to financial compensation from the at-fault party. Our legal team can meet with you during a free consultation to discuss what happened and determine if we can help you hold the negligent person or company liable.

Burn injuries can be severe and lead to various complications. Infections often develop at the injury site and enter the body through an open wound. If the infection spreads, it could damage vital organs, causing them to shut down.

Burns are a serious injury, and some types of burns, such as third and fourth-degree burns, may require significant medical treatment to fully recover from. If you weren’t responsible for the injury, you should not be forced to pay out-of-pocket expenses while recovering.

OnderLaw will help you pursue the maximum available compensation to cover your medical bills and other costs. You deserve a chance to hold the negligent party accountable for their misconduct. We understand the trauma that burn victims experience and how much this type of injury can disrupt your life. Burn injuries often lead to chronic pain, loss of mobility, and emotional distress. You can depend on us to work towards reaching a favorable outcome in your case so you can heal and move forward with your life.

For a free consultation with one of our experienced and knowledgeable Santa Clarita personal injury attorneys, call OnderLaw today.

Why Do I Need a Lawyer? Why Choose OnderLaw?

If you have sustained a burn injury due to someone else’s negligence, it is imperative to consult with an attorney as soon as possible. An experienced burn injury lawyer will help guide you through the entire legal process.

At OnderLaw, we have extensive experience taking on burn injury cases. We are familiar with all state laws and procedures for holding negligent individuals accountable. We will conduct a thorough investigation of the accident, obtain any available evidence, and seek the compensation you need to cover your losses. Our attorneys will be your advocates throughout the entire legal process and will keep you informed at every step.

Our Santa Clarita burn injury attorneys have been representing accident victims since 2002. So far, we have recovered over $3.5 billion in settlements for our clients. Our positive case results show the level of service we provide. Rest assured, we will work tirelessly to pursue justice and secure compensation on your behalf.

Causes of Burn Injuries

A range of scenarios can lead to an incident that results in burn injuries. You could encounter toxic chemicals at your job or become involved in a car crash that sparks a fire.

The most common causes of burn injuries include:

  • Chemical spills
  • Electrical shock
  • Direct contact with hot liquids, steam, or smoke
  • Motor vehicle accidents
  • Exposed electrical wiring
  • Occupational hazards
  • Commercial and residential fires
  • Radiation exposure

If any of these or something else resulted in your burns, reach out to the Santa Clarita burn injury attorneys from OnderLaw. Taking legal action immediately after an accident is necessary to protect your rights and avoid missing any strict deadlines for filing a case.

Types and Severity of Burn Injuries

Burns cause damage when radiation, heat, or another source directly contact a person’s skin. Muscles, tissue, and internal organs can also suffer damage.

There are four different degrees of burns that burn injury victims may experience:

  • First-degree burns – Minor damage occurs to the outer layer of skin only. Pain, inflammation, swelling, and redness at the site of the injury are typical. The skin might start to peel as the burn heals but shouldn’t leave a scar.
  • Second-degree burns – A second-degree burn causes damage to the outer layer of skin and some layers underneath. There could be some redness and swelling at the site of the injury. Blisters might form and leave behind scars. Skin pigment changes may occur.
  • Third-degree burns – Every layer of skin and the nerves within may suffer damage from a third-degree burn. This is one of the most severe burn injuries, though it doesn’t usually cause pain. Nerve damage can be extensive, preventing the victim from feeling anything at the injury site.
  • Fourth-degree burns – This type of burn is the most severe type. The burn damage extends through every layer of skin and nerves to the muscles, tissues, and tendons below.

If you don’t seek treatment for a burn injury, you could develop an infection and other complications. An infection that forms at the site of the injury could enter a person’s body through an open wound and affect vital organs. Without immediate medical care, these organs can start to fail, resulting in death.

Third and fourth-degree burns often require skin grafts and surgery. Scarring is common, especially if the injury covers a large portion of the body. Disfigurement is also likely due to the severe nature of these burns. If you suffered a burn to the face, it could significantly alter your appearance.

Many people experience psychological problems after a burn injury. It is particularly traumatic if the victim is left with permanent scars. Burn victims frequently experience depression, anxiety, and PTSD as a result of their injuries.

Other common complications from burn injuries include:

  • Low body temperature – Severe burns can lead to hypothermia. Damaged skin and tissue prevent people from regulating heat in their bodies, causing the body temperature to drop significantly.
  • Trouble breathing – Smoke inhalation can occur when there’s an explosion or fire. This damages the lungs and leads to breathing problems and respiratory illnesses.
  • Chronic pain – Immediately after a burn injury, pain can be persistent and debilitating. An injury that hasn’t healed yet can rub against bedding or clothes, causing discomfort and pain.
  • Mobility issues – A loss of mobility happens when the muscles, tendons, joints, or ligaments become damaged. It’s a challenge to sit, walk, or perform routine tasks. Rehabilitation is often necessary to regain complete movement of legs, arms, and other body parts.

Many complications can arise following a burn injury. Even if you suffered minimal harm, you could experience various medical issues requiring ongoing treatment.

Compensation for Burn Injuries

When you need prescriptions, surgery, rehabilitation, and other forms of treatment to recover, you may incur considerable costs. You could face crushing debt if you can’t afford to pay your bills. The financial responsibility should not fall on your shoulders. The negligent party should be liable for these expenses if they were at fault for the accident.

OnderLaw can help you pursue a claim against them to secure the money you’re owed. We have the resources to build a solid case and prove your injury resulted from someone else’s wrongdoings. The compensation you receive should adequately compensate for the past and future losses you suffered, such as:

  • Loss of enjoyment of life
  • Medical expenses
  • Physical impairment or disfigurement
  • Property damage
  • Lost wages
  • Lost earning capacity
  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress

If you share any fault for the accident that caused your burn injury, the jury could reduce your financial award under the pure comparative negligence rule. For example, if you suffered $100,000 in losses, you would not be allowed to pursue the total amount if you were partially responsible for the injury. If the jury determines you were 20% at fault, you could only receive up to $80,000 in compensation.

In a lawsuit, you might be able to seek exemplary damages. However, you have to prove the defendant acted with malice, oppression, or fraud by providing clear and convincing evidence. Exemplary damages are designed to punish the at-fault party for their actions.

State Burn Accident Statistics

Young kids commonly sustain burn injuries in preventable accidents. According to Safe Kids Worldwide, there were 91,635 emergency room visits and 7,211 hospitalizations of children between 0 and 19 years old in 2018. A total of 320 deaths were associated with burns and fires. The highest rate of fatalities was among the 0 to 4 age group, with 0.71 deaths per 100,000 children. Additionally, 57% of boys died from burns and fires compared to 43% of girls.

Occupational hazards are a common cause of burn-related injuries among adults in the US. In 2019, 14,890 nonfatal injuries from thermal burns and 4,040 nonfatal chemical burns required workers to take time off from work. Fires and explosions accounted for 99 fatal occupational injuries across all industries in 2019.

Suffered a Burn Injury? Contact OnderLaw Today

OnderLaw is readily available to take your call. We believe in providing our clients with excellent customer service, and you can count on receiving personalized attention from the moment you walk into our office. Our Santa Clarita burn injury attorneys will work tirelessly to meet your needs and try to achieve your desired outcome.

If you suffered a burn injury due to someone’s negligent actions, contact us for your free consultation. We can get started on your case and create an effective plan to hold the at-fault party liable. You can depend on us to pursue the maximum possible compensation for your losses to get you on the road to recovery.