Burn injuries can cause significant devastation, not just physically, but also emotionally and financially. Burn injuries are typically caused by heat, scalding liquids, electricity or chemicals. You may suffer a burn injury at home, at work or even at a restaurant or coffee shop. Some minor burn injuries may heal on their own without medical intervention. However, if you have suffered severe burn injuries, you may need extensive medical treatment, ongoing care, multiple surgeries and lengthy rehabilitation.
If you have suffered burn injuries due to someone else's negligence or wrongdoing, you may be able to secure compensation for the injuries, damages, and losses you have sustained. The expenses relating to medical care and treatment could add up very quickly and not all of it might be covered by health insurance. An experienced Orange County burn injury lawyer will be able to address your questions and concerns and help provide the guidance you need during this difficult time.
Sources of Burn Injuries
There are a number of causes for burn injuries and not all of it is completely accidental. Thermal burns may be caused by hot liquids, explosions, flames or contact with hot materials. Chemical burns are often caused by harsh acids or alkali. We usually see these types of injuries in a factory or industrial setting where workers are required to use these types of substances in the course of their jobs. Electricity causes electrical burns. These types of burn injuries require immediate medical intervention as well, even if it might not appear serious. Radiological burns are caused by radiation. These types of burn injuries are the rarest.
Degrees of Burn Injuries
The severity of burn injuries is typically described in “degrees.”
First degree: These types of burns are the most minor. If your skin is red and there are no blisters, you've very likely suffered a first-degree burn.
Second degree: This type of burn injury is marked by blisters and thickening of the skin. Second-degree burns are more severe and might need additional treatment. These injuries could also take a longer time to heal.
Third degree: These are severe burn injuries where there is an overall thickening of the skin turning it into a white color. These types of injuries may require costly and painful skin graft procedures in order to heal.
Fourth degree: This is when the damage goes into the internal organs, tendons, bones and nerves. These types of injuries may not heal even with extensive treatment or elaborate skin graft surgeries.
Compensation for Burn Injuries
Depending on the nature and circumstances of the incident that caused your burn injuries, you may be able to seek compensation for your damages such as medical expenses, loss of income, hospitalization, surgery, cost of skin graft procedures, rehabilitation, scarring and disfigurement and pain and suffering. Burns could also cause severe psychological trauma including post-traumatic stress disorder or PTSD. An experienced Orange County personal injury lawyer will be able to fight for your rights, hold the at-fault parties accountable and help you secure maximum compensation for your losses.