Compensation for Injuries Suffered Due to Burns
With so many wildfires wreaking terrible havoc on California’s hillsides over recent months, injuries from burns are a tragic inevitability. These injuries are under-discussed in comparison with other personal injuries, perhaps because of their especially painful and upsetting nature. Burn injury victims, however, must receive treatment and when burns have been suffered due to the negligent or intentionally wrongful conduct of another, compensation for medical bills, lost income due to missed work, pain and suffering, and any short or long-term disabilities. If you have been the victim of a burn injury, turn to an experienced Fremont personal injury attorney.
The Causes of Burn Injuries Are Many
Wildfires are by no means the only cause of burn injuries in California. Some sources are commonplace, such as scalding hot coffee, water, or other liquids in the service industry. Others are more remote, such as burn injuries caused by exposure to certain chemicals. There are also burns inflicted by flash fires such as those that may occur when circuit breaker malfunctions on a construction or industrial site. Still others are the result of a cruel and unexpected chain of events, such as an automotive collision with a gasoline truck.
Whatever the scenario, the injuries caused by a burn may be severe, including immense pain, scarring, and even disfigurement. In treatment, multiple skin grafts, physical therapy, and reconstructive procedures may be required over a period of years. Such extensive healthcare is, of course, expensive. While in many cases nothing can undo the trauma of a burn injury, financial compensation can be of tremendous assistance in both the short and long term.
Compensation Available to Burn Injury Victims
The compensation (legal damages) available to California burn injury victims depends on the specifics of the incident in which the injuries were suffered. Both the nature and intent of the party responsible are relevant. Specifically, it must be ascertained whether the burns were the result of negligent or intentionally wrongful conduct, and whether the party responsible is a person, business, or other institution. The nature of the relationship (e.g. employer/employee), if any, between the victim and the party responsible for the burn injuries is also relevant. An experienced Fremont personal injury attorney will work to answer these questions, assert your legal rights, and work to obtain compensation for your medical bills, pain and suffering, loss of wages because of missed work, and the consequences of any short or long-term disabilities that you suffer.