Burn Injuries Lawyers in Laguna Hills
Serving the Injured throughout Orange County
Burn injuries can occur on any part of the skin or other tissue due to a number of factors including high heat, chemicals, electricity, or radiation. Over 2 million people across the U.S. are victims of burn injuries annually, 650,000 of which are considered serious while 8,000 to 12,000 result in death. This makes burns second to only auto accidents as a leading cause of accidental deaths in the U.S.
Burn injuries fall into three primary categories:
- Thermal burns: These are common and result from fire or high heat, such as open flames, hit liquids, and explosions, also known as flash burns.
- Chemical burns: When the energy released from chemicals transform into thermal energy, burn can occur. When skin is exposed to a strong acid or base, like mustard gas or phosphorus, it is essential that the effected areas is immediately flushed with water as the severity of the injury depends on the length of the contact.
- Electrical burns: An electrical current can run as hot as 5,000 degree Celsius, causing serious burns at the point where the current enters the body and the tissue that the current passes through. Additional injury to nerves, bone, and blood vessels can also occur, as well as fatal heart attacks.
All burns are classified by first, second, or third degree, depending on the severity. First degree burns only effect the outer layer of the skin causing swelling, redness, and pain. An example of a first degree burn is a sunburn which will usually heal on it's own.
Second degree burns go deeper, effecting several layers of skin into the dermis. These injuries don't typically need surgery but skin grafts and scarring can occur.
The most serious burns, third degree, effect all the skin's layers and underlying muscle and tissue, causing a black or dark brown leather-like appearance. These require grafts, surgery, and skin transplants.
Seek Compensation for Catastrophic Injuries
Serious burns are catastrophic and expensive, costing hundreds of thousands of dollars in hospital and doctor fees. More extensive burns have other significant costs for rehabilitation and reconstructive surgeries.
At Geller | Conrad | Duvel LLP, our Laguna Hills personal injury attorneys understand the need for legal help when seeking compensation to pay for your medical expenses after a traumatic burn injury. We will help you seek payment for lost wages and ensure your insurance coverage pays for future care and treatment.
Call (949) 438-2660 to discuss your case with a caring Orange County burn injury lawyer.