Burn injuries can range from the minor burns, causing discomfort, pain and scarring, to much more serious ones, requiring removal (excision) of the affected area, or amputation of the affected limb. Most burns are nonfatal. In fact, if you make it to the hospital, chances are that you will survive and recover from your injuries. However, the most serious burns, called fourth degree burns, are often fatal. If you have been seriously burned as the result of the neglect or carelessness of another person, an experienced burn injury lawyer can help you.
Skin burns will often necessitate hospitalization or surgery, resulting in medical bills, especially if you have a more serious condition, such as a third degree burn. Your San Diego burn injury attorney at Injury Law Group can help you obtain payment for your medical bills, so that you can receive needed medical treatment and have the best chance at making a full recovery. If your burn was caused by the wrongdoing or negligence of someone else, your San Diego burn injury lawyer can help you recover financial compensation for your pain and suffering.
The severity of a burn is described by the degree, first degree being the most minor and a fourth degree being the most serious type of burn. The degree of the burn correlates to how deep through the skin tissue the skin trauma extends. A first degree burn affects only the first layer of your skin, called the epidermis. A second degree burn goes deeper into the skin, slightly into the second layer of your skin, called the dermis. Third degree goes even deeper into the skin, burning your skin deep through the entire dermis. A fourth degree burn goes past the dermis and into your muscle and bone. Both a third degree and fourth degree burn require excision (removal) or amputation of the affected area through surgery or amputation of the affected limb.
Skin burns are most commonly caused by heat, such as a house or commercial building fire, a motor vehicle accident that erupts into flames, or coming into contact with hot metal objects in the workplace. A serious burn can also be caused by chemicals coming in contact and burning your skin, or by coming in contact with an electrical current on the job or in an industrial, work-related setting. Another common cause is a defective product causing an explosion. Coming in contact with electricity can also cause serious burns and resulting skin trauma. X-rays and other types of radiation can also frequently be the causal factor. Determining the cause is critical in order to determine who should be responsible for paying your doctor bills and hospital bills. A San Diego burn injury attorney will be able to perform an independent investigation to determine the causes and obtain justice for you and your family.
Chemicals can sometimes come in contact with the skin in industrial accidents. Chemical injuries are caused by acid or similar hazardous chemicals coming in contact with your skin. When acid touches your skin, it burns the skin, causing skin trauma. The degree of a chemical burn will depend upon how strong the acid or other substance was and the amount of time that the acid or hazardous substance remains in contact with your skin. If you have suffered a chemical burn, your injuries were likely caused because somebody was careless and did not follow protocol. A San Diego burn injury lawyer will investigate the cause of your burn injuries, in order to hold the negligent parties accountable.
Contact us and speak to a burn injury lawyer San Diego. Our dedicated burn injury attorneys will ensure that your medical bills are paid for, so that you can receive the medical treatment that you need, and will obtain financial compensation for the pain that you are suffering. Our passionate and dedicated lawyers will fight for your legal rights so that you can focus on recovery. Call us now at 619-255-3900.