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Common Causes and Complications of Burn Injuries

Posted on in Personal Injury

California accident attorney, California personal injury lawyerBurn injuries can happen in a variety of ways in a variety of places. They can happen at home, at work, or while in public. Regardless of how you are burned, the injuries from burns can be severe and life-altering. Under California law, you may be entitled to money damages if you sustained the burns in an accident where you were not at fault.

There are several common causes or sources of burn injuries:

  • Heat. Contact with overly hot items, liquid, or gas can cause burns. For example, touching a piece of exposed, overheating equipment or getting hot coffee spilled on you can cause a heat burn;
  • Chemicals. Exposure to chemicals, many of which are found in houses, can cause burns. Bleach, rock salt, ammonia, drain cleaners, lye, and rust remover can all cause chemical burns if they are left on bare skin too long;
  • Electricity. Electrical burns happen after a victim comes into contact with electricity or lightning. Electrical burns are unique because the can be internal and can cause extensive damage throughout the body; and
  • Friction. Friction occurs when the skin moves over a hard surface. These types of burns are likely to happen in accidents where someone falls out of a moving vehicle, for example.

People often underestimate the value of burn injuries. Keep in mind that you should be compensated for all medical costs, including medical costs you will have to pay in the future and the cost of any plastic surgery. Burn victims should also be compensated for pain and suffering. In addition, the victim should be compensated for any lost wages. Special consideration is also given to disfigurement.

Treatment for burn injuries varies. Third or fourth degree burns always require medical attention. First degree burns typically heal with over-the-counter care. Severe burns may require skin grafting or the application of synthetic skin. For electrical burns, victims may experience memory loss, develop psychological issues, or experience a shift in personality.

As with most lawsuits, California law sets a deadline by which you must file suit. Typically, you have two years from the accident to bring a suit. However, there may be shorter deadlines that apply.

If you have been injured by a burn in an accident that was not your fault, speaking to an attorney as soon as possible is the best way to be sure you are fully compensated for your injuries. Contact the San Jose personal injury attorneys at Jachimowicz Law Group, Attorneys at Law, Inc. at 408-246-5500 for a free consultation.

 

Source:

http://www.webmd.com/first-aid/tc/burns-topic-overview

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