LOS ANGELES BURN INJURY LAWYERS
cording to the American Burn Association, last year almost half a million people in the United States have received burn injuries requiring emergency room treatment. This number includes fire and burn injuries combined. Nearly 10% of those people were hospitalized. Such injuries can stem from defective products, flammable clothing, and electrocution accidents. You trust that the products work as intended, however sometimes your faith in those products is misplaced when you are injured. What happens when you are injured by faulty products? Who can be held responsible?
At Fisher & Talwar, we can answer these and other questions. We will carefully review the circumstances that led to your injury and determine whether you can bring a claim for compensation. Reach out to our Los Angeles burn injury lawyers today to find out more.
Burn Severity & Treatment
Not all burns are the same. They vary in terms of size and depth, as well as the cause of the burn. Heat is obviously a leading cause of burn injuries, but certain chemicals can also lead to burns. Friction can also cause a burn injury.
Doctors classify burns by degree:
- First-degree burns are superficial and probably do not require treatment. Although they cause pain, you can treat it by taking over-the-counter pain medication or using an antibiotic ointment.
- Second-degree burns damage the outer layer of skin and some of the second layer. They can lead to blisters and scarring. These are more serious burns, and you should probably see a doctor. You may need skin grafts to treat a second-degree burn.
- Third-degree burns damage both layers of skin. A third-degree burn almost always leaves disfiguring scars, and doctors might need to perform surgery to remove dead tissue and perform skin grafts.
- Fourth-degree burns damage underlying tissue, such as muscle and possibly bone. The injury could have a “charred” appearance. Many fourth-degree burns result in amputation.
Unless the burn is very minor—like a sunburn—we recommend that accident victims seek medical attention. Burns can easily become infected, which can cause a host of complications that might land you in the emergency room.
It probably won’t come as a surprise to you that 65% of all fireworks injuries occur around the 4th of July holiday. Last year, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission estimated that 9,600 injuries occurred around this holiday. Burns to hands and fingers were the most reported injuries for obvious reasons. (PDF source)
Legal Implications of Fireworks
Anyone who is thinking about purchasing fireworks for entertainment this holiday should think about the legal implications should an injury occur. Anyone who has acted negligently and caused an injury by fireworks can be held liable, including:
- Municipalities that put on fireworks shows
- Property owners who are entertaining guests or cause injury to a bystander
- Parents of children who cause injuries to others
- Anyone who has purchased and used fireworks illegally as defined by state law, resulting in injuries (negligence per se)
Note: illegal purchases and use of fireworks can also lead to criminal prosecution beyond personal injury claims.
Hosts and co-hosts may want to rethink having a fireworks display due to potential liability issues. It’s always best to play it safe and opt for safer forms of entertainment.
Defective Products & Burn Injuries
Fireworks are not the only products that can leave victims with devastating burns. Any product that runs on electricity or batteries could electrocute a person and burn them. Defective appliances could blow up in someone’s face, or a battery could rupture and spill acid. Defective bedding or clothing could also catch on fire. Many people are surprised at how many products are released on the market each year which do not satisfy federal flammability standards.
There are many legal considerations at play when it comes to defective products. For example, we would like to see the product to identify whether it has a design or manufacturing defect. We also would want to know if it had been subject to a manufacturer’s recall, which might be relevant.
Car Accidents & Burn Injuries
Some burn injuries stem from motor vehicle collisions. In a bad accident, your car’s battery might rupture, splashing acid on exposed skin and causing a chemical burn. Other vehicles will catch on fire when the fuel tank ruptures, and some part of the car ignites. Those who are struggling with other injuries like concussions or fractures can struggle to break free of a burning vehicle.
Dangerous Chemicals & Lack of Labeling
Some chemicals on the market can cause burn injuries but are safe if they have sufficient instructions or warning labels. Some chemicals are missing this information, however, which might render them dangerous to use.
Recovering Compensation for Burn Injury Victims
Our burn injury attorneys are well versed in personal injury cases stemming from defective products, flammable clothing, and electrocution accidents. We have the experience and knowledge needed to help you recover the compensation you deserve when your faith in consumer products has been betrayed.
If you or a loved one is a victim of electrocution, burns, or other injuries, our lawyers can help you recover the money you deserve to pay for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Contact our office online or call (213) 318-3081 to schedule a free consultation to discuss your case. We know your trust has been betrayed once and will work diligently to ensure that it doesn’t happen again. In fact, you won’t pay us any attorney fees unless we obtain compensation for you.
How We Can Help
We hold negligent entities accountable. We will work diligently on your behalf to help you recover compensation for your injuries. When you have been injured, you have the right to seek payment for any medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering resulting from your injuries. You also deserve compensation for the emotional distress caused by disfiguring burn injuries. When you hire us, we’ll immediately take over and handle all aspects of the legal process, so that you can focus on recovering from your burn injury.
Leveraging our extensive personal injury experience, we can help guide you through an emotionally trying time, allowing you to put your injury behind you and move on with your life. Burns and other injuries resulting from defective products, flammable clothing, or on-the-job accidents are serious and are often emotionally, as well as physically, painful. Our Los Angeles burn injury lawyers have the knowledge and experience to help you recover compensation for your damages and your pain and suffering.