Burn injuries wreak havoc on lives.
As your Antelope Valley burn injury lawyer, we can put our expertise to work for you as you deal with an injury caused to you or a loved one.
Burns can cause unimaginable pain, sideline victims from work and family life for weeks or even months, and leave enduring physical and psychological scars. The worst cases create permanent disfigurement and disability.
The pain of a severe burn injury is made all the worse when the suffering comes from the negligence or fault of another. Fortunately, victims facing these serious problems and questions can get help from the experts at Kuzyk Law.
Common Effects Associated With Burn Injuries Include:
- Permanent scarring due to skin tissue damage
- Nerve damage
- Disfigurement and cosmetic deformities
- Multiple reconstructive and restorative surgeries
- Inability to sweat or perspire efficiently
- Loss of limbs due to injury-related amputation
- Inability to grow new skin
- Oversensitivity to heat, cold, or sunlight
- Lifelong emotional, psychological trauma
- Debilitating fear and emotional suffering
- Massive medical expenses
The harsh reality of burn injuries is that most of them could have been entirely preventable. Unfortunately, burn victims will have to live the rest of their lives undergoing medical treatments, rehabilitation, and surgeries. The financial impact could be devastating to you and your family.
Most Common Source of Burn Injuries
In many cases, people suffer from burns caused in the home. Common sources of fires that cause mild, moderate, or even severe burns at home include, but are not limited to:
- Misuse of matches or lighters by those who should not use them
- Broken, poorly made, or non-powered smoke alarms
- Cigarettes left unattended, especially in full ashtrays
- Hazards related to faulty electrical equipment or wiring
- Improper use of appliances
- Heaters placed too close to flammable objects
Misuse or carelessness with electricity and/or fire can destroy property, ruin lives, and cause severe injuries. If a defective product or service caused the fire, then you may be eligible for compensation.
A recent study showed that 15 percent of burn injuries occur in the workplace. Up to 5,000 fires and related damage happen at US workplaces every year, according to OSHA. Forty percent of all deaths from burns occurred due to workplace incidents.
Those injured on the job from fire or chemical burns should reach out to an experienced attorney immediately.
Burn Injuries, Effects, and Treatments
The Mayo Clinic defines burn injuries as tissue damage that occurs when it is overexposed to heat, radiation, or solar energy. Burns also occur when tissue comes into contact with skin-damaging chemicals and other substances in the workplace or other environments. The Occupational Health and Safety Administration reports that workers occasionally suffer severe burns or even death while using dangerous substances on the job.
Victims can suffer burns at three different levels, each with more severe effects and pain. First degree burns only affect the outer layer of skin, causing redness and soreness that should pass in days.
Other burns pose more serious problems. Second-degree burns affect both the outer epidermis and inner dermis layers. They can cause blotchy skin, blisters, and even permanent scarring.
Third-degree burns occur when tissue damage reaches the underlying fatty layer. Singed nerves may prevent the patient from feeling much if any, pain initially. Burned areas may present as black, brown, or white, often with a leathery feel.
Devastating Impact Of Burn Injuries
Burn injuries can create short term, long term, and even permanent impacts. They can cause slight to debilitating problems, even disfigurement.
Some problems can affect how the victim looks on the face or the body. This type of injury creates emotional as well as physical scarring. Skin tissue damage can leave permanent scars, while nerve problems can leave the face and body unable to function normally. Scarring can even eliminate your ability to perspire effectively in warm conditions.
Correcting the problems left by traumatic burn injuries can require time and money. A full recovery may not be possible. Many victims require multiple surgeries, and they suffer from immense pain, and months away from work and family. Some may lose limbs or even the ability to grow replacement skin of their own.
Because treatment and corrective surgeries can cost large amounts of money, make sure to consult with a lawyer as soon as your condition allows. You may be eligible for compensation.
Know Your Rights When Severely Burned or Injured
When injured at home, in your vehicle, on the job, or elsewhere, you should look first to protect your rights. Accidents with fires, chemicals, electricity, and other substances that cause burning will usually entail complicated investigations to determine fault. Law firms equipped to help clients with burns and other injury cases often have their own investigative resources at hand that can help gather information for their clients’ cases.
The right investigation can reveal that responsibility for your injury and resulting pain and suffering lies elsewhere. In such cases, it is important to mobilize your legal resources as soon as possible. Since investigations work best with fresh information, it is advisable to engage a lawyer as soon as possible.
Proving negligence on the part of the property owner or a defective product requires extensive investigation by an expert team. However, unlike official fire investigators, the team from a law firm is working for you.
Additionally, timing is important in such cases. Wait too long, and a case could go beyond the statute of limitations. Even a perfectly reasonable case could look opportunistic if the client waits to proceed.
With expert and constructive legal representation of your case, there is a possibility that you will receive complete coverage of medical expenses, including surgeries and psychiatric care if needed.
In most cases, our research and due diligence result in settlements that earn compensation while saving all parties involved from going to court.
Our Compassion For Our Injured Clients
At Kuzyk Law, oftentimes our clients come to us just after the worst days of their lives. We understand that burn injury clients are dealing with trauma, pain, and fear beyond what many will ever experience.
We work carefully and compassionately to burn injury clients. Our team applies kindness and patience when working with injured clients while also ensuring that we gather all the information needed to start a case. You will receive honest advice on your case and its likelihood of success.
Also, we do not charge any fees unless we earn money for you. That includes the initial consultation.
We work diligently to make sure that our clients receive the justice and the compensation they deserve. Call Kuzyk Law Office today if you have suffered injuries due to burns or other causes.
Kuzyk Law Firm is your Antelope Valley resource for personal injury law. Call us today with any questions or to schedule a free consultation.