Those who are victims of a burn injury may be eligible to file a personal injury claim if the incident was caused by a negligent party. At West Coast Trial Lawyers, our experienced San Francisco burn injury attorneys will help you get the compensation you deserve for your losses.
We have won thousands of personal injury cases and recovered more than $1 billion in compensation for our clients. Due to our achievements, we have been recognized as one of the top personal injury law firms in San Francisco.
Burn injuries take on many forms and can occur in a multitude of ways. West Coast Trial Lawyers have taken on a plethora of burn cases all throughout San Francisco and the surrounding bay area. Many common causes of these burn injuries include:
Car accidents can lead to various injuries, including burns. Vehicle collisions can cause fires due to ruptured fuel tanks, electrical malfunctions, or damaged batteries. The resulting fires can lead to severe burns for drivers and passengers.
Burn injuries frequently occur in the workplace, particularly in industries involving hazardous materials, chemicals, or high-temperature equipment. These accidents can be caused by:
Defective products, such as malfunctioning electronics, kitchen appliances, or industrial machinery, can cause fires and burns. Manufacturers, distributors, or retailers may be held liable for selling dangerous products.
There are various types of burn injuries a person could sustain. These can be classified into different types based on their burn severity and damage that they cause to the surrounding tissue. The most common types of burn injuries include the following:
A thermal burn is a burn to the skin that is caused by excessive heat, such as hot metals, surfaces, liquids, flames, or steam.
A radiation burn is a burn to the skin that is caused by exposure to electromagnetic radiation, such as UV-rays, X-rays, or radiation therapy.
A chemical burn is caused by a corrosive chemical substance. It has the ability to burn internal and external organs. Accidents involving the mishandling of hazardous chemicals can lead to severe chemical burns.
An electrical burn is caused by an electric current, such as lightning or wires. It is capable of damaging the tissues and organs, which can result in serious injuries, or even death.
A friction burn may occur when the skin is scraped off from having forceful contact with a hard object, such as the ground. It is also identified as an abrasion or a heat burn.
If your burn injury was caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be eligible to file a personal injury lawsuit against them. Your doctor visit can be used as a piece of evidence to include in your claim. This will convince the insurance companies that you were, in fact, injured.
The consequences of a burn injury can be catastrophic and forever change the outcome of a victim’s life. A burn injury may become a financial burden on the victim due to the multiple doctor visits, procedures, and prescriptions given to heal the wounded area. It may also cause the victim to experience mental anguish. Burn injury compensation can range depending on how severe the damage is. For these consequences, a victim of a burn injury is entitled to both economic and non-economic damages.
Economic damages refer to the compensation that a victim is entitled to due to the financial losses they experienced as a result of the burn injury. Available economic damages for a burn injury victim include medical bills, lost wages, and loss of earning capacity.
Non-economic damages refer to the compensation that a victim is entitled to due to the emotional losses that came with their burn injury. Available non-economic damages for a burn injury victim include scarring, loss of enjoyment of life, and pain and suffering.
The third type of damages a California court may award are known as punitive damages. Punitive damages are intended as punishment and are only awarded when a defendant’s behavior is especially harmful. It is relatively rare and, in fact, was only incorporated in 5 percent of all verdicts.
Furthermore, there is no real set standard for calculating and awarding punitive damages. Punitive damages are awarded at the court’s discretion and will vary depending on the specific circumstances of a case.
If you were involved in a burn injury accident in San Francisco and would like to pursue a lawsuit against the party at-fault, West Coast Trial Lawyers has experienced San Francisco personal injury attorneys who are readily available to assist you with your case.