The Law Offices of Baron J. Drexel provides comprehensive personal injury representation for victims of catastrophic burn injuries in the California Bay Area. Like traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries, catastrophic burns can result in long-term or permanent disability, requiring years of rehabilitation and medical care. We help clients not only recover their past medical expenses, but also seek compensation for future care that will be required to treat your burns. We understand how painful these injuries can be and will pursue a damage award that fully compensates you for the pain and suffering you have endured.
Causes of Burn Injuries
Burn injuries can occur in numerous ways. Burns can result from auto and trucking accidents, as well as accidents involving buses or motorcycles. Burn injuries may also be sustained in industrial and construction site accidents. Defective products can also cause burn injuries. A burn can range from a first degree burn, where only the outer layer of skin is damaged, to a third degree burn, where the damage reaches through the full depth of the skin to the underlying tissue. Some victims even suffer fourth degree burns, where not only is the skin damaged or destroyed, but the underlying tendons, bones, and fat and muscle tissue are damaged as well.
Oil and gas are a leading cause of fire-related burns because they are extremely flammable and susceptible to explosion if subjected to great pressure. Along with exposure to fires, burn injuries can be caused by chemicals, electricity, radiation, and scalding liquids. Besides the damage done by the burn itself, burn victims are at further risk of other serious medical conditions, such as infection, scarring, dehydration, hypothermia, and permanent internal organ damage. Burn injury victims can also suffer from smoke inhalation, which can cause asphyxiation or severe injury and inflammation of lung tissues. Severe emotional trauma is also common following a serious burn, either due to the event itself or from the scarring, disfigurement, and lingering pain that follows.
Treatment of Burn Injuries
For burn victims, immediate medical attention is crucial to receiving proper care and treatment and minimizing the lasting impact of the injury. Initial treatment for a severe burn may require up to a year of hospitalization, followed by years of further treatment, including multiple surgeries, wound care therapy, and psychological counseling. Due to the intensive care required, burn injuries can be particularly costly in terms of medical care and related expenses. Also, victims are likely to miss significant time away from work and may not be able to return to their jobs. We understand the financial damages these victims suffer and work tirelessly to obtain the compensation they deserve.
Seek Experienced Personal Injury Representation
If you or a loved one suffered a catastrophic burn injury as a result of another’s negligent or reckless conduct, or as a result of a dangerous or defective product, you need a personal injury attorney with trial experience specific to burn cases. Contact the Law Offices of Baron J. Drexel today for a free initial consultation.