San Jose Burn Injury Lawyer
According to the American Burn Association, about 500,000 people each year seek medical treatment for burns, and about 40,000 of those require hospitalization. Most burns are not fatal, but those who suffer severe burns often need skin grafting and one or more corrective surgeries, which generally require extensive recovery. Sometimes burns are so severe and painful that victims must remain in a medically induced coma while their injuries heal, making burns among the most harmful of all types of personal injuries.
If you or a loved one has sustained a burn injury, California law entitles you to seek compensation for damages in civil court from the negligent party who caused your burn. You deserve full and fair compensation for the long-term pain and permanent scarring that often follow a burn injury. Contact the San Jose burn injury lawyers at Bohn & Fletcher at (408) 279-4222 for a free consultation and to discuss your case and learn how we can help after a burn injury accident.
Bohn & Fletcher’s Results in Burn Injury Cases
The skilled personal injury attorneys at Bohn & Fletcher have been advocating for burn victims and other accident injury victims for more than twenty years. Our commitment to professional excellence has resulted in the recovery of millions of dollars in settlements and judgments for our clients. Recent cases involving burns include a $280,000 settlement for a client who suffered a scalp burn during a salon visit and $7,500,000 for a client who suffered burns in a construction accident.
These cases only serve as examples and do not guarantee specific results in your case. Each case has distinctive characteristics that will impact the amount of compensation an injured person might be received, and the dedicated San Jose burn injury lawyers at Bohn & Fletcher will diligently pursue the best outcome for your unique case.
Causes of Serious Burn Injuries
When you seek medical treatment after you or a loved one suffers a burn injury, you should share the source of your burn with the physician who treats you. Burns occur as a result of five main sources: the sun, heat, radiation, harsh chemicals, and electricity. How a doctor treats a burn and the potential long-term effects of the burn vary based on the source and the depth of the burn. Below are several common causes of burns:
- Hot liquid or steam. Dining in a restaurant, cooking at home, and taking a bath are a few activities that might cause someone to be scalded, which is a burn injury from hot liquid or steam. Young children who are left unsupervised in the kitchen or bathroom are especially at risk for encountering scalding liquids. Chefs, sous chefs, and line cooks also might sustain a scald injury when cooking in busy kitchens. Waitstaff at a coffee shop or cafe might spill hot coffee, espresso, soup, tea, or other hot liquid on a customer.
- Chemicals. Many common daily activities put people in the vicinity of chemicals that might burn the skin. These types of chemicals are dangerous to inhale, but skin exposure means painful chemical burns. Some common chemicals include ammonia, bleach, chlorine, denture cleaners, teeth whitening products, and battery acid.
- Fires. Fires can start for many different reasons. In addition to purposeful fires for arson, burning trash, or bonfires, there are many circumstances that can lead to accidental fires. Those who throw cigarette butts on the ground without extinguishing them, traffic collisions, and flammable liquids like gasoline, ammonia, butane, hydrogen, and propane, can all ignite dangerous fires. Those who are trapped in a fire in their house, their car, or another building risk severe burns that are likely to leave permanent scars.
- Medical treatment. Radiation is a common form of treatment for cancer patients who have large tumors because it can reduce the size or eliminate some tumors. Physicians also use radiation for non-cancerous tumors and to treat thyroid disease and other types of blood disorders. Radiation exposure is also a risk for those who need x-rays and other scans. Too much radiation exposure can lead to severe internal damage and burns.
- Live electrical outlets and loose wires. Most people are around electricity every minute of the day. When loose wires from deteriorating or shoddy electrical work make direct contact with the human body, electrocution is likely. Young children are especially vulnerable to electricity-related injuries when unprotected outlets are around. According to the National Institutes of Health, there are four types of electrical injuries.
- Flash injuries are superficial injuries during which an electrical current does not travel through a person’s body.
- Flame injuries refer to a situation when an electrical current throws a spark and ignites clothing.
- Lighting injuries occur when an electrical current flows quickly through the body in a short burst at high voltage; this is the same concept as a person getting struck by lightning.
- True electrocution injuries occur when a person’s body becomes part of an electrical circuit.
Contact Bohn & Fletcher Today if You Suffered a Severe Burn Injury
A severe burn can be a life-changing event, which may include a long, painful recovery. If another party’s actions caused your burn injury, you deserve compensation for the economic and non-economic damages that you’ve sustained. This includes current and future costs for medical treatment, current and future lost wages, pain and suffering, and scarring and disfigurement.
Let the compassionate and skilled legal team at Bohn & Fletcher handle your case, while you focus on healing and coping with the pain of recovering from a burn. We can help you through this difficult time, investigate the cause of your burn, uncover relevant facts to support your case against the defense, and advocate for you each step of the way. If you live in San Jose or the surrounding area, contact Bohn & Fletcher online or at (408) 279-4222 for a free consultation and to learn how we can help after a burn injury accident.