Few injuries are more painful or more disfiguring than a burn injury caused by a fire or explosion. Not only are these injuries devastating, but they can do long term damage both physically and mentally. For that reason, if you or a loved one suffered a severe burn injury, you need a committed attorney who will ensure that you are fully compensated for your pain and suffering.
Your attorney should understand that no amount of money can possibly compensate you for the physical and mental pain associated with a severe burn injury. Further, it can be very difficult to determine compensation for the loss of your home, personal documents, mementos let alone compensate you for the long lasting and often debilitating injuries that are typically caused by explosion or fire accidents.
Your attorney’s job is to ensure that you and your loved ones are not financially crippled due to the expenses that are created by loss of wages, surgeries, pain medication, and rehabilitation therapy that is often a result of the fire or explosion injury.
Burns and explosions are most commonly caused by:
- Wood burning stoves
- Coal burning stoves
- Space heaters
- Electric heaters
- Cigarette lighters
- Furniture that is upholstered
- Mattresses and other bedding
- Liquids that are flammable
In California, the most common causes of fire injuries and deaths include heating equipment that is poorly maintained or in disrepair, careless cigarette smoking and accidents caused while cooking. Too often space heaters and electric blankets increase the likelihood of a fire erupting as a result of not being properly maintained or improper operation.
Burns are not only disfiguring, they are extremely painful. Burns that are caused by building fires, liquids and gasses are the most common serious burns. The accepted definitions of degrees of burn are:
- First Degree – affects only the outer layer of skin
- Second Degree – affects the other skin and the layer immediately below it
- Third Degree – extensive burning of all layers of skin and damage to underlying tissue which often require skin grafts.
Burn and explosion injury victims often spend long periods of time in specialized burn units and will be faced with scarring, deformity, potential toxins in blood and urine, respiratory distress and all too often, death.
This article has been submitted by Pacific Attorney Group. If you or someone you love has been the victim of a burn or explosion accident visit our website for more information about burn injury lawsuits. We will fight to ensure that you receive full compensation for your injuries.