Agoura Hills Burn Injury Lawyer
Severe burns are as terrifying as they are painful. Whether you were burned by a fire, a hot surface, a piece of industrial machinery, or a chemical, the danger is real. Serious burns commonly cause severe scarring and disfigurement as well as functional limitations, requiring extensive surgery and treatment for any hope of recovery. The damage caused by a catastrophic burn can last a lifetime, depending on the nature and extent of the injury.
If you or someone you care about has been burned due to the negligence of another person, you may have a substantial claim for relief. The seasoned burn injury attorneys at the Halpern Law Firm have spent over four decades helping injured accident victims recover compensation for their pain and suffering, medical bills, lost wages, and other damages caused by the actions of others. We fight for your right to justice and compensation for the devastating harm you have suffered.
Types of Burn Injury
Medical professionals discuss the severity of burns by “degree.” The degree of a burn corresponds to how deeply the burn penetrates the skin’s surface. First-degree burns are the least severe, and likely to cause only superficial damage, while third-degree and fourth-degree burns are extremely dangerous and likely to result in permanent damage.
The various levels of burn can be identified as follows:
- First-degree burn. A first-degree burn affects only the epidermis, the outer layer of skin. The burn may appear red and painful, but should not blister. Mild sunburns are characterized as first-degree.
- Second-degree burn. Second-degree burns carry through the epidermis to the dermis, the inner skin layer. The skin will appear bright red and swollen, and it may appear shiny and wet. Blistering is common and the burn will likely be painful to the touch. Superficial second-degree burns damage only part of the dermis and are likely to heal fully, while deep partial-thickness burns can leave a permanent scar or change the skin color of the affected area.
- Third-degree burn. Third-degree or “full thickness” burns destroy the epidermis and dermis, and they may reach the innermost layer of the skin known as the subcutaneous tissue. The skin may appear blackened, white, brown, yellow, or otherwise charred. The nerve endings are likely destroyed, which means the victim might not feel any pain or have any sensation at all. Third-degree burns cause long-term damage and require skin grafts to have a chance of recovery.
- Fourth-degree burn. Fourth-degree burns are the most dangerous. The burn goes all the way through the skin and the underlying tissue into the deeper tissue, potentially damaging the muscle and bone. Fourth-degree burns commonly destroy the nerve endings, which numbs the pain.
Common Causes of Burn Injury
Burn injuries can result from any number of incidents at home, at work, or on the road. Burns can be caused by exposure to hot surfaces, hot liquids, electrocution, plasma devices, or direct flames. At the Halpern Law Firm, we help injured victims recover compensation after all manner of burn injury accidents, including injuries caused by:
- Industrial accidents
- House fires
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Defective products
- Defective vehicles
- Electrical accidents
- Construction accidents
- Defective appliances
- Chemical exposure
- Electrical burns
- Thermal burns
- Hot liquid scalding
Talk to a seasoned California burn injury lawyer after your accident to find out who may be responsible for your injuries and the damages to which you may be entitled. You could be eligible for substantial recovery, including for your past and future medical expenses, the emotional turmoil caused by pain, suffering, scarring, disfigurement, or amputation, and other harms you have suffered.
Call Today for Dedicated Assistance With a California Burn Injury
If you or someone you love has been the victim of a serious burn caused by someone else’s negligence in Southern California, the zealous and trial-ready burn injury legal team at the Halpern Law Firm is here to help. We fight to get you the compensation you and your family deserve. Call us at (818) 785-5999 today for a Free No-Risk Confidential Consultation. Injury cases are handled on a contingency basis, meaning you won’t be charged any attorney’s fees unless we win.