Los Angeles Burn Injury Lawyer

Los Angeles Burn Injury Attorney

Burn injuries require the help of a serious law firm experienced in pursuing negligent and reckless parties on behalf of burn victims.  If you or your loved one suffered a burn injury through no fault of your own, contact the attorneys at Ellis Law for legal assistance today.

At Ellis Law, our burn injury attorneys are:

  • Competent and knowledgeable in all areas of burn injury claims;
  • Qualified to assist you and fight on you and your family’s behalf; and
  • Available to answer your burn injury questions and address your concerns regarding your legal standing.

Call Ellis Law so we can begin work on your burn injury claim immediately.  Our Los Angeles burn injury attorneys protect the legal rights of burn injury victims.  The sooner you acquire legal representation from Ellis Law, the faster we can help repair any financial damage to your family and get you the resources you need to recover. 

Our Experienced Burn Injury Attorneys Can Help You

It is often difficult to prove a negligent party’s responsibility for your injuries in a burn injury claim. These claims are complicated and constricted by state time limits for filing.  At Ellis Law, we have the resources and knowledge needed to build and prove your burn injury claim in a timely fashion through: 

  • Obtaining all of the accident-related evidence, including any video or photo surveillance, eyewitness accounts, and accident reports;
  • Connecting you with burn specialists to fully assess the extent of your injuries;
  • Negotiating with insurance carriers to get the compensation you need; and
  • Taking your case to trial if necessary.

As the victim of a burn injury, you should never be forced to pay out-of-pocket for your medical costs or accident-related expenses.   Call Ellis Law now to learn more about the burn injury claims process and schedule a complimentary consultation to discuss your burn injury claim with a qualified professional.  

Causes of Burn Injuries

There are four common causes of burn injuries.  These include smoke inhalation, thermal contact, electrical equipment, and chemicals.

  • Smoke inhalation, or inhaling a quantity of carbon dioxide or dangerous gas, can damage the respiratory system, block the airway, and lead to suffocation;
  • Thermal contact, the most common burn injury, is the result of direct contact with an open heat source like fire, steam, or a boiling liquid.  Sunburns are a thermal burn;
  • Electrical equipment burns are caused by interference with an electrical current.  These may be due to gripping an exposed wire, contact with electrified water, or mishandling machinery; and
  • Chemical burns occur when a corrosive chemical substance comes into contact with body tissue externally or internally.  Some commonly used acids, bases, oxidizers, solvents, thinning agents, and alkylating agents have damaging effects on the human body.

Burn injuries can also happen during construction accidents, car accidents, motorcycle accidents, and truck accidents.

Categories of Burn Injuries

There are four categories of burn injuries ranging from mild to severe.  They are classified into degrees, and each degree has its particular signs and symptoms.  These are as follows:

  • First-degree burn.  These are treatable at-home and cause redness and mild swelling;
  • Second-degree burn.  These burns cause painful, swollen, moist-looking skin.  Second-degree burns affect the first two skin layers and can leave a scar;
  • Third-degree burn.  These burns penetrate down to the fatty layer below the skin.  The victim may feel numbness instead of pain in the area; and
  • Fourth-degree burn.  These burns can cause blackening of the skin.  The burn victim may or may not feel pain due to nerve damage in the burned area.  

Treatment of severe burns takes ongoing medical attention, which can be expensive.  Burn patients may begin their care at a hospital and later be transported to a burn center for specialized recovery and rehabilitation.  

Who is Liable for Your Burn Injuries? 

Identifying the party accountable for your burn injuries requires meticulous investigation of the accident. A single individual might be at fault, or multiple parties could be found liable, including the following:  

  • Property Owner: In cases where the burn injury happens on someone else’s property, the owner might be liable if hazardous conditions or negligence contributed to the incident.
  • Product Manufacturers: If a defective product caused the burn, the manufacturer or distributor could be held liable for design flaws, manufacturing defects, or failure to provide proper warnings.
  • Negligent Individual: If someone’s negligence directly contributed to the burn injury, that individual may be held responsible, e.g., a reckless or drunk driver who caused a car accident.

With our team of skilled burn injury lawyers on your side, trust that we will diligently assess the specifics of your case, establish liability, and help you pursue legal action to hold those responsible parties accountable for your injuries. 

Ongoing Complications from Burn Injuries 

Clients grappling with the aftermath of burn injuries frequently face a prolonged recovery, including expensive medical procedures. However, complications linked to burn injuries arise even with early burn management, and when they do, treatment costs can escalate into millions. Although hospitalization for burn injuries represents 1% of traumatic injuries, treatment costs exceed $10.4 billion annually, according to a report from the American Burn Association. 

Deep burns that cover large areas of the body can lead to severe complications, including: 

  • Infection: Burned skin is susceptible to bacterial infections, which can impede the healing process, leading to additional risks
  • Hypovolemia: Large burns can cause significant fluid loss, leading to hypovolemia (low blood volume), which can result in shock and organ failure.
  • Scarring and Contractures: Severe burns can lead to extensive scarring and contractures, limiting mobility and potentially requiring surgical intervention.
  • Pneumonia: Inhalation injuries from burns may damage the respiratory system, increasing the risk of pneumonia and other respiratory complications.
  • Metabolic Imbalances: Burns can disrupt the body’s metabolic balance, leading to complications such as electrolyte imbalances and nutritional deficiencies.

In severe burn injuries, the extent of the damage may require skin grafting or surgery. These procedures can be extremely costly and painful. Beyond the physical challenges, burn injuries can leave a lasting psychological impact on victims, leading to mental health issues like PTSD, depression, and anxiety that can require years of therapy and counseling. 

We understand that burn injuries are often traumatic, requiring expensive and lengthy medical treatment. Given the financial and emotional impact of these injuries, pursuing compensation through legal means is critical for burn injury victims. 

Legal Support for Los Angeles Burn Victims 

We are dedicated to securing compensation for lost wages, loss of future earnings, medical expenses, future medical costs, permanent scarring, disfigurement, ongoing therapy, and any prospective surgeries. 

Beyond financial restitution, our legal team provides comprehensive support to address the various challenges you may face. We collaborate with medical experts to understand the long-term implications of your injuries, ensuring that your compensation reflects not only immediate costs but also factors in potential future medical needs. Our goal is to ensure that you receive ample support and resources needed to rebuild your life after a burn injury that was the result of another person’s negligence. 

Statute of Limitations to File a Burn Injury in California 

The statute of limitations to file a burn injury lawsuit in California is generally two years. Victims who have sustained burn injuries due to the negligence of another party typically have a two-year window from the date of the injury to file a lawsuit.  

It is essential to consult with an experienced Los Angeles personal injury attorney who specializes in these cases. At Ellis Law, we provide personalized advice based on the specifics of your situation and help ensure that all filing deadlines are met. 

Burn Injury Lawyers Who Have a Proven Track Record of Success 

Our burn injury attorneys have almost 30 years of legal experience in personal injury lawsuits and have recovered millions in financial damages for our clients. You need the best personal injury attorneys in Los Angeles to advocate for you. 

Contact an Experienced Los Angeles Burn Injury Attorney

Every burn injury claim is different, and the severity of your burn injury and your prognosis for recovery will affect the types and amount of compensation available in your case.  An experienced Los Angeles personal injury attorney at Ellis Law will pursue full compensation on your behalf for your damages, including any future accident-related costs.

If your loved one died due to severe burns, Ellis Law can pursue a wrongful death case on your family’s behalf.  Contact our compassionate burn injury attorneys today for your risk-free consultation.  We look forward to answering your legal questions and addressing your most pressing concerns about your burn injury claim.