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Los Angeles Burn Injury Attorney

Medical worker treating burns on man's hand. First aid trainingIf you or a family member has suffered the trauma of a burn injury and you believe that another party may be responsible, it’s time to contact a Los Angeles burn injury attorney who will put your needs first. Burn injuries can be fatal. Survivors are left with physical and emotional scars that will never completely heal. You may think of the injury as the result of a tragic accident; however, others may have contributed to or directly precipitated the tragedy due to negligence or irresponsible behavior.

At Ellis Law, we specialize in personal injury cases in the Los Angeles area, and have successfully litigated dozens of burn injury lawsuits.

We work with doctors who work at the renowned Grossman Burn Center as well as other elite burn institutes that will treat you on our behalf, regardless of your ability to pay. These doctors are important not just for your health, but their expert testimony can make a major impact towards gaining you a big reward.

For over 20 years, we have been among the most trusted LA personal injury lawyers. We take each case personally, bringing all our resources and expertise to the table to achieve the best results for our clients.

The facts about burn injuries in California

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 1 out of every 100 injuries in the United States is caused by fire; this statistic holds true for California as well.   Though the incidence of fire-related events is statistically higher in rural areas of the state, major urban centers like Los Angeles report a significant number of deaths and injuries due to its high population density.

As in the rest of the country, the majority of fire-related deaths in California take place in the home.  Fires result in the third most prevalent kind of home injury.  The Office of the California State Fire Marshall reports that between 2003 and 2010, firefighters responded to blazes in 73,422 houses, causing 566 deaths  (including three firefighters), and resulting in 2,072 fire-related injuries.

The law office of Ellis Personal Injury Law represents people suffering from burn injuries due to the following:

  • Chemical spills
  • Explosions
  • Car accident fires
  • Apartment fires
  • Refinery fires
  • Office building fires
  • Electrocutions
  • Fires in retail stores
  • Fires in hotels or motels

Compensation for burn injuries

The average hospital cost of a burn injury is over $200,000, depending on the severity of the injuries involved. Additionally, serious burn injuries often require skin grafts, reconstructive surgery, and a period of physical therapy. In the end, the financial impact of a burn injury can be quite substantial, not to mention the pain and suffering involved.

At the law office of Ellis Personal Injury Law, our attorneys work closely with medical economists and life care planners in determining the financial impact of a burn injury. We also work with medical experts and burn specialists who can offer a detailed prognosis for our client and the kinds of medical treatment and costs they face. We will also work with you in obtaining home care if needed. Our team is dedicated to your recovery.

When children are burn victims, we assist parents in establishing a special needs trust or structured settlement in order to help them secure their child’s healthcare and financial future.

A skilled burn injury lawyer at Ellis Law can help you obtain the compensation you deserve for your physical trauma, or if you have lost a loved one through the negligence or carelessness of another.  Compensation typically includes funds for medical bills, rehabilitation, vocational assistance, lost wages, and pain and suffering.  Burn injuries are expensive; fatal injuries account for 2% of the cost of all injuries nationwide, amounting to billions of dollars.  A settlement or jury award should take into account the financial expense of treatment as well as the high emotional cost of disfigurement or disability.

In one case, where Ellis Law Corporation represented a plaintiff involved in a propane gas explosion, we were able to obtain a $4.1 million dollar verdict for that plaintiff. This money went to help him in his recovery and to put this life back on track. We are very proud of this result.

Liability for burn injuries in LA

But what if you have followed the safety provisions above and a death or injury still occurred?   There may be other parties who are liable for the pain and suffering you have experienced.

Consider the following scenarios:

  • The burn injury occurred as the result of a defective or recalled product.
  • Your landlord did not maintain your building according to fire codes, and was thus responsible for an unsafe environment.
  • A babysitter left a pot of boiling water on the stove unattended and your child was scalded due to this negligent behavior.

After the home, the most dangerous places in terms of fire-related death or injury are the workplace, the road, and recreational or sporting-related locations.  A third party may be legally responsible for such cases as these:

  • Your burn injury occurred in an auto accident, as the result of a motorist’s negligent or reckless driving.
  • The company where you worked did not follow safe procedure by improperly storing or labeling hazardous materials, resulting in a chemical burn.
  • The movie theater you visited had improperly marked exits, resulting in an unsafe environment and an inability to leave the building when it caught fire.

If you are in the Los Angeles area, please speak to a burn injury lawyer at Ellis Law to help clarify the facts in your own case.

Preventing fires at home

The home is the most deadly place in terms of fires and burn injuries, but such incidences can be prevented or reduced by adopting the following measures:

  • Cooking safety (a majority of domestic fires relate to cooking):  keep the area around the stove and range free of flammable objects and never leave a pot cooking unattended.
  • Smoking (another major cause of fires at home): avoid emptying warm ashes into trash baskets and keep ashtrays away from flammable objects.
  • Child safety (a high number of fires are started by or injure children):  keep matches or other flammable objects away from children, and plan an escape route for your family in case of fire.
  • Fire-proof your home:  install smoke alarms on every floor (37% of domestic fire deaths occur in homes without smoke alarms) and sprinklers if possible, and keep space heaters away from flammable objects.

Treatment of burn injuries

Those who have experienced serious burns will typically spend time in the burn unit of a hospital or in a special burn center.  The average stay in a burn unit is one day for every 1% of the body that is burned, and the most common types of procedures performed are excision (of dead or infected tissues) and skin grafts.

Patients may experience pneumonia, cellulitis, or urinary tract infection as side effects during treatment.  Procedures can be painful, and leave sensitive and disfiguring scars that affect a survivor’s emotional well-being as well as his or her physical health.  Follow-up surgeries or additional treatment for trauma are not uncommon.

Consult with a Los Angeles burn injury attorney 

If you believe that you have suffered burn injuries for which a negligent party is liable, contact Ellis Law. A personal injury lawsuit requires the input of experts who can perform a professional forensic investigation into the site of a fire, understand the nature of product design and flaws, or weigh the significance of medical evidence.

Our investigators are trained and equipped to locate witnesses, find evidence, and to work with clients with compassion. In cases involving fire, we have the best experts to determine the cause of the fire, to determine if escape routes were properly placed, and if the building was up to code properly. Were they enough smoke detectors? Was there a sprinkler system properly operating and maintained? These questions get answered by our investigators and experts for your cases.

We are LA personal injury lawyers who have the resources and knowledge needed to win your case, and we are passionate about securing justice on behalf of our clients.  To schedule your free consultation, contact our offices at 1-800-INJURED or 310-641-3335.

Additional “Burn Injury Lawsuit” Resources:

  1. California Fire Sprinkler Coalition, CALIFORNIA HOME FIRE SPRINKLER FACT SHEET http://osfm.fire.ca.gov/codedevelopment/pdf/califfiresprinklercoalition/California 
  2. American Burn Association, Burn Incidence Fact Sheet http://www.ameriburn.org/resources_factsheet.php
  3. Centers for Disease Control, Fire Deaths and Injuries:  Fact Sheet http://www.cdc.gov/homeandrecreationalsafety/fire-prevention/fires-factsheet.html
  4. Grossman Burn Center, http://www.grossmanburncenter.com/