Pleasanton Burn Injury Attorneys
Burn injuries are some of the most excruciating and dangerous injuries
a person can suffer and, unfortunately, they are very common, especially
among children. On occasion, a burn victim will need to undergo multiple
surgeries to attempt to repair the damage done and even then they may
continue to experience pain, numbness, and/or even psychological effects
such as insecurity. Big city dwellers and residents of smaller suburban
cities, like Pleasanton, CA, alike experience the same risks of suffering
a burn injury. Understanding those risks, as well as what you can do about
them, is an important step in recovering from such a devastating experience.
Understanding Burn Injuries
Burn injuries can occur under a wide range of circumstances, but, in general,
there are five categories of burn injuries, based on their causes:
- Fire burns;
- Chemical burns;
- Electrical burns;
- Radiation burns; and
- Scalding burns.
The circumstances under which these injuries may occur are also varied.
An electrical worker may suffer an electrical burn while working with
faulty wiring; a cup of excessively hot coffee can spill onto a person's
lap; a stove burner or house fire can burn any person who comes into contact
with it; and other occupations can expose workers to dangerous radiation
and chemicals. In many cases, a
burn injury victim takes every precaution possible in order to maintain his or her safety,
but an injury causing accident can still occur if the negligence of others
contributes to an unpredictable hazardous situation. It is unfortunate
and unacceptable that the negligent actions of others could cause such
Classifying Burn Injuries
The severity of a burn injury is classified under three types: first-degree
burns; second-degree burns; and third-degree burns. First-degree burns
cause damage to the epidermis, the outermost lawyer of skin. Second-degree
burns cause damage to the epidermis, as well as the dermis, or second
layer of skin. And third-degree burns cause damage to both outer layers
as well as the third layer of skin, the hypodermis, and the tissues underneath
that layer. Not only can burns cause redness, pain, and sensitivity, but
also blistering, swelling, scarring, and, in serious cases, shock and
even death. For second- and especially third-degree burns, infection is
a serious problem and can lead to death.
For minor burns, immersing the affected area in cool water is commonly
used as the immediate treatment of a burn, followed by antibiotic ointments.
For more serious burns, however, it is necessary to make sure the injured
area is sufficiently sterilized before and during any antibiotic treatment.
Though first- and even second-degree burns can usually heal completely
without skin graft surgeries, third-degree burns don't. Skin (or synthetic)
graft surgeries are necessary for third-degree burns in order to cover
the exposed tissues and encourage new skin growth.
Ultimately, all burns are painful and can cause long-term discomfort, but
second- and especially third-degree burns can be excruciating and require
multiple surgeries, long-term recovery, and even rehabilitative care.
Even after a person has healed, they may have to deal with unsightly scarring,
which can result in psychological effects.
Obtaining the Support and Compensation You Deserve
If you have suffered burn injuries in Northern California due to the negligence
of another, whether it is the manufacturer of a defective household appliance,
a negligent property manager who failed to maintain an electrical system,
or even another's lack of supervision, you are entitled to pursue
compensation through a personal injury claim. By filing a civil lawsuit,
you can ensure that you have the compensation necessary to get the treatment
and care you need during your recovery.
The experienced burn injury lawyers at Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP can
help you hold the at-fault party accountable for his or her negligence
and help you obtain the support and medical services you need. Filing
a lawsuit is probably the last thing you want to do while recovering from
a burn injury, but it may be necessary to safeguard the financial future
of you and your family. To find out if taking legal action is the right
step for you, contact us for a consultation at (800) 900-0863.