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:

  1. Fire burns;
  2. Chemical burns;
  3. Electrical burns;
  4. Radiation burns; and
  5. 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 serious injuries.

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.

Treating Burns

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.

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