Santa Ana & Anaheim Burn Injury Attorney
The burn injury lawyers at Bentley & More, LLP understand the complexity of burn injury cases and have helped many Orange County clients in Irvine, Santa Ana and Anaheim secure compensation for their burn injury claims. Reach out to our Irvine-based law office to schedule a FREE consultation about your burn injury case today.
Burns are incredibly painful and damaging injuries. When Orange County residents suffer burn injuries due to the negligence of others, it’s essential to know how to start the legal process. Burns will lead to expensive medical bills, missed time from work, intense pain, and various possible types of lasting damage. The burn injury attorneys at Bentley & More, LLP want residents Anaheim, Irvine, and Santa Ana to know they can turn to our firm for comprehensive legal representation in burn injury cases.
Types of Burns and Burn-Related Medical Conditions
Although most people associate “burns” with fire-related injuries, burn injuries happen from a few different sources:
- Thermal burns caused by exposure to fire, hot surfaces, or scalding liquids.
- Chemical burns caused by contact with corrosive substances. Breathing in some chemicals can cause internal chemical burns and respiratory damage.
- Electrical burns from exposure to high voltage electrical discharges. Electrocution can also cause extensive nerve, musculoskeletal, and cardiac damage.
- Radiation burns from exposure to harmful radiation. Sunburn is a very commonly seen example of a radiation burn resulting from too much direct sun exposure.
Physicians classify burns using a degree scale that describes the level of damage:
- A first-degree burn is one that only affects the outermost layer of skin in a relatively small area. Permanent scarring is possible but unlikely for most first-degree burns.
- Second-degree burns affect more of the skin layers and may cause scarring and blistering. Anyone who suffers a large burn or very painful burn that appears dark red, glossy, and blistered should seek medical care as soon as possible.
- A third-degree burn is one that affects the entirety of the skin layers. Skin will appear day and leathery or charred in patches. Third-degree burns require immediate medical treatment.
- Fourth-degree burns destroy the skin and damage the underlying tissues, bones, and ligaments.
While mild burns are often treatable with over-the-counter remedies and first aid supplies, more severe burns can leave long-lasting damage. Third or fourth-degree burns may require skin grafting operations and lead to nerve damage and limited range of motion in some parts of the body. Many burn injuries also cause problems after healing due to their lost elasticity. The harder burn injury sites will tug at the unaffected surrounding skin, causing discomfort and pain. For example, a severe burn on the arm may prevent the victim from moving the arm into certain positions.
Collecting Compensation for Burn Injuries in Orange County
Severe burns are complex medical conditions that often require ongoing care and expensive rehabilitation treatments. If you or a loved one has suffered a burn injury due to another party’s negligence, a personal injury attorney can help you secure compensation for medical expenses, the costs of ongoing care, pain and suffering, and any other economic damages resulting from your injury. Personal injury law revolves around the concept of negligence, or one party’s failure to meet a reasonable standard of care in a given situation.