According to a recent survey, last year alone, there were over 450,000 burn victims requiring emergency medical treatment.
Burn injuries can be caused by gasoline fires resulting from high-speed car, truck, and motorcycle, accidents. Serious burns can also result from negligently installed electrical wiring, defective products, and exposure to toxic chemicals.
Burn injuries can cause life-changing disability as well as scarring and disfigurement. When caused by the negligence of another, the burn victim may be entitled to substantial monetary compensation.
Burns are classified into three types based on their severity:
This minor burn affects only the outer layer of the skin. It may cause redness, swelling, and pain. It usually heals with first-aid measures within several days to a week.
This type of burn affects both the outer layer and second layer of your skin. It may cause red, white or splotchy skin, pain, and swelling. This type of burn often looks wet or moist. Blisters may develop, and the pain and scarring can be severe.
This burn reaches into the fat layer beneath the skin. Burned areas may be charred black or white. The skin may look waxy or leathery. Third-degree burns often destroy nerves, causing numbness. A person with this type of burn may also have difficulty breathing or experience smoke inhalation or carbon monoxide poisoning.
Given the life-changing injuries burn victims face, representing such clients requires an attorney that is experienced in both medicine and the law. In order to maximize financial recovery for our clients, we often work with medically trained lifecare planners that outline the recovery options available to burn victims and their associated costs.
If you or someone you know has been the victim of a serious burn injury call our law office and ask to speak to Attorney William F. Salle at (818) 543-1900.
When most people think of animal bites, they are inclined to think that it is no big deal. This could not be further from the truth. Animal bites can be extremely serious. Animal bites often involve puncture wounds which may become infected. These bites may take months to heal and leave lifelong disfigurement. Do not make the mistake of minimizing any animal bites. Always receive medical attention as quickly as possible.
No matter what the situation, if you or someone you know has been injured, you need to seek the assistance of competent, experienced professionals.
The most disheartening aspect of these cases is that the victims of elder abuse have “paid their dues.” They have spent their lives working and raising children to finally retire and often find themselves in a helpless and dependent position where they have no control over their care or those people administering “care” to them.
...with 4800 of the accidents resulting in death of the rider or passenger. Motorcycle accidents often result in severe injury or death.
The majority of motorcycle accidents are caused by operators of motor vehicles who fail to see a motorcycle until "it is too late." At speeds as low as 5 or 10 miles an hour, a motor vehicle can cause severe damage or injury to the rider of a motorcycle. This can include extensive medical bills, lost income, pain and suffering and actual physical damage to the motorcycle.
Many of the victims are children aged 15 and under. We see these youngsters, who have no experience behind the wheel of a motor vehicle, traveling at high rates of speed usually through unfamiliar terrain. The combination of the two can be disastrous. Injuries are normally severe due to the high probability of the rider being ejected from the vehicle. Head, neck and back injuries all-too-often are the result, bringing about huge medical bills and months or even years of rehabilitation.