San Diego Burn Injury Lawyers
Free Consultation for Clients Suffering from Burn Trauma
Surpassing the serious hardships following burn trauma is far from easy, but we can provide you with the legal support you need to achieve it. As a law firm with years of experience handling a wide range of personal injury and wrongful death accidents, the Jurewitz Law Group strives to provide clients with the support and representation that they need to heal beyond their scars and obtain justice. We encourage anyone wanting to learn more about their legal rights and options to contact a San Diego personal injury attorney for a free consultation.
Not only is such an injury painful, but rehabilitation demands courage and perseverance. The physical pain an accident survivor endures is often coupled with severe emotional and financial challenges. When another's negligence causes a burn injury, legal action can help an individual obtain money to help pay for medical treatment and other damages. While the process of holding reckless parties liable is complex, it may be possible with the help of a San Diego severe burn injury lawyer.
Looking Past the Hardships
Depending on whether a burn injury is a first-degree burn, second-degree burn, third-degree burn, or fourth-degree burn, an individual may require months, years, or even a lifetime to recover. Medical action is typically taken as soon as possible after burn trauma to help prevent scarring and disfigurement. In many situations, multiple operations and skin grafting surgeries may be necessary. The altered functions of the burned areas of skin may also require intensive physical therapy, respiratory management, and pain control.
Even for individuals with the strongest will, a burn injury may lead to psychological challenges, such as, survivor's guilt, depression, adjustment disorders, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and/or loss of personal identity with change in appearance. The initial shock that often results after an accident may evolve into panic and anxiety. A survivor's emotional healing is as important as his or her physical recovery.
First-degree burns are the most common type of burns, and they only affect the outermost layer of skin. Although these burns are painful, victims usually heal within seven to 10 days, and there are almost no signs of permanent damage. When a person receives a first-degree burn, the cells on the outer layer of the skin are damaged, but these cells will eventually shed. The most common side effects of a first-degree burn include pain, swelling, peeling, and redness.
When a person receives a second-degree burn, he or she is susceptible to extreme soreness and infection. These burns are far more serious than first-degree burns, and if the burn affects a large area of the body, the victim will definitely need to seek medical treatment. A second-degree burn usually results in extensive blistering and the formation of scabs. The severity of a second-degree burn is measured by the number and severity of blisters. Despite the initial pain level, most burns of this degree heal on their own within three to four weeks.
Third-degree burns are the most serious type of burns, and they are capable of extending through multiple layers of skin. These burns are extraordinarily painful, but if extensive nerve damage occurs, the victim may not be able to feel any pain at all. When a person sustains a third-degree burn, the skin will usually turn a white or dark brown color, and develop a leather-like texture. Third-degree burns will almost always require extensive medical treatment, and multiple surgeries may be required. Unfortunately, third-degree burn patients will almost always develop permanent scars.
Permanent Scarring and Disfigurement
In many cases, second and third-degree burns cause permanent disfigurement to their victims. This disfigurement can be caused by the burn itself, or surgeries that the victims are forced to undergo. When a person is disfigured, their entire life changes and they may find themselves having to adjust to a world that doesn’t understand them. No one should have to sustain this type of injury because of another person’s negligence, and here at Jurewitz Law Group, we will do our best to make sure that you get the justice and compensation you deserve.
The Pain of Treating and Recovering From Burns
Burns can sometimes result in death for the victim, but if they manage to survive, they often face the unpleasant prospect of painful surgeries, rehabilitation, and physical therapy appointments. Some of these surgeries, known as grafts, require healthy skin to be taken from one part of the body and moved to the burn area. Most patients undergo more than one skin graft, and the procedures are notoriously painful. If a victim’s bones or internal organs are burned, he or she may be forced to rely on someone else for their day-to-day needs. After a severe burn, victims are usually hospitalized for an extensive period of time. This extensive hospitalization can be remarkably expensive, even if the victim has health insurance.
If your loved one sustained a fatal burn due to the negligence of a person, organization, or company, you may have grounds for a wrongful death claim. In addition to your emotional suffering, your loved one deserves justice after enduring such a nightmarish ordeal, even if they are no longer alive. If you believe that your spouse, parent, child, or sibling’s death was caused by another person’s negligence, you should contact a law office like Jurewitz Law Group.
Jurewitz Law Group consists of a team of San Diego personal injury lawyers, and Ross Jurewitz has been recognized as a “Top 100 Trial Lawyer” by the National Trial Lawyers association. Our firm has helped numerous burn victims, and we will try our best to help you. Call us now at (619) 233-5020 to learn more.
Don't Sacrifice Medical Care After a Burn Injury in San Diego
Due to the temporary or even permanent disability often caused by burn injuries, medical treatment may be extensive and lengthy. The medical care and treatment to make rehabilitation possible should never be sacrificed due to finances, but in some cases, it's unavoidable. This is one major reason why filing an injury claim or pursuing a lawsuit can make a difference for a burn victim.
When oversight or reckless behavior causes a burn injury, legal action can help an individual and his or her family obtain compensation for damages associated with the accident. To help a person cope with trauma, legal action may result in money to help pay for hospital stays, surgery, medication, physical therapy, lost wages, and other economic damages. An individual may also receive compensation for pain and suffering, loss of consortium, and other non-economic damages.
Helping You Seek Justice in San Diego
Proving fault in a burn injury case is complex, no matter how apparent the cause may be. Whether you or your loved one was injured by a defective product or in a car accident, truck crash, motorcycle collision, explosion, construction accident, or another incident, you may have a valid case. At the Jurewitz Law Group, our lawyers are committed to carrying out a thorough investigation to ensure that the proper evidence is gathered and effectively presented. By consulting with medical experts and accident reconstructionists, our legal team works diligently to build a strong case. For a free consultation, call us today at (888) 233-5020.
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