Victims of fires and other burn injuries are frequently left with physical and psychological scars that cause them to face staggering medical expenses, lost earnings, and life-changing suffering. When someone else’s negligence causes a burn injury – for example, an apartment landlord failing to follow fire safety rules or an employer not following workplace safety standards – the victim may be able to get compensation for their losses by filing a personal injury lawsuit.
Insurance adjusters, landlords, and others will fight hard to reduce payouts for burn victims. That is why, if you or a loved one has been injured due to a fire or burn injury, it’s critical that you contact an expert fire and burn injury lawyer as soon as possible. The attorney might assist you in obtaining compensation by holding the irresponsible parties accountable through a personal injury lawsuit.
Our burn injury lawyers at All Trial Lawyers have extensive experience handling burn injury cases and know how to navigate the complex legal system to get you the best possible outcome. If you or a loved one has been injured in a fire or burn accident, contact our office today for a free consultation.
What Is a Burn Injury?
A burn injury is any type of wound that is caused by heat, electricity, radiation, or chemicals. The most common type of burn is a thermal burn, which is caused by contact with fire or hot objects. Burns can be minor or serious, and can lead to permanent scarring, disability, and even death.
There are three types of burns: first degree, second degree and third degree. First degree burns only affect the outer layer of skin and usually heal within a week. Second degree burns affect the outer layer of skin as well as the underlying tissue. These burns can be painful and often take longer to heal. Third degree burns extend through all layers of the skin and can cause permanent damage.
Types of Fire and Burn Injury Lawsuits In California
There are many different types of fire and burn injury lawsuits. Some common examples include:
Apartment building fires
Injuries in the workplace
Truck accidents and tanker explosions
Accidents related to automobiles
Electrical cord explosions
Products that are defective
Locked fire exits
Scalding water and pipes
Recreational fires (in hotels, restaurants, retail outlets, nightclubs, and other such spaces).
These are a few examples of the many different types of cases that a personal injury lawyer may handle.
What To Do If You Have Been Injured in a Fire or Burn Accident
If you have been injured in a fire or are a victim of a burn, be sure to follow these steps:
Get to a safe location: Make sure you are in a safe place away from the fire or source of the burn.
Call 911: If you or someone else has been seriously injured, call 911 right away.
Cool the burn: Hold the affected area under cool running water for at least five minutes or until the pain subsides. Do not use ice, as this can damage the tissue.
Cover the burn: Apply a sterile gauze bandage to the wound. Do not apply ointments, butter, or other home remedies, as these can actually make the injury worse.
Seek medical attention: If the burn is serious, go to the nearest emergency room or urgent care center.
6.Take pictures of the injuries: If you are able, take pictures of the injuries. These will be helpful to your lawyer later on.
Gather information: Get the contact information of any witnesses to the accident. You should also get the name and insurance information of the person or company responsible for the fire or burn.
Do not speak to the insurance company: An insurance company may try to get you to settle your case for less than it is worth. Do not sign anything or agree to any settlement until you speak to a personal injury attorney.
Contact a lawyer: An experienced fire and burn injury lawyer can help you navigate the legal process and get the compensation you deserve.
How Do You Know If You Have a Burn Injury Case
When determining if you have a case, your first step should be to seek medical attention. This will help you not only get the treatment you need for your burn injuries, but also document the injury. Once you have seen a doctor, you can then contact a personal injury lawyer to discuss your legal options.
There are many factors that determine whether or not you have a case, such as the severity of your injuries, how the injury occurred, and who is at fault. Your lawyer will be able to help you gather evidence and build a strong case.
How Much Money Can You Expect To Receive In a Settlement Or Verdict
The amount of money that you can expect to receive in a settlement or verdict will depend on the severity of your injury and who is at fault. However, your lawyer will be able to give you a better idea of what you may be entitled to. At All Trial Lawyers, we’ll take a deep dive into your case and make sure you get the maximum amount of compensation possible.
Frequently Asked Questions – Burn Injuries
Is My Landlord Following The Law?
Landlords are generally required to follow local and state legislation designed to safeguard tenants from a variety of risks, including those posed by fires. There are also federal rules in place for property owners who have apartment units classified as Section 8 housing. These regulations govern the use and placement of smoke alarms, fire extinguishers, sprinklers, and other equipment. Not all landlords follow these rules, however, and some leave their properties inadequately prepared in the event of a fire. If you have been injured in a fire that was caused by your landlord’s negligence, you may be able to file a claim against them.
The following are two of the most important safety precautions that apartments should have:
Smoke Detectors: All units should have working smoke detectors. These should be tested monthly and the batteries should be replaced as needed.
Fire Extinguishers: All units should also have at least one fire extinguisher. This should be placed in a location that is easily accessible in the event of a fire.
Is It Possible To Bring a Negligence Lawsuit Against My Landlord?
If your landlord fails to take appropriate fire prevention measures or if they are non-existent, you may be able to bring a lawsuit against him/her. However, landlords have used the terms of a lease to persuade or pressure tenants not to pursue a case in certain situations. As a result, it’s critical for renters to understand their rights so that landlord’s attempts to silence them are unsuccessful.
What Are Some Examples Of Fire Safety Code Violations?
There are many different ways in which a landlord could violate fire safety codes. Some examples include:
-Not having working smoke detectors in each unit or common areas
-Not having a fire alarm system that is properly maintained
-Not having a sprinkler system that is properly maintained
-Not having exit signs that are visible and well-lit
-Not having fire extinguishers in each unit or common area
-Not having a clear evacuation plan
At All Trial Lawyers we fight to hold landlords accountable for their negligence. We understand the devastation that can be caused by a fire and we will do everything we can to help you get the compensation you deserve. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation.
All Trial Lawyers – Helping Burn Victims in Diamond Bar, CA
Here at All Trial Lawyers, we are dedicated to helping our clients receive the compensation they deserve. We have a team of experienced lawyers who are ready to fight for you. We will investigate your case, build a strong legal argument, and negotiate with the insurance companies to get you the best possible outcome.
Our attorneys have tried more than 55 jury and bench trials with great results for clients across California in areas like Orange County, Riverside County, Los Angeles County and more. These victories demonstrate the level of understanding, experience, and commitment our lawyers provide to their job.
No case is too big or too little for our personal injury attorney; they’ve handled everything from vehicle accidents to multi-million dollar fraud cases. All of our clients receive the same level of dedication and commitment, no matter what the size of their case.
We will fight for and deliver to you the finest outcomes possible, whether through a jury acquittal or a favorable judgment at trial, a favorable settlement agreement, or an outright dismissal of your case.
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