Sacramento Burn Injury Lawyers
Powerful Legal Representation for Burn Victims
Few injuries are as devastating as a serious burn. Whether caused by electrical contact, hot liquids, chemical exposure, or an open flame, severe burn injuries require emergency medical attention, specialized treatment and rehabilitation. Even when burn victims have access to proper medical care, they are left with disfiguring scars and other painful reminders of their accident for life.
At Kershaw, Cook & Talley, our Sacramento burn injury attorneys have recovered over $1 billion while fighting on behalf of injury victims. Combining over 100 years of legal experience with a true passion for improving our clients’ lives, we can serve as your trusted advocates in the event of a life-altering burn injury.
If you believe that your burns were caused by negligence, our team can help you file a claim. Call (916) 520-6639 today to schedule a free consultation.
Common Causes of Burn Injuries
While the American Burn Association reported that over 73% of burn center admissions are caused by accidents in the home, you can suffer a serious burn injury almost anywhere. Although most people tend to categorize burns as fire and flame-related injuries, there are many other potential causes for burns, as they can occur whenever the skin and body tissues are destroyed via extreme heat or chemical reactions.
Common causes of burn injuries include.:
- Contact with fires and flames
- Excessive smoke inhalation
- Hot liquids and steam, also known as “scalding” accidents
- Contact with a hot object, or “thermal burns”
- Chemical exposure to strong acids or solvents, or “caustic burns”
- Fireworks and explosions
- Extreme cold exposure or frostbite
What Are the Symptoms of Severe Burn Injuries?
Treatment depends on the severity of the burn. Minor or “first-degree,” burns generally take a few days to heal, as only the outermost layer of skin is damaged. However, when the underlying layer of skin called the “dermis” is destroyed or damaged, your burns may be classified as second-degree or higher, and require immediate medical attention and potentially surgical intervention. With fourth-degree burns, muscle and bone tissue are destroyed, resulting in loss of the damaged part.
Serious burn injuries meet the following conditions:
- The surface area of the burn is larger than 3 inches in diameter.
- The burned skin appears leathery, dry, and thick.
- There are white, blackened, or charred patches on the skin.
- The burn exhibits signs of infection, including oozing, swelling, and increased pain.
- The burn does not begin to heal within two weeks.
Who Is Liable for Burn Injuries?
Serious burns aren’t just painful and expensive to treat; they also take a lasting toll on your emotional and physical wellbeing. Depending on where your burn injuries took place – and how the accident happened – you may have grounds to file a personal injury lawsuit against one or more responsible parties. By carefully investigating the cause of your accident, our experienced legal team at Kershaw, Cook & Talley can help you identify all liable parties and seek fair compensation for your losses.
Do you need to speak with one of our Sacramento burn injury attorneys? Call (916) 520-6639 or contact us online to schedule a consultation.