The right Sacramento burn injury lawyer can make a tremendous difference in a burn victim’s recovery. The legal team at Rosenthal & Kreeger, LLP is here to help Sacramento residents and their loved ones with their burn injury claims.
Burns are painful wounds with a high potential for causing permanent or long-term damage. When a person experiences a severe burn injury due to another party’s negligence it’s vital to understand the available options for legal recourse. A burn victim may face expensive medical bills, lost income from missed time at work, and several other possible damages.
How Much Is My Burn Injury Case Worth?
MEDICAL EXPENSESThe plaintiff in a burn injury lawsuit may claim compensation for all medical expenses resulting from the defendant’s negligence. These may include immediate costs like hospital bills, prescription costs, and plastic surgery. Compensation may also be recovered for long-term costs like physical therapy and other ongoing medical treatments.
LOST INCOMEA burn victim may not be able to return to work for an extended time after suffering a burn injury. He or she can claim the wages lost during that time as damages in a civil suit. If the injury prevents an injury victim from working in the future, the plaintiff may claim compensation for his or her lost earning capacity.
PROPERTY DAMAGEIf the defendant’s behavior resulted in any damage to the plaintiff’s personal property, the plaintiff can claim the costs of replacing or repairing those items.
PAIN AND SUFFERINGThe jury will consider the facts of the personal injury case and testimony from expert witnesses to determine an appropriate amount of pain and suffering compensation. Some courts may award “per diem” compensation for every day a plaintiff spends in recovery. Other courts may simply multiply the plaintiff’s claimed medical expenses by a certain amount and award a lump sum instead. It’s also possible for a defendant to face punitive damages if his or her behavior indicated a reckless disregard for the safety of others, criminal negligence, or an intentional tort like an assault. Some plaintiffs may also have the option to claim their legal fees as damages as well, so hiring the right Sacramento personal injury lawyer is crucial for any burn injury claim.
Common Causes of Burns
Types of Burns
A thermal burn from an open flame may damage the layers of the skin and require painful skin grafting procedures. A chemical burn may cause external damage as well as internal respiratory issues from inhaling toxic fumes. Radiation exposure can lead to organ failure, reproductive issues, and may increase the risk of developing certain cancers. Electrical burns may interfere with heart function and result in permanent nerve damage.
Medical professionals use a degree scale to classify burn injuries. A first-degree burn typically only affects a small portion of the body and damages the outermost layer of the skin. The average person can treat a small first-degree burn using over-the-counter first aid supplies but he or she should seek medical care if the burn affects a sensitive area or covers more than 10% of the skin. Second-degree burns penetrate more deeply into the skin and a third-degree burn completely destroys the skin.
Speak to a Sacramento Burn Injury Lawyer Today
The board-certified lawyers at Rosenthal & Kreeger, LLP have more than 25 years of experience handling civil lawsuits for our clients in the Sacramento area. During a consultation at our law offices, we can assess the strength and potential value of your personal injury claim.
Our law firm can put our extensive resources and skills to use in your burn injury claim. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation with one of our Sacramento burn injury lawyers. Our law firm can let you know what to expect from a lawsuit.