Burn injuries can be long-lasting, even permanent. And they can happen in the blink of an eye. Someone driving safely in their car, heading to work or to dinner or to the store, could wake up after being hit by another automobile with disfiguring, painful, and embarrassing injuries caused by burns.
When we think of auto accidents in Woodland Hills, we generally think of broken bones or whiplash and other neck injuries. We do not often think of burns. But first, second, and third degree burns are all common injuries suffered by accident victims. Indeed, car accidents involving air bag impact or a horrific fire can result in burns. If you or a loved one suffered burns or other injuries in a car accident that was not your fault, you may have a potential legal claim.
Types of Burns
Burns are grouped into three categories: first, second, and third degree. All burn victims should seek immediate medical attention. In a first degree burn the outer layer of the skin is burned. These often painful burns are generally accompanied by redness and some swelling.
Second degree burns are those in which both the outer layer and second layer of skin are burned followed by blisters, deep reddening, blotchiness, and severe pain with swelling. Scarring can occur with a deeper second degree burn.
Third degree burns are the most serious of burns and involve all layers of the skin, resulting in permanent tissue damage. The affected areas could be charred, appear white, or translucent. In the most severe cases, fat, muscle, and bone may be affected.
Burn Victims & Financial Recovery
Burn victims often face extensive medical treatment, which can be costly. If you or a loved one suffered a burn as a result of another person’s negligence, such as in a car accident that was not your fault, you may be able to recover financial compensation for your injuries. This compensation can be for your medical bills, time off work, plastic surgery, emotional pain and suffering, and more. Discuss the specifics with an experienced Woodland Hills accident attorney. Because the medical treatment of burns can be expensive and lengthy, it is important to retain an attorney experienced and knowledgeable about burn injuries and who knows how to effectively represent your injuries to the insurance company and to the jury.
Do not delay in reaching out to the best personal injury attorney in Woodland Hills if you have been injured in an auto accident. For a complimentary, no obligation consultation, contact attorney Barry P. Goldberg and his team of legal professionals today.