San Diego Area Burn Injury Attorneys
Burns are excruciatingly painful injuries and can cause disfiguring scars, permanent organ damage, and contractures (painful shortening and tightening of muscle and tendons due to scar tissue). Infection is the most common complication of burn injuries. Other complications include organ failure, shock, sepsis, gangrene, amputation, and lung problems. Additionally, because they are so disfiguring, serious burns, especially facial burns, often lead to social isolation, psychological problems, and unemployment.
Burn injuries often occur in car and truck accidents, workplace accidents, and premises accidents that happen because of some type of negligence or deliberate wrongdoing. The American Burn Association reports that 3400 people died from burn injuries in 2012: 2,550 of these occurred in residential fires, 300 from motor vehicle crash fires, and 550 from other sources (400 from electricity, scalding liquids or hot objects, 150 from non-residential fires).
If you or someone in your family has suffered serious burns or has been killed as a result of burns caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be able to recover compensation for your damages. Because these cases are often difficult to prove, you will need to work with a burn injury lawyer who has access to expert investigators who can identify the cause of the fire or other condition that caused the burn injury.
Cost of Burn Treatment
A person who has suffered a serious burn injury often faces many surgeries, long-term rehabilitation, and years of psychological counseling. The cost of treatment is staggering. For example, the average cost of the initial hospital stay following a burn to 30% of the body can be as high as $200,000. That’s before reconstructive surgery, physical and occupational therapy, and mental health counseling, and doesn’t take into consideration the victim’s lost earnings during the treatment period and beyond.
On top of financial expenses are the human costs: terrible physical suffering from pain, mental suffering from disfigurement, isolation, and loss of quality of life.
Serious burn injuries will have a permanent effect on your life, and you deserve ample compensation to cover not only the financial costs but also your diminished quality of life and emotional anguish. The lawyer you choose should have extensive experience handling burn injury cases, along with the resources to bring in experts to help investigate the circumstances that led to your being burned and to identify all parties whose negligent act could have contributed to your injury.
When a burn injury caused by someone else’s negligence or deliberate act has cost you financially and emotionally, the attorneys at the Singleton Law Firm are well-equipped to help you recover compensation. Our lawyers have many years of experience and a documented history of recovering money for clients whose lives have been turned upside down because of severe burn injuries. We have the legal knowledge, experience, and expert resources to conduct a thorough investigation into the cause of the fire and to identify the party responsible for your injuries. Our passion for justice keeps us focused on obtaining an award that reflects the many traumatic losses, both economic and non-economic, that every one of our clients have suffered.
We invite you to call the Singleton Law Firm today to make an appointment to speak with our committed burn injury attorneys to get answers to your questions and to learn about your legal options. There is never a charge for this consultation, and you are under no obligation to hire us. If we accept your case, it will be on a contingency fee basis. We will front all the expenses of investigating and preparing your case, and you will not owe us anything until we have recovered money for you.