San Jose Burn Injury Attorney
Living in the most wildfire prone state in the U.S., San Jose residents know all too well the devastating effects of thermal burns. In addition to wildfires, locals may experience burns from chemical exposure, road rash, product defects, or household accidents. Burns are some of the most excruciating injuries a person can sustain, and any level of burn can cause serious and life threatening symptoms.
Wildfire burns are typically true accidents – no one could have prevented them. Other types of burns, however, happen because of someone’s negligence. When adults leave scalding pots of water within reach of a child, daycare workers forget to apply sunscreen on their wards, and cellphones explode, burn victims must often file personal injury legal claims to cover the cost of medical care and their personal losses. The attorneys at Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberg represent San Jose burn victims in all types of burn injury claims.
Types of Burn Injuries
The medical industry classifies burn injuries in four levels based on severity. First-degree burns are the most common and affect the most superficial layers of the skin. They generally heal well without medical treatment. Second-degree burns blister and impact skin’s epidermis and dermis layers. These burns may scar.
Third- and fourth-degree burns are the most serious. They damage deeper layers of tissue and may reach the bone. Some of the most severe burns are initially painless, because they destroy all surrounding nerve endings. Individuals often need repeated surgeries and skin grafts to recover from these injuries. Some may lose limbs and experience permanent disfigurement.
Complications during the healing process can affect a burn victim’s experience. As open wound, second-, third-, and fourth- degree burns may open the door to serious infections including MRSA. The costs associated with treating burn injuries are often astronomical.
Burn Injury Lawsuits in San Jose
Burn injury lawyers in San Jose handle the injuries that alter lives. Our attorneys represent children who suffer permanent disfigurement in fiery car crashes. We represent industrial workers who come into contact with dangerous chemicals because a manufacturer mislabeled the container.
Minor burn injuries that cover extensive parts of the body and sensitive areas, and major burn injuries that eat down to the bone and result in amputation, rarely happen by accident. At Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberg, we use our almost 60 years of experience in the local legal community, our access to vast legal resources, and our network of experts to uncover the truth of a burn injury and hold the responsible parties accountable.
We pride ourselves on our track record of multi-million dollar settlements and verdicts; but, we never let our success affect our case ethic. Our attorneys handle each claim with the same level of diligence.
Resources for San Jose Burn Victims
After a burn injury in San Jose, many individuals attend the Santa Clara Valley Medical Center’s Burn Center for treatment and rehabilitation. The Burn Center is one of the only burn-specific trauma centers in Northern California. It provides comprehensive burn injury support to burn patients and their families.
San Jose is also home to the San Jose Firefighters Burn Foundation, a program that offers many burn injury programs to help survivors and their families cope with their injuries and move forward. The foundation provides specialized support for both children and adults.
Call Now for a San Jose Burn Injury Case Consultation
Fight against negligence with a burn injury claim through Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger. We are ready and willing to help you secure the compensation you need to heal after serious burn injury. Reach out to our office today.
Our San Jose burn injury attorneys have helped families recover multi-million dollar settlements and awards- let’s meet and see if we can do the same for you.
Summer Home Fire — $3.3 Million Settlement
Walkup lawyers recovered this amount on behalf of a 19-year-old who sustained second- and third-degree burns over 85 percent of his body and endured dozens of surgeries following a fire and explosion in a vacation home in the Sierra foothills. The property owners (who were also the sole shareholders of a contracting corporation that had built homes on properties purchased by them) had only $300,000 in liability coverage and had declared personal bankruptcy. We brought suit against the contracting corporation under the theory that the bankrupt shareholders and their closed corporation were a joint venture, which, if proved, would render the company vicariously liable for the acts of the individual defendants.
Propane Gas Explosion – Third-Degree Burns And Wrongful Death — $5 Million Settlement
Our San Francisco wrongful death team, working in association with our fire and burn injury lawyers, obtained a $5 million settlement arising from a propane gas explosion at a Lake Tahoe area ski condominium. The blast occurred as a family of five was enjoying a ski vacation. The explosion killed the husband and one of the children. The settlement included cash payments as well as annuities for the surviving children. Our burn injury attorneys alleged that there was negligence in the design and construction of the condominium and that the decision to route the propane gas supply in areas where large quantities of snow could be expected to slide off of the roof was below accepted construction practices.
Mother Burned By Fuel-Fed Vehicle Fire – Confidential Seven-Figure Settlement
Our automobile fire injury lawyers represented a 41-year-old woman who experienced serious second- and third-degree burns over her feet, legs and torso attempting to extricate her daughter from a vehicle after it caught fire.