San Mateo Burn Injury Lawyer
Burns are some of the most painful and damaging injuries a person can suffer. Burn injuries can be the result of defective consumer products, workplace accidents, home fires, and many other possible situations. Anyone who has suffered a burn injury in the San Mateo area needs reliable legal counsel to secure compensation for losses. The personal injury law firm of Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger is ready to handle the most complex burn injury lawsuits.
Classifying Burn Injuries
Burn injuries happen from a wide variety of sources but most fall into one of four categories:
- Thermal burns. Burns from flames, explosions, scalding water, and hot surfaces result in thermal burns. These are common in cooking accidents, workplace accidents, and during armed conflicts.
- Electrical burns. High-voltage electrical discharges can cause serious burns as well as nerve damage. In some cases, a severe electrocution can cause heart problems or even death. Electrical burns are common in construction and workplace accidents, particularly for utility workers who work near live electric currents.
- Chemical burns. Corrosive and toxic chemicals can cause severe burns when they come into contact with skin, and some chemicals can release fumes that cause internal burn injuries when inhaled.
- Radiation burns. Exposure to radiation can cause burns and even some types of skin cancers. One of the most common radiation burns is sunburn, from overexposure to direct sunlight.
Burns also fall into different categories based on their severity. A mild burn on a small section of the body may only be a first-degree burn. First-degree burns are often treatable with over-the-counter burn ointments and bandages, but some may require medical attention if they affect sensitive areas of the body. A second-degree burn penetrates deeper into the skin and affects a larger portion of the body. Third-degree burns affect all layers of the skin and can appear white or charred. Finally, fourth-degree burns completely destroy the skin and leave the underlying muscles, tissues, or bones exposed, opening the door to infection.
Compensation in Burn Injury Lawsuits
Plaintiffs in personal injury cases can secure compensation for their medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost income, and property damages resulting from an incident. Burn injuries often entail extensive and painful recovery processes, sometimes involving skin grafting surgeries, physical therapy, and other restorative procedures. Many victims of serious burn injuries incur permanent or long-lasting disabilities, such as limited range of motion or loss of function in some parts of the body. Additionally, burns from electricity, chemicals, and radiation can cause significant medical issues such as cancer or heart problems.
Victims of burn injuries in San Mateo can reach out to Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger for a free case evaluation. Our attorneys will meet with you to review the details of your burn injury and let you know what to expect from a lawsuit. We offer contingency fee pricing for legal representation, meaning clients do not owe us any legal fees if we don’t win the case. We’ve secured more million-dollar settlements and case awards for our clients than any other law firm in Northern California, so we’re confident in our ability to handle even the most complicated litigation. Contact us today to start building your San Mateo burn injury lawsuit.