Santa Barbara Burn Injury Lawyers
Compensation for Fire-Related Injuries
A serious burn injury can produce a lifetime of physical pain, medical needs, and other significant losses - too many in number to name. When a fire starts because of an individual or business's negligence, tort law provides victims with the legal right to seek compensation from those responsible.
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For decades, our attorneys at NordstrandBlack PC have been helping people in Santa Barbara recover compensation for burns and other serious injuries. We are passionate about what we do. We have the resources needed to succeed. We will aggressively protect your rights and interests throughout. For a free consultation, call (805) 962-2022 today.
Severity of Burns
The treatment for a burn typically depends on the severity of that injury. Burn injuries are categorized into "degrees." Since medical professionals use these terms when discussing burn severity, it is important to understand what each one means:
- First-degree burns: These are also referred to as "superficial" burns and only affect the epidermis, or outer layer of the skin. The site of the burn is usually red, dry, and painful, but there is typically no blistering. A sunburn is a common first-degree burn most people will experience. Long-term damage from these types of burns is uncommon.
- Second-degree burns: Also called "partial thickness" burns, these involve the epidermis and the dermis, the lower layer of skin. These burns appear red and blistered, and may be swollen. They are painful and medical treatment may be required if they are serious.
- Third-degree burns: These are "full thickness" burns that destroy the epidermis and the dermis, reaching the subcutaneous layer. These burns can also damage tissue beneath the skin, such as muscles and tendons. With a third-degree burn, the burn site can appear white or charred (black). Medical treatment is always necessary when someone suffers a third-degree burn.
- Fourth-degree burns: These burns not only destroy the skin and tissue, but also damage underlying bones and nerve endings. Fourth-degree burns may not be as painful as third-degree burns, but they are far more serious and usually have lifelong consequences.
Different Types of Burns
The "type" of burn usually indicates the way in which the burn occurred, rather than the severity. In other words, these are the causes of burns, while "degree" indicates how bad a burn is. Different types of burns include:
- Thermal burns: These "traditional" burns come from a source of direct heat. They are among the most common types of burns and include those from touching a hot pan, exposure to the sun, and burns from steam (also called scalds). Thermal burns are particularly dangerous because they are prone to infection.
- Chemical burns: Burns from chemical sources, without a need for heat, are also common, especially in certain workplaces. These types of burns are not always obvious, but immediate medical attention is important to treat the skin and prevent the chemical from spreading.
- Electrical burns: Burns from electricity are dangerous because they often go beyond the surface level and damage internal organs. Anyone suffering from electric shock should immediately be removed from contact with the source of the electricity to prevent further damage.
- Friction burns: Friction burns occur when a person's skin rubs against another surface. These often occur in vehicle collisions where someone is ejected from a vehicle, or when a motorcyclist suffers "road rash." Friction burns are not usually as serious as thermal or chemical burns, but can be prone to infection.
Treatment for Burn Injuries
Minor burns, such as first-degree burns, can usually be treated without a visit to a hospital or doctor’s office. Different creams and ointments can be used to ease pain and reduce damage to the skin - and non-prescription painkillers are usually sufficient for dealing with such burns.
Serious burns typically require immediate medical treatment, not only to reduce damage and pain, but also to avoid infections. Prescription drugs may be necessary to manage pain from second- and third-degree burns. Surgical procedures, such as skin grafts, are often required to repair severe damage to a burn site. Catastrophic burns can result in traumatic amputation of a limb, and serious burns often leave lifelong scars, both physical and emotional.
How We Can Help Burn Injury Victims in Santa Barbara
We know from experience that serious injury affects each individual and their family in unique ways. With that in mind, our lawyers spend a great deal of time with clients and in consultation with medical specialists, so when the time comes, we can accurately convey to the opposing counsel, a judge, or a jury the true picture of how your life has changed as a result of the injury.
This same statement holds true for wrongful death lawsuits we pursue on behalf of families.
From start to finish, our trial attorneys and support staff will be available to answer your questions and address any concerns as they develop. You can be as involved in the day-to-day aspects of the case as you would like to be. We will always keep you fully informed.
Take Action to Protect Your Rights
Ifyou or a member of your family has suffered a serious burn injury due to someone else’s negligence, you deserve to have an experienced Santa Barbara injury lawyer representing you at all times. Here, you will. For a free consultation, call NordstrandBlack PC directly or contact us online. There are no legal fees to pay unless we win - call today (805) 962-2022.
- Protect the Ones You Love: Child Injuries are Preventable - CDC
- U.S. Fire Administration
- Burns - MedlinePlus