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Bakersfield Burn Injury Lawyer

Serious burns are among the most painful injuries a victim could suffer. They may be disabling and often require extensive medical treatment, multiple surgeries, physical therapy, and rehabilitation. If you have been burned because of someone else’s negligence, contact Faulkner Law Offices as soon as possible. Our Bakersfield personal injury lawyers are zealous advocates for burn victims.

Why Choose Us?

Our attorneys have extensive experience handling a range of personal injury matters, including those involving serious burn injuries. We have been representing injured people with a successful track record since 1974. We can negotiate skillfully for a settlement on your behalf and fight for your rights in court, if necessary. Our courtroom success rate of more than 90% speaks for itself. We handle all our cases on a contingency fee basis, which means you pay us no legal fees until we win your case.

Degrees of Severity in Burn Injuries

Burns are damage to the tissues caused by heat, exposure to radiation or sunlight, or contact with chemicals or electricity. They can range in severity from minor injuries to major, life-threatening emergencies. Burn severity is rated according to how deep the damage goes.

  • First degree burns: Damage affects only the outer layer of skin known as the epidermis. First-degree burns may cause some pain and redness.
  • Second-degree burns: This level of damage is more serious, affecting both the epidermis and the second layer of skin underneath known as the dermis. The skin may appear red, white, or blotchy. Second-degree burns can cause swelling, blisters, severe pain, and scarring.
  • Third-degree burns: This type of injury is a medical emergency, with damage extending through the epidermis and dermis to the layer of fat beneath the skin. Injured areas may be black, white, or brown and the skin may appear leathery. Third-degree burns can destroy nerves and cause numbness.

Burn Injury Facts

According to the American Burn Association (ABA) burns remain a leading cause of injury and death in the U.S.

  • Approximately 486,000 burn and fire injuries were treated in emergency departments between 2011 and 2015.
  • 3,390 civilians died from fires in 2016 – 2,800 in residential structure fires, 150 in non-residential structure fires, 355 in vehicle fires, and 85 in outside and unclassified fires.
  • A civilian fire death occurs every two hours and 35 minutes in the U.S.
  • Approximately 24% of all burn injuries occur in children under the age of 15.
  • 7% of people treated in burn centers will survive; however, survivors may have serious scarring and lifelong physical disabilities.

Common Causes of Burn Injuries

ABA reports that the primary causes of burn injuries are fires, scalding, contact with hot objects, electricity, and chemicals. Common causes of burn injuries include:

  • Car accidents
  • Hotel and apartment fires
  • Workplace fires
  • Gas explosions
  • Scalding accidents
  • Defective products
  • Chemical exposure
  • Electrocution

Who Is Liable for Burn Injuries?

When a person is burned because of someone else’s negligence, the negligent party may be held responsible. For example, when a defective product burns a consumer, the victim may seek damages in a product liability claim against the manufacturer. The property owner or business owner may be held liable in a premises liability claim for injuries sustained in a hotel or apartment fire.

Contact Us Today for Legal Assistance

When we represent you in a burn injury claim, our Bakersfield personal injury lawyers will investigate the accident, determine liability, and aggressively pursue full compensation for your injuries. Contact Faulkner Law Offices for quality legal representation in burn injury matters.