Seattle Burn Injury Lawyers
We Can Help You File a Claim After a Serious Burn Accident
A burn injury is considered severe when 25 or more percent of the victim's total body surface is affected. Burns to the eyes, ears, hands, face, feet, or perineum are also considered severe. These types of injuries can result in permanent disfigurement and scarring, physical disabilities, and even death.
Victims who survive severe burns may require multiple surgeries, extensive hospitalization, physical therapy, cosmetic surgery, skin grafts, and other treatments. Severe burn patients in the Pacific Northwest often receive world-class care at the Regional Burn Center at Harborview in Seattle. But such treatments are expensive, as well as very painful. If you or a loved one has suffered a burn injury due to the negligence of another party, you may be entitled to compensation.
To find out more, call the experienced Seattle burn injury attorneys at Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. Dial (888) 228-3860 to schedule a free consultation and comprehensive case evaluation.
Common Causes of Burn Injuries
There are many traumatic incidents that may cause severe burn injuries, such as:
- Car and truck accidents
- Fuel tanker explosions
- Electrical fires
- Faulty or defective products
- Structural fires
- Malfunctioning equipment
- Leaking gas lines
- Poor building maintenance
- Scalding water and pipes
Today's vehicles are designed to withstand the impact of a severe collision without bursting into flames. Throughout the 1960s and ‘70s, automakers began installing various safety mechanisms to ensure that fires in a car's engine and fuel tank would be quickly squelched.
There are, however, many ways that these measures can be thwarted, thus creating an extremely hazardous situation. Faulty wiring, ruptured fuel lines, tank fissures, cracked intake valves, short circuit arcs, and malfunctioning parts of all kinds can contribute to an onboard vehicle fire. Automakers that produce a vehicle with these faults can be held liable should the driver or passengers suffer burns in an accident.
Burn injuries often cause damage to the victim's skin layers, muscles, tissue, blood vessels, and nerves. The severity of the burn injury depends on many factors, including the depth, size, cause, extent of affected body surface, and the age and health of the victim. Burns may be characterized as first, second, third, or fourth-degree, depending on how many layers of skin are burned. First-degree burns are the least severe, and fourth are the most.
Regardless of the degree of a burn injury, all victims feel excruciating pain. The more severe the injuries, the longer the hospital stay, and higher the risk of infection. Burn injury victims may also suffer from emotional and psychological disorders, including depression.
Compensation for Burn Injury Victims in Washington
If you or a loved one has suffered a burn injury, it's important for you to research your legal options. A Seattle personal injury attorney can work with investigators to determine the cause of the fire and prove that the at-fault party should be held accountable for your suffering.
No amount of money can fully compensate you for the pain you will endure from a severe burn and its treatment, but a fair settlement can help you recover financially as you heal physically. Injured victims, including child burn victims, can seek compensation for:
- Medical expenses: This includes emergency transportation, treatment costs, surgeries, hospitalization, cost of medication, etc.
- Rehabilitation: Burn injury victims may need extensive rehabilitative treatment which might not always be covered by insurance.
- Cosmetic procedures: Severe burn injury victims may need multiple cosmetic procedures to help repair scars. Skin grafts can be costly.
- Lost income: Victims are entitled to lost income as well, for the loss of their ability to earn a livelihood.
- Loss of life's enjoyment: Burn injury victims may lose their quality of life and their ability to enjoy life.
- Pain and suffering: Victims also suffer significant physical pain and mental anguish.
If you or a loved one has suffered serious burn injuries, our experienced lawyers can help you get the compensation you deserve. To find out more, call Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S., at (888) 228-3860 to schedule a free and comprehensive consultation.
- National Institutes of Health: Burns
- Burns Fact Sheet - National Institute of General Medical Sciences