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.

structure fireTo 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

Vehicle Fires

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

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.

Additional Information

Our Case Results

Degloving Injury$2,400,000
Degloving Injury
from defective power winch.
Wrongful Death$1,925,000
Wrongful Death
from head-on van accident.
Rollover Accident$1,925,000
Rollover Accident
resulting in wrongful death.
Wrongful Death$1,625,000
Wrongful Death
from highway design defect.
Car Accident$595,000
Car Accident
injuries to 47-year-old woman.
Wrongful Death$460,695
Wrongful Death
oncoming traffic accident.
Rear-End Collision$450,000
Rear-End Collision
resulting in lower back injury.
Car Accident$390,000
Car Accident
resulting in fractured leg.
Car Sideswipe$390,000
Car Sideswipe
resulting in injured back.
Head-On Collision$372,000
Head-On Collision
resulting in fractured pelvis.
Car Accident$360,000
Car Accident
resulting in lower back injury.
Car Accident$275,000
Car Accident
resulting in jaw fracture.
Overturned Truck$230,000
Overturned Truck
resulting in broken ribs.
Head-On Collision$230,000
Head-On Collision
resulting in shoulder injury.
Motorcycle Accident$225,000
Motorcycle Accident
resulting in leg fracture.

Written by Joseph Pendergast, this book is designed to help people who have suffered a personal injury understand their rights and the steps to take to be sure they get the compensation they deserve.

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