San Francisco Burn Injury Lawyer

A severe burn can be one of the single most devastating injuries a person can sustain. Regardless of the circumstances that led to the injury, the consequences often leave victims with intense pain and suffering, multiple cosmetic surgeries, or permanent disfigurement or disabilities in the worst cases.

Burns to the skin and even the muscle and organs can result from exposure to extreme heat or cold, electrocution, certain chemicals, and even radiation. First, second and third degree burns are all very serious and require immediate medical intervention. If you have been badly burned as a consequence of another's negligent actions, speak with an attorney from our team immediately to begin building a solid case to recover financial compensation for your pain.

Types and Degrees of Burns

As was stated earlier, burns can not only be caused by flame, but also from chemicals, electricity, radiation or scalding water. Burns are classified further by degree (first to fourth) based on how deep the burn affected the layers of skin.

  • First: Only affects the epidermis. Pain typically only lasts for about a week, but it puts victims at an increased risk of skin cancer later in life. A common example of a first degree burn is sunburn.
  • Second: This type of burn extends through the superficial dermis which typically causes skin to blister. Pain and redness will typically last up to three weeks, unless the skin becomes infected. Some second degree burns can also affect the deep dermis and cause scarring.
  • Third: Burns of this degree extend through the whole dermis which will cause skin to turn leathery. Severe scars are a common result. Sometimes these injuries are so severe that they require amputation of the affected limb.
  • Fourth: This type of burn can be severe enough to affect even through the muscle and bone. It can result in the need for amputation, gangrene and even death.

People who are unfortunate enough to suffer from a burn injury can face a multitude of complications related to internal-organ performance, disfigurement and years of painful surgeries and treatment. The injuries are not limited to physical damage, however, as the experience of atraumatic burn injury can wreak havoc on the emotional well-being of a person for years, if not the rest of one's life. While it may be difficult to treat every injury to full recovery, it is vital that the injured victim recovers fair financial compensation from the negligent, responsible party.

Caring and Effective Help for Victims

Our team at Bostwick & Peterson, LLP has over 60 years of experience in representing the needs of burn injury victims throughout San Francisco, and we have won substantial personal injury and medical malpractice settlements exceeding $500 Million for clients. Our injury lawyers are dedicated to the success of your case, and when our firm takes on a burn injury case, we work tirelessly to pursue fair compensation for the innocent victim. We urge you to contact our accomplished law firm to evaluate your claim as early as possible after the accident.

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