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Types Of Burn Injuries And California Burn Injury Liability

Burns are one of the most common types of serious injuries in the United States. A study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that several million Americans suffer serious burn injuries annually. Burns are notoriously painful and any degree of burn injury can cause extreme suffering. Often, recovering from a burn necessitates a significant amount of time for rehabilitation. Additionally, healing from a burn can become expensive. Surgeries and other medical treatment may be needed. In California, burn injuries caused by the legal negligence of another party are owed full and fair compensation. If you have sustained a serious burn injury, contact an experienced Sacramento burn injury lawyer today to discuss your legal options.

Common Types of Burns

Burns can be caused in several different ways. The most common type of burn injury is a burn caused by a fire or an open flame. Flames cause almost 50 percent of serious US burn injuries. The next most frequent cause of burns is scalding. Scalding burns occur when hot liquid or steam contacts the skin. About 33 percent of burns are caused by scalding. Other less common, but still not unusual, causes of burns include: thermal burns (meaning contact with a very hot object) chemical burns, burns related to inhaling smoke, and burns caused by electricity. Any type of burn can be caused by the negligence of another person, if you have been injured by another party’s negligence then you should seek the professional assistance of personal injury lawyer.

Liability for Burn Injuries in California

Successfully recovering fair compensation for an injury is generally done by proving the negligence of another party. Burn injury negligence has four basic elements:

  •   Duty- You must prove that another party had a legal obligation to provide you with a reasonably prudent standard of care.
  •   Breach- You must prove that the other party breached their obligation to provide the prudent standard of care.
  •   Causation- You must establish a link between the breach and your injury.
  •   Damages– You must show the full extent of the damage you sustained.

The legal terminology can sound confusing, so consider an example of a hot cup of coffee. Consumers expect their coffee to be hot when they purchase it, if you spill your coffee and slightly burn yourself, it does not mean that anyone has done anything wrong. But, imagine that you purchase a cup of coffee that is so hot that spilling it causes you serious third-degree burns. These burns put you in the hospital for a week and cause permanent disfigurement. That is exactly what happened in a famous 1994 case involving Mcdonald’s. McDonald’s was warned several times that they were serving coffee that was much too hot, and their coffee presented an unreasonable risk to consumers. No one expects spilled coffee to cause permanent disfigurement or to require skin grafting. That was an unreasonably dangerous action by Mcdonald’s, and that is negligence on their part.

Contact An Experienced Sacramento Burn Injury Lawyer

Burn injuries can have devastating consequences and they deserve fair compensation. Negligent parties must be held responsible for their actions. The experienced California personal injury lawyers at the Teal Law Group fight hard for burn injury victims. Contact our office today to schedule a free case review.

Santa Rosa Office: 707-525-1212 Sacramento Office: 916-448-1010

Are There Limits To Pain And Suffering Damages In California?

Under California personal injury law, pain and suffering in relation to an injury is owed compensation.  You are eligible for pain and suffering damages for both physical and mental injuries. If you have been injured in California and you experienced pain and suffering as a result, an experienced Santa Rosa personal injury attorney can help you get the compensation you rightfully deserve.

Understanding the Basics of Non-Economic Damages

Damages for pain and suffering are classified as a non-economic damages. This is in contrast to something like a hospital bill, which is classified as an economic damage. The difference is important because non-economic damages are inherently difficult to quantify. It is easy to look at a hospital bill, see that it cost four thousand dollars, and determine that those four thousand dollars need to be compensated. But, how do you determine the correct amount of money to compensate ‘pain’? Pain and suffering is very real and it definitely deserves full compensation, but the difficulty of quantifying the pain can make it difficult for injury victims to get what they fairly legally deserve. The subjective nature of non-economic damages makes an experienced personal injury attorney indispensable. You need an attorney who can make a strong case to get you every dollar you deserve.

California Medical Malpractice Pain and Suffering Limits

The California state legislature passed the Medical Injury Compensation Reform Act (MICRA) which limits compensation for pain and suffering in medical malpractice cases to 250,000 dollars. There is no cap on economic damages. But, in a California medical malpractice case, the maximum amount a court can award an injured victim for pain and suffering is 250,000 dollars. This is even true if the actual pain and suffering should be worth more than that amount. That dollar figure probably seems like an arbitrary amount, because in fact, it is an arbitrary amount. There have been attempts in recent years to get the legislature to raise the cap, but they have been unsuccessful thus far.  In 2014, proposition 46, which would have raised the cap, lost at the ballot box. If you have any questions about pain and suffering damages in California, an experienced personal injury attorney can help answer them for you.

Contact An Experienced Santa Rosa Personal Injury Attorney

Getting full and fair compensation for your pain and suffering is deserved. Unfortunately, in certain types of California personal injury cases (medical malpractice) your pain and suffering damages may run up against a legislated limits for damages. An experienced Santa Rosa personal injury attorney at the Teal Law Group can analyze your case and help you recover every penny for pain and suffering that is possible. Your pain and suffering is still eligible for significant compensation regardless of any limits. Contact our offices today to learn more about your legal options.

Santa Rosa Office: 707-525-1212    Sacramento Office: 916-448-1010