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Ultimate Guide to Compensation for Electrical Burns in LA. Have you or your loved one suffered an electric burn caused by the carelessness or recklessness of another person? Our award-winning attorneys can help you obtain maximum compensation and get your life on track.

Few catastrophic injuries can be as painful, damaging, or even life-threatening as burn injuries. In cases of severe burns, victims may need extensive medical treatment and prolonged rehabilitation and then have to live with the scarring or disfigurement for the rest of their lives.

This is why, at Ehline Law, we take burn injuries very seriously. We understand that such an injury usually has lifetime consequences. As such, we are here to fight for the rights of burn victims and ensure they receive fair compensation.

The law in Los Angeles entitles you to be awarded damages for any minor or catastrophic injuries sustained. Call us today at (833) LETS-SUE, and let us help you get the compensation you deserve.

Common Causes of Electrical Burn Injuries

Burn injuries can be caused by many different types of accidents, which include:

  • Electrical accidents
  • Motor vehicle accident (Car battery explosions, etc.)
  • Highway vehicle fires
  • Defective products
  • House fires and cooking accidents (Electric stoves, etc.)
  • A workplace accident, such as Industrial machinery accidents
  • Construction fires
  • Chemical burn.

Types of Burns That Can Cause Injuries

Data from hospital burn centers and the American Burn Association reports that in Los Angeles and Southern California, burn injuries are usually caused by one of the following:

  • Electrical Burns

Direct contact with electricity, such as accidentally touching a live wire or cooking appliances with a manufacturing defect, can cause an electrical burn. Whether or not you end up with a serious burn depends on the amount of voltage you are electrocuted with and the path the current takes through your body.

  • Chemical Burns

Some of the most serious injuries caused by burns result from chemical burns. These can be due to various corrosive chemicals found in the home or industrial settings.

  • Burns Due to Explosions

Explosions can occur due to vehicle fires, toxic waste material being ignited, or as a result, electrical equipment malfunctions.

  • Scald Burns

When you come into contact with a scalding liquid, you can experience very catastrophic burns, especially if the hot liquid has a tendency to stick to your skin, such as in the case of being burnt with hot oil, which can damage your nerve endings.

  • Thermal Burns

These burns are caused by direct exposure to very hot objects or the heat radiation they will be emitting.

How Electricity Can Cause Serious Burn Injuries

Electrical burn injuries are some of the worst of the many burn injuries we deal with. Part of the problem is that electrical fires are challenging to put out, so the potential for severe burn injuries or even death is very high.

A Los Angeles burn injury lawyer has to be familiar with how electrical fires can cause injuries if they are to handle your burn injury claim successfully. Luckily, Michael Ehline and some of his legal team have worked with him as an electrical/manufactured housing contractor. In his experience, electricity can cause a severe burn injury in three ways: electrical burn, thermal contact burn, and arc burn during electrical malfunctions.

  • Electrical Burns

This direct contact burn is caused by touching exposed electrical wiring and allowing the current to run through you. It can be complicated if the current passes through the heart with a high enough voltage to cause heart fibrillation.

  • Thermal Contact Burns

If, for example, your skin comes into contact with superheated electrical conductors, you will experience a burn injury that may even require skin grafts depending on the severity.

  • Arc Burns

Arc burns do not require direct contact with electricity to cause burn injuries. Burns can happen from the heat of the explosion itself or from being struck by electrified shrapnel. They are also known as flash burns, and such a burn injury case can result in severe disfigurement or death.

Is The Damage Inside The Internal Organs of the Body As Well?

YES. When electricity travels through the body, it can damage:

  • Tissue
  • Muscles
  • Arteries
  • Veins and
  • Bones.

Furthermore, it has a different effect than a thermal or chemical burn. Electrical burns cause the most substantial amount of damage inside the body. Conversely, thermal and chemical burn injuries will have exterior damage to a deeper dispersion.

Important: Hence, employers and employees in the electrical field must have lifesaving knowledge. So, for example, they need to know how to perform CPR.

Because of this lifesaving technique, someone suffering an electrical shock or burn may survive. Ehline can help with the legal process, and we have more experience than lawyers who never worked in construction like us.

Burn Injury Classification and Treatment

The first thing a Los Angeles burn injury lawyer will do is to look at the hospital records to see what class of burn the burn victims suffered. This will directly impact the settlement that can be awarded for any burn injury claims.

First Degree Burns

Electricity, like a fire caused when a smoker fails to prevent hot ash buildup, can cause various burns. Even though there is certainly no such thing as a good burn injury, when it comes to severe burn cases, first-degree burns are preferable. These burns usually result in minor injuries, such as skin redness. However, medical treatment may still be required to treat physical effects, such as pain and heavy smoke inhalation.

Second Degree Burns

When burns penetrate the lower layer of skin, they are classified as second-degree burns and can attract larger settlements in burn injury lawsuits. Victims of a second-degree burn can develop blisters in addition to redness, swelling, and pain. There is also a greater chance of infection, even though the treatment is usually similar to first-degree burns.

Third Degree Burns

The most severe burns you can ever experience are third-degree burns. This burn destroys the outer layer and the deepest layers of skin and subcutaneous tissue. With such significant burn injuries, treatment costs can be pretty high.

You can expect to be burdened with the lifetime costs of medical treatment and physical therapy for things such as skin grafting and plastic surgery.

What AC/DC Burn Injury Victims Can Go Through

Depending on the severity of the burns and other catastrophic injuries, the injured victim can go through a very terrible experience that can quickly become a part of the rest of their lives.

The following are some of the considerations made when determining what constitutes a fair compensation award for a burn injury victim:

  • Years of ongoing care, multiple surgeries, rehabilitation, and physical therapy
  • They require respiratory therapy for lung damage and breathing problems
  • Severe pain and suffering
  • Scar tissue and disfigurement
  • Extensive nerve damage causing reduced mobility
  • Extremely painful bone and joint problems that never heal completely
  • Depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, and psychological damage
  • Prolonged skin infections.

Determining Liability for Burn Injuries From Electrical Power

A Los Angeles burn injury attorney can assist you in determining who the responsible party is. In cases where there are multiple negligent parties, good lawyers will have to provide evidence demonstrating the contribution of each party before financial compensation can be awarded.

What Damages Can Electricity Burn Injury Victims Receive

Whether you have suffered a minor first-degree burn or a severe third-degree burn, you are still entitled to receive maximum compensation in your personal injury claim.

Our personal injury law firm can help you recover damages for:

  • Medical expenses
  • Lost wages
  • Wrongful death lawsuit
  • Permanent disfigurement and severe scars
  • Physical pain and suffering
  • Loss of employment
  • Lifelong medical attention
  • Property repairs
  • Punitive damages.

How Can a Los Angeles Burn Injury Attorney Help?

When you visit our law offices in Los Angeles, you will find a highly experienced personal injury lawyer waiting to help you in the following ways:

  • Offer a free consultation to discuss your personal injury lawsuit and legal options
  • Offer legal representation to injured victims
  • Recover compensation for burn patients
  • Proving negligence
  • Fight for family members in wrongful death cases
  • Ensure that the insurance company covers lifetime nursing care and medical bills.

Call Ehline Law Firm Today

If you are a burn victim seeking compensation, then come to Ehline Law for a free consultation over your burn injury cases.

Los Angeles personal injury law is on your side, and all you need to do is:

  • Seek immediate medical attention for serious burns
  • Gather evidence, such as receipts for medical care, a report from medical professionals, and pictures of the injuries
  • Ask about ongoing complications, permanent scarring, or the need for long-term medical care for most serious burns
  • Call the Los Angeles burn-injury lawyers of Ehline Law Firm.

Schedule a Free Consultation With An Aggressive Electric Burn Injury Lawyer in Los Angeles Today!

If you or your loved one has sustained burn injuries due to someone else’s negligence, you need a top-rated, swift burn injury attorney to fight for you. We can help with electrical car accidents and any car fire or house fire from bad batteries or exposed wires. As much as you can try to prevent burn injuries, they occur sometimes, and when they do, you will need to seek medical attention and a good lawyer.

At Ehline Law, we have an excellent track record of winning cases and a proud tradition of painting the best attorney-client relationship. Do not suffer in silence due to burns caused by someone else’s negligence. We charge affordable legal fees on a contingency fee basis. Do not waste any more time.

Seek compensation today for an electrical burn by calling us at (833) LETS-SUE and scheduling a free consultation. Los Angeles burn injury lawyers for significant burns await your call or email. We will come to the burn unit or the burn center 24/7 and hold your hand.

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