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Call Scher, Bassett & Hames for Legal Assistance

If you have been injured in a fire or have sustained burn injuries through no fault of your own, you could benefit from hiring an experienced burn injury lawyer.  A burn injury lawyer can help you navigate the challenging California court system so you can get compensation for the physical and emotional injuries you have sustained as a result of being burned.

At Scher, Basset & Hames, we can help you and your family get compensation for medical bills, surgery costs, rehabilitation costs, psychological counseling costs, and lost wages. Our compassionate, experienced legal team has put in thousands of hours for our clients on personal injury claims, and our burn injury law firm in San Jose, CA can help you get the justice you need to move on with your life. To learn more, call us today.

Types of Burn Injuries

There are many different types of burn injuries and many different ways one can suffer from a burn. Burns are caused by thermal, electrical, chemical, or electromagnetic energy. The most common types of burns are:

Thermal burns

Caused by heat sources like fire, flame, hot metals, hot liquids, and steam, thermal burns can cause cell tissue death, scarring, disfigurement, and loss of limbs.

Radiation burns

These types of burns are much less common and are caused by prolonged exposure to ultraviolet rays or other radiation sources.

Chemical burns

These burns are typically sustained in laboratories, medical facilities, factories, or in jobs where you work with harsh chemicals, cleaners, or solvents. Chemical burns are caused by acids, alkalines, detergents, or solvents coming into contact with the skin, mouth, or eyes. This can cause blindness as well as burns.

Electrical burns

These burns are caused by electrical current, either AC or DC, and are most commonly seen in people who work in positions where they are around open currents or electrical systems.

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Causes of Serious Burn Injuries

The most common causes of serious burn injuries are thermal burns caused by heat sources like fire, open flames, hot metals, hot liquids, and steam. Serious burn injuries can occur in a house fire, an on the job accident, or a car accident. A thermal burn can quickly affect the entire body, and puts you at risk of skin and hair loss, limb loss, blindness, lung damage due to smoke inhalation, internal injuries, infection, and organ failure. Even mild burns can have lifelong consequences and require skin grafts, surgeries, and rehabilitative care. Because burn injuries are so traumatic, they also have long-term psychological effects, such as depression, anxiety, and PTSD, which can affect your ability to work, maintain relationships, or live the same life you had before you were burned.

Compensation for Burn Injuries

The compensation received for a burn injury ultimately depends upon:

The severity of the burn

Third-degree burns results in a higher compensation amount, as they are more severe and more disfiguring. First and second-degree burns are less likely to be life-altering unless they are on the face or hands.

How the burn was caused

If a burn was caused through no fault of your own and because of the malice or negligence of another party, you’re more likely to get a higher compensation amount.

The recovery time

A lengthy recovery time or permanent disability or disfigurement will result in higher overall compensation.

Overall medical bills

You should be reimbursed or compensated for all medical bills, so a higher dollar amount for medical treatment will result in higher compensation.

Amount of disfigurement or permanent disability

If you are permanently disabled or disfigured, and have lost work or won’t be able to work again, you should get a higher compensation amount.

The part(s) of the body affected

Injuries to the face and hands result in higher compensation, as do injuries that result in the loss of a limb or inability to use a limb, or permanent internal injuries like lung damage.

How a Burn Injury Lawyer Can Help

A burn injury lawyer in San Jose, CA can help you navigate the complex legal system in order to get the compensation you deserve. Your burn injury attorney at Scher, Bassett & Hames will review your medical history, the cause of the burns, your prognosis, your treatment, your recovery time, and how this incident has affected your life, work, and relationships. We will then draft a lawsuit against the negligent party or parties seeking compensation for medical and non-medical costs. We will help you prepare for depositions, medical exams, interviews, and court appearances, and will file paperwork on your behalf.

Why Choose Us?

At Scher, Basset & Hames, we have been providing exceptional legal services to the Bay Area since 1955. Our compassionate, knowledgeable legal team has extensive experience and we will walk you through the process of filing a personal injury claim so you know exactly what to expect. We know that each client and each case is different, so we get to know our clients personally to ensure we are offering them the best representation possible, and the highest chances of a favorable outcome in court.

Call Our Legal Team at Scher, Bassett & Hames

If you’ve suffered from burn injuries and need a burn injury law firm in San Jose, CA, contact us at Scher, Basset & Hames today. Our experienced legal team will provide a free consultation to determine the facts of your case and if you would benefit from beginning the personal injury claim process. To set up a free consultation or learn more about our fire accident attorneys in San Jose, CA, call us or contact us online.