Burn injuries can occur in many different ways beyond simply a house of building fire. For example, there are also burn injuries that occur from auto accidents or simple and even brief contact with a hot item or surface. In some cases, chemical burns happen through contact with certain chemicals. The manner in which your burn occurs will determine what sort of serious injury claim you may have. You might have a premises liability claim, an auto accident claim, or even a workers’ compensation claim if the injury occurs at work. To find out the next steps you should take and seek compensation for your injuries, consult with a California burn injury lawyer today.
Premises Liability Burn Injuries
If you have experienced burn injuries on someone else’s property in California, then you likely have a premises liability personal injury claim against that property owner and/or their homeowners insurance. Burn injuries that occur on personal property typically happen because of a dangerous condition, which quite often arises from the negligence of the property owner. Legally, the property owner cannot claim that he or she had no knowledge of the dangerous circumstance in such cases. Rather, the property owner is legally liable or responsible for being aware of any dangerous conditions.
For instance, if there is an electrical problem that causes a fire, the property owner should have been aware of it, even if they were not. They should have known by doing regular inspections and keeping their property well maintained. If they did not know about it, and this lack of knowledge of the dangerous condition means that they did nothing to correct it, then they are still liable for any resulting injuries and the injured party should seek damages with the help of a California burn injury attorney.
Burn Injury Laws in California
In California, there are strict liability laws as well as the general theory of negligence. Therefore, in order to recover compensation, you must prove that the responsible party owed you a duty of care, that he or she failed to uphold that duty of care, that this negligence resulted in the given accident, and that the accident resulted in your injuries or the death of a loved one.
In the case of the warehouse fire, the promoters or property owners did not uphold their duty of care, which would have involved ensuring the safety of those attending the party, with property maintenance and the inclusion of fire exits and sprinkler systems. None of this was addressed before the party occurred, so each person who was injured and everyone who lost a loved one, can file a personal injury claim or wrongful death claim against the responsible parties with the help of a California burn injury lawyer.
How a California Burn Injury Attorney Can Help
Personal injury claims involving burn injuries are different from other personal injury claims in that the injuries from burns are more painful and involve more long term consequences than many other injuries. Someone with serious burns will have to go through long periods of painful recovery, typically hospitalized for months with painful procedures to attend to their burn injury wounds. They can also end up with permanent and disfiguring scars. If you or a loved one has been injured or killed by burn injuries in California, contact the California burn injury lawyers at the Sargent Law Firm for a free consultation.