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San Luis Obispo Burn Injury Attorneys Fighting the Toughest Cases

Burn lawyer serving Santa Maria, CA

James McKiernan Lawyers houses a team of dedicated, passionate burn injury attorneys ready to review your case. Burns can leave permanent damage and a lifetime of pain and suffering. Ensuring your legal case runs smoothly, James McKiernan Lawyers works hard to compensate you for your losses.

In the United States, forty-six percent of burn injuries are caused by fire or flame. Work-related accidents, motor vehicle accidents, electrical malfunctions and chemical spills are also to blame. No matter the cause, an injury lawyer in San Luis Obispo can help you if your burn was caused by someone else’s negligence. Negligence means another party’s reckless or careless actions contributed to your injuries. Common causes of burn injuries include:

  • Chemical burns
  • Contact with fire or flame
  • Thermal burns
  • Electrical burns
  • Sun burns
  • Fireworks
  • Inhalation

First-, Second- and Third-Degree Burns

Commonly, the severity of a burn is measured by classifying it as a first-, second- or third-degree burn. Minor burns can be treated by submerging the affected area in cool water for ten to 15 minutes. Cover the burn with a sterile gauze bandage and take an over-the-counter pain reliever. Burns that are more serious require immediate, professional medical attention, and may lead to permanent disfigurement or scarring.

Review this breakdown of burn classifications to learn more:

  • First-degree — skin appears red and swollen, and minor pain is present. First-degree burns generally do not require medical attention, unless the burn has affected a sensitive area such as the face, groin or a major joint.
  • Second-degree — skin appears intensely red and splotchy and blisters develop. There is generally severe pain and swelling. If the burn covers more than three inches of your body, seek medical help.
  • Third-degree — skin may appear charred black or white and dry. A third-degree burn penetrates all layers of the skin, causing permanent tissue damage. Your burn may be accompanied by additional symptoms including headache, numbness fever, faintness, weakness and rapid breathing. You may even sustain damage to muscles and bones. If you have suffered a major burn, call 911 right away.

The San Luis Obispo personal injury lawyers at James McKiernan Lawyers have years of experience negotiating and litigating a wide array of burn injury cases.

Let your San Luis Obispo burn injury lawyer defend your rights

As a burn injury victim, you have legal rights. James McKiernan Lawyers fights to uphold and preserve those rights. Don’t let the insurance companies and negligent parties convince you to take a lowball settlement. We can help you obtain the highest judgment or settlement possible. Contact us today for a free initial consultation.

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