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HHJ Trial Attorneys proudly serve victims who have suffered from serious injuries. HHJ is one of San Diego’s premiere personal injury law firms. We’ve obtained over ten million dollars for our clients within the last 4 years alone and have been voted the Best Litigation Firm for the last 3 years through the San Diego Union Tribune. All three partners have been voted as Super Lawyers and have received coverage from local and national news outlets.

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San Diego Burn Injury Attorneys Here To Help You in Your Time of Need

Burn accidents can leave behind devastating injuries, sometimes even fatal. When a burn accident occurs, you may be left overwhelmed, stressed, and of course, dealing with severely painful burn injuries that will heal slowly. You may be entitled to financial compensation when another party is liable for directly causing you or a loved one injury from a burn accident. Speaking with a San Diego burn accident lawyer can put you on the right path when filing a claim. 

Let’s discuss burn accident causes, injuries, the possible compensation injured individuals may claim, and how a San Diego burn accident attorney can help! HHJ Trial Attorneys is a dedicated San Diego law firm fighting for burn accident victims daily.

What Causes Burn Accidents?

Severe burn injuries happen frequently. In fact, the American Burn Association (ABA) calculated there were about 450,000 serious burn injuries occurring in the United States every year. The ABA also made sure to highlight a large majority of these injuries were preventable. 

When it comes to accidents that can cause burn injuries, these often include: 

  • Car accidents 
  • Accidents involving trucks or buses 
  • Construction accidents 
  • Defective products 
  • Scalded by hot water, steam, coffee 
  • Explosions and fires 
  • Chemical burns from certain substances, such as lye, acid, and paint thinner 


Burn accidents can leave an individual (or more than one person) in severe pain and dealing with debilitating injuries. 

While burn injury accidents can involve different circumstances, some of the most common causes for burn accidents can include:

  • Distracted drivers
  • Defective products 
  • Failed safety maneuvers 
  • Mishandling of items or products 
  • Improper maintenance of vehicles 
  • Improper safety maneuvers when it comes to handling certain substances or products 

The reckless and negligent acts of another party can often lead to grave burn injuries for other vulnerable parties. If you or a loved one were involved in a burn accident and are now dealing with injuries, sitting down with a San Diego burn accident lawyer can help you learn about your legal options when it comes to filing a claim. 

What are the Types of Burn Injuries?

There are many types of burn injuries classified under different categories. These injuries include: 


  • Thermal burns 
  • Burns caused by direct exposure to flames 
  • Chemical burns 
  • Contact burns 
  • Radiation burns 
  • Flash burns 
  • Electrical burns 


Degree of Burns 

Burns are commonly split into groups by degree. This classification of burn degree also impacts recovery time and treatment options. The degree include: 

  • First Degree Burns: First degree burns typically only impact the first layer of skin and can generally heal in a few days. The skin may be red and dry after this burn. The most long lasting consequence of this type of burn is some skin discoloration. 

  • Second Degree Burns: Second degree burns will impact the dermis, which is the second layer of skin under the outer one. These types of burns do blister and may also scar, while having a longer healing time that is anywhere between 8 and 12 weeks. 

  • Third Degree Burns: Third degree burns are a thick burn that severely injures the outer and inner layers of skin. These types of burns can also affect the nerves, which can result in some victims not feeling the extent of the burns. These burns can appear white, brown, or black in color, and though recovery is not always guaranteed, an estimated recovery time for these burns is after many months.


  • Fourth Degree Burns: Fourth degree burns extend deep into the body, past the skin and into muscles and bones. Nerve endings can be seriously damaged, leading injured individuals to not feel the burns. These burns can also expose muscle and bone, and are potentially fatal. 


Burns can vary in degree, but feelings of pain and discomfort are a common thread. Dealing with burns can be an overwhelming and extremely uncomfortable situation for many, which is why burn accident victims should speak to an attorney as soon as possible.  

Do Burn Injuries Have Long-term Consequences?

Most burn injuries will have long-term consequences. This can include: 

  • Damage of the nerves
  • Chronic pain
  • Permanent scarring and disfigurement
  • Infections 
  • The need for painful skin grafting procedures 
  • Psychological damage 
  • Wrongful death 


In the case of wrongful death, a claim can still be filed on behalf of the deceased by loved ones. Burn injuries are often very serious, and if you or a loved one’s painful injuries were caused by the negligence of another party, speak to a San Diego burn accident lawyer to learn about filing a claim for financial compensation. 

How Much is My Burn Accident Injury Worth?

When it comes to being directly injured as a result of a burn accident, your claim value will vary. There are many factors taking into consideration when it comes to assigning worth to a personal injury claim from a burn accident. Some of the most common damages awarded in these accidents include: 


  • Medical expenses (past, present, and future) 
  • Rehabilitation
  • In-home care
  • Loss of income 
  • Disability 
  • Emotional and mental anguish 
  • Pain and suffering

There may also be punitive damages, which are awarded to further punish the liable party and steer them away from repeat offenses. For example, if a drunk driver caused a car accident that led to burn injuries for the other motorist, punitive damages would be awarded to the injured individual at the expense of the impaired driver. 

Putting a value to your claim is crucial, and you don’t want to end up undervaluing the claim and paying out of pocket for expenses piled up from the accident. In order to be more confident in the estimated value of your claim, sit down with a personal injury attorney. Personal injury attorneys use their resources and past experience to calculate a reasonable value for your claim, so you can be reassured that you are being provided the damages that were gained from the accident. Do not delay in speaking with an attorney, as most personal injury cases have a statute of limitations of 2 years. After this time has passed, you will no longer be qualified for financial compensation after a burn accident. 


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