Burns are among the most painful kinds of injuries a person can suffer. In addition to physical pain, these injuries can lead to permanent disfigurement, and in some cases, to limb loss. If you have suffered a burn injury in a car crash in Yuma, Arizona, you may have the right to seek damages for your medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other losses. Schneider & Onofry, P.C. are burn injury attorneys in Yuma, Arizona who work closely with victims and families who might be navigating the aftermath of this serious and devastating injury. Our firm can review your case, estimate the value of your damages, and assist you with taking the next steps to seek the recovery you may deserve under the law.
Burn Injury Risks in Yuma, Arizona
Most cars are equipped with technology to prevent fires in the event of an accident. But there are situations where poor maintenance, defects, or a bad crash can result in a car fire. Cars need to be regularly maintained so that the likelihood of a fire is reduced. Certain mechanical issues can put your car at higher risk of bursting into flames. For example, an overheating engine or an overheating catalytic converter could pose a fire risk. Electrical issues in a car could also pose a fire risk. In some cases, cars might not have been repaired properly, or may pose a fire hazard due to neglectful maintenance. Certain battery types might pose a fire risk.
In other cases, cars might have defects that could create a fire hazard in the event of a crash, and in some cases defects can pose a fire risk even when there is no crash. Millions of cars are under recall each year, and some of these recalls are due to known fire risks. Don’t know if your car is subject to a recall? You can check your VIN number against the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s database of recalled vehicles.
Certain types of car accidents have an increased risk of fire. For example, if you car’s gas tank was struck in an accident, or if the other driver’s gas tank was damaged in a crash, the risk of fire could be greater. If the impact forces of your crash were really high, the heat generated in the impact could spark a fire.
If you or someone you love was hurt in a car fire, you may have many questions. You might be wondering what caused the fire or the accident, and what your rights are. You might wonder whether you have a claim with insurance or negligent parties. After a car fire, a range of parties might be responsible for your fire—from vehicle manufacturers to neglectful maintenance personnel to other drivers. Multiple stakeholders might be responsible for paying your claim, including insurance companies, car companies, car maintenance professionals, and neglectful drivers.
Schneider & Onofry, P.C. are car accident lawyers in Yuma, Arizona who may be able to assist you with your burn injury claim. Our firm can identify all stakeholders and pursue your claim to the fullest extent under the law. However, you may only have a limited amount of time to make a claim, so it is important to act as soon as possible after an accident.
Types of Burn Injuries
Burn injuries are often classed into different types, from first degree burns to third degree burns. First degree burns are generally minor burns, but if these burns cover a large area of the skin, they may require medical treatment and could potentially expose a victim to the risk of infection. These burns can be incredibly painful and in some cases could even leave scars or disfigurement, though most first degree burns can heal with only minor medical interventions and in some cases these burns can heal on their own. Second degree burns affect the second layer of the skin (dermis) and pose a greater risk for infection. These burns can be incredibly painful and in some cases, a skin graft may be needed to treat these burn injuries. Third degree burns go even deeper and can go down to the bone or muscle, as well as the underlying tissue. These burns generally require skin grafts and can take a long time to heal. These burns also pose the greatest risk for disfigurement and infection.
Whether you suffered from first-degree burns over large areas of your body or face, or are in the process of recovering from a more serious burn injury after a car accident, you may have many questions about your rights. Schneider & Onofry, P.C. is a burn injury lawyer in Yuma, Arizona who assists clients who have suffered burn injuries after an auto accident. We offer clients a free initial consultation during which we can review your claim and help you understand your rights and next steps. Contact our firm today or reach out to USAttorneys.com to get connected with one of our personal injury lawyers today.