Tacoma, WA Attorneys Seek Compensation for Burn Injuries
Experienced legal team understands the types, causes and severity of burns
Since 1959, Rush, Hannula, Harkins & Kyler, L.L.P. has fought tirelessly on behalf of injured parties, including victims of severe burns. To obtain complete compensation for you, our legal team conveys to opposing counsel, a judge or a jury the nature and full extent of your burn injury. We have experience with burn injuries resulting from:
- Fires — Contact with an open flame can cause serious injuries.
- Electrical — An arc flash from an industrial source courses through the body, damaging muscles, nerves and internal organs. Substantially damaged muscles may release chemicals into the bloodstream, disturbing electrolytes and causing kidney failure.
- Chemical — Caustic substances, such as acids and bases, have a corrosive effect on flesh. The eyes and lungs are particularly vulnerable.
- Thermal — Contact with a hot surface or scalding from boiling liquid or escaping steam destroys tissue.
Third-degree burns destroy epidermis, dermis and subcutaneous tissue, causing fluid loss and inducing shock. Burns cause permanent, disfiguring scars, impair muscle, nerve, blood vessel and organ functions, and leave a victim at greater risk of life-threatening infections.
Liability issues vary depending on the cause and venue of the burn incident
To receive compensation, you must demonstrate that someone other than you is responsible for your burn injury. Our legal team thoroughly investigates burn incidents to determine the parties who might be at fault.
- Home fire — Many home fires result from resident negligence. However, propane tank, water heater and natural gas leak explosions are often traced back to defective products, for which a manufacturer or installer would be strictly liable.
- Auto fire — A negligent driver might be solely responsible for a fire following a motor vehicle accident, but auto part defects and design defects have been linked to car fires in the past.
- Industrial fire — Factory fires, arc flashes, chemical releases or scalding incidents sometimes result from employee negligence, so an injured worker’s only recourse is workers’ compensation. However, if a defective machine part or design caused the burn incident, the victim may file a third-party lawsuit to recover civil damages.
- Premises fire — If you are guest at a private residence, a patron of a business, or a passenger on any mode of transportation, the owner is responsible for unsafe conditions that lead to injury, especially if the owner violated fire laws in any way.
Our firm is dedicated to exploring every possible avenue by which to recover full compensation for your losses.
Let our experienced legal team litigate your burn injury case in Tacoma
Burn injury victims require compensation to address a lifetime of needs. At Rush, Hannula, Harkins & Kyler, L.L.P., we dedicate ourselves to securing the maximum damage award possible. Call us at 253.250.4516 or contact our Tacoma office online to arrange your free consultation.