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Burn Injury

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 PLLC 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 an auto 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 PLLC, our personal injury attorneys dedicate themselves to securing the maximum damage award possible. Call us at 253-383-5388 or contact our Tacoma office online to arrange your free consultation.

Are You a Victim of the MultiCare-Good Samaritan Hospital Hepatitis C Exposure?
Our firm is actively taking on representation of clients who were patients at MultieCare-Good Samaritan Hospital and were exposed to Hepatitis C and perhaps other diseases. We are investigating the actions of MultiCare and its employees as well as the MultiCare system itself that led to this crisis occurring.

If you have information about this incident, or previous incidences of MultiCare employees misusing narcotic medications intended for patients, or if you have legal questions about this matter and your rights, our lawyers are available to assist you at 253-383-5388.
Case Results
  • "Client was disabled from working in prior profession after sustaining a severe closed head injury and brain trauma in an automobile accident on Interstate 5. $7,845,000. "

  • "Pedestrian client was struck by semi-truck, and the trailer wheels rolled over client’s body causing severe injury. $1,145,000. "

  • "Client was involved in a head-on collision when a bus crossed the center line. Client suffered a severe closed head injury preventing him from returning to his previous employment. $884,998. "

  • "Client was involved in serious head-on collision with uninsured motorist while on-the-job, resulting in physical injury and posttraumatic stress disorder. Client can no longer work as a commercial truck driver. $708,000. "

  • "Client was a rear seat passenger in a vehicle that was involved in an automobile accident. Client was severely injured as the result of a defective seatbelt, while the other three occupants of the vehicle sustained only minor injuries. $650,000. "

  • "Client was killed in automobile accident caused by defendant’s failure to yield the right-of-way. $650,000. "

  • "Minor client was on his way to school and was struck by a vehicle while crossing the street in a marked crosswalk. Defendant driver had pulled into oncoming lane to pass another vehicle and struck client, causing serious injuries. $500,000. "

  • "Client was killed as a result of an in-cab fuel tank, which caught fire after an automobile accident. $350,000. "

  • "Client riding a bicycle was struck by a motorist who failed to yield the right-of-way. Client sustained numerous injuries, including a closed head injury. $120,000. "

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Awards and Affiliations
  • "I have been a client of Dan Kyler’s since 1996. Having had numerous car accidents, I rely upon Rush, Hannula, Harkins & Kyler to help me through them. The most obscure questions have been answered and help is given on all levels. Thanks."

  • "John Wilson demonstrated his professionalism by keeping us current on our case, explaining our options, giving us realistic expectations and demonstrating the highest level of ethics and integrity beyond reproach. We have the highest confidence that we were well represented."

  • "Dan Hannula’s hard work helped to settle my auto accident case. "

  • "Having a motorcycle accident was bad enough, let alone dealing with insurance companies. John Wilson and his staff made everything easy to understand and hassle free. "

  • "I am extremely satisfied with the service I experienced with this firm and I would recommend them to anyone that needs legal representation. Michael Fisher and his staff are great people. "

  • "Vern Harkins perseverance and hard work made it possible to get the maximum settlement from the insurance company. I know he had my interest in mind as demonstrated by his actions. "

  • "The office staff were courteous, pleasant and kept me informed as to what was going on throughout the whole ordeal. "

  • "Molly Crowley is a very professional and knowledgeable lawyer. I felt I was very well represented!! "

  • "Molly Crowley was knowledgeable, kept me informed every step of the way and just did a great job! "

  • "We got a fair settlement and were treated with respect and dignity throughout the whole process. -Blake W. "

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