Las Vegas Burn Injury Attorneys
Burn injuries are some of the most painful and traumatic injuries you can suffer. A burn injury occurs when damage is done to the muscle, tissue, bones, and skin. Burn injuries are typically caused by thermal burns, chemical burns, light, or radiation.
Thermal burns include burns caused by exposure to flames, intense heat, and scalding water. Chemical burns are caused by contact with harmful chemical substances. Light burns are caused by actual sunlight or fabricated sources that mimic sunlight (such as bulbs in tanning beds), and radiation burns are caused by exposure to nuclear radiation.
As described above, there can be many causes of burn injuries. However, when you experience a burn injury because of the negligence of another party, you may be entitled to compensation for your losses. Complications from burns can last for years and can result in costly medical bills, not to mention psychological trauma associated with the injury.
If you or a loved one have suffered a burn injury due to someone else’s negligence, it is critical that you secure legal representation as soon as you can. The Las Vegas burn injury lawyers of The Bourassa Law Group are committed to helping burn victims recover maximum compensation for their injuries. Call The Bourassa Law Group today at (702) 851-2180 to schedule a free initial consultation.
Do I Need a Burn Injury Lawyer?
Burn injury victims have only one chance to obtain the financial compensation they need and deserve for their injury, and the insurance companies know this. This is why insurers will do everything they can to try and deny your claim or convince you to settle for less than what your case is worth.
A qualified burn injury attorney will be committed to protecting your rights. When you have an experienced burn injury lawyer on your side, you can stand up to the insurers and negotiate with them as equals. If the settlement the insurer offers is less than what you deserve, your burn injury attorney won’t hesitate to take your case to trial.
At The Bourassa Law Group, we make sure we get to know your specific needs. We tailor our approach toward the issues that matter most to you and your burn injury case. We will take this individualized approach every step of the way.
How The Bourassa Law Group Can Help
The Bourassa Law Group combines extensive legal experience, a focus on clients’ individual needs, a relaxed and friendly office culture, and personal injury lawyers doing rewarding work that they love. We have all the resources needed to handle your burn injury claim. Allow our experienced and compassionate burn injury attorneys to handle all the complex legal aspects of your case so you can focus on what’s most important: your recovery.
Mark J. Bourassa, the founding partner of The Bourassa Law Group, focuses on representing injured people in the greater Las Vegas area. Mr. Bourassa knows the Las Vegas community well, having practiced for many years in the area. He has extensive experience in successfully handling personal injury cases, including burn injuries, and product liability claims.
Throughout his storied legal career, Mr. Bourassa has litigated and resolved millions of dollars in claims. He earned his law degree cum laude from Pepperdine University, where he served on Pepperdine Law Review and competed on the Pepperdine Moot Court Team. Mr. Bourassa is admitted to practice in all state courts in Nevada, Arizona, and California. He is also admitted to practice in the United States District Courts for the Districts of Nevada, Northern California, Central California, Colorado, and New Mexico.
Types of Burn Injury Cases We Handle
All burns are classified by degrees, ranging from first to sixth degree. These classifications are related to the extent of tissue damage burns have caused. First-degree burns typically involve damage to only the outer skin layer and they heal quickly. Second-degree burns cause damage to outer and inner skin layers.
Third-degree burns cause extensive damage to blood vessels and muscles. Fourth-degree burns go through the skin and into muscles and tendons. These burns cause charring and extreme damage to the hypodermis, often requiring skin grafting.
Fifth-degree burns indicate that the hypodermis, which is the layer that stores fat cells, is entirely gone, and the ligaments, tendons, muscles, and bones may be damaged. Sixth-degree burns are often fatal and usually burn the bones. If a person survives a sixth-degree burn, they’ll likely need an amputation.
The personal injury lawyers at The Bourassa Law Group have represented burn victims who have been injured in a variety of workplace and home-related accidents throughout Las Vegas, including but not limited to:
- Car crash fires
- Electrical accidents
- Chemical burns
- Oil rig explosions
- Defective products
- Propane explosions
- Gas grill explosions
- Building fires
- Water heater fires
- Space heater fires
Our experienced Las Vegas burn injury attorneys have had success in winning settlements for these diverse types of cases. Allow us to apply our skills and knowledge to your case in helping you get the maximum compensation you deserve. Call us today at (702) 851-2180 for a free evaluation of your case.
Frequently Asked Questions
At The Bourassa Law Group, our Las Vegas personal injury attorneys get many questions from clients regarding their burn injury cases. We hope you find the following answers helpful. If you have any particular questions about your burn injury case, don’t hesitate to reach out to our knowledgeable and compassionate lawyers.
What should I do if I get burned?
Treat the burned area with cool water for five minutes or until the pain goes away. Don’t apply ice. Cool water can reduce swelling by conducting heat away from the skin, helping prevent the formation of blisters. Dry the wound and cover it with a dry dressing. Go to a hospital or burn center immediately for an evaluation.
What is a skin graft?
A skin graft is a thin layer of skin that is taken from one area of your body to cover the burned area of your skin. There are two types of skin grafts: sheet grafts and mesh grafts.
- Sheet grafts cover small burned areas, such as those on the hands and face. These are solid pieces of skin that are attached over the burn with staples or stitches. After the sheet graft is attached, it will turn from white to bright pink in approximately five days. The pink color indicates that a new blood supply is forming in the grafted skin. Over time, as it heals, it will fade to match the rest of the skin.
- Mesh grafts are used to cover large areas of the body. A mesh graft has a diamond pattern and is attached over the burned area with staples. It will go through the same color changes as a sheet graft, and the diamond pattern will fade as the skin heals together.
Are there cases where a house fire may be caused by negligence?
Yes. Your burn injury attorney will work hard to determine the cause of the house fire and identify all the liable parties that had a role in creating the situation that led to the fire. House fires may be caused by:
- Faulty wiring
- Malfunctioning or defective smoke detectors
- Negligent contractor
- Negligent repairmen
- Defective appliances
- Propane appliances
What type of compensation can I get for my burn injury?
The personal injury attorneys at The Bourassa Law Group will fight tirelessly to get you the full and fair compensation that you deserve. If you have been seriously burned due to someone negligence, you will likely be entitled to recovering a variety of economic and noneconomic damages, including, but not limited to:
- Medical bills (past and future)
- Rehabilitation expenses
- Lost wages (past and future)
- Loss of earning capacity
- Emotional distress
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Loss of companionship
- Punitive damages
If another party was at fault for the burns that you have suffered, the Las Vegas burn injury attorneys at The Bourassa Law Group believe that you should not have to pay for the losses you are suffering. Our committed personal injury lawyers will do everything they can to make sure that you receive fair compensation for your burn injuries.
Contact a Burn Injury Attorney in Las Vegas
More often than not, you are entitled to receive financial compensation if you have been seriously burned because of someone else’s negligence or recklessness. Whether you were burned because of a defective or malfunctioning product, faulty wiring, negligent exposure to chemicals, or any other reason involving negligence, a skilled burn injury attorney has the knowledge and experience to get you a fair settlement for your burn injuries.
Burn injuries are very costly to treat. Burn injury victims also often have long-term disabilities. It’s critical that the Las Vegas burn injury lawyers at The Bourassa Law Group begin investigating your case as soon as possible. We understand the long road to recovery that comes with a burn injury, and we work very hard to recover all the money you deserve to cover all past and future expenses.
If you have suffered a burn injury in Las Vegas, contact The Bourassa Law Group today at (702) 851-2180 to set up a free initial consultation.
Frequently asked questions
The legal definition of a personal injury is when someone’s failure to use reasonable care in a particular situation results in another person’s physical, emotional, or psychological injury. Personal injury cases often rely on the elements of negligence to prove the responsible party’s actions were the cause of the other party’s injuries.
The length of a personal injury case depends on the type of case and various factors, such as the severity of the injury sustained and the duration of necessary treatment. A car accident case might take six months to resolve, while a wrongful death lawsuit could take two years. It all depends on the circumstances surrounding the case.
No. Whether you got hurt in a car accident or on someone else’s property, you should never speak with their liability insurance company about the claim. They try to save money whenever possible and could attempt to trick you into accepting a low settlement amount or intimidate you into dropping the case. Your Denver personal injury lawyer will handle all communication on your behalf.
It depends. A vast majority of personal injury cases settle out of court. When we file a claim with the insurance company, we’ll submit evidence that proves you deserve compensation for your injuries. Sometimes the insurer is willing to settle. Other times, they deny the claim or provide a settlement much lower than you deserve. Under those circumstances, we will file a lawsuit and take the case to court.
Mediation is a step during a lawsuit where both sides meet to try to reach an agreement. The mediator listens to the arguments on both the plaintiff’s and the defendant’s sides and attempts to resolve the issue. If they can reach an agreement, they will settle out of court, and the case will get dismissed. If they can’t resolve the matter, the case will proceed to trial.