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Medical Malpractice in the Treatment of Burn Injuries

Burn InjuryBurns can range from a mild inconvenience to a completely life-changing injury. Regardless of which it is for you, you will need quality medical care to ensure that you suffer no avoidable ill effects. However, burn injuries do affect millions each year from many different sources, and many suffer after-effects that could have been averted if their care was of a higher standard.

Common Causes

As one might imagine, fires are by far the most common cause of burn injuries, though there are countless others. The most important thing in handling burn injury cases is to understand the differences between classifications and degrees, as different degrees of burning will yield different injuries, and if the stories do not match up, so to speak, you may have a harder time being compensated for your injuries. There are, as most people know, three degrees of burn injuries, with the third degree being the most extensive in terms of damage and, generally, surface area.

It is also possible to suffer a type of burn injury due to an allergic reaction. Some reactions can cause damage to the skin and mucous membranes that is very similar to that caused by an electric, thermal, or chemical burn. The most severe variety of this affliction is a condition known as Stevens-Johnson Syndrome, or toxic epidermal necrolysis, and it can cause skin blistering and shedding that causes damage equivalent to third-degree burns. This condition is often misdiagnosed, and can sometimes lead to lifelong impairments if not treated properly.

Recognizing the Specific Injury

Classification of burns—in other words, recognizing the source of a burn injury—is often the most important factor in terms of treatment, because burns that come from different sources may present differently and require different types of care. For example, electrical burns are caused by contact with electric current and result in a specific type of damage to the skin. Thermal burns, by comparison, are caused by an external heat source, and the damage will be primarily to the top layers of skin, rather than throughout the dermis. A medical professional with experience in treating electrical burns may be not be as competent in treating thermal burns, with the patient suffering as a result.

As with any other personal injury, a California doctor is required by law to treat a burn with the same degree of care as any other physician of similar age, experience, and ability. If it can be shown that the physician neglected to do so, or if they make an error that results in demonstrable harm to the patient without any superseding cause, they may very well be liable for medical malpractice.

Ask a Knowledgeable Attorney

While treating burn injuries may seem simple enough, in truth it can be quite complex to ensure that the appropriate care is received. If you believe you have been a victim of physician incompetence or malpractice, it is a good idea to consult an attorney. The dedicated San Jose medical malpractice attorneys at Corsiglia, McMahon & Allard, L.L.P. are well versed in these types of cases and are happy to help you decide what you should do about yours. Contact us today at (408) 289-1417 to schedule a free consultation. We serve the city of San Jose, as well as the Bay Area, Santa Clara County, San Benito County, San Mateo County, Alameda County and Monterey County.

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My experience with Attorney Brad Corsiglia during my recent medical malpractice case was nothing short of amazing given the very stressful circumstances. I was fortunate to find Brad highly recommended from a mutual contact and from the very beginning of the process, Brad was truly engaged and knowledgeable in understanding my case and providing input on what avenues were available to me. Michelle M.