Uber accidents are becoming increasingly common in California, at times resulting in burn injuries. While some burn injuries heal quickly, severe burns require intensive, ongoing medical care and can result in complications, permanent scarring, or death. If you or a loved one have suffered a burn injury in an Uber accident, turn to J&Y Law. Our experienced Uber accident attorneys will work to help you obtain the medical care that you need and the compensation you deserve. Contact our office today for a free consultation.
How Does a Burn Injury Occur in a California Uber Accident?
Burn injuries in vehicle accidents are typically caused by exposure to heat, chemicals, or electrical currents. Common causes include:
- Airbag deployment
- Car fires and explosions
- Contact with toxic chemicals
- Contact with scalding steam, oil, or liquids
Fires are rare after vehicle accidents because federal safety standards mandate that gas tanks and radiators are able to withstand a collision. However, defective parts can result in fires and explosions. Ultimately, determining who is responsible for burn injuries after an Uber accident requires an extensive investigation.
At J&Y Law, we regularly collaborate with qualified accident reconstruction specialists to determine the cause of Uber accidents and identify the responsible party. Depending on the circumstances, it may be possible to file a product liability lawsuit against the manufacturer or distributor of a defective gas tank or fuel line.
At the same time, the Uber driver may be held liable for failing to properly maintain his or her vehicle, while a third party may also have been responsible for the accident. Regardless of the circumstances, we will work tirelessly to help you obtain the compensation you need and deserve.
Classification of Burn Injuries
According to the American Burn Association (ABA), there are 4 classifications of burn injuries:
- First-degree burns are limited to the first layer of skin (the epidermis), can typically be treated with home care and generally heal quickly.
- Second-degree burns are more serious, resulting in blistering that may require skin grafts to heal properly.
- Third-degree burns destroy the outer layer of skin, may damage nerve tissue, and may be severe enough to require skin grafts and reconstructive surgery.
- Fourth-degree burns damage skin, nerve endings, fat, muscle, and bone, which can cause permanent motor damage and may be life-threatening.
Burn victims are also at risk of complications, such as infections and blood clots, and lengthy hospitalizations are often necessary.
How J&Y Law Can Help with Your Uber Accident Burn Injury Claim
Knowing that the costs for treating burn injuries can be overwhelming and add to your pain and suffering, our experienced Uber accident attorneys are here to help you obtain the medical and financial resources you need to recover. When you become our client, we will handle all the details of your claim, including:
- Investigating the site of your accident
- Obtaining and reviewing police reports
- Identifying and interviewing witnesses
- Negotiating with insurance companies and opposing counsel
Our legal team has a working knowledge of the complicated insurance rules governing Uber accidents. While the rideshare company is required to provide its drivers with robust liability coverage, it is only available when the driver is transporting a passenger.
In any event, insurers often attempt to deny claims or pay as little as possible. We have the skills and experience to level the playing field and will demand full payment of your claim. While burn injury claims often settle out of court, we are fully prepared to litigate. Rest assured, we will fight for the maximum compensation you deserve, in or out of the courtroom.
Damages You Can Recover for Burn Injuries
At J&Y, we will fight to help you obtain substantial compensation, including:
- Lost wages
- Medical expenses (past and future)
- Loss of earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Permanent disability
- Emotional distress
- Loss of consortium
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Rehabilitation and physical therapy
If you have lost a loved one to burn injuries in an Uber accident, we can help you find justice by filing a wrongful death lawsuit to recover damages such as final medical expenses, funeral costs, and loss of financial and emotional support.
Contact Our Experienced California Burn Injury Attorneys
Although Uber sets vehicle standards for its drivers, accidents arising from negligence are commonplace. At J&Y, we are dedicated to holding Uber, its drivers, and third parties accountable for accidents resulting in burn injuries.
When you become our client, you will have comfort knowing that our experienced Uber accident attorneys are in your corner. We offer free consultations, and you will not pay any attorneys’ fees until we win compensation for you. The sooner you contact our office, the sooner we can start working on your Uber accident claim.