Burn injuries are an incredibly devastating experience to suffer through. To make matters worse, some are caused by someone else’s negligence, leaving already-suffering victims with massive medical bills and lost wages in addition to the trauma they experienced.
Those who suffer burn injuries do have legal options. They can seek compensation to pay for the losses they have incurred as a result of the incident and use the law to hold those responsible for their suffering accountable.
Burn Injury Lawsuits
Burn injury lawsuits typically involve claims that a negligent act or reckless behavior caused serious burns and injuries.
Plaintiffs must show that the defendant was somehow responsible for causing the burns through negligence, recklessness, or intentional act.
Burns Caused By Negligence
In negligence cases, plaintiffs must show the defendant failed to exercise reasonable care and that the breach of duty caused the burns. This could be things like negligent operation of dangerous equipment or failure to maintain safe conditions on a property.
An example of this would be a fire in a nightclub that caused injuries because the fire exits were blocked or not marked clearly.
Burns Caused By Reckless or Intentional Act
If someone intentionally burned you by attacking, battering, or abusing you, that person could face liability for the damages. Likewise, someone acting with deliberate disregard for the safety of others could be liable if that reckless behavior caused burn injuries.
Examples of burns caused by recklessness could be burns suffered in a car accident that was caused by a reckless driver or a person foolishly playing with a lit welding torch and burning someone else.
Burn injuries can happen in many ways, and several parties can share liability. Discussing your situation with a burn injury attorney is important to determine if you have a viable lawsuit. A lawyer can investigate the details of your claim to discover who can legally be held accountable.
Types of Burn Injuries
The physical pain caused by the burns can be extremely intense, often requiring months or even years of costly medical treatment. On top of that, the psychological distress of going through something like a fire or similar situation can have long-term effects on victims.
Here is a brief description of the burn injuries our attorneys regularly claim:
Thermal burns are burns caused by contact with a hot substance or flame. They are a type of heat-related burn injury where the skin and underlying tissues are damaged by extreme heat.
Burns to the airways and lungs from inhaling superheated air or smoke. These can be deadly and require hospitalization.
Burns caused by exposure to harsh chemicals that damage the skin and tissues. These require immediate washing and medical care.
Burns caused by contact with electric current. These can lead to irregular heartbeats, nerve damage, and other complications. Immediate medical help is needed.
Radioactive materials or strong X-rays can cause these burns. They can lead to symptoms such as reddening, blistering, bleeding, and pain. Extreme radiation exposure can even lead to radiation sickness and organ failure, which may be fatal without immediate medical treatment.
Our burn injury attorneys may consult with experts in building, chemical engineering, forensics, or product safety, to provide a full assessment of the circumstances surrounding your burn injuries. This will help to ensure that the right parties are held accountable.
What Are the Varying Degrees of Burns? Does This Matter?
The potential damages in a lawsuit are based on the seriousness and degree of the burn injuries. In general, compensation amounts increase for more severe and long-lasting injuries. Burns can be classified as:
- First-degree burns: This could include something like a mild sunburn. The outer layer of the skin is reddened, and there is some discomfort.
- Second-degree burns: Involve damage to the epidermis as well as the dermis, and symptoms include redness, pain, and blistering. They can cause scarring and require medical attention.
- Third-degree burns: These are extremely severe burns that reach the deeper layers of tissue under the skin. The skin can be blackened or appear white. Scarring is common, and intensive medical care is required.
- Fourth-degree burns: These involve deeper tissues, such as muscle, bone, and tendons, and are considered the most severe type of burn. They are potentially fatal and must be treated immediately.
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How Can a Lawyer Help Me With My Burn Injury Claim?
When an individual suffers from burn injuries, it can be difficult to ensure they receive the compensation they deserve. Assessing the full extent of the injuries and how their effects will impact one’s life is essential in ensuring that those responsible are held accountable.
Unfortunately, insurance companies and their legal teams look for ways to downplay the severity of such incidents. This is where the help of a burn injury lawyer can have a great impact. Your attorney can defend your rights and interests by fighting for your compensation.
Having access to a quality personal injury lawyer is key in these types of cases. Your lawyer should relieve you of the legal and insurance burdens and provide you with peace of mind knowing that the entire process will be managed with care.
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