Burn injuries can be extremely painful, may leave permanent scaring, disfigurement and disability, and are often emotionally devastating. According to the American Burn Association, more than 486,000 burn injuries occur in the U.S. each a year.
The injuries may require an extensive recovery process, excisions, skin grafts, physical and rehabilitative therapy and reconstructive surgery. Accordingly, victims often suffer a very long and painful recovery, with permanent physical and emotional damages. Sadly, many of these injuries could have been prevented and are a result of another person or entity’s negligence. Injured victims may have the right to hold these parties liable for the physical, emotional, and financial damages suffered.
If you or a loved one has suffered a burn injury due to the negligence of another, contact us today by calling (561) 444-7980 to schedule a confidential, in-person meeting to discuss the claim and your legal options.
Some of the common causes of burns and burn injuries include the following:
- Battery explosion
- Boat crash
- Car crash or automobile accident
- Chemical explosion
- Commercial fire
- Defective appliances
- Defective products
- E-cigarette explosion or vape explosion
- Electricity or electrical explosion
- Excessive friction
- Exposure to flames
- Gas explosion
- Laser surgery
- Motorcycle accident
- Plane crash
- Residential or house fire
- Smoke alarm failure
- Smoke inhalation
- Toxic exposure
- Truck accident
- Work related accidents and workplace burns
The individual or business entity at fault for the accident that caused the burn injury should be held responsible. This can include, but is not limited to, a car driver, truck driver, boat driver, plane company, product designers, product manufacturers, employers, construction site operators, property owners, landlords, power companies, hotels, retail stores, theme parks, restaurants and hospitals.
Burn injury investigations typically involve the retention of highly qualified experts with expertise in accident reconstruction to determine the origin and cause of the fire or explosion, to determine whether all applicable regulations and standards were met, and whether the accident could have been prevented. Accordingly, retention and development of well-qualified and credible experts including fire and explosion analysts, forensic engineers, metallurgists, electrical engineers, building systems, structural engineers, mechanical engineers, fire protection engineers, industrial engineers, product design, medical and biomedical engineers, industry controls, marine engineers, automotive engineers and crash experts, facility engineers, workplace safety experts, medical experts, psychologists, life care planning, rehabilitation, forensic economists and/or other experts is essential to a successful claim.
If you or a loved one has suffered burn injuries that could have been prevented, you may be able to recover compensation for the following:
- Medical expenses
- Disfigurement and disability damages
- Lost wages
- Loss earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Wrongful death damages, including loss of companionship, funeral costs and lost financial support
- Potential punitive damages
- Any other damages by statute and/or deemed fair and just by the Court
A severely burned patient will likely require vocational and occupational therapy as well as psychological counseling. A life care plan may need to be developed by a qualified professional to project future costs for the medical and non-medical needs that should be recovered in a successful claim.
If you or a loved one has suffered burn injuries from the negligence of another, it is important to seek legal assistance. You may have grounds to file a lawsuit seeking damages. Since your rights could be impacted by a statute of limitation, it is important to consult with an attorney promptly. Contact the lawyers at Barbuto & Johansson, P.A. to discuss your claim, legal rights and options. To schedule a free and confidential consultation, contact us today at (561) 444-7980 or fill out our online form.
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