Burn injuries are often classified as catastrophic. The injuries, depending on the cause of the burns, can take a significant time to heal, require extensive therapies and surgeries, and cause significant scarring. Anyone who has been injured this way needs to seek legal representation from a Trenton burn injury lawyer.
Having an attorney represent your personal injury case will ensure that you receive the care and compensation you need for your burn injuries. We understand that thee injuries have changed your life and that you may not know where to turn for help.
SCHEDULE A FREE CONSULTATION. We offer a no-obligation free consultation to all potential clients. We will sit down with you in our office, in your home, or even at the hospital, and discuss what happened to you and your resulting injuries. We will then give you suggestions about your case and what we can do for you.
Burn victims often need extensive medical care. It is important that the person or entity responsible for your burn injuries cover this expense. It is also important that you are compensated for all of your losses that are a result of this event.
Many Different Events Can Lead To Burn Injuries
Burn injuries can be the result of many different accidents. Burns to the skin can happen from:
- Steam or Hot Liquids
- Electricity/Electrical Currents
- Hot Metal, Glass, or Any Heated Object
Some of the more common events associated with burn injuries include:
Car accidents have the potential to cause burns in several ways. When a front-end collision occurs, there is potential for gasoline, oil and other automotive liquids to ignite from the crash. Heated metal, glass, and electrical wiring may also cause burns to the people inside the vehicle.
Work Related Accidents
Work-related accidents are the most common type of accidents leading to burns. Depending on the industry, employees can be exposed to electrical fires, chemical burns or fires, building fires, or in the case of medical centers, radiation. Many manufacturing companies also have equipment that works at high temperatures, such as welding equipment, that can lead to employee burns.
It is VERY IMPORTANT to speak with a Trenton burn injury attorney if you have been burned while you are at work. Workers compensation benefits do not allow many forms of compensation, and your right to seek these benefits directly from your employer are unavailable because of the worker’s comp policy.
Your Trenton burns injury lawyer may be able to seek these additional forms of compensation through a third-party liability lawsuit. If the cause of the accident is the result of faulty equipment, defective product or another negligent action, your attorney can seek compensation on your behalf from the responsible party
Apartment fires cause a lot of devastation to many families all at once. A fire can quickly spread through an apartment complex, leaving many people injured and without a place to live. Sadly, many of these complex fires are due to a negligent landlord.
Improper fire safety measures, faulty fire suppression equipment, and poorly maintained properties can result in fires in an apartment complex. Burn injuries that are a result of negligent actions by landlords are sadly too common. If you have been injured in an apartment complex fire, speak with a Trenton burn injury attorney about your rights to seek compensation.
Medical Equipment Malfunctions
Medical equipment used for x-rays or similar scans has the potential to burn a patient if used incorrectly or if the machine malfunctions. Some laser surgery procedures also have the potential for harm if used incorrectly.
Injuries caused by failed medical equipment or misuse of medical equipment may fall under several categories of personal injury lawsuits. Your lawyer will discuss with you what type of lawsuit they will file on your behalf when you have been injured by medical equipment.
Burn injuries are often considered catastrophic injuries because of the recovery process. Depending on the severity of the burns, a burn victim can face extended treatment and recovery times, need skin grafting or reconstruction, and many victims are left scarred for life.
Burn victims require specialized care and may need to go for treatments at hospitals or care centers that are better equipped to treat these kinds of injuries. This may require the burn victim to travel away from home or stay in a center away from loved ones. All of these additional expenses required for care should not be the responsibility of the injured party.
Insurance companies are quick to deny specialized care. They see the expenses associated with this type of care, and they try to find optional ways to treat the conditions that are more cost-effective for them. These options, however, are usually not in the best interest of the injury victim.
Your Trenton burn injury lawyer will make sure that you are getting all of the treatment you need from the right providers. Your attorney will not allow your insurance company to deny you the treatment you need to recover from this injury.
Types of Compensation
Injury victims have the right to see damages (compensation) for their injuries. The law allows you to seek economic and non-economic damages from the responsible party when you have been injured. Your attorney will explain to you what damages you are entitled to based on the facts of your case.
Your attorney may seek damages for one or more of the following:
The first thing that your attorney is going to request compensation for is your medical expenses. This will include coverage for all treatment to date and all treatment that you will need in the future.
Your attorney will also make sure that any offer that the insurance company makes for future care is in compliance with what the doctors recommend and not what the insurance company recommends.
Your Trenton burn injury attorney will also make sure that the compensation for future medical care is accurate. Your lawyer will work with medical specialists to figure out the value of your anticipated care to come up with an accurate figure for compensation.
All wages that you have lost as a result of the accident will be included in your compensation package. This will also include any employer-provided benefits that you have missed out on as a result of not being at work. Some of these benefits may include employer-sponsored payments to your retirement account, profit sharing, and contributions to your health care coverage.
Future Earnings and Benefits
Your injuries may prevent you from returning to work right away, or at all. If this is the case, your attorney will seek damages for your lost future earnings. If your injury allows you to return to or but at a part tie position or a lesser paying position, your lawyer will demand compensation for these losses as well.
There are many different expenses that you may incur as a result of the burn injuries. Your attorney will seek compensation for these current and future costs. Some of these costs include:
- Traveling Expenses for Medical Care
- Over the Counter Supplies to care for Wounds
- Modifications to your Home to Accommodate Your Condition
- Cost of Services You Cannot Provide at this Time (Lawn care, home care, etc.)
- Cost of Special Clothing or Needs to Accommodate Burns
Additional expenses will depend on what expenses you have experienced as part of your recovery process. Your attorney will discuss with you what is covered and what may not be covered in accordance with the law.
Pain and Suffering
Pain and suffering is non-economic damage and is a type of compensation that is based on the actual injuries and suffering you have endured. Your attorney will use the information provided by you and medical experts to determine the amount of compensation you are entitled to for your pain and suffering.
In most cases, especially if the injury is catastrophic, your attorney will also seek damages for mental anguish. This, again, will be based on the information that you provide expert medical testimony. This category of compensation will vary greatly case-by-case.
If you have been disfigured r scarred badly by accident, the law allows you to seek compensation. This is a unique category, and the attorney will base the compensation value off of medical testimony and your personal experience.
Loss of Enjoyment of Life
If you are going to have to change your lifestyle as a result of the accident and injuries, you are entitled to seek compensation for your losses. Loss of the enjoyment of life I also a very case-specific type of compensation and not all injury victims can make this type of claim for compensation.
Loss of Consortium
If your physical relationship has changed with your spouse because of the injuries you received, you are entitled to make a claim for your loss. Your Trenton burn injury attorney may also file a separate claim on behalf of your spouse for the same loss.
Additional forms of compensation may be available to you. Your attorney will review with you all forms of compensation you are entitled to receive during your initial consultation.
Speak To A Trenton Burn Injury Lawyer Today
After a burn injury happens, your focus should be on the healing process. You do not need to be distracted or frustrated by the chaos that making an insurance claim can cause. We encourage you to speak with an attorney as soon as possible after the accident occurred.
NO FEE UNLESS WE WIN. We will not charge you for any legal services until we win your case. This ensures that everyone has legal representation in their time of need. Many people who have been injured lose their income at the same time. We do not want to make anyone suffer more by having to pay up-front legal fees.
FREE CONSULTATION. If you want to learn what we can do for your case, schedule a free case evaluation. During that meeting will discuss all aspects of your case and what we can do to help you gain full and complete compensation.
All personal injury claims are regulated by the Statute of Limitations. Do not delay, speak with a Trenton burn injury attorney today.