Burns are both extremely painful and expensive to treat. Recovery times can take weeks, months, or years. Even after recovery is complete, a victim can be left with permanent scarring or disfigurement. In our post today, we’ll discuss when a burn victim may be able to take legal action for their injuries.
When Someone is Responsible for your Burn Injury
Sometimes, a burn is the result of a preventable accident. When this happens, it’s possible that the victim could seek compensation from the party responsible.
Here are a few examples of when you might be able to file a burn claim:
- Burns due to car accidents. People can be burned when they come into contact with exhaust pipes or other heated elements. In some instances, a collision can trigger a vehicle fire.
- Burns due to defective products. If you were using a product as intended and it malfunctioned, causing burns, you may be able to file a claim against the manufacturer. Defective products that could cause burns might include appliances, power tools, space heaters, or flammable clothing.
- Burns due to hazardous property conditions. Property owners owe a duty of care to visitors and guests. This means they should keep their premises free from hazards or at the very least, post warnings.
- Burns due to medical malpractice. It’s possible that a victim could receive a burn during the course of receiving medical care. This has happened before during certain surgical procedures. If you could prove that the burn was the result of negligence, you may be able to file a claim against the doctor or hospital.
Damages in a Burn Injury Claim
We mentioned at the start of this post that burns are expensive. Indeed, they are! Consider some of these costs:
- Emergency room care
- Physical and/or occupational therapy
- Prescription medications
- Lost wages
- Loss of income, if unable to retain same employment
In addition to these tangible expenses are the types of effects that are harder to put a price tag on. These include pain and suffering, emotional trauma, anxiety, depression, and loss of enjoyment. A burn injury claim seeks to financially restore a victim from all their damages.
Call a Personal Injury Lawyer
If you believe your burn is the result of someone else’s carelessness – whether from a car accident or medical malpractice – call a burn lawyer from the Ladenburg Law team.
We are capable of handling a wide range of injury cases and can determine what legal steps you may be able to take.
There’s no fee to speak with a lawyer from our team to see if you have a case. And, we only charge a fee if we’re able to win you a settlement. There’s no risk or obligation, so call us today