Burn injuries are often caused by preventable and negligent mistakes, such as car accidents or defective products. In such instances, victims may be owed compensation for the injuries and losses they experience. Learn more about the claims process and how an attorney can help protect your rights in a burn injury case.
Types of Burn Injuries
Despite the common misconception, there are actually several different types of burn injuries, and each may affect the victim differently. For example, an electrical burn is far more likely to cause internal injury than a chemical or second-degree burn. In contrast, chemical burns are far more likely to leave external scarring and disfigurement than internal burns. Understanding this – and how it may impact the amount of your settlement – can be crucial to your case.
Damages You May Be Owed
Damages are any monies awarded to injury victims for the losses they sustained during an accident. In a burn injury case, such damages can include:
- Pain and suffering,
- Loss of income,
- Loss of employment due to an inability to work,
- Medical bills,
- Compensation for disability or disfigurement,
- Surgical costs,
- Hospital bills,
- Loss of vitality in life,
- Necessary medical devices (i.e. wheelchair),
- Physical therapy costs,
- Rehabilitation costs,
- Ambulance fees, and
- Loss of consortium (in cases involving the wrongful death of a spouse).
This list is not exhaustive, so if you have other losses associated with your case, be sure to discuss them with your attorney. They can guide you in determining if those damages may be considered eligible for compensation.
Why Hire an Attorney?
Although legal assistance is not required in a burn injury case, it is highly recommended for victims and their families – and there are several reasons for this. First, an attorney can protect your rights and serve as an aggressive negotiator to help increase your chances of full and fair compensation. Second, an attorney can ease the claims process, giving your family the time and space you need to heal or grieve. Lastly, an attorney is better equipped to handle any defenses that negligent parties may use to avoid a payout.
If you have a burn injury case, do not face it alone. Instead, contact Herrling Clark Law Firm, Ltd. for assistance. Dedicated and experienced, our Appleton burn injury attorneys aggressively protect the rights and interests of victims and their families. In every situation, we pursue the most favorable outcome possible. To learn more about how we can assist with your case, schedule a free initial consultation. Call our offices at 920-739-7366 today.