The Ins and Outs of Burn Injury Cases
Being injured on the job or at home can be a very troubling experience. According the American Burn Association, nearly 486,000 are treated for burn-related injuries each year. Regardless of where burn accidents happen, the injuries that result can put a person on the sideline for a long time. Explosions, fires and chemicals are some of the most common causes of burn-related injuries. If you have been involved in an accident that resulted in burn injuries, then you may be entitled to compensation. Read below to find out more about how burn injury cases work.
How and Where The Accident Happened
The main thing a lawyer will have to focus on in cases like this is establishing when and where the accident occurred. By establishing you were injured and burned due to the negligence of others, you will be able to make your case for a settlement. Generally speaking, the severity of the body damage caused by fire or chemical will make the settlement value higher. Your lawyer will have to work with the negligent party in the case to come to a resolution. Usually, a company will want to keep these kinds of accidents out of the news, which is why they commonly settle out of court.
Punitive Damages Are Available
In some cases, the blatant negligence of a company will lead to a judge awarding punitive damages to a burn injury victim. In order to have access to these types of damages, a lawyer will have to prove a company’s intentional negligence is what led to the accident in question occurring. Judges will generally award punitive damages in order to punish the negligent company and make an example of them. By consulting with a legal professional, you will be able to find out whether or not your case warrants you receiving punitive damages.
The Compensation You May be Entitled To
With over 40,000 people hospitalized each year due to burn injuries, there is a wide range of compensation possibilities in these cases. If you sustain a burn injury, you can be awarded compensation for things like:
- Past, present and future medical bills
- Out of pocket expenses like medication costs or co-pays
- Gas mileage to and from doctor’s appointments
- Wages you lost as a result of your injuries
- Disability and pain and suffering
The only way to find out what type of compensation to go after in a case like this is by working with a lawyer. Ideally, you will want to choose a lawyer who has a good deal of experience with these types of cases. Choosing a lawyer with experience is a great way to get the guidance needed.
Leifer Law Firm is Here to Help!
Have you sustained a burn injury due to no fault of your own? Call Leifer Law Firm now at 561-660-9421 right now! We will be able to schedule a free consultation where we can get all of the details of your case. Once we have found out these details, we will be able to offer you guidance on how to proceed with your claim.