Burn injuries have the potential to affect the life of the victim seriously. Most of the time, due to scarring and disfigurement, individuals never recover to the point they were before the accident.
If you or a loved one has sustained burn injuries in Florida, because of someone else’s negligent actions, you may qualify for financial compensation. Our Clermont burn injury lawyers can help you recover damages from a burn injury claim to ease your financial burden and improve your quality of life.
We have experience in tackling burn injury lawsuits in Florida. Our legal team is dedicated to fight for our clients’ compensation and protect their legal interests. It doesn’t matter where you sustained your burn injuries; Winters and Yonker personal injury lawyers in Clermont can help. Call us at (888) 373-7770 for a free consultation and case evaluation.
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Common Causes Of Burn Injuries.
Here are a few common causes of burn injuries:
- Hot water or steam
- Commercial kitchen grease fire
- Electrical fire from faulty wiring
- Caustic Chemicals like lye, strong acids, gasoline, or paint thinner
- Sunlight or other sources that emit ultraviolet radiation such as a tanning bed
- Car accidents can cause burn injuries if there is an explosion from a gasoline leak.
- Radiation, e.g., from X-rays
Categories of Burns
Burns are classified into four categories depending on their severity:
1st Degree (superficial burns)
First-degree burns damage the epidermis (the outer layer of the skin). Most first-degree burns result from touching a hot surface and cause victims to experience pain, swelling, and redness at the point of contact.
First-degree burns may require medical care if the burn is significantly extended.
2nd Degree (partial thickness burns)
Second-degree burns affect both the epidermis and the dermis (the first inner layer of the skin). They are often caused by exposure to an open flame, a hot liquid, or a hot surface, and the result is swelling, pain, redness, and blistering.
Second Degree burns often require the attention of a doctor who may provide a prescription to prevent infection and ease the pain.
3rd Degree (full-thickness burns)
Third-degree burns affect all skin layers and sometimes the tissue and bone underneath it, causing white or blackened skin. The weird thing about 3rd-degree burns is that they aren’t as painful as 1st and 2nd Degree burns because the nerve endings have been destroyed.
Third-degree burn injuries require emergency medical attention because they are life-threatening and pose a high risk of infection since they can’t heal independently. Victims of third-degree burns are usually placed in special burn units for extended periods. Victims have to live with severe scars, life-long health complications, and disabilities.
Fourth-degree burns usually burn through both layers of the skin (dermis and epidermis), tissue, deeper tissue, muscle, and bone. Since nerve endings get completely destroyed, there is no pain or feeling in the area. Feeling nothing after a burn injury should alarm you because it is an indication that the injury is serious.
Fourth-degree burns cause the affected area to have a charred appearance or sometimes white and might expose the muscle tissues and bone. Fourth-degree burns require emergency medical attention.
Damages You Can Recover Through A Burn Injury Claim
An injury claim in Florida can allow you to recover the following types of damages:
After a burn injury in Clermont, FL, you can get compensation for past and future medical expenses related to the burn and any health complications associated with it. Economic damages in a burn injury claim also cover emergency care costs, accommodation in a burn unit, skin-graft and other surgeries, extended hospital stays, physical and mental therapy, medications, and medical equipment such as a wheelchair.
Economic damages also cover past and future non-medical costs associated with living with severe burn injuries, like the cost of hiring a helper or of modifying a home to accommodate a disability caused by your burn injuries.
Economic damages also seek to compensate burn injury victims for their past and future lost income resulting from them being absent from work or suffering a disabling injury that takes away the victim’s ability to return to work.
Non-economic damages seek to compensate the burn injury victim’s pain, suffering, diminished quality of life, as well as the emotional anguish of suffering the injury and having to live with a permanent scar.
Sometimes, punitive damages may be awarded to punish the party responsible for the burn injury and deter them from engaging in similar behavior in the future.
How Long Do You Have To File A Burn Injury Claim In Florida?
Burn injuries in Florida fall under personal injury laws. So, the statute of limitations for filing a burn injury claim in Clermont, FL, is four years. It is best to file a burn injury claim as soon as possible to get a faster settlement and to allow your attorney enough time to prepare your case.
Filing a burn injury lawsuit after the statute of limitations has elapsed could result in your case being dismissed. However, there are some exceptions. An extension may be issued by the court if:
- The victim is a minor
- The truth of the accident was marred by fraud
Also, if the negligent party was a government official, the statute is decreased to three years.
Our burn injury lawyers at Winters and Yonker can offer clarification if you are ever in doubt about Florida’s statute of limitations.
How Much Will An Attorney Cost?
If getting a burn injury lawyer scares you because you think you will not afford one, fear not. Like all personal injury lawyers in Florida, burn injury lawyers work on a contingency basis. This means that you will not have to pay any upfront fees to get representation. Instead, we will represent you free of charge, and you will pay us a portion of your compensation if we manage to recover any.
How Can A Lawyer Help My Claim?
Our attorneys can help your injury claim through their experience in the following fields:
Case Preparation/ Filing A Lawsuit
An attorney has knowledge about the legal processes involved in a burn injury claim and can help prepare your case by filing a lawsuit on your behalf and notifying you of any limitations that may affect your case.
Personal injury attorneys have been dealing with insurance companies and defenses for many years, so they know how to handle them while protecting your rights and negotiating for a fair settlement. A Winters and Yonker burn injury lawyer will determine your claim’s worth and fight for the compensation you deserve.
- Trial Preparation: A burn injury attorney can help build your case for trial by:
- Investigating the facts of your burn injury by
- Obtaining, organizing, and presenting the required evidence to support your burn injury claim
- Filing the necessary paperwork to begin a court case
- Talk to your doctors.
- Review your medical records.
- Assess your injury
- Evaluate damages
The most important way a burn injury attorney can help your claim is by agreeing to represent you. By advocating for you, they will protect your best interests and act on your behalf.
Clermont burns injury victims need not suffer as long as Winters and Yonker burn injury lawyers are around. Our experienced legal team has been fighting for burn victims’ rights and settlements in Florida for decades.
Contact Our Clermont Burn Injury Lawyers Today
Our personal injury firm has helped many burn victims across Florida, and you could be next! We are dedicated to assisting Clermont burn victims to bring their tormentors to justice by holding them accountable and getting them to compensate their victims. We understand that even though the compensation may not return you to your prior healthy state, it will go a long way to ease your financial burden.
Call Winters and Yonker at (888) 373-7770 or visit our website to arrange a free case evaluation and consultation.