Burns are amongst some of the most painful injuries one can sustain and often leave cause long-lasting psychological and physical scars. Whether it’s a burn caused by an unsafe product or a poorly kept hazard on a property, you might need the services of an experienced and professional Dover burn injury lawyer to ensure that you get compensated for your suffering and medical costs.
If you or someone you care about have suffered severe burns due to the negligent actions of another person, get in touch with Winters and Yonker today to schedule a free consultation with one of our professional personal injury attorneys or call (888) 373-7770.
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Common Causes of Burn Injuries
Burns are commonly caused by:
Fuel-fed fires and explosions that occur in a truck, motorcycle, or car accident can cause fatal or serious burn injuries to crash victims. In most cases, motor vehicle accident victims suffer burn injuries due to being trapped inside a burning car or by coming into direct contact with extremely-hot engine liquids or components, causing thermal or contact burns.
Electrically-powered appliances that are defectively manufactured or designed might catch fire, overheat, or spark, causing burns from house fires, contact burns, or electrical burns,
Industrial and Construction Accidents
Industrial and construction workers run the risk of chemical burns, contact burns, thermal burns, or electrical burns from factory explosions and fires.
While most people think that chemical accidents only occur on worksites and in labs, they still can happen at home too! Household products like pool chlorinators, concrete mix, bleach, and cleaning products can also cause chemical burns.
Categories of Burns
Burns are categorized into the following four categories:
1st Degree Burns
Apart from the lingering, instant pain, first-degree burns are generally not that serious and be treated at home by simply running cold water over the burnt area and applying some ointment. In first-degree burns, only the top layer of the victim’s skin is damaged, causing the affected area to become inflamed or red. These burns take about seven to ten days to heal; however, there might be a need for special care if the burn is more than three-inches wide or is located on a major joint.
2nd Degree Burns
Second-degree burns are a bit more severe and typically extend past the epidermis (the top layer of skin) and damage the layer beneath known as the dermal. These burns are generally characterized by redness accompanied by painful blisters or sores. Fortunately, most second-degree burns can be treated at home, though some, especially those that cover sensitive parts of the body, might need professional medical treatment. If not treated correctly and promptly, some burns might leave scarring.
3rd Degree Burns
Third-degree burns are the most severe as they go through all three skin layers (the subcutaneous fat layer, dermis, and the epidermis) and typically damage to nerves, muscles, and, in some cases, internal organs. Burnt skin might appear anywhere from waxy and white to a charred and leathery dark brown. All burns of this level require immediate medical care as treatment is required to prevent scarring, infection, and permanent bodily damage. Third-degree burns may require the removal of damaged tissue and might even call for surgical procedures such as skin grafting if the damage is beyond treatment.
4th Degree Burns
Any burns that go through the three layers of skin and any underlying tissue, including, deep tissues and possibly even affecting bones and muscles, is known as a fourth-degree burn. With these burns, there’s no feeling in the affected area as the nerve endings have all been destroyed.
Damages One Can Recover Through a Burn Injury Claim in Dover, Florida
If you have suffered burn injuries due to the negligent actions of another person or entity, don’t try to manage the economic fallout of your injury(s) alone – those responsible for your injury(s) need to be held accountable. As a victim, you are free to claim damages from the expenses and losses you’ve sustained and a Dover, Florida, burn injury lawyer from Winters and Yonker can help you get well compensated for your trouble.
Here’s a look at some of the damages burn victims can claim in Florida:
- Economic Damages: These include compensation for lost wages, money, and medical expenses.
- Non-Economic Damages: These include damages for physical incapacity, emotional distress, loss of companionship, permanent disfigurement, etc.
- Punitive Damages: If the negligence, misconduct, or inattentiveness of an organization or person are bad enough, they may be required to pay punitive damages. These damages serve as punishment for defendants whose misconduct was especially appalling.
How Long Do You Have to File a Burn Injury Claim in Florida?
The statute of limitations in Florida sets the time burn victims have to file a lawsuit or claim for compensation to four years from the day the incident occurred. If the defendant was a department or office of federal, state, or local government, this period reduces to three years. It’s worth noting that there are a few complicated exceptions that could cause the statute to toll or pause, like when the burn victim is still a minor. For more on when to file a burn injury claim in Florida, call Winters and Yonker to speak to one of our attorneys.
How Much Will It Cost to Hire a Dover Burn Injury Lawyer?
At Winters and Yonker, we understand that it can be hard for injury victims to have or even raise the money needed to pay attorney services, which is why we take on injury and accident cases on a contingency fee basis. What that means is you don’t get to pay a single cent for the consultation and representation until we have secured compensation for you. If we don’t win the case, we don’t get paid. Our payment comes in the form of a percentage of the amount paid out as compensation for your injuries.
How Can An Attorney Help My Burn Injury Claim?
While you are free to represent yourself when seeking compensation, you are advised to consider having a burn injury attorney handle the case for you. Apart from having the experience, knowledge, network, and skills required to file and pursue a burn injury claim, a personal injury attorney can also help make the most of your case. Some of the things your attorney will take over to ensure the success of your case includes:
Case Preparation and Filing the Claim
- Gathering and presenting evidence
- Talking to your caregiver
- Reviewing medical records
- Talking to and deposing witnesses
- Deferring payments
- Settlement Negotiation
- Negotiating with the defendant’s insurance company to ensure you get the best deal
Trial and Representation
- Represent you in a court of law
Seek Help from Dover’s Most Trusted Burn Injury Attorneys
Whether your injury(s) was caused by a dangerous product, workplace accident, car accident, or any other factor, you need a skilled and professional burn injury attorney who’ll fight aggressively to ensure you are rightfully compensated for your injuries, damages, and losses. Our highly-skilled attorneys, friendly staff, and bespoke service are here to guide and support you through this difficult and trying time. Call (888) 373-7770 to schedule a free, no-obligation initial consultation with a burn injury attorney from Winters and Yonker today.