Burns are among the most devastating of all injuries, with outcomes ranging from physical impairment, permanent scarring, disability, and even emotional/psychological trauma. As if that’s not enough, they also take a toll on the finances of the family, in an attempt to salvage normality. At Winters & Yonker P.A., our Dunedin burn injury lawyers empathize with all burn victims and guarantee to do our best to restore a semblance of happiness for you and your family even after such a catastrophe.
With an outstanding team of experienced and highly trained personal injury lawyers, allow us to help you move forward. This is by acquiring a well-deserved compensation for all your troubles be they mental, physical, or financial. We understand the harm and suffering that burn injuries can bring upon a family, which is why we dedicate and commit all our efforts to acquiring rightful compensation.
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Are You a Victim of Serious Burns in Florida?
Burns are more often than not a result of serious motor vehicle accidents. These include head-on collisions that make trucks, cars, and other vehicles explode or simply start a fire after a strong impact. Other times, some sort of mechanical or technical failure could lead to combustion. Yet again, fire may be a result of faulty wiring and carelessness on personal premises which could ignite a spark that causes serious burn injuries.
Whichever the cause of your burn injury, the result is the same. Burns often require expensive, invasive, and time-consuming procedures. These include long rehabilitation periods, complex surgeries, and even skin grafting. What’s worse is that even with such intricate procedures, recovering fully from burn injuries is almost always impossible. To top it off, some burns reach internal nerves and tissues, causing permanent amputation and disfigurement.
Liability for Burn Injury Accidents
The good news is that the responsible parties can be authorized by the law to pay for the pain, cost, and anguish that you have incurred. That said, the victim can pursue a personal injury claim against the defendant by proving their liability which is usually negligence in most cases. This way, victims of burn injuries can salvage their losses through compensation for damages.
Negligence is defined as the failure to take proper care of something. As such, a claim based on ordinary negligence accuses the defendant of breaching his duty to care by failing to observe set regulations that uphold his/her duty to care, resulting in an accident. Take for example a Florida motorist overspeeding in inclement weather, and as a result, causing an accident that results in a burn injury. In such a situation, as long as the victim can show that the defendant, who is the motorist, failed to exercise his duty to care, they are entitled to compensation for negligence on the theory of liability.
Another example would be drunk driving accidents. With that in mind, you can claim compensation from negligence if the defendant breaks a law that is put in place to protect the general public or a certain group of people. As long as you can prove that the defendant violated such a law, all you have to do is show your damages and causation for compensation.
On the other hand, your burn injuries may be the result of defective products. In this scenario, the victim would have to prove that the manufacturer designed defective products while it was in his control to protect the public against harm. In this case, the manufacturer is held liable for all sustained burn injuries.
How Does Comparative Negligence Affect Compensation?
Defendants will be quick to blame a victim for burn injuries. Regardless of taking part in the situation of events that led to the burn injury, you can still file a claim for compensation. Under the law in Dunedin, FL, for example, you can still file for partial compensation. This means that if you are 55% at fault, then the defendant is still liable for 45% and should compensate accordingly.
What Is the Time Limit for Filing a Burn Injury Claim?
Florida Law sets a 4 year time limitation from the time of the injury after which the claim is valid.
What Are the Recoverable Damages?
All damages that you have incurred are subject to compensation. Some include medical expenses, loss of wages, psychological trauma, mental disability, and many others.
Representing Burn Injury Victims
Our personal injury lawyers have over 5 decades of collective legal experience. This means that we are fully capable of handling even the toughest legal case. Let us fight for your compensation to guarantee that you recover with ease. We are available to all residents of Tampa, Lakeland, Dunedin other areas. Contact Winters & Yonker P.A. today for a free consultation!