Burn injuries can happen anywhere from tanning beds and sunscreen that doesn’t work as advertised to kitchen accidents at someone else’s house or a restaurant you work in. Burns are painful and sometimes debilitating, resulting in a much lower quality of life.
If a particular person or party is responsible, then you might be able to recover certain damages that get your life back closer to where it should be. An Ocoee burn injury lawyer with Winters and Yonker might be able to help.
For more information on how our personal injury lawyers can help you with a burn claim call (888) 373-7770 to schedule a free consultation.
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Common Causes Of Burns
Burns can be the result of many things. Fire is an obvious and common example, but it can also happen from hot liquids, steam, hot surfaces like metal or glass, electrical currents, radiation, UV radiation from sunlight, or even tanning beds, chemicals, and abuse by another person. Burns can even be surgical in origin or inhalation burns, although thermal burns are the most common.
Categories of Burns
Medical personnel usually categorize burns based on their level of severity, which happens in four different levels.
First-degree burns are typically superficial burns. Milder than all others, they do result in pain and redness of the outermost layer of skin.
Second-degree burns sometimes are also called partial-thickness burns. In addition to impacting the epidermis, or the topmost layer of skin, they also affect the dermis, which is the next skin layer. In addition to pain and redness, there might also be swelling and blistering.
Third-degree burns happen to be full-thickness burns that go down to the dermis and beyond. Physically, they can look like white burns or even blackened and charred skin that no longer has feeling left.
Fourth-degree burns do damage or destroy nerve endings. These burns go deep enough to impact bones and muscles.
Damages You Can Recover Through A Burn Injury Claim
There are three kinds of damages that a Winters and Yonker Ocoee, FL, burn injury lawyer can recover for you through your claim. They include economic damages, non-economic damages, and punitive damages.
Economic damages involved in burn injury lawsuits are compensation for the actual financial loss you sustain from injuries, including all specific monetary losses. These can include things like hospital bills, medications, rehab costs, lost wages, and the like.
Alternatively, non-economic damages are more intended to cover pain and suffering, trauma, and emotional duress that result from an injury. Compensation is often appropriate for these intangibles but harder to pin specific price tags too, which is why it is a different yet just as important category.
In cases where the behavior of a defendant is deemed particularly reckless or even downright malicious, punitive damages might be put into place simply for punishment for causing an injury. This is often considered a warning to others as well.
How Long Do You Have To File A Burn Injury Claim In Florida?
The date of your burn injury starts a four-year clock for you to file your burn injury claim in the state of Florida. Don’t use all of this time though. The longer you wait, the harder it is for any attorney to build a case for you or negotiate a strong settlement. The other side can argue that your injuries just weren’t that bad if it took you so long to do something about it.
How Much Will An Attorney Cost?
Personal injury attorneys in Florida, including us, usually work on what is known as a contingency basis. That means we don’t charge you a dime unless your case is won. Depending on the size of the settlement and whether or not it happens before or after a lawsuit is officially filed. This is always subject to negotiation though, and we can certainly discuss it with you if you call us for a consultation. The primary benefit to you is that you don’t have to pay anything for the attempt to recover the damages that you are entitled to.
How Can A Lawyer Help My Claim?
Having a Winters and Yonker Ocoee, FL, burn injury lawyer on your side can help you in three different ways. First, we can help you with filing your lawsuit and preparing your case. Filing a lawsuit is never something you should do on your own since it’s a very technical process where the slightest detail or error could cost you your right to compensation. We can also help you with case preparation better with our experience, while also lifting this burden from you while you recover from your burns.
Secondly, many burn injury cases are settled out of court. Rather than just take the first offer you get, we can help you negotiate a number that’s far fairer from an insurance company or responsible party.
Third, some settlement negotiations don’t conclude until there is actual trial preparation pushing the responsible party and their lawyers to sit down and get a deal done. In the event settlement negotiations fail completely, you want legal professionals ready to head into the courtroom and represent you.
Call Our Ocoee Burn Injury Lawyers Today
Advances in technology, training, and safety awareness mean that burn injuries happen a lot less than they have in the past. Unfortunately, they still occur, meaning they can hurt you or someone you love almost any place and time.
Burn injuries can result in serious physical damage, loss of quality of life, serious bills, and possibly even loss of income and wages. The right legal team at your side can help you recover economic damages, punitive damages, and non-economic damages. This compensation can’t change what happened, but it can get your life back on a good track and help undo a lot of what you have suffered.
If you need an Ocoee, Florida burn injury lawyer or just have questions for one, then call us at (888) 373-7770 to consult a Winters and Yonker attorney right away.