A burn is perhaps one of the most painful injuries that anyone can endure. It’s not at all uncommon for burns to require hospitalization, surgical procedures (for skin grafts, etc.), rehabilitation, and more. The results of a burn can take years to navigate and during this time you may lose a lot of money from lost wages, medical bills, and more.
If you or a loved one has been the victim of a burn due to negligence, you may be entitled to compensation. Our Odessa burn injury lawyers at Winters & Yonker will help you file a claim against the responsible party. Give us a call today to schedule a free consultation with an experienced personal injury lawyer.
Common Causes Of Burn Injuries
There are many causes of burn injuries, including the following:
- Abuse or neglect (typically to elderly or young children)
- Chemicals (including acids, paint thinners, gasoline, or lye)
- Electrical current
- Hot steam
- Hot liquid
- Radiation (overexposure to X-rays etc.)
- Hot items (from the oven, glass, or other items)
Categories of Burns
Burns are classified based on how deep and severe the damage is. Here are the categories of burn injuries:
1st Degree: These affect just the outer layer of skin.
2nd Degree: These burns involve both the epidermis (outer layer of skin) and the inner layer or the dermis.
3rd Degree: These are full burns that involved all of the layers of the skin and the subcutaneous layers. They are often white or black and may appear to be charred.
4th Degree: These burns will go through both layers of the skin, and they will also go through to deeper layers of tissue. They may even involve the muscles and the bone. The feeling is typically lost due to the damage to the nerve endings.
Damages You Can Recover Through a Burn Injury Claim
Depending upon the severity of the burn or burns, you can claim compensation for lost wages, medical bills, pain and suffering, property damages, and more. Each case is different and the claim will be filed according to those differences. There are a lot of different factors that are used to determine the amount of compensation that will be due to a burn victim.
How Long Do You Have To File a Burn Injury Claim In Florida?
In the state of Florida, a burn victim has four years from the time of the accident or injury to file their burn injury claim.
How Much Will an Attorney Cost?
Here at Winters & Yonker, our burn injury attorneys work on a contingency fee basis. This means that you don’t have to pay us anything unless you receive compensation for your injuries. Instead, your lawyer receives a percentage of your settlement amount or the damages awarded by the court. You don’t have to worry about paying out of pocket.
How Can a Lawyer Help My Claim?
Hiring a skilled Odessa burn injury lawyer is the best thing to do if you want to ensure you receive the compensation you deserve for your injuries. Here is how our attorneys can help you:
Case Preparation/ Filing A Lawsuit
A lawyer will know all of the ins and outs of a court case. They will know what you can demand compensation for. They will be able to prepare your case according to the particular parameters that are required in court. They will use all of the evidence that they can collect to build the strongest case possible.
Not all cases will go to trial. Many cases are resolved with a settlement. Your attorney will negotiate to get you the best possible settlement amount. The other party, their insurance company, or their lawyers may try to pay you less than you deserve. If this happens, your attorney will argue back and forth with the other side until an agreement is reached.
Trial Preparation And Representation
If a settlement agreement is not reached, our attorneys are ready to aggressively represent you in court. As the date of the trial comes closer the attorney will double-check all of the information that has been filed against the evidence at hand. They will review the information and prepare the case for trial before a judge. This will be a detailed account of the accident, damages, and requests for compensation. The judge will then review the case and determine the validity of the court case and whether or not there should be any compensation.
Get in Touch with Our Odessa Burn Injury Lawyers
Burns can lead to costly medical bills, lost wages, and in serious cases, permanent scarring. If you suffered a burn as a result of another party’s negligence, you can demand justice with help from Winters & Yonker. Our personal injury attorneys are familiar with such cases.
We will fight to ensure you receive the compensation you deserve for your pain and suffering, loss of wages, medical bills, and potentially other damages. You won’t have to pay us anything unless you receive compensation for your injuries. Call our office at (888) 373-7770 to set up a free consultation. We look forward to hearing from you today.