Burns are not an uncommon type of injury. They are painful and often leave permanent physical and psychological scarring. Besides seeking treatment for burns caused by a poorly maintained hazard or an unsafe product/service, you should also consider hiring a reputable and experienced Parrish burn injury lawyer to help you seek compensation for your injuries, losses, pain, and suffering.
If you or a loved one sustained severe burn due to someone’s deliberate, reckless, or negligent actions, we at Winters and Yonker can help. Call our personal injury firm today at (888) 373-7770 and speak to our burn injury attorney, scheduling a free case review and learn how we can help.
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Common Causes Of Burn Injuries
While burns are not uncommon, most cases are attributed to minor mistakes on the victim’s part. However, some cases involving severe burns are linked to another person or entity’s negligent, deliberate, or reckless acts. Some of the causes we have encountered when handling burn injury claims include:
An explosion after a crash or collision and fuel-fed fires in vehicles result in severe burns and fatalities. Car or truck occupants can get trapped after an auto accident and be burned. Some sustain injuries when they touch extremely hot engine components or fluids.
Defectively designed or manufactured electric appliances might overheat and catch fire that can burn down houses and cause deaths or severe contact burns when someone is trying to put them out.
Industrial And Construction Accidents
Employees in the construction and industrial sectors face a substantial risk of contact burns, chemical burns, electrical burns, and thermal burns from work-related fires and explosions.
Chemical accidents are not commonplace in labs and industries that deal with such liquids. They also occur at homes, schools, and other places. For instance, some household products such as bleach, pool chlorinators, and cleaning products have a corrosive composition that can cause chemical burns.
Categories of Burns
Burns can differ in severity. Below are the different levels of such injuries as determined by medical experts. They will also be a factor that our lawyers consider when determining your case’s worth and the compensation claim to pursue.
1st Degree Burns
First-degree burns are relatively not too severe but will have an instant pain that lingers for some time. They can be treated at home using simple first aid methods like running cold water on the burnt area, applying the recommended ointment and dressing. The damage mostly is on the topmost layer of the skin cause it to swell and redden. Recovery can take roughly a week, but some special care might be necessary depending on the circumstances and healing process.
2nd Degree Burns
Second-degree burns are somewhat more severe since the damage caused extends past the upper skin layer. Swelling and painful red blisters or sore are the most common issue that denotes a second-degree burn. While you can treat many second-degree burns at home, professional medical diagnosis and treatment are recommendable if the injured areas are sensitive body parts. Moreover, proper treatment can help mitigate the chances of significant scarring when healing.
3rd Degree Burns
Third-degree burns are the most severe since they are deep-reaching, extending to the third skin layer. They can damage the muscles, nerves or even cause internal organ damage and failure. The injured area might appear charred and leathery or white and waxy. The victim will experience excruciating pain and require special medical care to stabilize the bodily damage and promote proper healing with limited infections or scarring. The treatment may involve surgical procedures to remove extensively damaged tissues and, in some situations, perform skin grafts where the damage untreatable.
4th Degree Burns
Fourth-degree burns most extend beyond the skin, reaching the bones with extensive damage to muscles and nerves. As a result, the affected area loses all sense of touch and pain because the nerves are destroyed. Often, victims will be disfigured or lose a body party after sustaining fourth-degree burns.
What Damages Are Recoverable Through a Burn Injury Claim in Parrish
As a burn victim, you can file a lawsuit against those responsible for your injuries, seeking compensation for your losses, pain, and suffering. Winters and Yonker law firm can help you fight for your rights pursuant to Florida State laws. Your burn injury lawyer in Parrish shall pursue the following damages:
- Economic damages that will encompass medical costs, treatment/surgery and therapy expenses, lost wages, and other financial losses incurred.
- Non-economic damages to cover losses associated with physical and emotional damages and distress, permanent disfigurements, loss of consortium, and wrongful death.
- Punitive damages might also be considered if we determine that the at-fault party’s actions were malicious and grossly indifferent. Your attorney will prove this to the court and ask for extra punishment leveled against the defendant.
How Long Do You Have to File a Burn Injury Claim in Florida?
Under Florida State laws, you as a burn victim have a set time-window to file a claim seeking compensation for your injuries. While the law grants you four years from the date the accident occurred, that period might change given several circumstances or factors. For instance, you will have three years to file the lawsuit if you are suing a government office (state or federal).
Therefore, working with an experienced burn injury attorney is your best bet if you want to ensure that you file your case in time. Moreover, the process might be complicated for you to handle, given the different legal requirements that must be met. It will be best to call our law offices in Parrish, FL, to speak to our lawyers and know how best to proceed with your claim.
How Much Will It Cost To Hire A Burn Injury Attorney?
The financial burdens of meeting your treatment and medical expenses can make you assume that you cannot afford to pay a lawyer. However, this should not be an issue if you believe you have enough facts that prove fault on those responsible. We shall investigate your claims to determine what your lawsuit is worth and take on your case on a contingency fee basis. That means you will pay us after we help you receive the maximum compensation and not lose a single cent if we do not help you win the claim.
How Can A Lawyer Help My Burn Injury Claim?
Besides the vast knowledge and experiences that come with hiring a reputable and seasoned burn injury lawyer, your lawsuit will benefit from the following things that the attorney will handle on your behalf:
It will entail gathering evidence to support your claim, including talking with deposing witnesses, doctors, and your caregiver and using medical records to craft a solid winning strategy. Once all the documents are ready, your lawyer will file the claim within the stipulated period.
Your lawyer and legal team will hold negotiations with the defendant’s insurance providers and their legal representatives. You will not have to face them and deal with their crafty tactics.
Trial and Representation
If the negotiations fail, we shall take the matter to court and let the judge or jury issue a verdict. We shall work hard to ensure you get a favorable outcome from the trial.
Get The Best Representation From Our Parrish Burn Injury Lawyers
Whether your burns are associated with a workplace accident, defective product, car accident, or any other reasons linked to the negligent, deliberate, or reckless actions of another, you have the right to seek compensation and ensure those responsible are held accountable. At Winters and Yonker, we have legal experts that can help you recover your losses. Call our Parrish personal injury lawyers today at (888) 373-7770 to book a free case review and be advised on how to proceed.