Burn injuries are among some of the most painful and debilitating conditions an individual can suffer from, and unfortunately are much more frequent than the general population realizes. As a consequence of the gruesome injuries and the emotional and financial toll such injuries can create on a victim, it is imperative that victims of burn injuries are given adequate medical care, given access to the newest treatments, and most importantly, are given the opportunity to ensure any negligent parties responsible for their injuries are held responsible.
According to the U.S. Vital Statistics, approximately 450,000 Americans are forced to seek treatment for burn injuries on an annual basis. Of those burn injury victims, approximately 3,400 will die from their injuries. Many victims suffer burn injuries as a result of car crashes, work-related accidents and electrocution incidents. Surprisingly however, the vast majority of burn victims suffer their injuries as a result of residential fires. In these cases, victims may be able to sue property owners, defective product manufacturers and municipalities which may have contributed to the harm suffered.
It is vital that you as a victim, or the family of a victim receive compensation for the wrong done to you. There are several factors that determine the settlements and these depend on the extent of damages. Firstly, there are specific damages, which generally cover the expenses and losses incurred as a result of the burns. These include medical, rehabilitation, loss of income and others, which you will have to prove to recover them.
There are also general damages, which are abstract and cannot be quantified by bills, they include pain and suffering and the disfigurement. Lastly, wrongful death, which occurs if a loved one is lost as a result of negligence by the third party. This helps cover the funeral costs, medical costs incurred, the loss of companionships and advice, as well as past and future income the deceased loved one would have provided.
Due to the severity of burn injuries and their causes, the legal aspect of handling these type of cases is complex and intricate and using a skilled and experienced personal injury attorney can make all the difference. If you or a loved one have been badly injured due to burns sustained and believe that a third party is to blame, contact an experienced attorney to help ensure your legal rights are protected.