Burn injuries may be extremely painful and often leave long-lasting physical and psychological scars. If you or someone close to you has suffered a serious burn due to the carelessness of another person or entity, you may be able to take legal action. At Lusk, Drasites & Tolisano, our experienced Fort Myers burn injury lawyers work diligently to seek the compensation that victims deserve for their harm. We understand that this is an extremely stressful time for you and your family, and you can expect the utmost compassion from our entire team.
Pursuing Compensation for a Burn Injury
Burn injuries can result from many types of accidents, including car crashes, truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, chemical burns, electrical mishaps, defective products, scalding, and construction accidents.
Burn injuries are commonly classified by degree according to severity. First-degree burns refer to when the outer layer of the skin is damaged. The damaged skin in such a burn is typically red, swollen, and painful. Second-degree burns occur when the first layer of the skin is burned through, and the second layer is damaged. These often involve blisters, severe pain, and swelling. Third-degree burns damage areas beyond the skin and reach the underlying tissue, often damaging or destroying the underlying muscle tissue, tendon, fat, and bones.
Damages that a burn victim can potentially seek frequently include past, present, and future medical expenses, lost income and benefits, pain and suffering, scarring and disfigurement, disability, physical impairment, loss of enjoyment, and more. The amount of compensation that a victim will be able to receive will depend on the severity of the burn.
Most burn injuries occur in accidents that were due to someone’s negligence. Negligence is a failure to exercise reasonable care, or take the precautions that a prudent person would use in the same or similar circumstances. Negligence can be established by identifying either a careless action that should not have been taken or a failure to act when taking action would have been appropriate. In order to prevail in a negligence claim, the plaintiff must establish the following elements:
- The defendant owed the plaintiff a duty of care;
- The defendant violated the duty of care owed to the plaintiff;
- The plaintiff’s harm was a direct consequence of the defendant’s carelessness; and
- Actual damages resulted.
Most personal injury claims must be brought within the statute of limitations. This is a specific time period that defines when accident victims may take legal action, or otherwise their right to compensation probably will be barred. As a result, it is vital to consult a knowledgeable attorney as soon as possible if you or a family member has suffered a severe burn.
Contact an Injury Lawyer in the Fort Myers Area
Many times, burn injuries could have been avoided if reasonable care had been exercised. If you or someone close to you has been hurt because someone else failed to take the proper precautions, it is important to seek the guidance of a zealous Fort Myers burn injury attorney. At Lusk, Drasites & Tolisano, our personal injury and wrongful death lawyers are committed to representing victims with the dedication that they deserve. We also represent individuals and families in Naples, Port Charlotte, Lehigh Acres, and Sarasota, among other cities. Call us toll-free at (800) 283-7442 or contact us through our online form to set up a free consultation.