A burn injury can 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.
Our experienced 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.
Causes of Burn Injury
Burn injury can result from many types of accidents, including car crashes, truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, chemical burns, electrical mishaps, defective products, scalding, and construction accidents.
Degrees of Burn Injury
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 for Burn Injury
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:
- Defendant owed the plaintiff a duty of care
- Defendant violated the duty of care owed to the plaintiff
- Plaintiff’s harm was a direct consequence of the defendant’s carelessness
- 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. Otherwise, their right to compensation probably will be barred. It is vital to consult a knowledgeable attorney as soon as possible if you or a family member has suffered a severe burn.
Our Legal Team
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 burn injury attorney.
Our Florida personal injury lawyers are committed to representing victims with the dedication that they deserve. We represent individuals and families near Cape Coral, Fort Myers, and Naples. Call us toll free at (800) 283-7442.