It can be difficult to take on the complex legal aspects of a challenging burn injury claim while you’re dealing with serious injuries and a painful recovery process. The Westminster burn injury lawyers at Ciancio, Ciancio, Brown, P.C. understand the challenges you’re facing. Call or contact our Westminster law office today for a free consultation on your case so we can begin a strong strategy for your compensation.
How Can a Burn Injury Lawyer Help?
There are many ways burn injuries in Westminster occur, including in workplaces, residences, and car accidents. If the injury was due to the negligence or reckless actions of another individual or person, you deserve fair compensation for the damages. The term “damages” in personal injury claims refers to the consequences an injury victim suffers from preventable harm.
A full investigation by a team with more than 40 years of experience in Westminster personal injury claims, including challenging burn injury cases
Quality legal representation from compassionate client advocates
A strong strategy to maximize your compensation
Skilled investigators with access to the best medical and forensics experts
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What Damages Can I Recover From My Burn Injury?
Burn injuries are not only painful and disfiguring, but they’re also expensive. With emergency medical treatment, infection prevention, and possible skin grafts and corrective procedures, the medical bills mount up at the same time the burn victim may be unable to return to work.
If someone else was at fault for the injury, a successful burn injury claim can bring compensation for the following damages:
Future medical expenses for ongoing care and surgeries to improve appearance and mobility
Future income loss, including compensation for diminished earning capacity, if the burn caused a disability
Pain and suffering
Loss of consortium and/or loss of enjoyment of life compensation
Compensation for non-economic damages like pain and suffering and emotional trauma cannot undo the harm caused by the burns, but it allows a sense of justice as well as a larger payout on a claim.
Causes of Burn Injuries
Burns occur when human tissue encounters direct or indirect heat, either through fire, hot surfaces, chemical agents, or electrical current. Common causes of serious burn injuries in Westminster include:
Exposure to fire/flame
Scalds from hot liquid or steam
Contact with hot objects
Burn injury claims often stem from workplace accidents, house fires, car and truck accidents, industrial accidents, faulty equipment, explosives, and fireworks. If the actions of a person or business entity caused the burn injuries, proving that party’s negligence can result in a successful claim for damages.
Types of Burn Injuries
Burns result from heat damage to the surface of the skin and sometimes to the layers below the skin all the way through the fat, muscle, and bone. The medical field divides burn injuries into the following categories based on the depth of the body the burn penetrates:
First-degree burns are superficial, affecting only the outer layer of skin (epidermis)
Second-degree burns involve the epidermis but also penetrate to the dermis layer below
Third-degree burns cause excessive damage to all skin layers and penetrate into the muscle. These full-thickness burns may also impact the bone. When there’s bone involvement in a burn, some institutions refer to the injury as fourth-degree burns.
While first and second-degree burns are painful and cause redness, blistering, and sometimes infections, third-degree burns cause complete destruction of the tissue, with black or white charring. Burn patients with severe injuries often suffer from burns of different degrees on various parts of the body.
Who Can Be Held Liable for a Burn Injury?
Depending on how the injury occurred, an at-fault party may be liable for damages to a burn victim. For example, if the burns occurred due to a fiery car accident and the other driver caused the accident, their negligence or recklessness behind the wheel leaves them liable for damages. A negligent property owner who fails to install or maintain smoke detectors in a rental unit may be liable for damages. Proving an at-fault party liable requires documenting evidence to demonstrate that the following is true:
The at-fault party owed a duty of care to prevent injury to others, such as a truck driver’s duty to follow traffic laws and avoid distractions, or a firework manufacturer’s duty to produce safe products
The at-fault party breached this duty of care by acting negligently, recklessly, or with wrongdoing
The breach of duty directly caused the burn injury
The burn injury victim suffered significant economic and non-economic damages from the injury
Once a Westminster burn injury attorney investigates the case and documents evidence of liability, they can craft a compelling case to present to the at-fault party’s insurance company to seek compensation for your damages.
Most cases end in a settlement without the need for a lawsuit, but the strong litigators at Ciancio Ciancio Brown, P.C. are ready to argue aggressively for your compensation in court if required to secure your compensation.
Symptoms of Burn Injuries
Burn injuries are almost inarguably the most painful and disfiguring injuries the human body can suffer. They also often leave survivors with emotional trauma, including PTSD, anxiety, and depression. Burn injuries have deep impacts on survivors and also result in financial hardship for their families.
If you or a close family member sustained a serious burn injury due to someone else’s negligence, reckless actions, or intentional wrongdoing, you shouldn’t be left responsible for the damages. “Damages” in a personal injury claim refer to the economic and non-economic consequences of an injury.
Contact a Westminster Burn Injury Attorney Today
At Ciancio Ciancio Brown, P.C., we understand the devastating toll serious burns take on the victim’s life and daily routine. Even milder burns can cause pain, scarring, and lost days of work during healing.
Serious injuries are even more distressing when they could have been avoided had someone else taken reasonable care. Let us be a strong voice behind your claim for compensation. Contact a Ciancio Ciancio Brown today for a free case consultation so we can begin working on your unique case.