If you have just suffered critical burns due to your involvement in an accident that was caused by the negligence of another, you could recover your losses by bringing a civil claim against the at-fault party. Burn survivors often have to undergo extensive skin grafts and other painful treatments in order to heal.
This often means that you’ll need to take time off of work so that you can focus on recuperating from the devastating burns you endured. Unfortunately, many burn victims simply don’t have the savings required to take that kind of time off of work without ending up with serious financial problems.
One excellent option available to you is pursuing a personal injury claim against the person or persons who are liable for causing the accident and your subsequent burns. Having the compensation you’re entitled to can only help you through your recovery. Continue reading to learn more about the types of accidents that are known for causing severe burns and the damages that can be included in your claim.
There is a wide range of different types of accidents that could potentially cause severe burns. Possibly the most common is motor vehicle collisions due to the extreme nature of such accidents.
Other incidents that are known for causing burn injuries are defective products (when a product malfunctions or is faulty in some way and causes the consumer harm), premises liability accidents (where the property owner failed to warn an invited guest of a hazard on their premises), and medical malpractice cases (when a medical professional is negligent in their care of a patient).
When you are involved in any of these types of accidents and suffer severe burns, you should reach out to an attorney who can represent you if you choose to proceed with a civil claim against whomever is found to be liable for your losses.
To determine what your claim is worth, your attorney will need to examine every way in which your life has been impacted by your burns.
This includes both economic and non-economic damages. Economic damages refer to the financial losses you suffered whereas non-economic damages reflect the damages to your emotional state and lifestyle. Some of the different losses that will be considered in your claim are as follows:
In the event that the Judge finds the actions of the defendant to be particularly egregious or intentionally harmful, they may determine that you are entitled to an award of punitive damages.
These are awarded as a form of punishment for the defendant and are meant to make an example of them in the hopes of deterring similar incidents from occurring in the future. If you are awarded punitive damages, you can expect your final award to be dramatically increased.
It’s hard to say off-hand how much you can expect to recover due to your burn injury, but a good way to think of it is the greater impact your burns have had on your life, the more you can expect to obtain in terms of compensation.
When you’re ready to move forward with a civil claim against the at-fault party so that you can secure compensation for severe burn injuries you endured, reach out to a highly trained personal injury lawyer.
Your attorney can investigate the cause of the incident so that the appropriate party is held accountable for their negligence and ensure that every single loss is accounted for when calculating the value of your claim.