Posted in Uncategorized on June 23, 2017
Settlement awards can vary greatly depending on the severity of the injury, long-term or permanent effects of the injury, the victim’s pain and suffering, other economic losses, and the intentions of the defendant. Burn injuries are particularly devastating injuries because of the risk of permanent damage such as scarring, disfigurement, loss of mobility and function, and nerve damage. Some burns can also cause infections or other secondary conditions that entail extensive recovery processes.
In any burn injury lawsuit, many factors will influence the plaintiff’s final settlement amount. Generally, plaintiffs can recover what they spent on medical treatment and other expenses from the defendant. Typically, damages in personal injury lawsuits include:
After you’ve dealt with the immediate medical issues of a burn injury, it’s vital that you speak with an attorney as soon as possible about your legal options. If another person’s or entity’s negligence caused your burn injury, it’s vital to hold him or her accountable to secure compensation for your losses and to lower the chances of other victims meeting similar fates. Your attorney will discuss the extent of your injuries with you, their effects, any long-term or permanent damage or disability, and your other losses so you have an idea of what to expect from winning your case.
Burn injuries are common in some work environments. If you suffered a burn injury at work, workers’ compensation benefits may offer a measure of relief for your lost wages and immediate medical expenses, but they rarely cover the total cost of a burn injury. Your attorney can help you navigate the process of filing for workers’ compensation benefits and can help you explore your options for additional compensation, such as a personal injury lawsuit against a negligent employer or product liability claim against a defective product manufacturer.