INFORMATION AND WHAT TO DO
According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), 1.1 million people each year suffer burn injuries that require extreme medical attention. According to the World Health Organization, 180,000 deaths recorded each year are related to burn injuries. While the severity of these cases may vary, even non-fatal burn injuries are one of the leading causes of illness. Fortunately, however, burns are largely preventable.
Car accidents, workplace accidents, defective products, faulty electrical wires, dangerous chemicals, and many other things can all cause bad burn injuries. Thermal, electrical, chemical, and radiation burns are serious, and often require hospital stays, surgeries, and weeks or months of rehabilitation for survivors. If you have a feeling that someone caused your burn injury through negligence or a wanton disregard for the safety of others, talk to our personal injury lawyers about a potential claim. Louisiana law could entitle you to compensation.
Types of Burns
A burn is an injury to the skin caused by exposure to thermal (heat), cold, electricity, chemicals, radiation, and friction.
Thermal burns are the most common types of burns. They occur when hot food, scalding liquids, steam, or flames come in contact with your skin. These are usually caused by fires, automobile accidents, playing with matches, improperly stored chemicals such as gasoline or paint thinner, and electrical malfunctions.
Electrical burns are caused by contact with electrical sources or lightning.
Chemical burns are caused by exposure to industrial chemicals or a mixture of household chemicals.
This type of burn is caused by the sun, tanning beds, or radiation therapy.
Friction burns are caused by contact to any hard surface such as roads (common known as road rash), hardwood floors, or even some carpet. They are usually both a scrape and burn, and are very prone to infection.
The Three Levels of Burns:
1st Degree Burn
First degree burns affect only the outer layer of skin. They cause redness, swelling, pain, and sometimes a slight fever.
2nd Degree Burns
Second Degree Burns affect both the outer and underlying layer of skin. They cause pain, redness, swelling, and slight blistering.
3rd Degree Burns
Third degree burns affect all layers of the skin. They cause white or blackened, charred and leathery skin. There is usually not much pain in the beginning due to the destroyed nerve endings in the damaged skin.
What’s Your Burn Injury Claim Worth?
One of the most pressing questions on your mind during burn injury litigation is probably, “How much is my claim worth?” To receive an accurate answer to this question, you will need to have a personal injury attorney assess your specific case. You can get a rough idea of what your claim could be worth, however, through understanding how personal injury attorneys and insurance companies evaluate burn injuries.
Here are a few factors that go into calculating the value of burn injury claims in Louisiana:
Severity of the Injury and Lasting Effects on the Victim’s Life
In general, burns tend to have higher settlement values because of the permanent and catastrophic nature of these injuries. Burn injuries that result in serious or chronic pain, permanent scarring, tissue damage, disfigurement, amputation, or disability will garner the most in settlements and jury verdicts. The same is true for serious physical pain and emotional suffering.
How the Accident Happened
The perceived value of your case will fluctuate depending on the circumstances of your accident. The degree of the defendant’s liability can decide the value of the claim. For example, a case would be worth more if the defendant should have been able to prevent the injury, compared to a case in which the accident might not have been preventable.
Actions/Intents of the Defendant
Some burn injury claims could qualify for punitive damages, or additional rewards that serve to punish the defendant for particularly cruel or grossly negligent actions that resulted in burn injuries. For example, if an oven mitt company never tested its products and a customer ended up with bad burn injuries, the court might award punitive damages for the serious negligence of the manufacturer.
Dozens of factors can affect the final outcome of your burn injury claim. The one constant is that your odds of maximum compensation improve with legal representation. A personal injury lawyer has experience negotiating with insurance companies and can clearly represent a burn survivor’s case in front of a judge or jury.
Your Trusted Burn Injury Attorneys in Baton Rouge
Retaining a personal injury attorney gives you a competitive edge in meetings with insurers and lets them know you mean business. A personal injury attorney can also help you know whether a settlement offer is reasonable for your damages. If you can’t settle your claim during pretrial, a personal injury lawyer can go to court with you to fight for fair recovery.
If you’re in need of an experienced, aggressive personal injury attorney in Baton Rouge, come to the Murphy Law Firm. We have the resources and abilities to take your claim where it needs to go. Contact us with details about your accident, and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible. We never settle for less, and we always fight for maximum compensation. Don’t be a victim twice. Call the personal injury lawyers at the Murphy Law Firm today at (225) 928-8800.