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If you sustain a burn injury at the fault of another person or entity, they should be responsible for compensating the costs of recovery and the permanent effects of your burns. Living in Indiana, burn injuries might not be your first concern––half of the year, you’re more worried about frostbite. Regardless, multiple situations each day could result in a severe burn injury to you or someone around you.
Mild burn injuries can be simple to treat and may take some time to heal. On the other hand, severe burn injuries may cause irreparable and costly damage that seriously impacts the rest of your life. If you sustain a burn injury due to someone else’s negligence, you may be able to recover compensation to help you get back on your feet.
Hire a WKW lawyer to start your journey towards the compensation you are entitled to.
A burn is defined as damage to the skin or other body parts caused by extreme heat or flame, contact with heated objects, or chemicals. Most burns are caused by the following:
According to the American Burn Association (ABA), 1.1 million burn injuries in the United States require medical attention each year.
The liable party for a burn injury will often depend on the location of the accident. Sometimes you may be at fault for your injuries, but sometimes they will directly result from someone else’s negligence. If you believe you were not responsible for your pain, contact a burn injury attorney at WKW to pursue damages from the liable party.
If you are burned in a car accident, you will most likely seek compensation from the other driver.
Although the burn may sometimes be the result of a defect in the vehicle that should not have been a problem, it is more likely that your burn injury will be covered as part of an overarching car accident lawsuit. Most individuals who suffer burn injuries in car accidents also suffer other injuries, such as broken bones or head trauma. If the car crash was the fault of a third party, such as the city, you may be able to seek compensation from them
The most common type of burn injuries occurs at home. ABA found that almost 70% of burns in the U.S. happen within an individual’s household. Cooking, heat sources, and electrical malfunctions account for most of these accidents. Chargers, extension cords, clothing dryers, and other appliances are especially problematic.
Individuals who live and work on farms also have to be careful. Fires and explosions on farms can be highly detrimental to the residents and the surrounding structures.
In addition to a vast number of injuries, home fires are also responsible for an astounding amount of property damage. You would not be able to recover civil damages if you were the obvious cause of the fire. However, if you suspect that the accident happened due to someone else’s negligence or a defective product, you may be able to pursue compensation. Hire a burn accident lawyer to conduct an investigation and discover the actual cause of the carnage.
The last place we typically see burn injuries is in the workplace. People’s jobs often require them to be in hazardous situations. Those who work near heat sources or with large, hot machinery are at an increased risk of burn accidents. Electricians, cooks, and oil workers also have a more significant probability of exposure to unbearable heat.
Though workplaces typically have guidelines or safety procedures in place to prevent burn injuries, negligent individuals may not abide by these precautions. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) imposes strict standards for employers to follow. When OSHA rules are ignored, people get hurt.
Those who get injured at work are eligible for workers’ compensation benefits. However, if another party was responsible for the injury or your employer was not acting as an employer during the accident, you may be able to pursue personal injury damages. While this will require a higher burden of proof, it will provide more comprehensive benefits than workers’ compensation insurance.
The degree, or severity, of burn injuries, are identified on a scale:
Seriously burned patients often require highly specialized and expert care to deal with the long-term physical and psychological effects of their injuries. The injury and treatment process can financially and emotionally drain the victim and their loved ones. For this reason, hiring an attorney experienced in burn injuries is indispensable to ensure you recover the full compensation you deserve.
The most important thing to remember when dealing with burn injuries is that time matters. The sooner you receive medical treatment, the more likely you will avoid further complications.
After a severe burn, you may continue to develop other medical complications if not adequately treated. Some of the health issues that can stem from a severe burn include the following:
The extent of your injuries and how they impact your quality of life will directly influence the benefits you receive from a burn injury lawsuit. Hire an experienced burn attorney to obtain full compensation.
You have a few different options after a burn injury in Indiana. You may be able to file a burn injury lawsuit, a personal injury claim, or a workers’ compensation suit if the injury occurred on the job.
Personal injury cases give you the choice to recover the compensation you need to get back on your feet. This can include money for all relevant expenses and additional funds for abstract values. A personal injury lawsuit following a burn injury may not provide full compensation for your injuries as soon as you would like.
If you file a burn injury lawsuit, it will involve taking the defendant to the courtroom. This is typically an option if the insurance company or party at fault refuses to negotiate a fair settlement. Burn injury lawsuits can result in benefits for the following damages:
Workers’ compensation cases offer much more limited benefits but may be easier to obtain because you do not always need to prove negligence to receive benefits. You will want to consult a burn injury lawyer when deciding what damages to pursue from the responsible party.
Severe burn injuries may require treatment from a trained professional with specific knowledge. Burn care centers are medical providers dedicated to preventing further complications after a burn injury. Many factors should be considered when deciding whether or not an individual should be sent to a burn care center. Send a victim for treatment for the following things:
You should consider medical treatment if the burn is more serious than slightly reddened skin. Going to a burn care center is always a good idea if you believe your injuries are beyond your comfort level.
We have extensive experience dealing with burn-related cases as well as fires and explosions. The combination of our legal and medical staff’s expertise in this area provides a solid basis for researching, understanding, and explaining the factors involved in a burn injury to a jury.
If you or a loved one have suffered a burn injury, you are urged to contact the Indianapolis Burn Injury Attorneys of Wilson Kehoe Winingham. The lawyers at WKW can help you get the compensation you deserve. Call 317.689.0654 or fill out an online contact form for a free, no-obligation case evaluation.
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