Burn injuries,1 which can result from motor vehicle accidents, can be life-altering and catastrophic, depending upon the degree of the burn (first, second, third, or fourth degree). In addition to being potentially life-threatening, burn injuries can result in significant scarring, physical damage, and bodily harm, as well as severe mental anguish and emotional distress.
Treatment for burn injuries may require long hospital stays, plastic surgery and reconstruction (costing thousands of dollars), physical therapy and rehabilitation, lost time from work (i.e. lost wages), counseling, and more.
If you have sustained burn injuries in a motor vehicle accident because another driver was negligent, you may be entitled to monetary compensation for your injuries and damages. Our experienced personal injury and worker’s compensation attorneys will be able to evaluate your case and pursue the legal compensation to which you may be entitled.
Causes of Burn Injuries
Burn injuries are often sustained in motor vehicle accidents or on the job while you are driving. Of the various types of burn injuries in traffic accidents, thermal burns are most common. Thermal burns can be caused by some or all of the following:
- Hot metals
- Scalding liquids
- Flames contacting the skin
- Motor vehicle fires
- Chemical fires or explosions
Basis for Recovering Monetary Compensation
Burn injuries can result in bodily scarring and the need for costly medical procedures and plastic surgery. Depending upon the circumstances, injured plaintiffs can generally recover monetary compensation for injuries and damages under one of the following theories of recovery:
Negligence – In a negligence case,2 such as a motor vehicle accident case, the injured plaintiff must be able to show that the defendant owed him/her a duty of care to act reasonably, breached that duty of care, and, as a direct and proximate result, sustained injuries (including burn injuries) and damages.
Worker’s Compensation – If a worker sustained a burn injury while on the job in the scope of his or her employment, the injured worker may be entitled to worker’s compensation benefits, regardless of who was at fault for the burn injury.
Products Liability – If an individual sustained a burn injury because a defective auto part malfunctioned and caused a crash, the injured plaintiff may receive compensation if the defective part proximately caused the burn injury or other damages.
Compensation to injured plaintiffs may also include the cost of corrective surgeries (such as plastic surgeries) or other medical procedures necessary to rectify serious burn injuries.
Contact a New Port Richey Burn Injury Attorney Today to Discuss Your Case
Burn injuries can occur under a variety of circumstances in traffic accidents. If you have sustained burn injuries as a result of someone else’s negligence, our experienced New Port Richey burn injury attorneys are here to help.
Our experienced New Port Richey burn injury attorneys will be able to review your case with you and help you to obtain the legal compensation to which you may be entitled. You can contact us at Dolman Law Group by calling 727-853-6275, or contact us online.
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New Port Richey, FL 34652