Have You Suffered Burn Injuries in a Summerlin Accident? Call Van Law Firm Now
Common Fire and Burn Injury Cases in Nevada
One fact that surprises most people about burn injury cases is that less than half of them involve actual fires and flames. The spectrum of fire and burn injuries is actually quite diverse, as well as their causes. We’ve handled a large number of different burn injury cases, including but not limited to:
- Heat and thermal burns
- Burns sustained in car accidents
- Electrical burns
- Fire originating from hazardous or negligent conditions
- Fire originating from defective and dangerous products
- Thermal burns
- Chemical burns
- Steam burns and hot water scalds
- Radiation burns
- Smoke burns
The Three Degrees of Burn Injuries, Legal Differences for Each
Burn injury cases are the same as all other personal injury claims, in the sense that the severity of the claimant’s injuries will have an impact on how the case plays out. Burn injuries are actually somewhat simple to codify, given the fact that burns are categorized by degrees of harm, from first to third degree. Claimants should note that they can receive compensation for all burn injuries, regardless of the level of impact. These levels of severity are distinguished as follows:
- First (1st) Degree: Unlike criminal charges, first degree burns are actually considered to be the most mild. Oftentimes, first degree burns only damage the skin’s surface layer and extensive treatment is not typically necessary. However, infections and other complications can worsen these injuries.
- Second (2nd) Degree: A second degree burn will affect all layers of skin near the burn area, and treatment will likely be required in order to heal properly, especially if the burns cover large areas of the body.
- Third (3rd) Degree: These are the most severe burns, and oftentimes they penetrate the skin and damage muscles and sometimes even internal organs. Third degree burns require extensive treatment, usually surgery of some form, and most victims are left with extensive scarring.
Potential Parties Who May Be Liable for Your Fire and Burn Injuries
Fire and burn injury cases can be extremely difficult to prove, as the liable party is not always easy to properly identify. The claimant is the one who has the burden to prove negligence, and in order to do so there must be a defendant to file against. In order to give themselves the best chance of success, accident victims should always retain a fire and burn injury attorney.
Usually, it takes a lot of analysis of both an accident and the resulting injuries in order to definitively determine who should be held liable. There are numerous parties who may be to blame for a claimant’s burn injuries, such as:
- Manufacturers, if a defective product or device caused you to suffer burn injuries. Examples include faulty sprinkler systems, smoke detectors, or household appliances
- An insurance company, if they refuse to properly compensate you. This could be your own personal insurer, a business’s insurer, or the insurer of a property.
- Landlords or property owners, if their negligence or malice caused you to suffer fire or burn injuries
- Construction or maintenance companies, if their mistakes resulted in a fire or other scenario that caused you to sustain burn injuries. Common examples include faulty electrical or heating systems.
- An individual person, if they were responsible for starting a fire or any other actions that contributed to your injuries.
Expert witnesses can be extremely influential in cases involving burns or fires, as they can often recreate an accident and point to its root causes. Their testimony is often very important when it comes to determining liability, and medical experts can also shed light on burn injuries and their severity. Burn victims are eligible to receive all forms of compensation, including non-economic damages–due to the fact that severe burns often leave victims with substantial scarring and disfigurement, damages like pain and suffering and loss of enjoyment of life are often awarded. In especially brutal cases, punitive damages may also be warranted.
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