All accidents are unfortunate, but any accident that results in burn injuries can be especially devastating. Even though most burns happen in seconds or minutes, the effects are often painful, long-lasting, and even disfiguring in some cases. Most people probably wouldn’t consider burn injuries to be especially common, however there are numerous types of burn injury lawsuits that claimants file on a regular basis, which we will discuss below.
Before we mention the different kinds of burn injury cases, it must be mentioned that all burn injury claimants will need the help of an experienced fire and burn injury attorney in order to ensure the best chance of recovering maximum compensation. Van Law Firm has helped countless burn injury victims defend their rights, and we’re always ready to help you too. Call our location nearest you for more details.
Various Burn Injury Cases We Handle
Broadly speaking, burn injuries can happen wherever there is a source of heat, such as a fire, scalding hot water, or hot surfaces. For the most part, motor vehicle accidents, household appliances, and kitchen accidents are the main culprits, but the possibilities are endless. A large number of burn accidents arise due to the negligence or malice of another, and liable parties should be brought to justice.
Van Law Firm has handled numerous fire and burn injury cases, including but not limited to:
- Scaldings from steam, hot liquid, or hot surfaces (usually metal)
- Burns from car accidents and other motor vehicle accidents
- Household fires (usually in the kitchen)
- Fires in apartment complexes, condos, hotels
- Work-related accidents
- Fires in businesses and public spaces (restaurants, stores, government buildings)
- Electrical fires
- Fires from commercial accidents (heavy equipment, tankers, etc.)
Who Can Be Found Liable for a Burn Injury Case?
Claimants may only file a burn injury claim if another party is to blame for the accident in question. This sounds obvious, but determining the liable party for a burn injury is not as easy as it may seem. However, the most common defendants include:
A business or manufacturer
Occasionally, individuals suffer burn injuries because of malfunctioning products or systems–for example, a faulty pressure cooker that explodes and burns a person’s face and arms, or a water heater that was installed incorrectly and burns an individual in the shower. In such a case, the company responsible for manufacturing the product or the company responsible for installing it would be liable for the plaintiff’s damages.
A coworker or supervisor
Any burn injury that is caused by your employer should first go through workers’ compensation. However, you may also file a claim directly against a colleague or coworker if they were somehow responsible for your injuries. For example, let’s say that your employer gives a certain amount of safety equipment to your supervisor, and he or she doesn’t distribute it to you, which leads to your injuries. In that case, you may be eligible for both a workers’ comp claim and a burn injury claim against the supervisor.
The property owner or landlord
According to the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA), 73 percent of all fire-related accidents happen in homes and apartments. As such, landlords and property owners are legally expected to maintain a reasonably safe environment for their tenants. If a tenant suffers burn injuries due to negligence or lack of upkeep, such as a lack of smoke detectors or faulty electrical systems, the landlord or property owner will likely be found liable.
Types of Compensation Available for Burn Injury Victims
Burn injuries can be very painful but also very expensive. They often impact all areas of your life, so when it’s time to recover the compensation you deserve, your attorney will argue for most if not all of the following:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages and benefits
- Property damages
- Loss of enjoyment
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of companionship if applicable
- Burial costs if applicable
Burn Injuries? Contact Fire and Burn Injury Attorneys
When you’ve suffered burn injuries at the hands of another, the last thing you want to do is entrust your case to attorneys without the proper resources and experience to recover the compensation you deserve. Instead, make the right decision by calling the award-winning fire and burn injury attorneys from Van Law Firm today. We’ve helped countless burn injury victims defend their rights, and we can help you too–simply call our office nearest you to get started.