Everyone may experience a burn injury at some point in their life, whether through a cooking mishap or touching a hot stove burner. Yet, even though these incidents often result in a minor injury that can be treated with a band-aid and some cooling ointment. Sometimes these burn injuries can leave you with significant scarring, debilitating harm, or a permanent disability.
Worse yet, these horrifying burn accidents can be the result of someone else’s fault- a product defect, a motor vehicle accident, or even because of unsafe premises. However, you are the one left to deal with the pain and suffering and the skyrocketing medical expenses that this type of injury results in, even though you should not have to be. In this blog, we want to better help you understand these burn injuries. Specifically, going over how they happen, what legal options you can pursue following this injury, and how an experienced personal injury attorney can provide you with the legal assistance you need to get through this devastating ordeal.
When most people think of a burn injury, they tend to associate the wound with an open flame or a hot surface. But in truth, there are many other sources that can result in a burn injury, including:
Typically, medical professionals group burns into different categories depending on how deeply the skin has been harmed. These different categories are referred to as “degrees” and include the following:
It is imperative that following a significant burn injury that you get examined by a medical professional. These burn injuries can often lead to numerous complications, including joint issues, bone problems, and deadly infections.
If you suffered significant medical expenses, lost wages, and other bills due to your burn injury, you may be able to recover compensation for the damages you endured.
However, in order to obtain this compensation, you will first need to establish the injury was due to another’s intentional or negligent actions. To prove negligence, you need to show the following elements:
If you have suffered a burn injury, you only have one year to bring an injury claim in Louisiana. If you do not bring a claim within this allotted time, you may be barred from collecting compensation for your damages. However, there are exceptions to this statute of limitation that can impact how much time you have to file. For these reasons, you need to speak with a skilled personal injury attorney as quickly as possible. These lawyers can not only determine how much time you have to file but ensure your case is filed correctly and promptly.
Burn injury claims are complicated. They require extensive evidence to show fault and damages, a thorough understanding of the state’s laws, and sound arguments to help prove your claim. For these reasons, the best way to ensure you bring a strong case and fight for the damages you deserve is to work with an experienced personal injury attorney. These lawyers can:
If you or a loved one suffered a burn injury because of another party’s intentional or negligent actions, do not wait. Contact the skilled and knowledgeable personal injury attorneys at Charbonnet Law Firm today, or call our office at (504) 294-5075, and let our legal team fight for you and your rights.
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