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Burn Injury Settlements
Posted on June 1, 2016
Suffering from burn injuries can result in extensive medical bills and emotional pain and suffering, due of the negligence of another person. According to the American Burn Association, flame injuries account for 41% of cases for burn injuries, while scalding injuries account for 33% of cases for burn injuries. Burn injuries can also be suffered as a result of chemical or electrical burns, defective product burns, gas explosions, among many others. They are among the hardest personal injuries to recover from.
Things to Consider
Depending upon the cause of the burn injury, if due to the negligent actions of another party, you may be able to recover specific and general damages for your condition. Many factors will be assessed, but depending on the degree of the burn, its size, location, and type, some individuals end up in a specific unit of the hospital in which they undergo skin grafts, compression therapy, as well as cosmetic surgery, which can take weeks or months to heal. Thus, as you build your case to establish fault, you should ensure that you are able to show how and where the injury occurred, whether it was at your house, in public, or at work, as well as the extent of the injuries suffered and the injuring party’s knowledge or intentions when the burn occurred.
What Damages Should I Ask For?
Specific damages may be available for care relating to medical expenses, rehabilitation, past and future lost wages, as well as any other care relating to treatment. General damages, or compensatory damages, may be sought for any emotional distress, pain, suffering, and scarring as a result of the burns, as well as general loss of enjoyment of life due to the injuries suffered. Additionally, if the burn injury is proven to be the result of the injuring party’s purposeful conduct, punitive damages may be awarded by the court. Punitive damages are instituted to punish the wrongdoer and make it known that this type of conduct is not tolerated.
Reach Out to Us for Help
If you or someone you know has suffered burn injuries as the result of someone else’s negligence, please do not hesitate to contact the experienced and knowledgeable team of attorneys at the office of Charles Bryan Alred, PC to discuss your case. Contact our office using our website or call us at 918-745-9960 for a free initial consultation with one of our skilled legal professionals.