Baton Rouge Burn Injury Attorney
Victims of serious burn injuries face a lifetime treatments, reconstructive surgeries and all manner of personal challenges. Burn injuries can require numerous medical procedures and lengthy rehabilitation making burns among the most expensive injuries to treat. No matter the severity of the burn, or how the burn accident happened, victims and their families usually have questions about their legal rights and determining fair and reasonable compensation for injuries, medical bills, lost wages, and other damages. If you are a burn injury victim, or a family member of someone who was seriously burned, we hope this information begins to answer some of your questions as you research your legal options and begin your journey to recovery.
Serious burn injuries from house fires, explosions, car accidents, natural gas fires, and other types of accidents can be life threatening. Each year there are nearly 45,000 people in the United States that seek medical treatment from hospitals and special burn treatment units for burn injuries due to an accident.
Law Firm Representing Burn Victims
If you or a family member has been involved in burn accident, call the Law Offices of L. Clayton Burgess, we can help. Our firm has over twenty years of experience with burn injury claims. Our attorneys have the skill and experience necessary to protect your rights and represent you in negotiations against those who are responsible for your burn injuries.
Burn Injury Statistics
- On average in America in 2010, there was a death in a fire every 169 minutes, and someone was injured every 30 minutes.
- More than 450,000 burn injury victims receive some kind of treatment each year.
- 40,000 people are hospitalized every year as a result of burn injuries.
- Over 60% of long-term burn injury hospitalizations are at special burn centers or burn units.
- Approximately 3,400 deaths occur each year due to smoke inhalation, fire and burns.
Causes of Burn Injuries
Most burn injuries are accidental, unfortunately, a significant number of burn injuries are the result of negligent actions of others or caused by products that pose an unreasonable risk of burn injury. Most burn injuries are caused by:
- Chemical burns
- Electrical burns
- Defective appliances
- Natural gas explosions
- Barbecues, hot water heaters and furnaces
Legal Rights of Burn Victims
A burn victim injured by a fire that was caused by the negligence of another has legal rights in Baton Rouge and the state of Louisiana. Laws may differ between states, and legal rights may vary by jurisdiction, but burn victims can make a claim for damages against a negligent person or company. You may be eligible to recover financial compensation for medical treatment, medical bills, and lost wages. Other damages can be non-economic; pain and suffering, loss of consortium, etc. In some cases litigation may be necessary to get full compensation, and victims must go to court against the responsible parties. Depending on the cause of the fire and the nature of the injuries, the settlements and jury verdicts in these types of cases are often large.
Burn Injury Lawsuits / Litigation
Not every burn accident victim needs the assistance of a lawyer. For those that choose to hire an attorney, your case doesn’t always come down to litigation. More often than not, attorneys are able to negotiate settlements for their clients without ever going to court.
When a court battle becomes necessary, a lawsuit can help facilitate change in awareness, behavior and the law which may help prevent future accidents, injuries and deaths. Litigation not only serves the purpose of compensating a burn victim, but also holds negligent persons and companies accountable for their actions. Lawsuits can help mold the law. Litigation often forces changes in the safety of products, corporate policies, safety procedures and the behavior of individuals. These changes can prevent others from suffering similar accidents and injuries in the future.
Settlement Value of a Burn Injury Claim: Fair Compensation for Burn Survivors
Anyone who is injured due to negligence or omissions and violations of the law is entitled to compensation for their injuries and other damages. The factors to be considered when determining fair and reasonable compensation in burn injury cases.
- The extent, severity and type of the burn injuries;
- How painful the burn injuries were, are and will be in they continue to be;
- The medical procedures necessary for continued treatment;
- The pain involved in the treatments;
- The likelihood of totally recovery from the burn injuries;
- The extent of permanent scaring or disfigurement;
- Vocational / career limitations due to the injuries;
- The extent of permanent disability;