Burns can have a wide range of effects on a victim in both the short and long term, from unsightly scars to serious, permanent nerve damage and loss of limbs. Those who suffer burns in an accident are entitled to recover damages for their injuries.
The attorneys at Rittenberg, Saks & Robinson, Ltd. understand the ways in which burns can impact your life. The burn scars provide a lifelong reminder of the trauma that you suffered every time you see them. Our attorneys can help you recover damages not only for your medical expenses but the emotional impact that your scars will leave behind. Give us a call or contact us online to set up a free consultation.
The vast majority of burn injuries occur in the home, and the majority of burn victims in the home are children. It is imperative that parents ensure that lighters and other flammable materials are kept safely away from the children at all times.
That being said, a large number of burn injuries occur in the workplace. When they do, workers’ compensation should cover medical expenses and lost wages. Sometimes, however, it is not so simple. In cases in which an employer’s workers’ compensation insurance refuses to cover the injuries, you may require the aid of an attorney to ensure that the insurance company honors their policy.
Burn injuries can also sometimes occur in car accidents or as the result of a defective product. In these cases, the manufacturer of a product or the other driver may be held responsible for your injuries.
While temperature-related burns are the most common, burns can also be the result of hazardous chemicals, electricity, or radiation. While it is by no means common, cooking equipment, like pressure cookers are sometimes not designed properly. In some cases, the lid can blow off the pressure cooker, injuring those in proximity.
Electrical burns can occur when a product is not manufactured properly. Some products can pose a serious risk to your home, as well. Certain jobs put individuals at higher risk for burns. In these cases, you may have a right to sue a negligent party.
In any case in which there is permanent scarring, you are entitled to recover damages. This is on top of medical expenses, pain and suffering, and other considerations such as lost time from work. When the burns are extensive or occur to your face, you may be entitled to collect even more extensive damages including loss of consortium, loss of society, and other damages related to your disfigurement.
The attorneys at Rittenberg, Saks & Robinson, Ltd. have extensive experience litigating burn injuries. Give us a call or talk to us online to set up a free consultation.