The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that each year, 1.1 million Americans require medical attention due to injuries resulting from burns. Of these, 4,500 burn victims do not survive. More than twice that number pass away from infections related to burns. While more than 70 percent of fires happen in homes, fire accidents can also happen in a vehicle, restaurant, workplace, or other locations. When you suffer any type of burn and need treatment, a burn injury lawyer in Chicago may be able to help you identify and seek compensation from liable parties.
You may suffer a burn from different sources, including:
Because most burn accidents occur at home, one may assume that most fire accidents are caused as a result of the negligence of the victims. But this is not always the case, as other parties can be negligent and lead to fires in homes.
Parties who may be liable for burn injuries include the following:
In Chicago, the law requires contractors to obtain building permits for major construction and remodeling. This is to ensure that the contractor follows minimum safety guidelines in remodeling a home. Work done during a remodel may include installing a gas line and electrical wiring, which must be done safely to avoid creating a safety hazard. Poor workmanship by the contractor during or after the completion of the project may lead to fire. When that happens, the contractor may be liable for your injuries.
Manufacturers of products are required to ensure their products are fit for the purpose for which they are likely to be used. They are also expected to exercise a duty of care in ensuring their products are safe. Failing to use the right material or not including warnings are some reasons a product manufacturer may be liable for your injury.
Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires employers to take certain steps to prevent fire in the workplace. An employer is liable for workplace injuries whether they are negligent or not. Our firm has extensive experience representing victims of workplace accidents and is able to help you file a claim if you suffer a burn injury in the course of your employment.
A property owner owes a duty to maintain his property in a safe condition. If they fail to do so and a fire results, they are liable for any burn injury sustained on the property under the theory of premises liability.
Burn injuries are more severe than other types of injury because they may be permanent, depending on whether they are a first, second, or third-degree burn, and may lead to disfigurement. Sometimes, reconstructive burn surgery may be required. Medical costs for severe burns can be expensive and are recoverable from the party whose action or omission caused the burn injury.
A burn victim may also recover not just for the physical pain, but also for emotional pain due to the anxiety, discomfort, and depression that may arise from a burn that leads to disfigurement. Compensation for therapies is also recoverable.
While a burn injury may leave lasting, devastating consequences, having the right attorney advocate for you may ease the pain that comes with a burn injury.
The attorneys at Saks, Robinson & Rittenberg, Ltd., have significant experience representing people who have suffered serious injuries. We treat our clients with respect and handle each case with utmost diligence. We ensure their client’s satisfaction and do often receive positive feedback from them. If you or someone you know have suffered a burn injury, contact us today.