Burn injuries can occur in the workplace, public places, and vehicles and are the cause of serious injury and suffering. Burn injuries can be extremely painful and some kinds of burn injuries even have a very high probability of causing long-term damage, such as scarring, disfigurement, long-term medical problems, limited mobility, and others. If you or someone you know have suffered from any kind of burn injury, it is best to seek out legal representation from a personal injury attorney with experience in burn injuries.
To receive compensation for the damages suffered from a burn injury, you need to prove that someone else is responsible for your injury. This is called establishing “fault.” Generally, people or organizations are at fault when they acted carelessly or recklessly, and you were burned as a result. Determining fault can sometimes be complicated, depending on the circumstances, which is why you need an experienced burn injury attorney to represent you. We can sift through the facts of your case to determine who bears legal responsibility for your injuries.
Common Scenarios for Burn Injuries that May Involve Negligence
As one of the top New Jersey personal injury law firms, we are familiar with common scenarios and cases that involve negligence. In some cases, a reckless or careless driver causes a car accident, which then causes a fire. The resulting burn injuries can fall into different categories:
- Electrical Burns -These types of burns may happen if electricity passes through your or your loved one’s body. Motor vehicles contain an elaborate electrical system, and there are many opportunities for an electrical burn to occur in a car accident. In addition, if power lines or other electrical equipment are damaged in the accident, electrical burn injuries may occur.
- Heat Burns- These are the most common types of burns that happen in car accidents. These types of burns could happen if there is an open flame from gas that has caught on fire, if there is heat escaping from the radiator, or if you or your loved one comes in contact with any type of hot surface, steam, or liquid.
- Chemical Burns- Chemical burns may occur in accidents involving a truck carrying a hazardous substance. Another possible cause of chemical burns in a car accident could be household cleaners, or other products that are in the car and may spill in the event of an accident.
One of the more common causes of burn injuries is an electrical fire caused by defective products or faulty wiring ad electric work. Electrical appliances are designed to be safe to use. Unfortunately, there are numerous instances over the years where people have been burned due to poor installation or improper maintenance. If an electrical appliance develops a surge of power, for example, it can result in serious burns that can sometimes lead to permanent damage.
Finally, another major contributing factor to burn injuries is the presence of smoke, fire, or toxic chemicals. In many cases, the effects of these elements can be much more severe than simply burning. In fact, smoke, fire, and toxic chemicals can cause scarring that can last for months or even years.
Recovering Your Quality of Life After a Burn Injury
After suffering a burn injury, victims and their families often struggle with medical bills and lost wages. Burn injuries are often complex and if the injury occurred because of the negligence of another party, getting adequate compensation for not only the immediate medical costs but also long-term care is possible but can be challenging without an experienced attorney. An attorney experienced in burn injuries can represent the victim and will be able to facilitate a medical evaluation pertaining to the extent of the victim’s impairments.
Brandon J. Broderick Can Help You Recover Compensation
We understand the trauma that you and your family may be going through. We also know the importance of your case and its outcome. In addition to the passion and client-care we bring to every case, we will interact with insurance companies on your behalf as well as compile and review witness statements, medical reports, and other health care provider information to show the extent of your injuries.
Contact us today for a free consultation. One of our trusted team members will listen to your story, learn about your case, and can advise you next steps. Many of our clients feel a sense of relief once they make that first phone call.