We use fire every day without considering how dangerous a flame can be when uncontrolled. But the truth is, one spark is all that it takes to create a serious fire that has the power to destroy a home, as well as harm or even kill those living in it.
Victims of house or apartment fires often carry scars for the rest of their lives, both physically and emotionally. Burn injuries are among the most traumatic experiences a person can bear, and they can take a physical, mental, and financial toll on families trying to recover from the experience.
Just last year, a Broward County family was displaced after a fire destroyed their home of 25 years. The blaze was caused by an air conditioning unit that caught fire.
Fires aren’t the only causes of severe burn injuries, though. Hot water and chemical exposure are just a few of the hazards that can leave victims with painful, sometimes permanent burn injuries.
From a spilled cup of coffee to an accident at work, burns can happen anywhere. If you have sustained a burn that was caused by another negligence, you owe it to yourself to get justice. That’s where the burn injury attorneys at Morgan & Morgan can help.
Our Fort Lauderdale attorneys have decades of experience helping families to rebuild their lives following a severe fire or burn injury by recover compensation for their medical bills, pain and suffering, and more. We will fight to hold the negligent parties responsible for your burn injuries, whether it is a landlord who failed to do routine maintenance or a manufacturer who placed a dangerous product on the market.
Fill out our free, no-risk case evaluation form to learn more about what our attorneys can do for you.
Common Causes of Burn Injuries
According to the American Burn Association, some of the most common causes for burn injuries include:
- Hot water or steam;
- Chemical exposure;
- House fires; and
- Workplace Injuries.
These burns injuries can range from mild to moderate burns that cause blisters to long-term burns that cause permanent scarring and disfigurement. The most severe burns may cause permanent nerve damage or loss of dexterity and may even result in amputation.
Burn Injury Lawsuit Claims
Some of the burn injury lawsuit claims our attorneys have handled in the past include:
- Automobile accidents;
- Home fires;
- Chemical spills;
- Electrical fires;
- Hot water and steam burns; and
- Wrongful death.
How a Burn Injury Attorney in Fort Lauderdale Can Help
Once your attorney has determined that you have a valid burn injury claim, he or she may do the following to help bolster your claim:
- Review medical records and reports to evaluate the extent of your injuries and the costs associated with any necessary future medical procedures;
- Interview safety inspectors, electricians, or accident investigators to help establish the cause or causes of the accident;
- Gather and secure evidence such as fire department reports, police records, and photographs of the accident; and
- Use evidence to determine who may be held liable for your injuries.
Compensation for Burn Injuries
If your case is successful, our burn injury attorneys in Fort Lauderdale may be able to recover compensation for the following damages that are available to burn injury survivors:
Economic Damages: Burn victims may be able to recover damages such as current and future medical bills and lost wages. In the case of severe injuries that make you unable to work or perform key functions of your job, you could recover damages for loss of earning capacity or diminished earning capacity.
Noneconomic Damages: Survivors of burn injuries may be awarded damages for the pain and suffering they have gone through. A victim may also be able to recover financial compensation in the case of disfigurement or amputation.
Punitive Damages: If your burn injury was the direct result of reckless conduct — such as a manufacturer selling a fire-prone product and placing consumers at risk — punitive damages may be awarded to discourage the person or company liable and others from engaging in that negligent behavior in the future.
Although past victories don’t guarantee future results, our burn injury attorneys in Fort Lauderdale have successfully represented and recovered compensation for individuals who have suffered from injuries from house fires, workplace fires, and more.
If you or someone you love has sustained a serious burn injury, fill out our free, no-risk case evaluation form to learn more about how a Fort Lauderdale burn injury lawyer could help. You may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering, and more.