In an instant, a fire can do more damage than you ever thought possible. It can damage your belongings, it can damage your home, and it can damage you and your family. The pain of a burn injury isn’t always a quick fix, either; particularly severe burns can leave you with long-term scarring, nerve damage, disfigurement, and more. Seeking treatment for these injuries can lead to a mountain of medical bills and other financial hardship. When all of this happens, where do you turn?
Morgan & Morgan has experienced attorneys in Ocala who understand the ins and outs of local law, and are seasoned burn injury attorneys. Our burn injury attorneys at Morgan & Morgan have secured millions in compensation for clients nationwide, and we may be able to help you as well with your medical expenses, pain and suffering, and lost wages.
The statute of limitations on personal injury cases in Florida is 4 years. If you or a loved one has been burned and someone else’s negligence is to blame, don’t hesitate to contact us; you may be owed more compensation that you realize. Fill out our free case evaluation form so that we can learn more about your case.
What Burn Claims Do We Handle?
Our attorneys have taken on a large variety of burn injury cases. Among the types of burn injuries we have handled include:
- Electrical fires;
- Motor vehicle accident fires;
- Defective product fires;
- Scalding water and pipes;
- Locked fire exits; and
- Fires in recreational areas (hotels, clubs, restaurants, stores, malls, etc.)
Home & Work Fires
Two of the most common places where burn injuries take place are a person’s home and their workplace.
Whether it’s a house you own or a home or apartment that you rent, it’s possible to be at risk of fires in your own place of residence without you being at fault. In the event that you are renting your home, your landlord may be held responsible for a fire breaking out and injuring their tenant.
Landlords have a strict responsibility to keep their residences safe for tenants; Ocala’s Code of Ordinances has specific definitions of what constitutes a dangerous building, and buildings that don’t follow standard fire prevention codes are particularly dangerous. A fire breaking out because your home was not equipped with a smoke detector, or because of faulty wiring, can do lasting damage. If we, in our investigation, determine that a landlord’s negligence caused the fire, it’s possible you could have a lawsuit against them.
Injuries caused by a fire on-the-job may allow you to file a workers’ compensation claim. If you feel as if your workers’ compensation is not enough for the damage you’ve received from your burn, your attorney can potentially negotiate with your employer’s insurance for more. Depending on your injury, you may also be able to file a third-party lawsuit (for example, a fire caused by a defective product exploding might allow you to file a lawsuit against the product manufacturer).
How Does a Burn Injury Attorney Help
At Morgan & Morgan, our burn injury attorneys perform thorough investigations to determine whether or not you have a valid case, and if you do, that investigation helps us build your case into one we can present to a judge or jury. Included in this process is:
- Gathering relevant evidence, such as fire department reports, photographs of the scene of the accident, and police reports;
- Interviewing eyewitnesses;
- Reviewing medical records and reports;
- Work with medical experts to evaluate the cost of your injury and of any potential future medical expenses; and
- Work with safety inspectors and electricians to more firmly establish the cause of your injury.
With all of this (and in some cases more), we’re able to expertly craft a case to present that shows how our client was hurt by someone else’s negligence, and how they are owed compensation as a result.
Morgan & Morgan May Be Able To Help
Building the perfect case can take time, so it’s important to contact Morgan & Morgan as soon as possible if you feel you have a case. To learn more, please fill out our totally free, no-obligation case evaluation form.