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Orlando Burn Injuries
Burns are among the most painful and disfiguring injuries a person can suffer. They are also among the most expensive and difficult to treat. Victims of serious burn injuries in Orlando can anticipate a long road to recovery.
Fortunately, there is some hope. New methods of treating these types of injuries, as well as the pain, disfigurement, and disability that can accompany them, are emerging every day.
This is why if you or a loved one suffered a burn injury due to the negligence of another, an experienced Orlando burn injury lawyer may be able to help you recover the financial compensation you need to take advantage of ground-breaking treatments and maintain your quality of life to the highest level possible.
At Morgan & Morgan, our experienced team of Orlando personal injury attorneys has had great success recovering settlements and judgments for burn victims, enabling them to maintain a high quality of life in spite of their injuries and losses.
To learn more, contact us and fill out our free, no risk case evaluation form.
Causes of Burn Injuries in Florida
According to the American Burn Association, exposure to fire and scald injuries from hot water or steam account for more than 75 percent of burn injuries.
While burn injuries from chemical exposure and electrocution are less common, these types can also be particularly severe. Nearly three quarters of burn injuries occur in the home and can be caused by faulty wiring or defective products such as heaters or other appliances.
Outside the home, burn injuries can frequently occur on the job, where improperly labeled chemicals or negligently guarded electrical lines can expose Orlando workers to unnecessary hazards.
While Florida workers do receive some protection under the Workers Compensation Law, the benefits available from an injured worker's employer may not be sufficient in cases of severe burn injuries.
In these cases, individuals who suffer chemical burns or electrocution on the job may be able to look to a third party other than their employer, such as a subcontractor, property owner, or equipment manufacturer, to recover fair compensation above what the Workers Compensation Law provides.
The Impact of Serious Burn Injuries
Minor to moderate burns can cause painful blisters, long-term to permanent scarring, and may leave the victim more at risk for infection during the healing process. More severe burns can cause permanent nerve damage, including loss of sensation and dexterity, may require extensive skin grafts, and may even necessitate amputation.
Burns to the hands in particular can leave the victim permanently disabled, while burns to the face, neck, arms, or legs can lead to a lifetime of embarrassment and disfigurement.
The Florida Burn Injury Attorneys at Morgan & Morgan Can Help
If you suffered a severe burn injury in Florida due to someone else's carelessness, the burn injury attorneys at Morgan & Morgan may be able to help you recover the compensation you need to take advantage of the treatments available, provide for your family in spite of disability, and elevate your quality of life to the highest level possible in spite of your injuries.
Call our Orlando burn injury law firm today at (407) 420-1414 or contact us online to have your case evaluated by an experienced attorney free of charge and with no obligation.
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How Does a Burn Injury Lawyer Help You?
After taking your case, a burn injury lawyer has two major goals: getting you more money for your claim and speeding up how long it takes to resolve it. To meet these ends, a burn injury attorney will:
- Gather evidence to support your case independently from the insurance company
- Help you find a doctor that specializes in treating burn cases and has experience documenting injuries for insurance companies
- Negotiate with doctors and hospitals to lower your medical bills
- Ensure that the insurance company reimburses you for all expenses resulting from your injuries, rather than just medical expenses
- Cut through the red tape put up by insurance companies and medical facilities
Experienced burn injury attorneys know how to speed up the legal process and have the leverage needed to get fair deals for their clients.
How Long Does a Burn Injury Lawsuit Take?
With any luck, your burn injury claim will never turn into a lawsuit. At Morgan & Morgan, we try to negotiate fair settlements with the insurance company to avoid having to take your claim to court. If we can negotiate a fair settlement, you’ll often receive payment in a matter of weeks.
However, if we can’t avoid a lawsuit, most burn injury lawsuits take at least a year to complete and may take even longer if they’re particularly complex or if the defendant’s legal team intentionally delays the case.
This can be quite a long time to wait for compensation after you have suffered a serious injury. Our attorneys can direct you to resources to help you manage your finances while waiting for a trial to conclude.
What Should I Do After Suffering a Serious Burn Injury?
Different types of burns require different types of treatment, and the methods used for some types of burns can be detrimental when used for other types. The best treatment is therefore the one you get from a doctor that has experience with serious burn injuries.
After sustaining a heat-related injury, wrap the wound in a sterile bandage to avoid infection and immediately contact emergency services. Once you’ve received medical attention and are certain that the immediate danger has passed, your next step should be to contact a burn injury attorney at Morgan and Morgan.
Our attorneys will give you a free case evaluation immediately, even if your injuries prevent you from coming into our offices for an in-person consultation.
Can I Sue for a Burn Injury?
You can sue anytime you’re harmed due to another party’s negligence. A burn injury is no exception.
Burn injuries resulting from negligence are particularly common in restaurant and café environments, where a clumsy server could spill a hot drink or bowl of soup on you, or a careless chef might serve food that’s too hot for safe consumption.
If this or a similar incident has happened to you, a burn injury attorney at Morgan & Morgan will help you understand your legal options and determine how to move forward with your claim.
Can I Receive Compensation for Psychological Trauma if I’m Permanently Scarred by a Burn Injury?
Yes. A psychological injury is just as real and often just as harmful as a physical injury. If you’ve been permanently scarred by a burn injury, you’ll likely be eligible to receive compensation for psychiatric treatment to recover from the emotional trauma.
You may also be able to receive compensation for pain and suffering, including any emotional distress you’re currently dealing with. Courts have long held that physical pain isn’t the only type of suffering eligible for compensation under civil law.
How Long Will It Take to Recover From My Burn Injury?
The duration of recovery from a burn injury depends on the severity of the injury. A simple first-degree burn might only take a few days to heal, while a third-degree burn might require years of consistent treatment. Some burns are so bad that victims never fully recover.
Typically, any burn more severe than second-degree requires medical attention, which usually means at least a few months of recovery.
The timeline is often extended to a year or more if surgery is required. Skin grafts, in particular, increase recovery time because they damage another part of the body and may require follow-up surgery if the graft doesn’t fully take.
Should I Sue My Employer if I Get a Burn Injury in the Workplace?
If you want to keep your job, it’s best to avoid suing your employer unless it’s necessary to secure the damages you have coming to you.
Assuming your workplace has good insurance, you should receive fair compensation for your injury from the company’s insurer. If the insurer is trying to lowball you or deny your claim, you may be able to sue them without going after your employer. This is the preferable option if you have a good relationship with your employer and want to keep it that way.
When Should I Contact a Burn Injury Lawyer?
The sooner you contact a burn injury attorney, the better. Every case is a little different, and it’s easy to make seemingly small mistakes that can have a serious impact on the viability of your case.
With a lawyer advising you on how to proceed and negotiating with insurance companies, medical facilities, and the defendant’s legal team on your behalf, you’re much less likely to make those sorts of mistakes.
Additionally, after suffering a burn, you’ll likely be in pain. Trying to make important decisions and wade through a sea of paperwork in such a state is ill-advised at best and virtually impossible at worst.
You shouldn’t have to spend weeks or months dealing with insurance companies and their complicated claims processes while you’re recovering from a serious burn injury. It’s much easier to let an experienced legal professional do the work for you.
If you’ve recently suffered a serious burn injury, contact Morgan and Morgan right away to schedule a free case evaluation and learn more about the options you have available to you.