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Burn injuries can be extremely painful and debilitating. They often require extensive medical treatment and can lead to scarring and disfigurement. If you or someone you love has been injured in a fire or burn accident, you may be entitled to compensation. The experienced Morgan & Morgan fire and burn injury lawyers in Oregon can help you pursue the compensation you deserve. We understand the physical and emotional toll that these injuries can take on victims and their families. We will work tirelessly to secure justice so you can move forward with your life.
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The Most Common Causes of Burn Injuries
While there are many different types of burn injuries, they all have one thing in common: they are incredibly painful. If you or a loved one have been unlucky enough to suffer from a burn injury, you know just how debilitating and costly these accidents can be. There are many different ways that a person can suffer from a burn injury. Some of the most common causes of burn injuries include:
• Scalding liquids: This most commonly includes hot water, coffee, tea, soup, and grease. Burns from scalding liquids are some of the most common burns seen in emergency rooms. They are especially common in young children who may pull a pot of hot water off the stove.
• Chemicals: Cleaning solutions, acids, and other chemicals can cause serious chemical burns. These types of burns often require immediate medical treatment and can lead to permanent scarring.
• Fires: Whether it’s from a house fire, car accident, or cigarette, burns from fires are all too common. Burns sustained in fires can be very severe, causing muscle and nerve damage as well as severe scarring.
• Electricity: Like chemical burns, electrical burns often require immediate medical attention. These types of burns can cause internal damage to organs and muscles as well as externally visible scars.
If you or someone you love has suffered from a burn injury, it’s important to seek medical attention immediately. Once you’ve received treatment for your injuries, you should contact a personal injury lawyer to discuss your legal options. Burn injuries can be extremely costly, both in terms of financial expenses and quality of life. A personal injury lawyer will fight to get you the compensation you deserve so that you can focus on healing.
How to File a Lawsuit After a Burn Injury
If you or someone you know has been the victim of a burn injury, you may be wondering if you have grounds to file a lawsuit. The answer depends on the details of your case, but in general, you may be able to sue if the burn injury was caused by the negligent or intentional actions of another person. Here are some steps to take if you want to file a lawsuit after a burn injury:
1. Seek medical attention. This should be your top priority after sustaining any kind of burn injury. Once you have received treatment for your injuries, request copies of your medical records, as these will be important in building your case.
2. Collect evidence. If the burn injury occurred at work, be sure to request a copy of the accident report from your employer. You should also take pictures of the burn injuries and gather any other supporting documentation, such as witness statements or security footage.
3. Speak with an experienced personal injury attorney. It is important to consult with an attorney early on to ensure that your rights are protected and that you are taking the appropriate legal steps. An experienced attorney will be able to evaluate your case and advise you on the best course of action.
4. File a claim with the responsible party’s insurance company. Depending on the circumstances surrounding your case, you may be able to file an insurance claim rather than filing a lawsuit directly against the responsible party. Your attorney can help you navigate this process and negotiate with the insurance company on your behalf.
5. File a personal injury lawsuit. If you decide to file a lawsuit, your attorney will help you navigate the legal process and ensure that all deadlines are met.
Why You Should Pursue a Burn Injury Workers’ Compensation Claim
If you’ve suffered a burn injury at work, you may be wondering if you should pursue a workers’ compensation claim. After all, burn injuries can be very painful and costly to treat. Pursuing a workers’ compensation claim can help you get the financial assistance you need to cover medical expenses and lost wages. Here are a few reasons why you should pursue a burn injury workers’ compensation claim:
- You May Be Entitled to Compensation for Medical Expenses
If you’ve been injured at work, you may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses. This includes both the costs of initial treatment as well as any long-term care that may be required. Pursuing a workers’ compensation claim can help ensure that you get the financial assistance you need to cover these costs.
- You May Be Entitled to Compensation for Lost Wages
In addition to medical expenses, you may also be entitled to compensation for lost wages. If your burn injury has prevented you from being able to work, pursuing a workers' compensation claim can help ensure that you get the financial assistance you need to make ends meet.
The Statute of Limitations for Burn Injuries in Oregon
In Oregon, the general statute of limitations for personal injury claims is two years from the date of the injury. However, there are several exceptions that could apply in a burn injury case. For example, if the injured person is a minor, the statute of limitations may be extended.
If you or someone you love has been injured in a burn accident, don't wait to get help. Contact an experienced personal injury attorney today to discuss your legal options and ensure that your claim is filed before the statute of limitations expires.
How Much Money Can I Get From a Successful Fire and Burn Injury Lawsuit?
Compensation in burn injury lawsuits varies based on the severity of the injuries as well as the total amount of damages suffered. In general, though, successful burn injury plaintiffs can expect to receive both economic and non-economic damages.
Economic damages are intended to compensate the victim for actual financial losses suffered as a result of the accident. This can include things like medical bills, rehabilitative therapy, lost wages, and loss of future earnings. In some cases, economic damages may also include the cost of property damage caused by the fire.
Non-economic damages are intended to compensate victims for more intangible losses, such as pain and suffering, emotional distress, and loss of enjoyment of life.
To recover compensation in a burn injury lawsuit, you will need to prove that another party was at fault for causing the fire or circumstance that resulted in your injuries. This can be done by showing that the defendant was negligent in some way or that they acted intentionally to cause harm. Once liability has been established, your attorney will work to negotiate a fair settlement with the at-fault party's insurance company. If a settlement cannot be reached, you can file a personal injury claim and proceed to trial.
What Factors Affect Compensation in a Burn Injury Lawsuit?
The size of the settlement you can expect to receive in a burn injury lawsuit will be largely affected by the severity of your injuries. More specifically, the amount of money you can expect to receive will depend on the following factors:
The percentage of your body that was burned - Settlements for burn victims are generally based on how much of your body suffered burns and the medical expenses you incurred as a result.
The nature of your burns - There are three types of burns—first, second, and third degree—and each type is associated with a different level of pain and suffering. First-degree burns are considered to be the least severe, while third-degree burns are considered to be the most severe. The more severe your burns, the more likely you are to receive pain and suffering damages.
The location of your burns - Burns that occur on visible parts of the body, such as the face, hands, or feet, are usually worth more than burns that occur on less visible parts of the body. This is because these types of burns can cause serious disfigurement.
Your occupation - If you have an occupation that is physical in nature, such as construction work, suffering a burn injury may prevent you from performing your job duties. As a result, you may be able to receive more compensation for lost wages and loss of earning capacity.
Morgan & Morgan Is Here to Help
If you or a loved one have been injured in a fire, you need experienced and aggressive legal representation. Insurance companies will often offer victims far less money than they deserve, but our lawyers will fight to get you the full amount of compensation you deserve. We have extensive experience handling all types of fire and burn injuries, from first-degree burns to catastrophic injuries. The Morgan & Morgan fire and burn injury lawyers in Oregon will work tirelessly to build a strong case on your behalf. We understand what you are going through, and we will do everything in our power to help you get the justice you deserve.
If you or a loved one has suffered a fire or burn injury, contact Morgan & Morgan today to schedule a free consultation.