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Fires can be all too common in a major city, and that puts Philadelphia residents at risk. Burn injuries can be far worse than they sound - and they already sound intense. They can leave you in significant pain with scarring, nerve issues, and a mountain of medical expenses. Worst of all, often victims of burn injuries are not at-fault.
In times like those, they shouldn’t have to bear those expenses. Our burn injury attorneys understand not only the severity of your injury, but the specifics of Pennsylvania law, allowing us to investigate and build your case while you focus on recovering from a painful injury. Our attorneys have helped people nationwide recover compensation for their burn injuries, allowing them to pay for their treatments and return to their previous quality of life.
If you or a loved one has been the victim of a burn, you may be owed compensation for your injuries. To learn more, contact our Philadelphia office for a free evaluation of your case.
Burn Injury Types
Burn injuries can come from a number of different situations and environments, all of which can determine the severity of a burn. One common cause of burn injuries is hot water and/or steam. These injuries can occur at home or in the workplace.
Homes have plenty of potential for burn injuries - especially those living in apartments or public housing with landlords. Philadelphia’s Fair Housing Commission requires that a landlord signs a statement saying the property has working fire extinguishers and smoke detectors, but a landlord’s negligence regarding things like smoke detectors, heating, wiring, and more could potentially start a fire, injuring their tenant in the process.
Many of these things can also be a risk in the house a person owns as well, especially if they aren’t told about faulty wiring or heating prior to their purchase of the house, or if the product is defective.
Depending on the field you work in, injuries on the job can be quite severe. Chemical burns and electrocutions are extremely severe and can lead to a lifetime of damage. Even an accidental fire in an office can leave you with serious pain and suffering. Generally, on-the-job burn injuries fall under workers’ compensation claims.
A Morgan & Morgan attorney can negotiate with an employer’s insurance company if they’re attempting to not cover any of your medical expenses. Exceptions where you can file a lawsuit in a work-related burn injury include ones caused by defective products catching fire, in which case you may be able to file a third-party lawsuit against the product manufacturer.
The Seriousness of Burn Injuries
Even minor burn injuries can result in long-lasting damage to the victim. They can cause blisters, long-term pain, and permanent scarring, all of which could hurt one’s ability to perform their job for an extended period of time.
More severe ones can do permanent, gruesome damage to the victim’s skin, leaving scarring and disfigurement. These burns can cause infections that delay healing, damage nerves, cause a loss of feeling, or even worse.
The result of these injuries are medical bills upon medical bills, not only in the moment but future expenses, particularly if surgery is needed to try and fix nerve damage. Some scars require skin grafts. With constant pain and constant bills, emotional damage is also quite common. In addition, you may not be able to perform your job as efficiently as you used to, or even at all, causing a loss of income.
What Can a Morgan & Morgan Attorney Do To Help?
Morgan & Morgan attorneys perform a thorough investigation to help build your case, determining who was at fault, and figuring out how much you may be able to receive in compensation.
This is where the versatility of our lawyers becomes particularly helpful, as we are able to negotiate workers’ compensation claims or help you file a lawsuit against the party responsible. Our investigation - which can include visiting the scene of the injury, obtaining medical records, and interviewing eyewitnesses to the event - allows us to present the best case possible.
Contact Morgan & Morgan’s Burn Injury Team Today
A burn is one of the most devastating injuries, and you shouldn’t let someone else’s negligence determine your emotional and financial well-being. With all the damage that burn injuries can cause, it’s important to contact an attorney as soon as possible to discuss the potential of your case. The statute of limitations for personal injury in Philadelphia is 2 years, so don’t hesitate. Fill out our free, no-obligation case evaluation form.