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Burns may not seem like one of the more concerning injuries a person can have. But even some minor burns can leave a person with long-term pain and scarring, and the more severe ones can lead to permanent, disfiguring damage. It can take years for the victim to recover. If you or a loved one suffered a burn injury due to the negligence of another, an experienced Winter Haven 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.
At Morgan & Morgan, our experienced team of Winter Haven 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. For more information, fill out our free case review form, at no obligation.
Causes & Locations of Burn Injuries
According to the American Burn Association, 73% of burns that occurred from 2005-2014 occurred in the victim’s own home. Home fires that result in injury can be particularly painful, especially if you don’t own your home. But if you rent from a landlord, you have more rights in the event of a fire than you may realize. Negligent landlords have been known to ignore basic fire safety, and time and time again this has hurt tenants.
Winter Haven’s Code of Ordinances states that residential units require smoke detectors. If your landlord has failed to install one, resulting in a burn injury, you may be able to file a claim against them. Other forms of negligence by landlords can include poor heating and faulty wiring. Outside the home, burn injuries can frequently occur on the job, where improperly labeled chemicals or negligently guarded electrical lines can expose Winter Haven workers to unnecessary hazards.
While Florida workers do receive some protection due to workers’ compensation, 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 workers’ compensation provides.
How Serious Are Burn Injuries?
Minor to moderate burns can cause painful blisters, long-term or 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 victims permanently disabled, while burns to the face, neck, arms, or legs can lead to a lifetime of disfigurement.
How a Morgan & Morgan Attorney Can Help
At Morgan & Morgan, our burn injury attorneys perform thorough investigations to determine whether or not you have a valid case. 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.
This could all get used to build your case. Whether presenting to judge or jury, we can demonstrate what happened, what caused the burn, the severity of your injury, what your injury will require in the future, and how much compensation you should receive.
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You shouldn’t have to face a burn injury alone. Another person’s negligence shouldn’t decide your physical, emotional, and financial well-being. At Morgan & Morgan, our team of attorneys stand ready to help you investigate your claim and maximize your chances of compensation. If you suffered a severe burn injury in Winter Haven due to someone else’s carelessness, the burn injury attorneys at Morgan & Morgan may be able to help you recover the compensation you need. Fill out our free, no-obligation case evaluation form.