The pain and suffering inflicted by a burn injury may extend far beyond the initial recovery period following the accident. Massive medical debt may come from any injury; but the extensiveness of burn and fire injuries to the body coupled with their increased severity can lead to lifelong pain, disfigurement, and medical care. Such injuries go deeper than others, causing devastating impact to a victim’s mental state in addition to their body.
Perhaps the most unfortunate circumstance for victims of fire and burn injuries is that they are given little choice but to settle for far less than what could be considered fair compensation. Not only do major companies and insurance providers want to settle claims at the lowest value possible, burn injuries often leave victims so enthralled by their own painful recovery that they will take whatever is offered in the way of restitution or compensation.
An experienced Baton Rouge burn injury lawyer is the advocate you need if you have been injured due to the negligence of another party. At Babcock Injury Lawyers, we will take an aggressive stance when it comes to protecting your legal rights in or out of the courtroom. Your recovery is the most important thing in your life right now; let us take on your injury claim while you focus on what really matters. Consultations are always free, so don’t hesitate to get in touch with our esteemed legal team.
Causes Of Burn Injuries
Not all instances of burn injuries are related to fire. Heat, friction, and chemicals can also lead to severe burn injuries. While many burns occur within the home or on a residential property, those that happen in non-residential properties are often the most devastating, requiring extensive investigation. For this reason, along with the general difficulty of getting the insurance companies to pay out, it is nearly impossible to file a burn injury claim on your own. The matter is only further exacerbated by Louisiana’s one year limit on personal injury claims; a very short window of time for any injury victim working to recover from a substantial injury.
Here are some examples of burn injuries that require legal assistance for compensation:
- Faulty Electrical Wiring – If your Baton Rouge landlord or employer ignores bad wiring, there could be sparking. This in turn can cause a fire, injuring those in the building as well as the property.
- Chemical Exposure – More commonly found on job sites, those working with chemicals and without proper protective gear may find their eyes, skin, and clothing exposed to harmful substances. Failure to provide proper safety equipment could leave the company open to liability concerns.
- Defective Appliances – There may be manufacturing defects with a household appliance, which can result in serious injuries when they malfunction. If a company sells a defective product to you and it results in a burn, they should be sued for their negligence.
While there are more causes for burn injury claims in Baton Rouge, these are the most common that we see at Babcock Injury Lawyers. Our lawyers will help you determine if the specifications of your accident were the fault of negligence on the part of another party, and how much compensation you could be owed based on economic and non-economic factors.
Different Kinds Of Burn Injuries
You have probably heard of a first degree or second degree burn. There are four types of burn classification levels, from first degree to fourth degree. Firsts degree burns are typically superficial. Think of sunburn or accidentally touching a hot curling iron. Second degree burns often cause blistering but do not result in scarring. Burns in the third and fourth degree by contrast will scar, many requiring skin grafts. The worst burns, even when not fatal, will have life altering effects.
There are also four types of burns that you may be exposed to. Thermal burns are the most common, being from fire, steam, or other hot liquids or sources of high heat. Light burns are also common, being related to sun exposure or ultraviolet light exposure. Less common burns include chemical and radiation burns.
Unlike most Baton Rouge burn injury law firms, we offer legal help to victims of any level of burn severity. If you were burned to any degree due to the carelessness or maliciousness of another person or party, you have a right to seek legal justice and compensation for an injury that has negatively impacted your way of life.
What Can Be Compensated If You’ve Suffered Burn Injuries?
You should not need to use recovery time to seek the compensation that is owed to you for your injuries in a burn accident case. You should not need to face a mountain of medical debt brought on by your recovery, necessitated by the actions of another. Nor should you face these challenges alone in a time when you most need support. Babcock Injury Lawyers will address every possible portion of your burn accident injury claim, including meeting with witnesses, gathering reports from authorities and insurance companies, and create an outline of the right and fair compensation that you should be entitled to based on several key factors of your claim. Your medical bills, the extensiveness of your care, the cost of any property damaged, and even mental health concerns arising after your accident can be given a value when seeking compensation.
Some items require additional proof in order to become a part of your claim. We will guide you through this process to determine what may count towards your final settlement. It is our belief that your medical bills, while an important part of your claim, are often not the most valuable aspect of your case. Rather, it is your piece of mind, your sense of self that has been taken from you, which we fight for on behalf of each of our clients.
Set Up A Free Consultation With A Baton Rouge Burn Injury Attorney
Before you consider filing a lawsuit for yourself or on behalf of a loved one suffering burn related injuries, talk to a personal injury attorney who knows the legal field you will be facing. Our attorneys are available 24/7, because we know that being there for injury victims is a round-the-clock job.
Give yourself and your loved ones the space to take a breath and the time to heal. Call attorneys Stephen Babcock and Chase Tettleton today. Let us use our years of personal injury experience and knowledge of Louisiana law to help you take on even the toughest injury case.