Burn injuries are some of the most serious injuries accident victims can suffer. Second- and third-degree can leave you with scars or soft tissue damage. They might also require skin grafting or amputation. Even relatively “minor” first-degree burns can develop complications if they become infected. To recover, you might spend thousands of dollars and need to take time off work. If you have suffered a burn injury, contact a South Carolina burn injury lawyer as soon as possible to discuss your options.
A Lawyer Can Help Collect Evidence
To win a lawsuit or negotiate an effective settlement, you need evidence that someone else is responsible for your burn. For example, you might have been burned:
- In a car accident caused by a negligent driver
- By an unreasonably dangerous product that had a defect
- In a fire caused by faulty wiring or another property defect
As you try to recover from your injuries, you will be in no mood to spend hours each day collecting the evidence you need to show that someone else was at fault. For example, you might need to:
- Interview witnesses who saw the accident
- Collect medical records that show the severity of your injury
- Track down surveillance video that might have captured you getting injured
- Work with expert witnesses who can analyze whether a product has a defect
Evidence collection takes time and legal know-how, which is why burn injury victims should hire a qualified South Carolina personal injury lawyer.
A Burn Injury Lawyer Can Negotiate with an Insurance Adjuster
After an accident, you might receive a phone call from the defendant’s insurance adjuster, promising quick cash if you will agree to a settlement. Worried about their futures and in pain, some burn victims quickly sign a settlement form, which is a huge mistake.
At Walker Morgan, we have gone up against some of the state’s biggest insurers and we can state with confidence that insurance agents have one goal—to settle claims as quickly and for as little money as possible. Insurance agents do not represent you, and they do not have your best interests at heart.
By hiring an attorney, you take control of the settlement process. Your lawyer will analyze any offer and keep you from signing away important rights. Instead, your lawyer will negotiate for full and fair compensation for your injuries.
Your Burn Injury Lawyer Can File the Correct Legal Documents
If the defendant refuses to settle, you might need to bring a lawsuit. To a non-lawyer, the state’s court system looks very confusing. Burn injury victims who represent themselves often file the wrong papers in the wrong courts and miss important deadlines. Even if they get to trial, they have no idea how to put on a convincing case for a jury.
As a result, self-represented litigants lose out on the ability to obtain compensation to pay for medical expenses and replace lost wages.
Speak with a South Carolina Burn Injury Lawyer
At Walker Morgan, our burn injury lawyers have decades of experience helping clients get back on their feet after a devastating burn injury. We are happy to meet with you to discuss your case. Contact us today for a free consultation.