Injuries can be the result of fire or heat (thermal burns), radiation, exposure to certain chemicals, and electrocution. Burns happen in the workplace, at home, and as the result of accidents, such as explosions or car crashes. Home fires are a leading cause of burn injuries, although some burn injuries are a result of a third-party’s negligence. Failing to properly design a piece of equipment or an electronic, causing a car crash due to speeding, failing to train workers properly who are working with dangerous chemicals or electricity, and more are all examples of negligence that can lead to burn injuries.
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Frequently Asked Questions
A burn injury, especially a third- or fourth-degree burn injury, can be one of the most devastating injury types. If you have suffered a serious burn injury, your healthcare provider can answer many of your questions related to treating your injury. Our lawyers can answer many of your legal questions, including the common burn injury FAQs listed below–
Treatment options for a burn injury vary greatly depending on the type and degree of burn injury suffered. More serious injuries may require limb amputation, surgical debriding, plastic surgery, and pain management therapy, including the use of prescription pain management drugs. Physical therapy will also likely be necessary for a severe burn injury. This is an important question for your doctor.
If you can prove that your injuries would not have occurred but for the negligence of another party, you can seek compensation for the full value of your damages. This includes compensation for your pain, suffering, medical expenses, lost wages, and any other economic and noneconomic damages.
The personal injury statute of limitations is three years from the date of injury, as found in South Carolina Code Section 15-3-530. This means that if you suffer a burn injury, you will have three years from the date of the accident to file a lawsuit. If you wait longer than three years, you will be barred from recovery.
A burn injury results in physical, financial, and emotional losses. A burn injury can be permanently disabling and disfiguring, and a burn injury victim may face hundreds of thousands of dollars in medical costs, an inability to work, and psychological harm as well. They may also suffer from a diminished quality of life, intimacy, quality of relationships, social circle, sense of purpose, and more as a direct result of the injury.
In some cases, liability for a burn injury doesn’t fall on anyone’s shoulders; some accidents truly are just tragic accidents. In other cases, though, the party whose negligence caused the accident/burn injury can be held liable for damages. For example, defectively manufacturing an electronic, leading to an explosion and a burn injury, may result in the manufacturer being held liable. If you believe that someone else should be held liable for your burn injury and related harm, our lawyers can help.
In order to win a burn injury lawsuit, a burn injury victim must establish that the defendant against whom they have filed a suit owed them a duty of care, that the duty of care was breached, and that the breach of the duty of care was the proximate cause of harm. The defendant must also prove that they have suffered actual damages as a result of the accident.
If you think that you have a burn injury claim, one of the most important steps that you should take now is to call an experienced burn injury lawyer. Our personal injury attorneys at the law office of Walker Morgan are here to help you. We know how to build claims and cases that are effective and result in large settlements for our clients.
Don’t wait any longer to call our law firm if you think you may have a case. We offer free consultations and always work on a contingency fee basis. You can reach us today by phone or by sending us a message telling us more about your case.