If you suffered a burn in an accident, you might experience lingering pain, discomfort, and disfigurement. When you need legal help—especially if your burn occurred as a result of the negligence of someone else—turn to our experienced burn injury lawyer at the Law Offices of Shannon J. Sagan, P.A., in Lake Worth and Belle Glade, FL.
Common Causes and Types of Burn Injuries
A burn can occur for several reasons, including:
- Car accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Truck accidents
- Electrical shocks or fires
- Workplace accidents
- Household fires
- Premises liability
- Defective products
The type of burns can also range from first-degree burns to fourth-degree burns. A first-degree burn only harms the outer layer of the skin and usually doesn’t require medical attention. However, the most serious burn is a fourth-degree burn, which can penetrate through the skin down to the bone and can lead to death. Second-degree burns affect the dermis layer beneath the outer epidermis and can lead to blistering, scarring, and permanent skin color change. Third-degree burns destroy the skin layers, including the nerves in the skin. Third-degree burns often require skin grafts to heal.
Legal Action to Seek Compensation After a Burn
Several types of medical costs are associated with burns, especially with third- and fourth-degree burns. Severe burn injuries may require lengthy stays in burn care units or certified burn centers. Your medical costs for a burn could include:
- Medical and imaging tests
- Hospital stays and ambulance rides
- Doctor visits
- Surgery, including plastic surgery or reconstructive surgery
- Rehabilitation and physical therapy
- In-home medical devices or prosthetics
- Home healthcare
- Specialist facilities travel expenses
Our burn injury lawyer, Shannon Sagan, can help you seek compensation for economic damages, including your medical bills and lost wages, as well as non-economic damages for pain and suffering or mental anguish. We may also be able to pursue punitive damages if the party liable for your burn injuries acted recklessly, maliciously, or was grossly negligent in causing your injuries.
Determining liability for a burn can be complex. For example, workers’ comp will likely cover your injuries if a burn happens at work. However, if a manufacturing defect led to a car accident in which your car caught fire, you may be able to pursue damages from the manufacturer. You may also be able to pursue a burn injury case against a landlord who had prior knowledge of an electrical problem.
If a loved one suffers burns so severe as to lead to wrongful death, our burn injury lawyer may be able to help the family seek compensation against the liable party. For example, if your electric car has a faulty battery and locking system, the battery may catch fire with your family member trapped inside. Your family could seek compensation in a wrongful death lawsuit against the manufacturer.
Contact Our South Florida Burn Injury Lawyer
A burn injury can be extremely painful physically and emotionally. Some, end up in death. A burn injury can leave you with permanent scarring, excessive medical bills, and the inability to work. You may be able to take legal action if you or a loved one has been injured in a burn accident. Contact our law firm today for personal representation by attorney Shannon Sagan. Call us at the Law Offices of Shannon J. Sagan, P.A., at 1-800-FLA-LAWYER or contact us online for a free case evaluation.
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