Accident victims can sustain burn injuries under a variety of circumstances, including motor vehicle accidents and on-the-job accidents. Serious burn injuries can result in scarring and other physical damages, along with pain, embarrassment, and emotional distress.
Burn injuries may also require expensive medical treatment – including plastic surgery – as well as rehabilitation, physical therapy, counseling, and missing time from work.
If you have suffered burn injuries in a serious accident that was not your fault, you may be entitled to money damages. A Summerville burn injury lawyer can review your circumstances and determine whether you are eligible for compensation.
Burn Injuries Sustained as a Result of Negligence
In some cases, burn injuries occur as a direct result of someone else’s negligence. For example, if another motor vehicle driver causes a serious car accident, and the accident victim’s car catches on fire (or an explosion occurs), the accident victim may have a claim for negligence against the other driver.
In order to recover compensation, the accident victim must be able to show that the other driver did something wrong, thereby causing the accident. The accident victim must also be able to show that, as a direct result of the accident, they sustained a burn injury.
In addition to recovering compensation for medical bills and lost wages, the accident victim may be able to recover for all of the pain, suffering, loss of use, loss of enjoyment of life, and inconvenience associated with their burn injury. They may also be able to recover the costs of future surgeries and other medical treatment necessary to fix the burn injury or scarring.
Burn Injuries Sustained while on the Job
Some accident victims sustain their burn injuries while they are on the job. Common causes of on-the-job burn injuries include:
- Factory fires
- Chemical spills
- Defective machinery
In order to recover workers’ compensation benefits for a burn injury, the accident victim must have sustained their injuries while they were on the job and while working in the course of their employment. In terms of benefits, a burn injury victim may be able to recover a portion of their lost wages, as well as benefits for permanency and vocational rehabilitation or training.
Burn Injuries Caused by Defective Products
In some instances, accident victims sustain their burn injuries as a result of exposure to an inherently dangerous or defective product. Any product could theoretically be defective, but common product which cause burn injuries include electrical appliances and space heaters.
In order to recover compensation for a burn injury caused by a defective product, the product must contain a manufacturing defect or a design defect. Alternatively, the product may contain deficient warnings – or no warning at all. In any of these cases, the accident victim may be able to file a claim or lawsuit against the product manufacturer or distributor for damages.
How a Summerville Burn Injury Attorney Can Help
Burn injuries can be extremely painful and may result in significant medical treatment for years to come. If you have suffered a burn injury in an accident that was not your fault, time may be of the essence in your case.
A Summerville burn injury lawyer can discuss how and where you sustained your burn injury and may be able to take legal action on your behalf. Contact us today to learn more.