Every day, thousands of Americans are burned. Burn injuries can be severe, resulting in pain, disfigurement, huge medical bills, and loss of the ability to work. Rehabilitation can take months, and victims who are severely burned may require numerous surgical procedures to restore cosmesis and normal functioning.
Why do you need a burn injury attorney?
Burn injuries lawyers work with clients who have been severely burned. They can help a burn victim and/or their family members determine whether the injury occurred as the result of someone else’s negligence or whether a product was defective. In short, they work with the victim to obtain justice in cases where a victim was burned through the wrongful actions of another person or entity. Burn injury attorneys make it their business to ensure that victims who have suffered a burn injury receive the financial help they need to make as full a recovery as possible under the circumstances.
Time is of the essence
When someone suffers a burn injury, it is important that they (or someone else on their behalf) contact a burn injuries attorney as soon as possible after the injury has occurred. This is important because any witnesses present when the injury occurred should be interviewed while their memories are fresh, and their statements committed to paper. Memory has a habit of fading over time, so obtaining witness statements early on is crucial. In addition, any evidence important to a potential lawsuit must be gathered, lest it be inadvertently (or purposely) destroyed or thrown away. For these reasons and others, any victim of a burn injury should contact an attorney as quickly as possible. There are times when the victim is too severely injured to consider their legal rights; however, a family member or close friend can contact a lawyer on the victim’s behalf, acting as the victim’s proxy.
Worker’s Compensation law
As mentioned, burn injuries often result in the victim being unable to work for some period of time. For some victims, this period of time may extend to months, rather than days or weeks. For this reason, most states have legislation in place to protect workers who are injured on the job. Worker’s Compensation provides money to individuals who are injured while working. There are times, however, when a worker’s claim for compensation may be denied or cut short. A attorney can help workers navigate the complexities of Workers’ compensation claim.
Burn injuries lawyers have extensive experience in representing clients who have suffered a burn injury. They understand the pathophysiology of burns and the impact these types of injuries can have on the victim’s life, financially, socially, emotionally and physically. They also understand the pain that is associated with severe burns, as well as what it takes to achieve recovery. They have the ability to convey the impact of a burn injury to a jury of lay persons. Their goal is to help the burn victim obtain justice when they are injured through the actions of another or through the use of a defective product. If you have suffered a burn injury, contact an experienced burn injury attorney to determine your legal rights.