Burn Injuries & Why You Need a Phoenix Personal Injury Lawyer
Burn injuries can be painful, debilitating, and require extensive treatment. As a result, you may be off work for weeks or even months while recovering from your injuries. In some cases, you may permanently lose the ability to return to work due to burn injuries.
If the negligence of others has caused you to suffer burn injuries, a Phoenix burn injury lawyer may be able to assist you in enforcing your legal rights to compensation. Contact our office today at 602-530-8400 to talk to us about your case.
Common Accidents that Lead to Burn Injuries
Burn injuries may occur from different scenarios due to the negligence of others. In those situations, burn victims may be eligible to collect compensation from those who caused their burn injuries. Common types of negligence that lead to accidents causing burn injuries can include:
- Fires or explosions
- Chemical spills
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Workplace accidents
- Assaults or incidents of abuse
- Defective products
Whether a negligent driver causes a car accident that leaves you with burn injuries or a manufacturing company distributes a defective product that causes you burns, you may have a legal claim for compensation. The personal injury attorneys of Gallagher & Kennedy, P.A. can assess your situation, determine whether you have a valid legal claim, and work to get you the compensation to which you are entitled.
The Severity of Burn Injuries
Burns are very common and often severe. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 1.1 million burn injuries require medical attention in the United States each year. Of those annual injuries, about 50,000 require hospitalization; 20,000 people have burns covering at least 25% of their bodies; and about 10,000 people die of burn-related infections.
As a result, burn injuries can leave you seriously injured and in need of extensive, painful, and time-consuming medical care. While some burn injuries are simply accidents, others are entirely preventable. If you or a loved one suffered these injuries from an accident that never had to occur, you might have a legal claim against those whose negligence caused your accident.
Damages in Burn Injury Cases
You might be eligible to collect various damages in burn injury cases. One of the major categories of damages is medical expenses. Treatment of burn injuries may include expenses for:
- Skin grafts
- Other forms of burn treatment
You also may be entitled to damages for lost income for time you are unable to work due to your injuries or medical treatment.If you are permanently unable to work, you may be entitled to loss of future income and damages for your permanent disability. Finally, based on the severity of your burn injuries, you may be able to collect damages for pain and suffering, scarring, deformity, and post-traumatic stress related to your accident.
Every burn injury case is different. We can help you document your economic and non-economic damages relating to your burn injury case to justify your request for compensation. Together, we can determine the value of your potential settlement or damages award that will best represent the losses you have suffered due to the negligence of others.
File a Timely Burn Injury Claim
Under Arizona law, you typically have two years from the date of the accident that led to your burn injuries to file your claim. However, that time limit can be as little as 180-days if it involves government agencies. Given this short time limit, it is imperative that you speak with legal counsel as quickly as possible following your accident. Otherwise, you risk losing the chance to seek compensation for your injuries and hold negligent parties responsible for causing your accident.
We Are Here to Handle Your Burn Injury Case
We know how confusing and overwhelming it can be in the aftermath of a catastrophic accident. You are likely trying to determine the extent of your injuries and your options for treatment after suffering severe burn injuries.
The Phoenix burn injury attorneys at Gallagher & Kennedy, P.A. are here to help you through the process of filing a claim and getting compensation for your losses following a burn injury. Call us today at 602-530-8400 or visit us online. Allow us to handle your legal matters while you focus on recovery.