According to the American Burn Association, each year in the United States, 1.1 million burn injuries require medical attention. About 40,000 people each year are burned badly enough to require hospitalization. That includes burns from chemicals, frostbite, heated objects and steam, as well as direct contact with flames.
Most common burns are caused by:
- Vehicular Accidents
- Gas and Other Flammable Liquid Fuel Explosions
- Scalding/ Hot Water
- Electrical Accidents
- Industrial Accidents
- Gasoline Spills
- Building Fires
- Missing or Malfunctioning Smoke Detectors
- Exploding Water Heaters
- Electric Blankets
- Heating Pads
Seriously burned patients often need focused and expert care to deal with the long-term physical and psychological effects of their injuries. Our firm understands that your goals or those of a loved one after going through such trauma are to get your medical bills paid and covered, to make sure you do not suffer financially through any lost wages, and to ensure that your insurance company will pay for future treatment relating to your injury.
Many employers are actually shielded through worker???s compensation so employees who are injured on the job are unable to sue the company. Worker’s compensation provides limited financial payments for injuries to workers and may cover medical expenses.
Even if you are receiving worker’s compensation, you may also be able to file a lawsuit if other negligent parties are involved. For example, if you are injured while working off-site, if you are hired as a contractor or sub-contractor or if you were injured by a defective product.
Please note Worker’s Compensation does NOT cover things such as pain and suffering and many costs that would be covered by a lawsuit. For more information, please feel free to get in touch with our office so we can review your loss and discuss what options are available to you.
Health insurance will cover most of your medical treatments and expenses. Insurance does NOT cover lost wages, pain and suffering or mental anguish and may not cover all medical costs. Contact our office today and we will review your loss and discuss your options without any charges.
A lawsuit may offer the burn victim and their families the best means of compensation for the injuries and losses. Sometimes individuals who are injured in accidents and their family members are often reluctant to get legal help because they may think the injury may have been in some way caused by the individual. Even if this is the case, there may be other parties that may be partially at fault for the injury who may be liable for the medical expenses and damages.
If you or a family member has suffered a serious injury, contact our office today to discuss if a claim should be investigated. Call us as soon as possible after an accident to begin an investigation. Contact our office today and we will review your loss and discuss your options, free of charge.
- Medical Bills for treatment therapy and surgery
- Lost income based on past lost wages and future losses
- Compensation for pain and suffering
- Compensation for mental anguish
- Punitive damages as additional compensation to punish a grossly negligent party
It is extremely important to commence an investigation of how your injury occurred as soon as possible. This investigation can be coordinated by our Attorney Geoffrey Nwosu. If you or a loved one has been injured in a burn accident due to someone else???s negligence, please contact attorney Nwosu today at 408-912-5983.