Have you suffered serious burns due to a defective product or as a result of negligence from another person? You may be qualified to receive financial compensation for your damages and/or losses.
The Clare burn injury attorneys at Jay Trucks and Associates are available to discuss the details of your claim during a free consultation. Our injury attorneys have been fighting for fair compensation on behalf of injury victims throughout the state of Michigan for more than 30 years, including a $400,000 settlement for a 40-year-old heavy equipment operator who suffered serious burn injuries to both hands from a gas line accident.
Contact our firm to set up a no cost, no-obligation consultation. There is no risk to you because we only get paid if we successfully recover compensation for your burn injury claim.
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Do I Have a Case?
This is a question for a licensed attorney, as there are many issues that must be weighed, including how your injuries occurred, how another party may be at fault, whether you need future care, and where your injury happened.
Our firm has decades of combined experience building cases against negligent parties. We have extensive experience calculating the value of a claim, and we know how to evaluate future damages that have not been suffered yet.
For more information on how Jay Trucks and Associates may be able to assist you, contact us today to schedule your free consultation.
Types of Compensation Available for Burn Injury Victims
The types of compensation available for burn injury victims varies and depends on the severity of the injury and how it effects the victim physically, mentally, socially and financially. For example, victims may be able to recover economic damages, which are quantifiable financial losses such as medical costs related to the injury, including future care, if needed.
Some examples of economic damages may include:
- Doctor’s appointments
- Surgeries, including skin grafts
- Physical therapy
- Medical equipment needs, such as a wheelchair
- Home care
- Long term care, if needed
- Loss of income
- Loss of earning capacity
Non-economic damages are not as easy to quantify because they involve a victim’s amount of pain and suffering along with other psychological effects caused by the injury, such as:
- Mental trauma
- Emotional distress
- Loss of companionship
- Loss of enjoyment of life
If you lost a loved one because of a serious burn injury, you may be able to recover funds for funeral and burial costs and loss of income if he or she was responsible for helping to support the family financially.
There may be other forms of compensation available to you, depending on your situation. Contact a knowledgeable Clare burn injury attorney at Jay Trucks and Associates to learn more about the various forms of compensation that may be available to you.
How Much Time Do I Have to File a Burn Injury Claim?
There are various factors involved in filing a claim and when it may be due. For example, if your burn injury occurred at your job, you have only 90 days to report the injury and two years to file a claim with your employer for workers’ compensation benefits.
If your burn injury did not occur at your place of employment, the statute of limitations in Michigan says that personal injury claims must be filed within three years after the date you sustained your injury. However, there may be other circumstances that may affect when your claim is due.
You can have a qualified attorney review your claim to determine the correct due date. If you miss the deadline for your claim, you may lose the chance to be compensated for your damages.
Call Jay Trucks and Associates at (800) 762-8623 anytime, 24/7.
Who Can Be Held Liable for Burn Injuries?
Depending on the details of your claim, there could be numerous people and entities that could share either full or partial liability for your burn injury.
Some of the more common parties include:
- Companies and business owners – Business owners could be held liable for any damages caused by a fire or explosion on their property. They are responsible for ensuring their premises are safe from flammable and explosive material and have a functioning fire alarm system and fire extinguishers.
- Property owners and landlords – People who own property are responsible for ensuring their tenants are safe by keeping their property in compliance with fire safety regulations by ensure smoke alarms work, providing fire extinguishers and removing or repairing items that may cause a fire.
- Product manufacturers – Products must be thoroughly tested for defects that may cause a fire or explosion.
- Negligent or reckless individuals – Sometimes people take part in negligent or reckless behavior which can cause fires or explosions.
If you have a valid claim, our attorneys are prepared to help you navigate the legal process.
Common Types of Burn Injuries
Burns can usually be placed into one of four categories, based on the source of the heat or fire that caused the victim to be burned:
- Thermal burns – These types of burns are commonly sustained when a person comes in direct contact with flames or other hot objects such as a cooking grill, stovetop, iron or other heating devices like a toaster oven or microwave.
- Electrical burns – Electricians and construction workers are at high risk for suffering from burns caused by electrical current. These burns could also be sustained at home or at work by encountering a faulty wall outlet.
- Chemical burns – Sometimes a person can be burned by common household liquids that may contain harmful ingredients like acid, ammonia or bleach. These dangerous chemicals can be found in bathroom cleaners, metal cleaners, pool chemicals and batteries.
- Radiation burns – When a person is exposed to too much radiation, it can cause severe burns and may lead to skin cancer. Radiation burns can be caused by several different sources including overexposure to ultraviolet light from the sun, X-rays, CT scans, PET scans and microwaves.
The American Burn Association (ABA) estimates that there are over 450,000 burn injury victims every year in the United States and in 2014, there were 3,275 people killed by fire and smoke-related injuries. If you or a loved one suffered a serious burn, seek medical attention immediately and contact a Clare burn injury lawyer for a free consultation.
Dial (800) 762-8623 today to schedule your free case evaluation.
How Severe is Your Burn Injury?
The severity of your burn injury will generally dictate how much compensation you may be able to recover. Burn injuries are commonly classified in degrees of severity, such as:
These burns are known to be the least severe, only affecting the first lawyer of skin. A sunburn is considered a first-degree burn. These burns can also be caused by accidentally pouring hot liquid on your skin or suffering a minor electrocution from a wall socket.
These types of burns usually heal on their own within a week or so. Some common remedies include applying cool water, a cold compress or ointments and gels such as aloe.
When the top two layers of skin are affected, this is categorized as a second-degree burn. These types of burns usually cause some thickening or blistering of the skin.
Treatment involves pouring cool water over the affected area for 10 to 15 minutes and drying the area with a clean cloth or sterile gauze (do not use material that can leave lint on the area). Since you may need a skin graft to cover certain areas, victims should seek medical attention from trained medical professionals.
These types of burns are the worst because they cause permanent damage to all layers of the skin and may cause damage to the tendons, muscles and bones as well. These burns usually cause the skin to have a leather-like texture and appear black, white or yellow in color.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends having all third-degree burns treated by an experienced healthcare professional.
Let Jay Trucks and Associates handle the legal process on your behalf so you can rest and recover from your burn injury. If you have a viable case, you will not be charged any lawyer fees unless we win compensation for you.
Call a Clare Burn Injury Lawyer Today
Burn injuries can leave permanent damage victims deal with for the rest of their lives. Find out if you qualify for financial compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
The attorneys at Jay Trucks and Associates are prepared to hold negligent parties accountable for damages related to your burn injury. We have over 250 five-star reviews and have recovered more than $500 million on behalf of our clients.
Call a Clare burn injury lawyer at Jay Trucks and Associates today to schedule a free review of your claim. We charge zero upfront fees and you will not be required to make a payment for our services unless we win compensation for your burn injury.
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Phone: (800) 762-8623.