Physical impairment, disfigurement, skin graft surgeries and ongoing physical and psychological therapy are just some of the damages severe burn injury victims may endure. Often, the impact of these damages is overwhelming, which is why it is important to have a qualified attorney investigate your burn injury claim.
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The Traverse City burn injury attorneys at Jay Trucks and Associates are prepared to hold negligent parties liable for your damages. Our firm has been helping the people of Michigan for over three decades. We have recovered millions in compensation for our clients, including a settlement of $400,000 for a worker who severely burned both hands in a gas line accident.
Give us a call today to set up a free review of your claim. We work on a contingency basis – so you pay us nothing unless we successfully recover funds for your burn injury claim. You will not be obligated to hire us, even after your free claim review, so there is no risk to you. Let us handle the legal process so you can rest and recover from your burn injury.
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What Can I Be Compensated For?
If you have a valid claim, there are several different forms of compensation that may be available, depending on the details of your situation. Burn injury victims may be able to recover economic damages which include past, present and future medical expenses, such as:
- Past, present and future medical costs
- Doctor’s appointments
- Transportation to and from medical appointments
- Physical and psychological therapy
- Assistive medical equipment or devices (wheelchair, prosthetics, etc.)
- Home additions needed as a result of the burn injury
Other economic damages may include loss of wages from missing work and loss of future wages if you cannot return to work.
Besides the tangible losses, burn injury victims may also be compensated for physical pain and suffering and psychological anguish, including:
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Loss of companionship
- Loss of enjoyment of life
The Traverse City burns lawyers at Jay Trucks & Associates are prepared to pursue the maximum allowable compensation for your burn injury claim.
What Qualifies as a Valid Burn Injury Claim?
Determining whether you have a valid burn injury claim depends on how you sustained the injury along with other important factors your lawyer may discuss with you.
If you suffered your burn injury at your workplace, you may be able to file a workers’ compensation claim. In these types of claims, you need to prove your injury was sustained at your workplace, during the time you were scheduled to work and while you were performing a work-related activity.
On the other hand, if your burn injury occurred outside of your place of employment, you or your lawyer must be able to prove that the injury was caused by the negligence of another party. In other words, the at-fault party was legally obligated to use reasonable care to avoid causing harm to you. Disregarding this legal obligation is considered negligence, which could make the at-fault party liable for your damages.
If you believe your burn injury was caused by the negligence of another party, contact a Traverse City burn injury lawyer today for a free consultation. We have over 250 five-star online reviews.
Our Traverse City burn injury attorneys at Jay Trucks and Associates are prepared to manage the legal process on your behalf, if we are able to validate your claim.
Call (800) 762-8623 to schedule a free consultation with a licensed burn injury attorney.
Is There a Deadline to File a Burn Injury Claim?
Michigan law states that personal injury claims need to be filed within three years from the date the injury occurred. However, there could be important factors in your claim that may cause your deadline to be sooner, which is why it is important to consult with your lawyer about the details of your claim.
For example, if you plan to file a workers’ compensation claim, you only have two years from the date the injury occurred, however, you must notify your employer of the incident within 90 days of when it happened.
If your burn injury was caused by a car accident, you only have one year to file a claim with your no-fault car insurance.
If you have any questions about the deadline for your burn injury claim, contact a Traverse City burn injury attorney for a free claim evaluation. There are no upfront or hidden costs unless we win compensation for your burn injury claim.
Ways a Traverse City Burn Injury Lawyer Can Help
Injury victims who choose to go without legal representation often recover less compensation than those who do.
If you have a viable claim, some important tasks our attorneys can help with, include:
- Obtaining accident reports
- Gathering necessary medical documentation
- Collecting evidence
- Interviewing witnesses
- Investigating the scene of the accident
- Negotiating the value of your claim with insurance companies
- Consulting with industry experts (if necessary)
- Preparing your case for trial (if needed)
Since many personal injury claims are commonly settled before going to trial, most other law firms may not bother preparing for trial. The attorneys at Jay Trucks and Associates are always prepared to go to trial and fight for your rights until justice is served and you get the compensation you may deserve.
Have a question about your burn injury claim? Call us at (800) 762-8623 or fill out an online form and someone will contact you soon after.
Common Causes and Types of Burn Injuries
There are many ways victims may sustain a severe burn injury, including:
- Auto accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Workplace accidents
- Defective products
- House fires
- Medical malpractice
- Exposure to radiation
Burns from these types of accidents are generally broken down into four degrees, with first-degree burns being the mildest and fourth-degree burns being the most severe and requiring the most medical treatment. Burns can also be classified based on the source of the heat:
- Thermal burns are sustained when a person comes in direct contact with fire or other heated objects, such as a barbeque grill, oven, fireplace, furnace or curling iron.
- Chemical burns are the result of a dangerous liquid coming into contact with the skin, such as chlorine, bleach, ammonia or acid.
- Electrical burns can occur when operating faulty equipment or appliances or while working in a construction area with live wires.
- Radiation burns can be caused by too much direct sunlight to the skin, such as from a tanning booth, microwave or radiation therapy.
If you suffered from any of the above burn types, you may be eligible for compensation to cover your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering and other related damages.
Need a Traverse City Burn Injury Attorney? Call Today for a Free Claim Review
Burn injury victims and their families often face a long road to recovery that may include multiple surgeries, therapies and other medical treatments. Sometimes these victims are forced to miss work, and some may not ever be able to return to work, which is why it is important to have a knowledgeable lawyer who can explain your rights.
Give us a call today and learn if you could be eligible for compensation to cover your burn injury damages. We charge no upfront fees and there are no additional charges to you, unless we win compensation for your burn injury claim.
Jay Trucks & Associates – Ph: (800) 762-8623.