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Burn Injuries: How You Could Get Compensated

If you’ve been burnt due to someone else’s negligence, you may be able to receive financial compensation. The extent of the recovery will depend on the circumstances. There are hundreds of burn injuries in Florida every year. We regularly help victims get the maximum compensation to help get their lives back on track. Here’s how you could get compensated for your burn injuries and why:

What Legal Action Can I Take for a Florida Burn Injury?

If you suffered burn injuries in Florida and those injuries were caused by someone else, then it’s time to hold them accountable and for you to get compensated. This wasn’t your fault. Depending on the circumstances of how you suffered the burn injuries, you have a right to take legal action. Our Florida personal injury attorneys can help with this. For example:
  • You can file a premises liability claim against a negligent property owner if you suffered burn injuries on someone else’s property.
  • You can file a product liability claim, if a defective vehicle, electrical system or equipment burnt you.
  • You can file a negligence claim against the person or business that injured you.
Knowing which route to take may seem complicated, especially if your scenario crosses over into more than one of these options. Our Florida personal injury attorneys can help assess your case and determine which is the best route for your future.

Punitive Damages

You may also have the chance at being awarded punitive damages. These can be awarded if your burn injuries were caused by someone else’s reckless behavior. These damages are designed to send a message to the public.

What Burn Injuries Damages Could I Receive Compensation For?

If your Florida personal injury attorney can prove that the accident wasn’t your fault and the claim is successful, you could receive financial compensation for the following damages:

Economic Damages

  • Childcare Costs
  • In-Home Care Expenses
  • Imaging Tests
  • Loss of Future Earnings
  • Lost Wages
  • Medical Equipment Costs
  • Medical Expenses
  • Future Medical Expenses
  • Rehabilitation Costs
  • Prosthetics
  • Transportation Expenses
  • Treatment Costs

Non-Economic Damages

  • Loss of Enjoyment of Life
  • Loss of Consortium
  • Pain and Suffering
  • Depression
  • PTSD
  • Mental Anguish
  • Scarring / Disfigurement
  • Long-Term Disability
  • Potential Punitive Damages
  • Property Damage
  • Wrongful Death

Types of Burn Injuries:

Burn injuries are widely considered as some of the most painful injuries you can endure. In some serious cases, victims may require treatments such as skin grafts or cosmetic surgery. Any type of burn injury has the possibility of being compensated financially. Here’s a breakdown of the different types of burn injuries:

First-Degree Burns

First-degree burns are the least severe type of burn injury. They’re also the most common type of burn injury. First-degree burns are generally caused by touching hot objects or hot liquids, usually while cooking. They only affect the surface of the skin (the ‘epidermis’). If you receive a first-degree burn you are likely to experience reddening skin and slight swelling, but no blistering. They typically heal within a week without the need for medical treatment. An over-the-counter skin cream or lotion is usually sufficient. However, although a first-degree burn isn’t a severe injury, it can still warrant legal action to be taken. There are various damages that you may deserve to be compensated for. By speaking to our Florida burn injury attorneys, we can help establish the cost of your case and then take the appropriate action.

Second-Degree Burns

Second-degree burns are more severe and inflict significant damage to the top layer and second layer of the skin (the ‘dermis’). If you’ve suffered a second-degree burn you will likely have experienced your skin seeming wet, turning a pale pink and blister slightly. Immediate medical attention is required if the burn is large or on a delicate part of the body. You must sterilize, bandage and protect the injury to avoid infection. Second-degree burns are usually extremely painful and can take around one month to heal. Surgery such as skin grafting is typically not required. If you’ve suffered from a burn injury because of someone’s else’s mistake then you likely deserve compensation. Feel free to contact our Florida burn injury attorney today.

Third-Degree Burns

Third-degree burns are when things get more serious. They cause deep tissue damage and will likely require skin grafting and surgery. These types of burns injuries are extremely painful. Third-degree burns inflict damage on all layers of skin. In some cases, victims may also suffer from nerve ending, muscle tissue and blood vessel damage. And in more extreme cases, bones. Anyone suffering from a third-degree burn is likely to experience their skin turning a blotchy red, black or white with swelling and significant blistering. Immediate medical attention is required to prevent the body from losing critical fluids. Many victims must go to a specialist burns unit. Significant skin grafting, surgery and reconstruction surgery may be required. Third-degree burns are usually caused by:
  • Fires
  • Explosions
  • Boiling liquids
  • Toxic chemicals
  • Extremely hot materials
  • Electric sources
  • Extremely hot steam
These types of burn injuries are usually life-changing and sometimes life-threatening. It is not the type of injury you quickly recover or move on from. Because of that, the value of damages you could recover may be significant. You shouldn’t have to foot the bill for expenses related to your injury, and you deserve support to recover as best possible.

Fourth-Degree Burns

Fourth-degree burns are the least common type of burn injury but the most severe. They are common in electrical accidents and cause full-thickness skin damage, tissue damage, tendon damage, bone damage and muscle damage. All fourth-degree burns injury victims spend considerable time hospitalized in burn units. If you or a loved one has suffered a fourth-degree burns injury then it’s important that you receive the financial compensation you deserve to help you move forward as best possible.

Florida Burn Injury Statistics

The Injury Prevention Program and Florida Department of Health reported:
  • Median admission charge for non-fatal burn injury hospitalization in Florida was around $36,000.
  • Total admission charges exceed $57 million per year.
  • The 45-54 age group has the highest hospitalization rate for Florida burn injuries.
  • 79% of Florida burn injuries occur at home.

Contact a Florida Burn Injury Attorney

If you or someone close to you has suffered from burn injuries, then you deserve to be compensated if it was someone else’s fault. Feel free to contact us today for a free consultation, so we can look into your case and take the appropriate legal action.

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Personal Injury Attorneys McQuaid & Douglas have been providing exceptional legal assistance to Florida residents for personal injury claims for decades. As partners at a U.S. News and World Reports Tier 1 Law Firm, Battaglia, Ross, Dicus & McQuaid, P.A., they give you the best chance of receiving the compensation you deserve. Serving the state of Florida with offices in St Petersburg and Riverview, they are here for you. Contact us today for a free consultation.

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