Can I Sue for my Burn Injury?
Burn injuries are one of the most painful and devastating injuries that someone can have. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, burns can vary from more minor first degree burns, to deep third degree burns. Burns can require medical attention which may mean medical bills, time off of work, and other costs. If you have been burned, you may be able to recover damages for your injuries that can help offset some of the costs. This article gives an overview of when you may be able to recover damages for your burn injury. Keep in mind that each situation is different and you should talk to a knowledgeable personal injury attorney to find out whether you should sue.
Burn Injury at Work If you are injured at work, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation. Workers’ compensation is a program that pays people injured at work a portion of their wages as well as compensation for permanent injuries from the accident. A skilled attorney can help you with your workers’ compensation case. Generally, people who are injured at work are not able to recover above and beyond their workers’ compensation, but if the employer has been especially negligent there may be other opportunities for recovery.
Burn Injury in an Accident If you are burned in an accident, you may be able to recover damages if the accident was caused by the negligence of another. Whether someone’s negligence is the cause of your injury will depend on the facts of case. Burn injuries can be can be caused by many different things, including car accidents, home fires, and electrocutions. Negligence means that someone had a duty to act with a certain amount of care and did not act in a way that a reasonable person would act in the same circumstances. For example, if someone was texting while driving and causes and accident that leads to burn injuries. Another example is the improper installation of an electrical device that causes a fire. The accident that caused the burns must have due to the negligence of another.
What Damages Can Be Recovered? The purpose of personal injury law is to make the victim “whole” again by compensating him or her for the tangible and intangible losses caused by the negligence of another. There are many different kinds of losses that someone with a burn injury may face. Therefore, if the accident that caused the burns is proven to be the fault of someone else, you may be able to recover for:
- Current and future medical bills and other medical costs
- Pain and suffering
- Current and future lost wages and any other compensation lost from the injury
- Any other losses suffered
What to Do After a Burn Injury The first step after a burn injury is to get medical attention. Once the immediate emergency is taken care of, you should contact a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. If you are in the Washington D.C., Maryland, or Northern Virginia area, contact us to find out what options are available to you.