Many people have experienced the discomfort of a sunburn or accidentally grabbed a pan before it’s cooled. Typically, these burns are uncomfortable inconveniences. However, sometimes, these injuries are more severe. Third and fourth-degree burns can necessitate medical treatment and leave you out of work for months or longer.
If you believe your burn injuries were caused by the negligence of another party, you could qualify for compensation. A Fort Wayne burn injury lawyer from Sevenish Law Firm, P.C. can evaluate your burn injury case. We can determine your case eligibility and pursue a settlement on your behalf.
Burn Injury Victims Can Claim Compensation
Burn injury victims can claim a range of compensation types called damages. These damages include:
- Medical expenses
- Ongoing treatment, like physical therapy
- Property damages
- Pain and suffering
- Mental trauma
- Reduced quality of life
- Lost income
- Lowered earning capacity
Damages are also available to those who’ve lost a loved one to a burn injury. If you have lost a loved one to a burn injury, we extend our deepest condolences. Our injury lawyers can pursue these wrongful death damages on your behalf:
- Loss of companionship
- Medical expenses incurred prior to the passing of your loved one
- Burial and funeral expenses
According to IC 34-23-1-2, only the personal representative of your loved one’s estate can file a wrongful death action. The surviving spouse and children may benefit from the action. We can review your case and determine your eligibility.
How Much Will You Receive?
It’s normal to wonder about the value of your case. After all, you may be facing a mountain of medical bills. We advise approaching this part of your case with patience.
Every burn injury case is different, meaning there’s no “average” settlement value. These factors could impact how much you receive:
- The type and severity of your injuries
- Whether or not your case involves a wrongful death
- The outcome of a lawsuit or insurance negotiations
- The amount of evidence available in your case
How Can You Pursue a Burn Injury Settlement
Burn injury settlements are usually pursued in one of two ways:
- An insurance claim: Drivers, property owners, and businesses typically carry liability insurance. If any of these parties were responsible for your injuries, you could file a claim with their insurer. Many types of personal injury cases, burn injury cases included, are settled this way. You can also turn to your own insurer for coverage, if applicable.
- A lawsuit: If filing an insurance claim isn’t an option, you could file a lawsuit. Remember, just because you filed a lawsuit doesn’t mean you have to go to court. Many lawsuits are settled before a trial occurs.
At Sevenish Law Firm, P.C., we only work on personal injury cases, and burn injuries are a subset of this law category. This means that we may have greater familiarity with personal injury law than other discount firms.
Our team can help with the following while you recover from your burn injury:
Assessing Your Case
Evaluating the following factors can help our lawyer gain a better understanding of your case
- The insurance policies that apply to your case
- Any evidence associated with your case, like medical records, or video documentation of your accident
If you haven’t done so already, we advise you to seek medical attention regarding your burn injuries. Seeing a doctor is the best way to document your injuries, as medical records can be used to determine the value of your settlement.
If you’re planning to pursue a claim or lawsuit, you must be able to prove that another party caused your injuries. Burn injuries can be caused by a range of accidents. This means that potentially liable parties in these cases vary. For example, a car accident will have a different liable party than a premises liability case.
Our team can review the available evidence to identify the liable party. This process involves highlighting their negligent behavior. There are four elements of negligence in a burn injury case:
- The liable party was responsible for keeping you from harm.
- They failed to uphold this responsibility.
- This negligent behavior caused your burn injuries.
- You suffered damages as a result.
Pursuing a Settlement
Our lawyer may be able to help you submit a settlement demand package. This documentation tells an insurer or liable party how much we think your case is worth. If it refuses this settlement demand, we can negotiate on your behalf.
We believe that those who’ve been harmed by negligent behavior deserve a chance to receive compensation.
Burn Injury Cases Are Time-Sensitive
Burn injury lawsuits are subject to Indiana’s personal injury statute of limitations, per IC § 34-11-2-4. This legal deadline imposes a two-year deadline on these cases. It may be longer or shorter depending on the facts of your case. For this reason, we encourage you to get started on your case as soon as you can.
Do You Need to Hire a Lawyer After a Burn Injury?
No, you’re not required to hire a lawyer in Indiana if you have a burn injury case.
You can choose to defend your own case; however, our firm strongly opposes this approach. Burn injury cases can be complicated. If your injuries are severe, you may need time to rest. Dealing with insurers and learning legal terminology is not conducive to the healing process. We’re here to manage your case, so you don’t have to.
A Burn Injury Can Have Severe Consequences
Burn injuries can result in costly medical treatment. For example, fourth-degree burns can cause permanent nerve damage. Even third-degree burns may necessitate hospitalization.
Impacts of burn injuries include:
- Nerve damage
- Numbness in the burn area
- Recurrent infections
- Lost limbs
- Reduced mobility
Seek medical attention as soon as possible after a burn injury, as your condition may worsen without proper care.
See How a Burn Injury Lawyer Can Help You Today
Our team is ready to support the residents of Fort Wayne with their burn injury cases. Sevenish Law Firm, P.C. works on a contingency-fee basis, so you don’t need to pay us anything upfront. We stand by our clients and fight for your compensation throughout your case.
Contact our offices for a free case evaluation with our team.