One of the most devastating experiences you will ever face is an accident that leaves you with severe burns. These injuries often cause permanent scarring and disfigurement. The medical treatments for these burns are quite expensive and can be overwhelming for you and your family. If the negligent actions of another person are to blame, a Middletown burn injury lawyer can help you recover compensation for your losses and suffering.
Aeton Law Partners is an experienced law firm that has represented numerous burn victims over the years. We understand how challenging this experience can be due to lengthy specialized medical care and temporary or even permanent disability. We will fight to ensure that you get the compensation you deserve. If you or your loved one has suffered a burn injury, contact our Middletown personal injury attorneys today at 860-785-2099 for a free and no-obligation consultation.
- 1 Common Causes of Burn Injuries
- 2 Categories of Burns
- 3 Compensation You Can Recover Through a Burn Injury Lawsuit
- 4 How Long Do You Have to File a Burn Injury Claim in Connecticut?
- 5 How Much Will an Attorney Cost?
- 6 How Can a Lawyer Help My Claim?
- 7 Contact a Middletown Burn Injury Lawyer Today
Common Causes of Burn Injuries
Burn injuries are one of the most devastating injuries that a person can suffer. They are painful and can require extensive treatment. In serious cases, they can be life-changing and even cause death. They can affect the skin, nerves, muscles, bones, and even the blood vessels.
Some of the most common causes of burn injuries include:
These are the most common types of burn injuries. They usually occur when one comes into direct contact with a hot object. It can be from anything, such as a hot plate left on, a recently used coffee maker, stove, or even water heaters. It can also include sunburns.
These usually affect people who work with electricity, such as construction workers and electricians. An employer can be held liable if the proper safety regulations were not followed. Direct contact with electricity can burn your skin, and electricity from faulty wiring may cause a fire. You might suffer an electrical burn by accidentally gripping an exposed wire or touching electrified water.
Some occupations will require you to work with dangerous chemicals. However, when these corrosive liquids such as acids come into contact with soft tissue like the skin, it can lead to chemical burns. Defective products that have corrosive chemicals, such as batteries, can also cause chemical burns.
These result from the inhalation of harmful gases, vapor, and smoke. Inhalation injuries are not visible but often extremely dangerous. Asphyxiation has led to many fatalities in the U.S every year. Heavy smoke inhalation can block the airways, damage your lungs and even suffocate you.
Categories of Burns
Burn injuries are usually categorized into four degrees. These include:
This is the least severe category. First-degree burns affect only the outer layer of the skin, the epidermis. They are quite painful and cause redness but heal in only a few days. They can be treated with over the counter remedies such as topical analgesics, bandages, and ointments.
These burns are usually more serious than the first degree. They affect the top two layers of the skin; the epidermis and dermis. You may get some swelling, stiffening of tendons, and red or blotchy skin as a result. Pain can be quite severe, and blisters may develop. Deep second-degree burns can also lead to scarring, which can be quite devastating. These injuries take three to eight weeks to heal.
These burns are usually severe as they extend to the fat layer beneath the skin. They affect all the layers of the skin and even destroy the nerves, causing numbness. These injuries are extremely painful and can blacken the skin, making it look leathery and causing permanent scarring. With a third-degree burn, immediate medical attention and pain management is needed.
Fourth-degree burns are the deepest and most severe of all burns. The burns go through layers of the skin, underlying tissue, and the deeper tissue, and can damage bones, tendons, and muscles. The nerve endings are destroyed, leaving no feeling in the area.
Treatment for serious burn injuries requires specialized care and includes pain management, skin grafts, physical therapy, cosmetic procedures, and often counseling.
Compensation You Can Recover Through a Burn Injury Lawsuit
Burn injuries can cause permanent damage, and adjusting to life afterward is not an easy task. It’s important to demand your rightful compensation so you can cover your medical treatments and other expenses.
There are different types of damages victims may be awarded for a burn injury. They include:
Economic damages are awarded to compensate you for financial losses and expenses that can be proven with bills and other documentation.
Burn victims require extensive treatments that include restorative surgeries and skin grafts, which are quite expensive. For example, skin grafts need to be done in several stages, so the victim will need multiple surgeries until they make a full recovery. Other medical expenses include therapy, medications, follow-up appointments, and medical equipment are also needed. Travel expenses to the burn care centers can also cost a lot of money in the long run.
You can be reimbursed for lost wages if you must take time off work to recover, and if you become disabled, you can claim compensation for lost earning capacity.
Non-economic damages are harder to calculate than economic damages. Burn victims may recover compensation for lasting physical disability or disfigurement, depression and stress, physical pain and suffering, and loss of life’s enjoyment.
These are awarded to the victim to punish the defendant for malicious or reckless actions. The court usually awards punitive damages to prevent the defendant or others from repeating the offense. However, punitive damages are quite rare in Connecticut. Talk to a Middletown burn injury lawyer at our firm if you feel that your case qualifies for punitive damages.
How Long Do You Have to File a Burn Injury Claim in Connecticut?
In Connecticut, you are required to file your burn injury claim within two years from the date of the injury. If you do not file before the two-year window closes, you will lose the right to have your case heard. You will also not get compensated for damages incurred.
If a burn victim dies, the executor has two years from the date of their passing to file a wrongful death lawsuit.
How Much Will an Attorney Cost?
Many people get skeptical about hiring a burn injury lawyer as they assume that it will be costly. However, this is not the truth. At Aeton Law, we work on a contingency basis. This means that you do not have to pay us a dime until we win the case for you. It may seem surreal, but it is not.
We will fight for you to get the maximum compensation possible. Once we win the case for you, you pay us an agreed-on percentage of the settlement or the damages awarded. We will also give you a free initial consultation to discuss the case, hence a win-win for you!
How Can a Lawyer Help My Claim?
Hiring an attorney is one of the best decisions you can ever make when seeking compensation for burn injuries. Representing yourself will be daunting and can lead you to lose your case as you do not have the relevant skills and experience to win. At Aeton Law, we will do the following:
Case Preparation/ Filing a Lawsuit
We will gather all the relevant evidence needed to prove your case. An example is the medical reports proving that you were injured due to the defendant’s actions. We will also file the lawsuit within the time stipulated in Connecticut’s statute of limitations to ensure that you do not get a dismissal.
In cases where both parties agree to a settlement outside the court, we will negotiate with the insurance company and any other parties involved. We will fight to ensure that you get a favorable deal and are not lowballed with bad terms. We will ensure that you get the maximum compensation that you deserve.
Trial Preparation and Representation
If both parties cannot agree to a viable settlement term, the case will go to court. Here, we will provide you with experienced and aggressive representation. We will use the evidence gathered to present a strong case before the judge and jury, and may call medical experts to testify.
Contact a Middletown Burn Injury Lawyer Today
If you or your loved one has suffered burn injuries due to someone else’s negligence, don’t wait to contact Aeton Law Partners. We understand the profound effects on the victims and their families and will work to ensure that you get maximum compensation. We have helped numerous victims like you get the justice they deserve and their rightful compensation.
We will not back down from this fight; hence you will have confidence that your case in the right hands. Contact us today at 860-785-2099 and let us take the burden off you so you can focus on your recovery. You will not regret it!