Suffering any kind of burn or scald can be excruciatingly painful and physiologically distressing. In addition to the physical pain and emotional distress, you may sustain significant scarring, muscle, nerve, or ligament damage. There’s nothing easy about recovering from a scald or burn injury. At Aeton Law, we have seen the damage that burn injuries can inflict on victims. We realize that it can often be challenging to get back to your daily life after a severe scald or burn injury. A New Haven burn injury lawyer can help you get the financial compensation you need to recover fully.
Maybe one of your worst nightmares has come true: you or a loved one experienced immense pain from a scald or burn injury caused by someone else’s negligence. You’re devastated, angry, but most of all, you’re concerned and worried that your life or that of your loved one might never be the same again. You’re looking for a way to ease the pain and provide your loved one with the best possible means to recovery. Tragically, the medical bills start stacking up, and you realize your finances cannot afford the best care for your recovery.
At Aeton Law, we recognize victims of scald or burn injuries are often left in the murk alone with not only physical and emotional injuries but also staggering medical bills and financial problems due to lost income. Our personal injury lawyers have the skills, focus, experience, and dedication that you’ll need to pursue the compensation owed to you by the at-fault party. For a free and comprehensive initial case evaluation, call our law firm today at 860-785-2099.
- 1 Common Causes Of Burn Injuries
- 2 Categories Of Burn Injuries
- 3 What Compensation Can You Recover Through A Burn Injury Claim In Connecticut?
- 4 How Long Do Burn Injury Victims Have To File A Claim In Connecticut?
- 5 How Much Will A Burn Injury Lawyer Cost In Connecticut?
- 6 How Can An Attorney Help With My Burn Injury Claim?
- 7 Turn To A Trusted New Haven Burn Injury Lawyer To File Your Claim Today
Common Causes Of Burn Injuries
You exercise caution to avoid putting yourself in harm’s way. You wear your seatbelt and obey all traffic rules when on the road. You wear protective gear to prevent injuries at work. Tragically, circumstances outside your control could lead to a burn injury. These injuries happen every day, not just at home but in a wide variety of settings and situations. For example, some of the common causes of burn and scald injuries include:
Motor Vehicle Accidents
An auto accident can leave survivors with anything from mild to severe organ damage. But when the gas from a damaged motor vehicle ignites, burn injuries are sure to be catastrophic.
Workplace burns are common in Connecticut. Different industries, such as the construction industry, involve welding equipment, torches, and other heat sources. If such types of equipment are not correctly maintained, they can cause burn injuries.
Chemical accidents cause chemical burns and can happen both at work and home. Chemical burns can cause severe skin and nerve damage and occur when the skin comes into contact with a potent corrosive substance, usually containing acids or alkaloids.
When the body is exposed to electrical current, electrocution results leading to electrical burns. Electrical burns are a serious problem in the workplace and at home. Electrocution victims may suffer extra injuries if the electrical shock tosses them.
Other common causes of burn injuries include:
- Gas Explosions
- Defective Products
- Electrical Appliances
- Steam And Hot Liquids
The above are only a few of the many causes of scald or burn injuries that occur in Connecticut and throughout the United States. But no matter what caused your burn injury, if it happened because of another’s fault, we can help.
Categories Of Burn Injuries
Generally, all types of burns, including chemical burns, electrical burns, thermal/flame burns, burns from steam or hot liquids, and radiation burns, are classified into four categories, namely:
First Degree Burns
First degree burns can be considered to be the most common and relatively minor. These burns typically damage the first layer of the skin (epidermis), causing redness at the affected site. There is generally some swelling and pain that could linger for a few days.
While they can be painful, 1st-degree burns are superficial and can be treated at home together with over-the-counter painkillers to help you cope with the pain.
Second Degree Burns
Second-degree burns cause damage beyond the first layer of the skin, affecting both the inner and outer layers. These burns are characterized by blistered skin, redness, and pain that last much longer than in 1st-degree burns. These types of burns can sometimes appear as ‘wet’ and require weeks to heal.
2nd-degree burns that affect an area of three inches or less can be treated at home by cooling the affected area, applying antibiotic cream, and dressing the injury. If you’ve suffered a second-degree burn located on your face, feet, or hands, please see a doctor.
Third Degree Burns
Third-degree burns result in damage that extends through the layers of the skin all the way to the bones and can even affect organs. These burns lead to permanent scarring of the affected area and are characterized by black or silver coloration or charring of the affected skin area. 3rd-degree burns can cause hypothermia and even permanent nerve damage, so seek medical treatment right away.
Third-degree burns are serious injuries and require the immediate attention of a doctor or a visit to a specialized burn center such as The Connecticut Burn Injury Center at Bridgeport Hospital. Treatment may involve removing damaged skin, skin grafts, or reconstructive surgery. Often, these injuries require plastic surgery to heal the damaged skin and surrounding area.
Fourth Degree Burns
Fourth-degree burns are so severe that the victim’s skin is lost entirely and can cause severe or even permanent damage to tendons, bones, muscles, and nerve endings. Tragically, 4th-degree burns are usually life-changing, and in some instances, they may be fatal.
What Compensation Can You Recover Through A Burn Injury Claim In Connecticut?
As every burn injury case is different, there’s no specific amount of compensation for burn injury victims. Instead, the jury and judge will assess your burn compensation claim base on several factors, including:
- The severity of your burn injury
- Lost wages
- Physiological trauma
- Secondary effects on family and dependents
- Treatment and rehabilitation
Therefore, in general – the greater the implications of the injury, the bigger your payout. Typically, you can recover the following damages for your burn injury:
- Lost income due to time taken off work
- The cost of medication, treatment, care, prescriptions, and medical devices
- Travel costs and other related expenses
- Pain and suffering
- Homecare, even if a loved one gives it
- Any modifications to your home or car that were necessary because of your injury
- The impact on your hobbies, sports, and life (loss of enjoyment)
How Long Do Burn Injury Victims Have To File A Claim In Connecticut?
It’s important to note that no matter what caused your burn injury, or the type of burn injury you suffered, Connecticut has strict deadlines within which you must lodge your lawsuit. This is a two-year window referred to as the statute of limitations, and it begins from the moment your injury was sustained.
Failing to file your burn injury claim in that time can lead to a complete forfeiture of your right to pursue compensation for injuries. Don’t delay; you don’t want this to happen to you.
How Much Will A Burn Injury Lawyer Cost In Connecticut?
At Aeton Law, we understand that burn injuries’ financial impacts and expenses can leave you in a difficult financial position. That’s precisely why we handle burn injury claims on a contingency fee basis. This means you won’t be left to pay attorney fees out-of-pocket; instead, you only pay us after we’ve succeeded in recovering the compensation owed to you.
Our New Haven burn injury lawyers will discuss this with you at the start, so you’ll know what to expect when your injury claim settles. But if you don’t win, you pay nothing. It’s that simple.
How Can An Attorney Help With My Burn Injury Claim?
Unfortunately, recovering fair compensation after a burn injury may not be as smooth as one might expect. Often, insurance companies will try to undermine your claim by minimizing your injuries so they can pull a fast one on you so that you can accept a settlement that is far lower than what you deserve.
Burn injury lawsuits are complex, requiring extensive investigation, communication with experts, law enforcement officers, and medical providers. That’s why you need a caring expert with years of experience and one who will stand by your side from start to end. Our lawyers can help you with:
Preparing Your Case and Filing a Lawsuit
Investigate your burn injuries and collect crucial evidence to support causation, and determine the extent of your injuries. A burn injury lawyer will also help identify and present your lawsuit against all responsible parties.
Negotiating a Settlement
A burn injury lawyer will make sure insurance companies don’t delay your claim, violate your rights, or give you a low-ball offer. Your compensation outcome is the direct result of your lawyer’s negotiation skills. Please leave it to us to handle insurers and get you the fair settlement you deserve.
Trial Preparation and Representation
Burn injury claims don’t just involve paperwork. Your case may require presentation in a court in front of a judge and jury. Our attorneys are experts at fine-tuning the facts of your case into a narrative that strikes a chord with the judge and jury and proves the implications of your injuries, persuading them to award you maximum compensation for your pain and injuries.
Turn To A Trusted New Haven Burn Injury Lawyer To File Your Claim Today
At Aeton Law, we know just how shattering and life-changing scald and burn injuries can be! Not only are our New Haven burn injury lawyers experienced, but they are also exceptional listeners. We have the skills, resources, and determination to get you and your family a just and fair compensation for your burns.
Don’t let those responsible for your pain and scars walk away scot-free; you deserve more than that, as do your loved ones. Call us at 860-785-2099 today! Let our legal team of dedicated personal injury lawyers represent your interest and obtain the financial compensation you need to recover fully and get your life back.