Burn injuries can profoundly affect a person’s life, both physically and emotionally. If you or a loved one experienced a burn injury, we understand that this may be a painful and scary time for you. As a result of your injuries, you may be facing a long and painful recovery.
On top of your pain, you may have been occupied with hospital visits and missed work. An experienced Virginia burn injury lawyer at Regan Zambri Long can assist in obtaining compensation for expenses related to medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages.
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A skilled burn injury lawyer in Virginia can assist you with seeking the compensation you’re entitled to. If your injuries were caused by someone else’s negligence, a personal injury attorney can provide legal guidance to help you recover medical expenses and other losses through the legal process.
A burn injury lawyer will assess the circumstances surrounding your injury, evaluate the strength of your case, gather evidence, negotiate with insurance companies or other parties involved, and represent your interests in court, if necessary.
Contact us today to discuss your legal options for your burn injury claim.
According to the National Scald Prevention Campaign, “every minute, someone in the United States sustains a burn injury severe enough to require treatment.” This averages out to 450,000 injuries per year or a burn injury every 70 seconds.
Severe burn injuries often require extensive medical treatment such as multiple surgeries, potential skin grafts, and plastic surgery, and may result in the victim’s inability to work. The psychological aftermath of burn injuries can include depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, and sleep disturbances.
Our experienced burn injury lawyers at Regan Zambri Long have the expertise to assess the value of these damages, including past, current, and future medical expenses, as well as long-term pain and suffering.
Damages refer to the monetary compensation awarded to a person who has suffered harm or loss as a result of someone else’s negligent conduct. In Virginia, a victim can be awarded economic damages and non-economic damages.
Economic damages are quantifiable amounts that may be awarded to the injured party. Some examples include compensation for medical expenses, prescription costs, and lost wages.
Non-economic damages are less cut-and-dried because the amounts are not clearly quantified. Some examples include compensation for pain, suffering, and emotional distress.
In cases where the negligent party’s behavior was willful or especially malicious, punitive damages may be awarded for the purpose of punishing the defendant and deterring similar conduct.
Our attorneys are prepared to diligently pursue the maximum compensation possible to help you during this painful time. As we work on a contingency fee basis, you will not be responsible for any legal fees unless we successfully recover compensation for your claim.
The severity of burn injuries can vary widely, ranging from mild to severe, and they can result in damage to the skin, muscles, bones, and even internal organs, depending on the depth and extent of the burn.
The most common types of burns are as follows:
Thermal burns are caused by exposure to heat, such as flames, hot liquids, steam, or hot objects like stoves, irons, or hot metals. Contact with a pot of boiling water, an overturned cup of hot coffee, or an exposed pipe: these are some ways that thermal burns occur.
Of all the types of burns, thermal burns are the most common. They can cause major damage to the skin and deeper tissues, depending on the temperature and duration of exposure.
Electrical burns are injuries that occur when the skin and underlying tissues come into contact with an electrical current. These burns can be caused by direct contact with live electrical wires, electrical appliances, lightning strikes, or other sources of electrical energy.
Electrical burns can range from mild to severe and can cause damage to the skin, muscles, nerves, blood vessels, and internal organs, depending on the current strength, duration of exposure, and pathway of the electrical current through the body.
Chemical burns are caused by exposure to harsh chemicals, strong acids, drain cleaners, paint thinner, gasoline, and many other substances. These burns can occur due to exposure to accidental spills, or even certain chemicals present in cosmetics or personal care products.
In some cases, a chemical burn may not appear right away. For example, a lab researcher may be working with a particular chemical that makes contact with their skin and it could take hours for burns to appear in the affected area. Another example is contact with paint thinner. The symptoms of chemical burns due to exposure to paint thinner can also take hours to manifest.
Radiation burns are caused by exposure to radiation, such as from the sun, tanning beds, or radiation therapy for cancer treatment.
Friction burns are caused by rubbing or scraping of the skin against a rough surface, such as a rug burn from a fall, a turf burn from a sports injury, or a road rash from a motorcycle accident.
If you’ve sustained a burn injury due to someone else’s negligence, you have the right to seek compensation for the financial burdens you’re experiencing as a result of the physical and emotional impacts. Our experienced Virginia burn injury lawyers can help determine if you have legal options to recover compensation.
Some ways burn injuries occur from someone else’s negligence can include:
To establish a claim that someone else’s negligence caused your burn injury, the following needs to be proven:
The person or entity responsible for causing the burn injury must have owed a duty of care to the injured person. For example, a driver has a duty to operate their vehicle safely, a manufacturer has a duty to produce safe products, or a property owner has a duty to maintain safe premises.
It must be shown that the person or entity failed to fulfill their duty of care, either through an action or omission that did not meet the expected standard of care. For example, a driver was reckless or negligent, a product was defective, or a property owner failed to address hazards on their premises.
There must be a direct link between the breach of duty and the burn injury. In other words, it must be demonstrated that the negligent act or omission was the actual cause of the burn injury.
The injured person must have suffered damages as a result of the burn injury, which may include medical expenses, pain and suffering, and lost wages.
As a personal injury law firm, Regan Zambri Long PLLC has more than 100 years of combined experience in personal injury law, including claims involving severe burns. We can investigate the accident or product defect that caused your injuries and determine all responsible parties. Our law firm has a reputation for success in complex Virginia personal injury claims involving burns. Call today for your free case review today.