Specialized treatment, long rehabilitation periods, and lasting scars—physical and mental—are common impacts of serious burn injuries. Medical costs alone are enough to put a financial strain on most families, not to mention the disruption brought on by other challenges related to these wounds. For most people, handling the effects of severe burns alone is near impossible. If you were injured because of someone else’s negligence, we want to help you find the compensation and support you need during your recovery period.
Our Rhode Island team at Karns & Kerrison provides caring and experienced representation to the victims of serious injuries like severe burns. We know handling an injury claim can take a lot of energy you don’t have if you’re healing or helping a loved one who was badly hurt. Working with an attorney can help lighten the load and give you confidence your needs are being looked after by professionals. Karns & Kerrison listens to your story so we can identify your ideal outcome and build a strategy for your case.
Call us at (888) 281-3100 to schedule a free consultation. Our Rhode Island burn injury attorneys are here to serve you.
When Burn Injuries Are Caused by Negligence
Burn accidents do happen, but oftentimes when someone suffers this type of injury, another party can be held liable. If you are not sure who is to blame, our attorneys can answer your questions and help you figure out whether you may be able to file a claim.
Burn injury suits are often brought due to:
- Aviation accidents
- Car or truck accidents
- Chemical exposure
- Malfunctioning products or vehicles
- Mistakes during the installation of a household appliance
- Properties that do not meet fire code
- Workplace accidents
If you believe someone else was liable for your burn injury, contacting our office for a free consultation is more than worth it. You could learn you have the right to bring a claim for compensation to help you and your family during this challenging time.
Types and Classifications of Burns
While most people think of thermal burns—those caused by contact with hot surfaces—when they hear the phrase “burn injury,” this is not the only type of harm the phrase refers to. Thermal burns are the most common, but you may also be able to file a claim if you were injured by:
- Smoke inhalation
- Harsh chemicals
Understanding the severity of your burn also matters when considering a personal injury claim. If your injury was minor, your losses may not be high enough to justify bringing a case. However, patients may want to speak to a lawyer if they have suffered:
- Second-degree burns, which affect both layers of skin (the dermis and epidermis) and may require skin grafts if they are large enough
- Third-degree burns, which damage both skin layers as well as hair follicles, sweat glands, and, often, nerve tissue
- Fourth-degree burns, which go through skin tissue and damage the underlying fat tissue
- Fifth-degree burns, which penetrate muscle tissue and typically cannot be treated, meaning a patient may lose digits or limbs
Losses and Damages in Burn Injury Claims
Burn injuries have intense effects on the body, starting at the moment the damage occurs and continuing for years. The victims of severe burns are likely to be dealing with symptoms and complications for the rest of their lives. A liable party can be held accountable for all these damages, which may include:
- Medical bills
- Future medical treatment
- Rehabilitation therapy
- Disfigurement (permanent scarring)
- Disability (loss of mobility)
- Pain and suffering
- Future pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Lost wages
- Decreased earning potential
- Loss of enjoyment of life
For burn injury victims, lifetime damages may reach six or seven figures. However, to make an argument for the settlement you deserve, you must be able to provide evidence of the myriad ways your life will be affected by your injury. Our attorneys are here to help you put together a thorough injury claim that accounts for every loss a burn injury may cause.
If your loved one was killed by severe burns, our attorneys can help you file a wrongful death case to recover damages and hold the wrongdoer behind their injuries accountable.
Let Us Help You File a Burn Injury Case
Suffering any severe injury in an accident can bring unexpected turmoil into a victim and their family’s lives. Burn injuries in particular have long-lasting effects that often make it impossible for patients to return to their previous normal. This is a challenge of its own that you must face along with the pain and lasting complications. While we sadly cannot restore your life to its pre-accident state, our team can help you request compensation so you can find a way forward.
Bringing a claim isn’t just about being able to afford your treatment, provide for yourself and loved ones, and rest secure in the knowledge you have a financial safety net as you move forward. It’s also about holding a negligent person or organization accountable for their actions. Our attorneys are here to support you during your search for justice if you have been injured in this way. Ask us how we can help you.
Call Karns & Kerrison at (888) 281-3100 for a free consultation with one of our burn injury attorneys. We’ve recovered over $250 million for clients across Rhode Island.
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