Have you or a loved one suffered a severe burn injury due to another’s negligence?
At Karns & Kerrison, we understand how devastating the aftermath of a severe burn, fire, or electrical injury can be. Medical costs are enough to put a financial strain on most families, not to mention the other challenges associated with these wounds. The good news is, you likely have the right to seek compensation for your damages. While no amount of money can turn back time, it can give you the support you need to get back on your feet.
Experienced Legal Advocates in Providence
Our Rhode Island attorney team provides caring and experienced representation to burn survivors. We know that legal action may take a lot of energy that you simply do not have when you are healing or caring for an injured loved one—but an attorney can help lighten the load.
At Karns & Kerrison, we will listen to your story to devise a personalized strategy for your case. We aim to achieve the best results possible for all our clients, without taking their attention away from healing. Pulling on our more than 85 years of combined experience, we have recovered more than $250 million for our clients in Providence, Middletown, and beyond.
Contact us online today to schedule a free consultation. Our Rhode Island burn injury attorneys are here to serve you.
Negligence in a Burn Injury Case
Typically, third-party negligence can be found when burn injuries are sustained in the following accidents/incidents:
- 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 have reason to believe that someone else was liable for your burn injury, it is more than worth it to contact our Rhode Island lawyers for a free consultation. You may have the right to file a claim for compensation to help you and your family during this challenging time.
Types and Degrees of Burn Injuries
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 injury 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:
- Structure fires
- Smoke inhalation
- Harsh or toxic chemicals
Understanding the severity of your burn also matters when considering an injury claim. If your injury was minor, your losses may not be large enough to justify legal action. However, patients may want to speak to an attorney 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; or
- Fifth-degree burns, which penetrate muscle tissue and typically cannot be treated, meaning a patient may lose digits or limbs.
How Much Is My Burn Injury Case Worth?
Burn injuries have intense effects on the body, from the first moment the damage occurs to years later. This means that many burn survivors deal with symptoms and complications for the rest of their lives. A liable party can be held financially responsible for all these damages, which may include:
- Medical bills, past and future
- Rehabilitation therapy
- Pain and suffering
- Lost wages
- Reduced future earning potential
- Loss of enjoyment/quality of life
For burn survivors, lifetime damages may amount to millions of dollars. In order to recover this compensation, you must provide evidence of the ways in which the injury has changed your life. Further, you will also have to show that another party was, in fact, negligent. Our burn injury lawyers are here to help you put together a comprehensive claim that accounts for every loss you have experienced.
When Burns Are Fatal
If your loved one was killed by severe burns, you may have the right to file a wrongful death action to recover damages and hold the wrongdoer accountable. The magnitude of these cases render them complex, as wrongdoers are less likely to own up to their negligence when the death of a person is involved. It is highly recommended to work with a compassionate, skilled lawyer for a case involving fatal injury.
Get Started with Your Case Today
No matter whether you are taking action for your own burn injury or that of a loved one, Karns & Kerrison will work tirelessly to maximize your compensation so you can find a way forward. Filing a claim is not only about being able to pay off debts related to the injury, provide for yourself and for loved ones, and rest assured knowing you have a financial safety net as you move forward. It is also about holding a negligent person, company, or corporation accountable for their actions. Our lawyers are here to support you during your search for justice.
Call Karns & Kerrison at (888) 281-3100 for a free consultation with a Rhode Island burn injury lawyer.
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