Calculating the Value of a Burn Injury

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Many people experience a burn at some point in their lifetime. A burn in the kitchen that can be treated at home, however, is a much different situation than a critical wound that can leave a person with lifelong scarring and disabilities. Accidents do happen. But when a burn injury results from an unsafe area, product defect, or car accident, the results can be especially devastating.

Burn wounds can be catastrophic and alter the course of a person’s life. If you’ve suffered a burn injury because of another party’s negligence, then you should be financially compensated for the hardships you’ve endured because of your injury. More than that, you should be fully compensated for pain, suffering, and all future difficulties that you might face because of your burn injury.  

The Umansky Law Firm helps victims of burn injuries to navigate the complexities of the law and recover payment for their distress and pain. While each case is different with its own unique circumstances, the following information can be helpful when pursuing and calculating the value of a burn injury claim:

What Are Common Types of Burn Injuries?

Burn injuries can occur in a variety of ways. The most severe and painful burn injuries are often the results of:

  • Scalding, when the skin is burned by hot liquid or water
  • Inhalation burns, when toxic fumes, steam, or smoke is inhaled
  • Electrical burns caused by an electric voltage on the skin’s surface that causes damage internally
  • Chemical burns, when the skin comes in contact with a strong acid or base
  • Gas explosions from gas catching fire
  • Thermal burns from a car accident, flammable liquid exposure, or building fire
  • Radiation burns that can occur from tanning beds, X-rays, or radiation exposure

Burn injuries fall into three categories that depend on the level of severity and how deep the burn damage gets on the skin. Those categories are:

First-degree burns

A mild burn that doesn’t require medical treatment is a first-degree burn. These types of burns will cause discomfort and reddening of the skin for a couple of days and usually heals on its own. An over-the-counter burn cream will often be enough to soothe the pain and quicken healing.

Second-degree burns

Signs of a second-degree burn include red, blistering skin and pain. The area of the trauma might appear to leak fluid, look glossy, or lose layers of skin. This type of burn should not be treated at home; victims suffering a second-degree burn should seek medical attention immediately.

Third-degree burns 

The worst and most painful type of injury is third-degree burns. This type of wound damages all three layers of skin and destroys delicate tissue underneath. The area of the trauma might look white, brown, or black, and typically becomes very dry and leathery. Third-degree burns require emergency medical care.

How Are Severe Burn Injuries Caused?

You don’t have to work in a high-risk profession to be at risk of suffering a burn injury. Sometimes, no matter how careful you are, accidents and injuries can happen. Severe burn injuries are most often caused by:

  • Car and truck accidents
  • Injuries at work
  • Electrical accidents
  • Defective products
  • Hot, scalding water
  • Fires in public, like restaurants
  • Fires in homes or apartments

Always exercise caution when dealing with electric outlets, cooking in the kitchen, or working with high-power or dangerous tools.

When Should I File a Burn Injury Claim?

If you’ve suffered a burn injury because of someone else’s carelessness, whether that be a person, workplace, or product manufacturer, then you should be compensated for your costs and losses. If your burn injury is minor and one that’s treatable at home, then you would not have a strong case for compensation. However, if the burn resulted in medical costs, lost wages, and other expenses to treat your injuries, then you should consult with an injury attorney immediately to file a claim.

When filing a burn injury claim, you must establish the following four elements of negligence:

  • A person or entity owed you as the plaintiff a duty of care.
  • The duty was breached.
  • The breach caused your burn injury
  • The burn injury ended in financial loss.

A “duty of care” exists between two people who may or may not know each other. There’s an obligation to be careful and avoid harm from happening to another person by any fault of your own. Drivers on the road have a duty of care to consider other cars on the road, and manufacturers have a duty of care to be certain their products are safe for all consumers without fears of injury.  

Schedule a Free Consultation with Orlando’s Personal Injury Lawyers 

The best way to calculate the value of a burn injury claim is to consult with an injury attorney with access to expert financial opinions to account for your future losses. If your burn injuries are so extensive they keep you out of work or require ongoing medical care, then you’ll want to be sure that all of these factors are accounted for when calculating the value of your claim.

At The Umansky Law Firm, our injury lawyers have extensive trial experience with expert knowledge in Florida’s complex injury law. We can guide you through this trying time and fight for the full and fair compensation that you deserve. To speak with one of our injury attorneys today, call us at (407) 228-2828 or schedule your free consultation by completing an online contact form.