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When to Bring a Lawsuit for a Burn Injury

When to Bring a Lawsuit for a Burn Injury

In North Carolina, you have a right to sue any person who negligently or intentionally caused your burn injuries. When you have suffered injuries for severe burn injuries, you have a right to file a lawsuit and seek damages for your injuries. If you are unsure as to whether or not you should file a lawsuit for your burn injuries, our lawyers can help. Contact the skilled legal team at Arnold & Smith, PLLC as soon as possible to schedule your initial consultation. We offer potential clients a free case evaluation and we can help you decide on your best legal strategy.

Who is Usually At Fault for Burn Injury Accidents?

The first step in deciding whether or not you can bring a personal injury lawsuit for your burn injuries is to determine who is at fault. You have a right to bring a lawsuit against anyone who started the fire that caused your injuries. When it comes to burn injuries, the following person or people are the most likely legal causes of your burn injuries:

  • A person or people who may have accidentally started the fire
  • A person or people who may have intentionally started the fire
  • Any person or people that may have manufactured the cooking instrument that started the fire
  • Any person or people that may have manufactured the electrically-based product that started the fire.
Determining Who is at Fault for Your Burn Injuries

In some cases, it is difficult to determine who caused your burn injuries. For example, if your house burned while you were inside and caused your burn injuries, it will take a thorough investigation to determine who is at fault. A defective electronic product could have caused the fire that caused your injury.

When a car accident causes your burn injuries, you will need to prove who caused the car accident that resulted in your burn injuries. The defense attorneys will attempt to argue that you were at fault for the car accident. At Arnold & Smith, PLLC, our team knows how to gather information and evidence to prove that the defendant was, in fact, the cause of your accident.

Damages Caused by Severe Burn Injuries

Plaintiffs in a lawsuit file actions for all of the harm that their burns cause them, both physical, financial, and emotional. Plaintiffs can seek compensation for all of the following:

  • Medical expenses
  • Lost wages
  • Changes to normal life
  • Disability
  • Disfigurement
  • Pain and any other negative effects from the accident
  • Punitive injuries

The following medical complications and issues constitute damages in personal injury lawsuits:

  • Tissue damage
  • Scarring
  • Infections
  • Loss of feeling
  • Organ failure
  • Lung and breathing difficulty
  • Hearing and vision failure
  • Circulation problems

Many people who suffer burn injuries experience additional side effects, so this list does not include all of the complications you can suffer from a burn injury. However, if you have suffered any of these complications, you can prove the physical harm element you will need to prove in a personal injury lawsuit.

Physical Injuries Caused by Severe Burn Injuries

In order to file a personal injury lawsuit, you need to be able to prove that you suffered actual physical injuries. Defendants and their lawyers will try to claim that you have not really suffered injuries or will dismiss the severity of your burn injuries. That is why it is essential to keep as many records and files as possible proving that you did, in fact, suffer serious physical harm from your burn injuries.

We recommend keeping a personal injury journal. Write down all of your medical appointments, medications, surgeries, doctor recommendations, and any other information that can prove the severity of your injuries. After suffering an accident and a burn injury, you are likely just trying to survive day by day. It can be incredibly difficult to remember all of your doctor's appointments and symptoms. Keeping a journal will help you keep a record of medical information that will greatly assist your legal team in developing a case strategy.

If You are Interested in Bringing a Personal Injury Lawsuit, We can Help

Have you or a loved one suffered a serious burn injury? If so, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. You might be wondering whether or not you should bring a lawsuit. We understand that the thought of a lawsuit can be overwhelming. During your free case evaluation, we can review the facts of your case and determine who was at fault and whether or not you should bring a case. Contact our Charlotte personal injury law firm today to schedule your free initial consultation.

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