Burns have the potential to be some of the most painful and debilitating injuries that a person could suffer in any type of accident. The Chicago burn injury attorneys of Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have deep compassion for what burn victims must go through, and it is our goal to make sure that you do not need to endure what you are going through alone. When it comes to the legal representation of clients involving in burn accidents, our primary goal remains to hold the negligent parties fully responsible for the injuries they have caused. That will help you focus on your physical recovery without worrying about the impact of your injury on your personal finances.Common Accidents that Result in Severe Burns
There is no anticipating where a severe burn may occur, and victims are burned in a wide variety of environments and circumstances. To make it easier for you to determine whether you may have a claim or lawsuit for your burn injury, consider some of the most common situations in which burn victims are injured due to the negligent actions of others.
- Fires in buildings that lack proper measures to prevent the spread of a fire or provide escape routes for the victims. The building owner may be responsible the building did not meet local fire code and fire detectors were not installed and properly maintained. If someone’s reckless behavior caused the fire, you might have a claim against that person as well.
- Injuries to children at daycare centers and seniors in skilled nursing facilities due to a lack of supervision. Caregivers are required to ensure that children do not have access to areas where they can cause themselves or others harm and the daycare center may be held liable for injuries suffered by unsupervised children.
- Car accidents involving fires. Severe car crashes that result in fires can result in devastating and catastrophic injuries.
- Industrial accidents. The equipment used by many factory workers can reach incredible temperatures, and flammable materials may ignite when not handled properly. Whenever someone is injured on the job, he or she is automatically entitled to worker’s compensation benefits and may be able to recover additional damages if the burns were the result of negligent behavior of a third-party (not the employer or co-worker).
These are only a few examples of the types of cases our Chicago burn injury lawyers handle and your case may be much different. You should always seek the advice of an attorney to determine whether you have the option to file a lawsuit for the recovery of the compensation you need throughout your physical recovery.Medical Treatment for Burns
First and second degree burns are easily treated and victims usually recover without incident, but third and fourth degree burns can require extensive care and leave victims permanently disfigured or disabled. If you’ve suffered a third or fourth degree burn, it is likely that you’ve required skin grafts to repair the physical appearance of the burn. Beneath the skin, however, it is likely that you’ve suffered nerve and tissue damage that is more difficult to recover from. The prognosis is even bleaker for victims of fourth degree burns, who often lose limbs due to irreparable damage and the spread of infection.
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers understands the long-term physical and emotional trauma that can result from a severe burn and we will do whatever it takes to make moving forward from your accident as comfortable as we can. We begin by helping our clients obtain access to the best doctors and medical specialists while we investigate and build their case. The compensation we typically seek in Illinois burn accident lawsuits includes: past and future medical bills, lost wages, disfigurement, pain and suffering and the permanency of your injuries. If the responsible party acted in an especially reckless manner, we may seek punitive damages as well.
Contact us today to speak with one of our award winning Chicago burn injury attorneys so that we can arrange a free consultation to discuss your legal options and rights. If you are unable to meet with us at one of our offices, we will be happy to come to you. We only collect a fee when we are able to secure damages on our clients’ behalf. You will never need to worry about paying attorneys’ fees if we are unable to win or settle your case.
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