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What Type of Financial Compensation Have Other Burn Injury Victims Recovered?

What Type Of Financial Compensation Have Other Burn Injury Victims Recovered? Illinois plaintiffs with burn injury claims commonly recover hundreds of thousands of dollars or even more and you might be able to as well in partnership with competent legal representation.

  1. What are the Facts on Past Burn Injury Awards?
  2. Will my Award be More or Less Than These Amounts?
  3. How Will I Know What Kinds of Things I can Recover for in a Burn Injury Lawsuit?
  4. Burn Accident Awards and Settlements
  5. Wondering if Your Award Will Look Like These?

What are the Facts on Past Burn Injury Awards?

Here is a breakdown of what other burn victims have recovered at the national and Illinois levels according to data collected from reported jury verdicts and settlements.

National Burn Injury Awards

  • RECOVERY RANGE
  • $0
  • $1-$50,000
  • $50,000-$100,000
  • $100,000-$200,000
  • $200,000-$500,000
  • $500,000-$1,000,000
  • $1,000,000-$2,000,000
  • $2,000,000-$5,000,000
  • >$5,000,000
  • PERCENTAGE OF PLAINTIFFS
  • 28%
  • 22%
  • 5%
  • 6%
  • 9%
  • 8%
  • 8%
  • 7%
  • 7%

Illinois Burn Injury Awards

  • RECOVERY RANGE
  • $0
  • $1-$50,000
  • $50,000-$100,000
  • $100,000-$200,000
  • $200,000-$500,000
  • $500,000-$1,000,000
  • $1,000,000-$2,000,000
  • $2,000,000-$5,000,000
  • >$5,000,000
  • PERCENTAGE OF PLAINTIFFS
  • 14%
  • 23%
  • 1%
  • 7%
  • 8%
  • 10%
  • 10%
  • 19%
  • 8%

Burn Injury Awards From Cooking Fires

  • RECOVERY RANGE
  • $0
  • $1-$50,000
  • $50,000-$100,000
  • $100,000-$200,000
  • $200,000-$500,000
  • $500,000-$1,000,000
  • $1,000,000-$2,000,000
  • $2,000,000-$5,000,000
  • >$5,000,000
  • PERCENTAGE OF PLAINTIFFS
  • 36%
  • 22%
  • 12%
  • 5%
  • 10%
  • 5%
  • 1%
  • 8%
  • 1%

Burn Injury Awards From Heating Fires

  • RECOVERY RANGE
  • $0
  • $1-$50,000
  • $50,000-$100,000
  • $100,000-$200,000
  • $200,000-$500,000
  • $500,000-$1,000,000
  • $1,000,000-$2,000,000
  • $2,000,000-$5,000,000
  • >$5,000,000
  • PERCENTAGE OF PLAINTIFFS
  • 31%
  • 14%
  • 4%
  • 6%
  • 6%
  • 10%
  • 13%
  • 10%
  • 6%

Burn Injury Awards From Electrical Fires

  • RECOVERY RANGE
  • $0
  • $1-$50,000
  • $50,000-$100,000
  • $100,000-$200,000
  • $200,000-$500,000
  • $500,000-$1,000,000
  • $1,000,000-$2,000,000
  • $2,000,000-$5,000,000
  • >$5,000,000
  • PERCENTAGE OF PLAINTIFFS
  • 27%
  • 11%
  • 3%
  • 6%
  • 9%
  • 8%
  • 12%
  • 13%
  • 11%

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Will my Award be More or Less Than These Amounts?

It's hard to say whether your burn injury award will mirror those of past cases. The facts of your accident might not look those of any other in any way. Therefore, trying to find similarities and relationships might be a moot point. Also, even if you do find material patterns between your suit and others, that doesn't mean that you'll make the same choices as the other plaintiffs and that can make your recovery different than theirs. To better understand the value of your case, we urge clients to look to the present instead of the past. Look to their circumstances, injuries, costs, and changed lifestyle in order to predict how much their award will be. Then, analyze the court rules and judge's philosophy for those relevant to your case because these will have a much greater impact on your compensation than any past lawsuit or group of lawsuits.

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How Will I Know What Kinds of Things I can Recover for in a Burn Injury Lawsuit?

The law is designed to redress wrongs and return people to the state they were in prior to the incident. So this raises two questions: 1) how were harmed by the defendant's wrongful conduct and 2) what harms can you prove you suffered. These two questions implicate a variety of legal, factual, and persuasive hurdles that you must clear in order to recover for all of the damages that you suffered. However, in some situations, the law does not allow you to recover for certain categories of recovery. For instance, you cannot seek punitive damages in medical malpractice actions. To understand completely what you can get in a burn injury lawsuit, speak with an experienced attorney to plan for the award that you deserve.

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Burn Accident Awards and Settlements

$225,000 ILLINOIS SETTLEMENT.

Cross-fit races and other extreme sports have increased in popularity. More and more people take part in them every year. These view them as entertainment and exercise. It’s a way to join a community and have a good time. Sometimes though, they’re exposed to risks they’d don’t understand. For instance, there’s one such race in Channahon, Illinois. That’s just outside the more populated city of Joliet. The event is called the Warrior Dash. At one point along the race, runners are supposed to jump across a fire. Well, one runner, a young female in her late 20s, tripped and fell in the fire. She suffered burns across her legs. They were second degree. She sued the event for negligence. She claimed it should have done more to protect runners. Her suit claimed they had a reasonable expectation of better safety. Her complaint listed a number of damages too. She was disfigured from the burns. She suffered pain and a loss in self-esteem. Her medical bills were almost $100,000. In her view, the event should pay for all of these. What ended up happening was that the company’s insurer cut short the case. It offered to settle, and she accepted. This case took almost three years from accident to settlement. That’s on the longer end for suits of this type.

$495,000 ILLINOIS SETTLEMENT.

This case came up in Cook County, Illinois. The plaintiff was a female. She was 57 years old. She brought after a fire broke out in her apartment. She suffered third-degree burns across her face, neck, chest, and all over her body. The complaint targeted her landlord. It stated the company was negligence and should have rented safer units. The defendant landlord shot right back at this claim. It replied that she cooked in an unsafe manner. Also, it said that she had the duty to maintain proper smoke detectors. Thus, it didn’t think it was responsible. The woman pushed back too. She showed her substantial injuries. She highlighted the heavy burden landlords have rent safe spaces. She noted the recoveries of other injured renters in the area. After a certain time, the defendants relented. Without admitting anything, they offered to settle. She accepted their offer. She obtained almost $500,000. Some of that money was to be used to pay her medical bills. She also had other costs like court fees. Yet, much of that was to reimburse for the pain and trauma of the ordeal. The fire left her scarred and changed. This money was supposed to make that new life a bit easier.

$2,700,000 ILLINOIS SETTLEMENT

This case involved a faulty water heater and three workers. They worked in construction. One day while they were on the job, the heater stopped functioning. It stated to emit toxic gases. Those caught on fire and caused an explosion. All three men suffered burns right away. One of them died from his injuries. The second man had third degree burns over most of his body. The third man had burns over a smaller portion of himself. They all sued the maker of the water heater. They claimed they used the product as intended. However, the maker didn’t provide adequate notice of the risks of harm. Also, it didn’t make the heater in a way to avoid the emission of gases. That emission led to an explosion and their harms in this case. They each had lots of damages too. The two men that survived had millions of dollars of medical bills. The family of the man that died had to go on without him. His surviving wife had to take care of four kids absent his support. The merits of this case weren’t tested though. It was settled in a private manner. The estate of the man that passed away received $600,000. The worker with burns all over his body obtained $1,600,000. The last plaintiff got $500,000.

$928,568 ILLINOIS JURY AWARD.

The plaintiff in this burn case was a young attorney. She was only 30 at the time of the accident. On her way home from work in downtown Chicago, she stopped off at a local tanning salon. She hoped in a bed and started tanning. However, after just a few minutes, she wanted to leave. She pushed push on the door. It didn’t budge. She pushed harder but then she fell onto the bulbs. This contact badly burned her. She had a few second-degree burns. She also had one third-degree burn. These injuries required ointments and steroids. Eventually, doctors performed surgery to remove some of the skin. In the future, she would a higher chance of getting cancer due to the event. She sued the salon. Her complaint said the business didn’t properly install and set up the bed. This caused the accident which injured her. The salon replied that she should’ve used the shutoff switch and been more graceful in her exit. Also, she signed a release form prior to the accident. Although, both sides admitted the release didn’t apply to this situation. Neither party could find room to settle. The matter went to a jury. It found in favor of the woman. Yet, it also saddled her with 26% of the fault. The original verdict of $928,568 was reduced to $687,140. It compensated her for the following damages.

  • $41,568 for medical bills.
  • $255,000 for disfigurement.
  • $100,000 for lost normal life.
  • $532,000 for suffering and pain.

*All of these were reduced by 26% according to Illinois law.

$1,000,000 ILLINOIS SETTLEMENT.

This was another renter-landlord situation. A man (37 years old) rented space on someone else’s land. He lived there in his trailer. The owner of the lot built a fire one day. He put a large, opened container of gasoline next to it. The renter didn’t see it and tripped right over it. He suffered burns over his legs and hands. Large portions of them had to be operated on. Doctors performed debridement procedures. Once he was a bit better, he filed a lawsuit to recover damages. He had hundreds of thousands in medical bills. He also projected nearly $1 million in lost income. All parties entered into a private settlement for $1,000,000.

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Wondering if Your Award Will Look Like These?

After representing countless personal injury victims, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC can tell you where to expect compensation from in an Illinois lawsuit. We cannot guarantee what you'll get but we can help you get a good sense of what is possible. Plus, if you choose us to fight for you, we can work for you on contingency which means that we won't ask you for a penny until the case is over and until you are satisfied. Call our offices today and someone from the Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC will start working on your recovery immediately.

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