A Burn Injury Lawyer Can Help You Get Compensation
Severe burns can be painful, disfiguring, and expensive to treat – an Atlanta burn injury lawyer can help you get compensation.
While small first degree burns that most of us have experienced may cause only temporary (albeit painful) damage, a severe burn can be devastating — bringing unrelenting pain, scarring and disfigurement, disability and inability to work, the need for long-term care, and even death.
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), about 50,000 people are hospitalized with severe burns every year in the U.S., and 4,500 of these people die of their injuries. If you or a loved one has been severely burned and the injury was caused by negligent actions of another, an Atlanta burn injury lawyer at The Stoddard Firm can help you get compensation through insurance or a personal injury lawsuit. We know the courts and the system and will aggressively fight for a settlement that will cover your financial losses and the pain and suffering you endure.
We understand that it can be overwhelming to deal with a lawsuit at this difficult time. When you contact us, we can take the burden off you by handling all negotiations and legal complexities involved with your case. We offer a free consultation to discuss your individual situation, determine whether you have a case, and find the best way to proceed.
We work on a contingency basis, which means there are no fees unless and until we win a settlement for you, so call us today at 404-593-2695.
Compensation An Atlanta Burn Injury Lawyer Can Help You Receive
There is a wide range of settlement amounts that can be awarded in a successful burn injury case, and severe cases may be worth hundreds of thousands or even millions of dollars. Your compensation award amount will depend on factors that include:
- the severity of the burns and whether there is scarring or disfigurement
- the effects on your life and whether you will be able to work
- your age, earning capacity, and family circumstances
- whether you will need continuing care
- the insurance and assets available
- the generosity of the jury
- the skill of your attorney.
Georgia law allows you to be compensated for both your economic (monetary) losses and non-economic damages (those which do not have a specific dollar value) as follows:
- Economic damages –
- Current and future medical and rehabilitation expenses
- Past and future lost wages
- Any property-related damage
- Non-economic damages —
- pain and suffering
- mental and emotional anguish
- loss of enjoyment of life
In some rare cases, where there was gross negligence or conscious indifference, the jury may also impose punitive damages, meant to punish a defendant and deter such behaviors in the future.
The Atlanta burn injury lawyers at The Stoddard Firm will evaluate your case to determine what it may be worth. Call us today at 470-467-2200 to get started.
HOW OUR BURN INJURY ATTORNEYS HANDLE A CASE
At The Stoddard Firm, we have extensive experience recovering large sums of money for victims of burn injuries. The key to a full verdict in a burn injury case is being able to accurately explain the severity and impact of the injury to the jury. For example, at The Stoddard Firm, our Atlanta burn injury lawyer asks clients to take a photograph of their injury every two weeks. We then enlarge the photos for use at trial and have the injured victim walk through each stage of the recovery with the jury.
We also know how to explain your treatment to the jury. Burn injuries are typically treated with multiple surgeries, and so The Stoddard Firm hires expert medical illustrators to create videos and diagrams showing each step of each surgery. These medical illustrations are then approved by the injured person’s treating physicians and explained to the jury. These medical illustrations often bring home the level of pain that you – the injured victim – were forced to endure.
The Stoddard Firm will also depose (interview under oath with a videographer) your treating physicians and have them explain the extent of your injuries, the work done to improve your condition, any lifelong conditions (such as keloid scarring or debilitating contractures), and the cost of future care. Most Georgia serious burn injury victims are life-flighted to Grady Hospital’s Burn Center in Atlanta, Georgia, or to Joseph M. Still Burn Center in Augusta, Georgia. Physicians at these facilities typically do a great job treating patients, but these physicians often are not well-versed in advocating for those patients in the courtroom. After all – your doctor did not go to law school. At The Stoddard Firm, we make sure your physicians are well-prepared for these under-oath interviews that are later shown to the jury. It’s merely an issue of patiently sitting down with the doctor well in advance of the deposition, going through medical records, asking detailed questions, and reminding the doctor to avoid medical jargon. Few burn injury lawyers take the time to do this. We do –and it often makes a huge difference.
WHEN YOUR BURN INJURIES ARE CAUSED BY SOMEONE ELSE’S NEGLIGENCE
Our burn injury lawyers can file a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit in cases where burns were caused by someone else’s negligence.
Once your immediate medical needs are met, take a moment to consider what circumstances led to your injury. Don’t immediately assume that you’re at fault, especially if you were burned in a space where you don’t control what safety precautions are and aren’t taken. If your burn might have been prevented if someone else had behaved more responsibly – such as if a company had installed machinery differently, designed a product differently, or properly inspected its facility – you’ll need to contact a legal expert like the burn injury attorneys at The Stoddard Firm.
To prove that another party or entity was negligent and at fault for causing your injuries, our attorneys will:
- investigate how your burn injuries happened
- interview witnesses and gather evidence, such as photos and videos from surveillance cameras
- examine police, medical, and therapy records and documents
- hire experts to testify in court on your behalf.
BURN INJURY LAWYERS UNDERSTAND THE DIFFERENT BURN DEGREES
There are several types of burns, all of which can vary in severity, or “degree.”
The terms first, second, and third-degree burns refer to how much damage is done to each layer of the skin. A third degree burn, also known as a “full-thickness” burn, is a burn that has destroyed the outer skin layers — the epidermis and dermis — and penetrates into deeper tissue. Fourth degree burns go deep enough to damage to the muscles, tendons, and even bones.
The most common burns are thermal burns, caused by direct exposure to fire, steam, or other extreme heat sources. However, chemical burns, radiation burns, and electrical burns can also reach first, second, third, or even fourth degree damage.
Third degree burns may have a leathery texture to them, with patches of white, brown, or black discoloration. Because the nerves in the upper layers of skin have been destroyed, the burn may be numb instead of painful, or pain may be limited to shallower burns surrounding the most heavily affected area.
Severe burns depress the immune system, often leading to life-threatening infections. Other common complications include dehydration, hypothermia, and joint problems caused by the shortening of damaged muscles and tendons.
Third degree burns never heal completely, and recovery is often a years-long process at best. Treatment will typically include surgical skin grafts. Depending on the size and location of the burn, you may need occupational therapy to recover the use of complex affected joints. The medical expenses can stack up quickly, especially if the damage prevents you from returning easily to your former job.
HOW DO SEVERE BURNS HAPPEN?
Children have an elevated risk of burn injuries, particularly those that happen at home as a result of cooking accidents, excessively hot running water, or house fires. These kinds of accidents cause two deaths and 300 emergency room visits among American children every single day.
While adults are better able to assess and avoid the danger of burns, the workplace can add a plethora of additional burn hazards, especially in the case of food-service workers. In fact, the Burn Foundation notes that the majority of workplace burns serious enough to require hospitalization are related to food preparation. Teens are at particular risk, being inexperienced and frequently employed in high-capacity fast-food restaurants with deep fryers that can reach temperatures of up to 500 degrees.
Workplace burns commonly happen when safety rules are not properly taught or enforced or when employees are tired, sick, under the influence or under pressure to work faster.
Whether your severe burns happened on the job, in an accident, or were caused by faulty equipment or wiring at home, we can help.
GET HELP FROM AN EXPERIENCED ATLANTA BURN INJURY LAWYER
The Stoddard Firm is a catastrophic injury and wrongful death law firm with the knowledge and experience you want on your side. Our Atlanta firm will take the time to carefully examine the details of your case, uncover the truth, and ensure that you are justly compensated for your losses. We have an aggressive approach, combined with personal attention, that gets results.
If you have a serious burn injury, you need a serious injury lawyer. At The Stoddard Firm, we can provide support and help you get the compensation you deserve. Call us today at 470-467-2200 for your free, no-obligation consultation.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Do I have a burn injury case?
If you’ve been injured because of someone else’s negligence, you could have a burn injury case. Every situation is different, so there’s no way to know whether you have a case without consulting with a qualified burn injury attorney. If you are badly injured or a loved one has died, we are happy to speak with you and investigate the matter at no charge.
What has to be proven in a burn injury case?
To win your case our attorneys would prove that the parties responsible for your injuries – the defendant(s) ...
- owed you a duty of care not to cause harm
- breached that duty by acting or failing to act responsibly
- this breach caused your burn injuries
- you suffered damages as a result.
What do your services cost?
A consultation with our burn injury lawyer at The Stoddard Law Firm is free. In most circumstances, we earn no fee unless we win your case. If your claim is successful, we take a percentage of the recovered amount.
What are ways to protect people from burns?
To protect children (and yourself) from burns at home, the CDC recommends:
- Installing smoke detectors near every bedroom and testing them regularly
- Making a fire escape plan and practicing with the whole family
- Keeping children away from cooking appliances
- Never leaving a hot stove unattended
- Testing tap water to ensure that temperatures remain under 120 degrees.
The Burn Foundation offers safety tips for food service workers and management, which are useful for anyone who spends time in a kitchen:
- Use protective gloves when handling hot pots.
- Wear non-slip shoes or covers.
- Never move a pot containing hot oil.
- Only extinguish grease fires by sliding a cover over them.
- Avoid reaching over hot surfaces.
- Use barriers to prevent contact with hot surfaces.
- Read and follow all appliance instructions.
What are steps to take in case of a burn?
If you or a loved one has sustained a third degree burn, do not apply cold water or other first aid treatments as you would for minor burns. Simply elevate the burn if possible, keep it clean with lint-free fabric, make sure the patient’s airway is clear, and get to a hospital immediately. Even a small third-degree burn carries a risk of shock and will require professional medical care.