Our experienced burn injury attorneys can help you get the settlement you deserve.
Burn injuries are incredibly painful. Recovery can be long and difficult, and your life may never be the same. The medical and rehabilitation associated with burns are often costly and your earning potential can be negatively impacted. You may never be able to work in the same capacity again. Often, your insurance doesn’t come close to covering your expenses – you need help.
Our Burn Injury Lawyer Can Help You Get Compensated for Your Losses
Severe burns can be painful, disfiguring, and expensive to treat. An Atlanta burn injury lawyer can help you get the compensation you so badly need and deserve.
All burns hurt! However, while the 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, the inability to work, the need for long-term care, and even death.
According to the American Burn Association, 486,000 people receive treatment for burns in hospitals each year; 40,000 of these are serious enough to require hospitalization, and a significant number of 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 legal system in Atlanta 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. You can focus on your recovery, and we will manage all negotiations and legal complexities involved with your case.
We offer a free consultation to discuss your situation, evaluate whether you have a case, and determine the best way to proceed.
We work on a contingency basis. This means there are no fees unless and until we win a settlement for you. Contact us today at 470-467-2200 to learn more about how we can help you move forward.
Our Burn Injury Attorneys Can Review the Compensation You Can Expect to Receive
An Atlanta burn injury lawyer can review the possibilities with you. There is a wide range of settlement amounts that can be awarded in a successful burn injury case. In fact, severe cases may be worth hundreds of thousands or even millions of dollars. Your compensation award amount will depend upon several factors, including:
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 as you could prior to the incident
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:
current and future medical and rehabilitation expenses
past and future lost wages
any property-related damage.
pain and suffering
mental and emotional anguish
loss of enjoyment of life.
Additionally, Georgia Code Section 51-12-5.1 provides for the possibility of assessing punitive damages. 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.
Our Burn Injury Attorneys in Atlanta Provide Professional Service
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 illustrate the severity and impact of the injury to the jury. For example, at The Stoddard Firm, our Atlanta burn injury lawyer asks clients to photograph their injuries 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. The combination of the photos and the personal testimony provides the jury with a clearer understanding of the impact burn injuries have on victims and their families.
We also know how to explain your medical and rehabilitative treatment to the jury.
Burn injuries are typically treated with multiple surgeries. The Stoddard Firm hires expert medical illustrators to create videos and diagrams that depict each step of every surgery. These medical illustrations are then approved by the injured person’s treating physicians and are presented to the jury. They are an invaluable tool, helping to clearly communicate the incredible 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 health, 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 Joseph M. Still Burn Center in Augusta, Georgia. Physicians at these specialized facilities typically do a stellar job of treating patients, but they often are not well-versed in advocating for those same 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 will be shown to the jury. We take the time to help them. It’s merely an issue of patiently sitting down with the doctor, well in advance of the deposition, reviewing your medical records, asking detailed questions, and reminding the doctor to avoid medical jargon. When testifying, plain and simple language (terms that can be understood by all) is best. Few burn injury lawyers take the time to do this. We do – and it often makes a huge difference.
What Happens When Your Burn Injuries Are Caused by Another’s’ Negligence?
Our burn injury lawyers believe that those who are negligent can and should be held accountable for their actions or lack thereof.
We can file a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit in cases where your 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 were at fault, particularly if you were burned in a space where you did not control the determination and enforcement of safety precautions. If your burn might have been prevented had someone else behaved more responsibly – such as if a company had installed machinery differently, designed a product more appropriately, or properly inspected its facility – you’ll need to contact a legal expert like the burn injury attorneys at The Stoddard Firm. They understand the negligence laws in Georgia and can help you determine how to proceed.
How Do You Prove Negligence?
If your burn injuries were the fault of another’s negligence, and you can prove this to be true, you may be entitled to significant compensation. In order 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.
Our Burn Injury Lawyers Know That Burns Are Complex
What Are 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 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.
What Are the Costs of Recovery, Rehabilitation, and Life After a Burn?
To say that the treatment and recovery from severe burns are expensive is an understatement. In fact, the costs can most accurately be described as astronomical. Burns described as moderate can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars to treat. More severe burn care costs come in at over $1.5 million and, when complications arise, which they often do, costs can exceed $10 million.
Frequent complications from severe burns can include scarring and disfigurement, fragile skin, psychological issues, infection and organ failure, and even skin graft failure. Each complication adds significant healing time and a considerable increase in the cost of associated medical care. Additional treatments for these complications range from tens of thousands of dollars to over $100,000.
And these are just a few of the issues experienced most often. Other burn victims face a host of issues that often extend beyond their initial treatment. Infections are commonplace, and the treatment can be painful and necessary medication expensive. Internal organs can be damaged from smoke inhalation — and some never fully recover.
Long-term effects include severe scarring, sensation sensitivity, and the inability to sweat. And, the emotional impact is considerable. Burns and their treatment are traumatic. When injuries are severe, many are unable to consider living life as they had in the past. The changes they need to make can be emotionally challenging and, depending upon the level of care required, incredibly expensive.
At The Stoddard Firm, our Atlanta burn injury attorneys understand that the cost to victims extends far beyond medical bills. We know that life changes; we can help calculate future costs and factor these in your settlement request.
Compensation is more than just a payback of costs incurred. We must look forward and help protect your future.
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.
Why Work With The Stoddard Firm?
Because Experience Matters
The Stoddard Firm is a catastrophic injury and wrongful death law firm well-versed in burn injury cases. We have both the knowledge and experience you want, and need, on your side. Burn attorneys at 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. Our knowledge of the law and experience aggressively negotiating and litigating, combined with our focus on empathic and personal attention, gets results.
Contact Our Burn Injury Attorneys Today
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.
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Contact The Stoddard Firm For Advice and Counsel Regarding Your Burn Injury
If you or a loved one has suffered a burn injury, a qualified and experienced attorney can provide the help you need to get the compensation you deserve. The founder of The Stoddard Firm and burn injury attorney Matt Stoddard has made a commitment to those who have suffered serious injuries.
After years of experience defending large manufacturers in wrongful death cases, he changed course and today leverages his past experience to benefit his clients — those who have been injured and burned. He can anticipate the strategies of opposing counsel and knows how to negotiate appropriate settlements. Matt effectively combines an empathetic approach to client service with an aggressive style of litigation. He appreciates the pain you have suffered and knows it will affect the rest of your life. He is committed to fighting on your behalf. As a result, he is committed to advocating for you — always looking toward the future and your best interests. Your goals are our goals, and we will work tirelessly to completely understand the issues surrounding your accident and to pursue justice. Our firm is known for our ability to get things done. Call us today for a free, no-obligation case evaluation at 470-467-2200