New Orleans Attorney Brent Cueria talking about Fire / Burn Injuries
INVESTIGATING THIRD PARTY NEGLIGENCE (NEGLIGENCE OF OTHERS)
Numerous individuals who are severely burned in an accident face painful and debilitating injuries that can affect their lives for years to come. The cause of an accident is often the result of someone’s failure to act appropriately. Several mistakes may contribute to the ultimate outcome. Under the legal system, each person is required to act as a reasonably prudent person with regard to another person under similar circumstances. The failure of a person or entity to act reasonably will be deemed negligence and the faulty party will be held responsible for any injury and damages incurred. (Burn or otherwise). Evaluation of breaches of duty will be established by violation of statutory authority such as building codes or case law developed through the courts.
A Third Party damage claim occurs when an individual is injured while on the job as a result of the negligence or legal fault of a party other than the injured person’s employer or from a defective product or defective condition. In some instances in an injury or accident case an individual can have a third party damage claim as well as a worker’s compensation claim. Brent Cueria is a New Orleans Personal Injury Attorney who is familiar with the issues relevant to Burn Injury Cases.
AVAILABLE MONEY DAMAGES
As a burn victim, you may be entitled to receive various kinds of damages to compensate losses you have sustained as a result of a negligent incident or conduct. For example, such damages cover medical expenses, pain and suffering, loss of wages, mental or emotional pain and suffering (past and anticipated in the future), disfigurement, any physical or mental impairment or disability and any other damage that can be proven and is available under the United States Constitution.
Punitive damages may also be available in certain situations. Punitive damages are meant to punish the guilty party for conduct that is grossly reckless or intentional. For example, conduct could involve reckless violations of safety and other statutes that the party knew about that contributed to the burn or other injury and could have easily been prevented had normal actions been taken. The more recklessly that someone acts, the more likely those punitive damages may be available. Louisiana does not allow punitive damages in most instances.
The calculation of the amount of money damages that an injured person is entitled to depends upon the circumstances of each case. Depending on the gravity of your injury you may be entitled to claim pain and suffering, loss of wages, loss of life enjoyment, and medical expenses just to name a few. Therefore, we will take any and all necessary steps to thoroughly investigate the cause of the accident and of the injuries sustained by the burn survivor with the goal of properly evaluating your Personal Injury claim and presenting the strongest case possible, be it in settlement negotiations, or at trial.
We strongly recommend that you contact us immediately after a serious and catastrophic injury, such as a burn injury, occurs so that our team of experienced investigators and experts can determine the cause of the accident, identify any responsible third parties, take any witness statements, and preserve important evidence. Cueria Law Firm, L.L.C. is ready to assist in evaluating theories of recovery in your Burn Injury Case.
BURN UNITS AND REHAB CENTERS
We recommend that you consult our links of resources on Burn Survivor Issues.