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Louisiana Burn Injury Victims Burn injuries are some of the most painful injuries and usually have long recovery times. It can also be a very expensive injury to recover from, as lengthy hospital stays are common. Victims of burn injuries…
Louisiana Burn Injury Victims
Burn injuries are some of the most painful injuries and usually have long recovery times. It can also be a very expensive injury to recover from, as lengthy hospital stays are common. Victims of burn injuries and their families do not have to suffer alone through this stressful time in Louisiana. New Orleans burn injury lawyers have many years’ experience handling victim’s burn injury claims. You may have questions about the treatment of burn injuries, complications that may be faced, and if the damages sustained would result in a successful burn injury claim. If you would like to have a free consult to discuss your burn injury, please call us at (504) 525-5211.
If you or a loved one have been the victims of a burn injury due to the negligence of another person or company, you should consult with our burn injury attorney at Cueria Law Firm.
At Cueria Law Firm, LLC, our burn injury attorney has witnessed the physical and psychological scars faced by those injured in an accident involving fire, extreme temperatures, or friction. The Louisiana legal system outlines a burn injury victim’s rights to compensation in the event their injuries occurred in an accident which was the fault of or due to the negligence of another person. These can be mistakes or, in some cases, intentional or deliberate actions.
Accidents Which Lead to a Burn Injury
We often face risks of a burn injury as we go about our day and don’t realize it. Whether in a home, place of business, or a workplace, if a burn risk is present, the owner or operator of the property has a duty to warn visitors or workers of their risk. Otherwise, they may be found negligent and held liable for an accident which resulted in injury. A few examples of burn injury cases in which injured party can seek compensation for their suffering include:
- Burns caused by accidents in a restaurant or café
- Burns caused by friction or fires in an auto accident
- Burns caused by chemicals being improperly used or stored in the workplace
- Burns caused by fires resulting from electrical issues at work, in a place of business or a private residence
- Burns caused by malfunctioning equipment at work, in an area of business or a private residence
There are many ways in which an individual can sustain a burn injury. If you or a loved one have suffered in an accident which resulted in first, second, or third-degree burns, you should contact a personal injury attorney who specializes in burn injury cases. To contact our burn injury attorney, you can call Cueria Law Firm at (504) 525-5211.
Burn Statistics from The American Burn Association
- 44% of the total of burn center admissions resulted from flame or fire burns.
- 33% of all admissions to burn centers were the result of scalding injuries due to moist or wet heat.
- 9% of admissions to burn centers were due to direct contact with a hot source.
- 4% of burn center admissions were the result of electrical burns.
- 3% of admissions to burn centers were due to chemical burns.
- The remaining 7% of all admissions to burn centers were from other, miscellaneous sources.
Pediatric Burn Statistics from The American Burn Association for 2000
- Scalding injuries account for 200,000 injuries each year and is the leading cause of burn injury in children under the age of four.
- Approximately 50% of scald burns are the result of spilled food and beverages, while the remainder is due to hot objects and hot tap water.
- About 250,000 children under seventeen, require medical treatment due to burn injuries each year.
- Approximately 15,000 children require hospitalization each year due to burn injuries.
- Fire and burn injuries are the cause of death for about 1,100 children each year.
Death Burn Statistics from The American Burn Association
- An estimated 3,400 burn injury deaths occur each year in the United States.
- Residential fires account for 2,550 of these deaths.
- Vehicle crashes account for 300 of these deaths.
- Other causes, such as smoke inhalation, flames, electricity, and scalding, account for the remaining 550 deaths.
Understanding Burn Injuries
Burn injuries are categorized in a degree system using first, second, third, and fourth-degree burn ratings. The severity of a burn is determined by a medical professional who will examine the wound for its depth (which layers of skin are affected), size of the affected area, and cause (chemical, electrical, friction, radiation, or thermal). The age and overall health of the patient will also be considered when classifying a burn and deciding a treatment plan.
While first degree burns can be treated at home by running cold water on the affected area and then bandaging with a medical wrap, more severe burns should be handled by a medical professional. If you or someone you are with receive a burn injury, you should seek medical attention immediately. Do not try to remove clothing or other materials that are burned into the skin, as that can exaggerate the burn injury further and require a longer, more painful healing process.
The Cost of a Burn Injury
The American Burn Association reports an approximate 486,000 burn injuries required medical treatment in 2016. Of those, approximately 40,000 required extended hospitalizations. The procedures for first, second, and third-degree burns can quickly add up as the burns need to be attended to each day. Some burn injuries will limit a person’s ability to perform their job or their ability to go to work entirely. Lost wages and medical bills can be extremely stressful for an already injured person to manage.
For individuals who sustain an injury in an accident, which is not their fault, the state of Louisiana reserves their right to file a claim against a person or company for damages caused by that party’s negligence. The damages you can file for include costs of medical treatment (both present and future), lost wages due to inability to work (both current and future), mental pain and suffering caused by the burn injury, treatment process or scars, and other changes in quality of life caused by a burn injury.
What Kinds of Documentation Should You Collect
After your burn injury, you or someone you trust should use a smartphone to take photos of the accident scene. Be sure to include the following pictures:
- The burn injury from multiple angles
- The surrounding area of the accident
- The cause of the burn or other contributing factors
It will also be important to gather statements from any witnesses that were on the scene. In addition to their statements, collect the witness’ contact information including full names and telephone numbers so your burn injury attorney can reach them. Depending on the severity and location of the burn injury, you should call the police or complete an incident report. Be sure to obtain at least one copy of every report.
Finally, seek medical attention. No matter how minor the injury may seem to be, it will be critical to have medical documentation of the burn injury. Visit an emergency room or doctor as soon as possible after the injury to help prevent further complications such as infection and scarring. The more time that passes between the accident and the medical care, the more difficult it will be to prove that your injury occurred as a result of the initial burn event.
The Burn Injury Claim Process
Negligence is if an individual, entity, business, or organization fails to exercise reasonable care causing injury to another individual. The injured party may file a claim in a court of law for negligence requesting compensation for the damages suffered. A plaintiff is an individual who files a claim. The individual, business, entity, or organization whom the claim is filed against is known as the defendant.
What Proof is needed for a burn injury claim?
First, you must be able to prove that someone was negligent and that leads to your burn injury. The law states that “Duty, breach, causation, and damages must be proven for a claim of negligence by the plaintiff.”
- The defendant named in the claim owed the plaintiff a duty (or obligation) to ensure reasonable care.
- The defendant in the claim failed the duty of care the plaintiff is owed.
- The reason for injury to the plaintiff was the defendant’s breach.
- The plaintiff is owed compensation due to the damages he/she suffered.
Burn injury claims may include costs of the following:
- Medical expenses
- Future medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Future lost wages
- Physical impairment
- Physical challenge
- Mental impairment
- Pain and suffering
Louisiana Burn Injury Attorney
If you or somebody you care about suffered burn injuries in Louisiana, you need help from a qualified attorney. Compensation could be recovered for your burn injury if another person or entity was negligent.
A burn injury attorney specializes in recovering damages for victims of negligence by another individual or entity. They have the knowledge needed to recover compensation to help you move forward successfully.
In unique cases, punitive damages may result. Courts use punitive damages to make an example of reckless, careless acts. No burn injuries would exist if the defendant acted reasonably, causing the victim to suffer. Punitive damages are decided on a case by case basis. How much a burn victim receives can vary. Consult with a legal expert to file a claim if you or someone you love is a victim of a burn injury
Burn Accident New Orleans Attorney
An experienced injury lawyer will thoroughly investigate to ensure you receive all eligible compensation. The investigation will find the cause of your burn injuries, allowing a New Orleans lawyer to file the proper claims.
Having legal assistance for a burn accident is crucial, regardless if it occurred at home, car, work, or another location. Protect your legal rights by consulting with a knowledgeable Louisiana accident attorney. You do not need to do this alone.
An experienced burn injury attorney understands what burn victims are facing. Our team at Cueria Law Firm, LLC, helps those individuals by reviewing all the facts of their accident, working with investigators and forensic experts to determine the cause of their burn injuries. We’ll identify a responsible party, collect documentation and witness statements, and form a strategy to make sure you receive the financial resources you need to recover from your burn injury. You can call Cueria Law Firm, LLC, for a free consultation on your burn injury case at (504) 525-5211.
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