In 2012, about 450,000 people suffered from burn injuries in the U.S. that required medical treatment, according to the American Burn Association. While approximately 3,400 people died last year in the U.S. as a result of their severe burn injuries, about 40,000 individuals had to be hospitalized due to their burn injuries (and about 75 percent of these hospitalizations were in hospital burn centers).
Although the majority of burn injuries reported occurred within people’s homes, a large portion of these injuries also reportedly took place at work or as a result of vehicle fires.
Burn injuries can be among the most serious types of injuries people sustain because, in the worst cases (i.e. cases of third- or fourth-degree burns), they can:
- Spread all over the body
- Reach the deeper layers of skin, muscle and possibly internal organs
- Cause permanent scarring, disfigurement and possibly even permanent disabilities
To learn more or to speak with our expert attorneys about your burn injury case, give Brown & Brown Attorneys at Law a call today for a personalized consultation. Dial 618-888-8888 for our Illinois, IL office, or 314-333-3333 for our St. Louis, MO office.
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Causes of Burn Injuries
Some causes of burn injuries in which the negligence or recklessness of another person (or party) may be involved include (but are not limited to):
- Car accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Truck accidents
- Work accidents
- Construction accidents
- Exposure to chemicals or hazardous materials
Can Burn Injuries Be Life Threatening?
A burn injury can be fatal. According to the CDC, there are approximately 1.1 million burn injuries in the United States every year. Of these, 4,500 result in death.
If you have lost a loved one to severe burn injury, you may be entitled to seek compensation through a wrongful death lawsuit. We can help you determine if you have a case during your free consultation at our St. Louis or Illinois office.
Who Is Typically at Fault in a Burn Injury Case?
There can be several people or entities that play a role in burn injury cases. Liable parties may include an individual, a corporation, a property owner or manager, or even a state or municipal government. The best way to learn who is at fault is through an investigation.
How Do You Prove Negligence to Resolve a Burn Injury Claim?
When you sustain an injury in an accident, an investigation is often the best way to establish liability. There are several factors that can contribute to a burn injury. Having your case investigated by a qualified attorney can help to ensure each liable party is identified, which will be essential for seeking fair and full compensation.
What Is the Statute of Limitations for Burn Injuries in St. Louis?
In the state of Missouri, you have five years from the date of your injury to file a personal injury claim. It is, however, never a good idea to delay action.
The sooner you file suit, the more effectively your attorney can investigate for all possible causes to build a strong case on your behalf. Filing quickly can also help to speed the process of collecting compensation, providing you with the funds you need to pay for medical bills and account for lost wages.
How Can I Prepare for My Case in Court?
We will prepare your case for court. When you hire Brown & Brown to represent you in a burn injury case, you will need to supply us with certain information – such as medical bills – that will be used in preparing your claim for court, but we will handle all of the particulars to ensure your case follows the best path.
Very few burn injury claims require a trial. Around 70% of all personal injury claims settle before or during mediation. We prepare each case for the eventuality of a trial, but most do not require litigation. We will stand by your side each step of the way and remain in close contact to ensure you are kept abreast of all happenings as your case progresses.
What Compensation Can I Recover for My Burn Injuries?
Compensation that may be available following burn injury includes:
- Medical and rehabilitation costs
- Current and future lost wages
- Home modifications
- Adaptive technologies
- Emotional and physical pain and suffering
Accepting an offer from insurance will prevent you from taking legal action. Before you accept an insurance settlement, talk to one of our lawyers to learn what your case may really be worth.
Speak With Our Attorneys For Your Burn Accident Case In St. Louis & Illinois!
If you or a loved one sustained severe burns in the workplace or as a result of someone else's negligence, Brown & Brown, LLP is ready to help. Call us in St. Louis at 314-333-3333 / 573-333-3333, or in Illinois, at 618-888-8888.
Your initial consultation is free. We try personal injury cases on a contingency basis, meaning you don't pay if we don't win.