The American Burn Association reports that approximately 450,000 Americans seek medical treatment for serious burn injuries each year. These burns occur during car accidents, (whether from road rash, airbags, vehicle fire, etc.), after exposure to chemicals, in a fire, and even during a fun family BBQ. The results can be devastating, we can help.
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A fun gathering of family and friends can change in the blink of an eye.
A family cookout, a fondue party or a Thanksgiving meal featuring all the trimmings with a turkey or two, fried to perfection. These are lovely outings where family and friends - young and old celebrate and enjoy each other’s company. Unfortunately, they are also frequently the site of burn accidents, usually caused by someone’s failure to use reasonable care in the cooking and/or serving process.
The National Fire Protection Association says two out of every five home fires involve cooking equipment, including fryers, fondue pots or grills. Unattended food accounts for one in three fires, and half of these originate from highly flammable grease, fat or oil. If the remnants aren’t disposed of properly or grease catches fire, the ensuing chaos can lead to containers of oil, hot pans or flaming potholders accidently being dropped, thrown or splattered on nearby family and friends. The results can be life altering.
In the case of a burn, it is vital to remove the source and seek medical attention as soon as possible in order to minimize the injury. Serious burn injuries can originate from a wide variety of sources including:
The onset of burn symptoms are typically immediate resulting in excruciating pain, disfigurement, and/or difficulty breathing. Exposure to chemicals burns often include more subtle internal symptoms that can cause long-term medical issues like emphysema, cancer, or even death.
Burn symptoms can include:
Difficult or shallow breathing
Burns, blisters or red rash on the skin
Bright blue or red skin/lips/fingernails
Shock, clammy skin
White or charred skin
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In addition to other serious health conditions, burns can leave the victim disfigured, in chronic pain, with contractures and sometimes even require amputations. Whether a medical necessity or for cosmetic benefit it is common for serious burn injuries to require multiple surgeries on the road to recovery. Beyond the obvious physical pain, burn victims and their families are at a heightened risk for emotional pain and mental anguish, including PTSD.
Depending on the circumstances and cause of the burn, you may be entitled to:
Workers’ compensation benefits
Personal Injury Protection (PiP) benefits
Medical payments benefits
Further, you may receive compensation from the at-fault party for your:
Lost earning capacity
Mental distress and suffering
The parties potentially liable for your injuries and damages could be:
Unfortunately, insurance companies often undervalue the damages incurred by burn victims, which is why it is vital to hire an attorney to assist you with your claim. If you or a loved one have the misfortune of suffering a serious burn as a result of a collision, kitchen mishap, chemicals, or violent attack, call Rubenstein Law at 1-800-FL-LEGAL. We can help you understand your options and maximize your compensation.
Every case is different, and some cases take longer than others. On average a case takes from one year to 18 months from beginning to end. Although most cases do not go to court, if your case does go to court, it is possible that it will take much longer. The timeline also depends on how long your medical treatment takes.
If your case is not successful, your health insurance, Medicare, Medicaid, or PIP, may still pay some or all of your bills. Although we can make no guarantee, we have been very successful in favorably resolving our client’s unpaid medical bills.
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