Fort Lauderdale Burn Injury Lawyers
Burn injuries tend to affect a victim’s emotional well-being as much as the physical body. Bad burns are highly traumatic and can result in significant scarring, disfigurements, or amputations. Many burns are “catastrophic” injuries in the eyes of the law, meaning they result in permanent damage. Even more minor burns can take hospital stays, skin graft surgeries, and weeks of rehabilitation. After a burn injury in Fort Lauderdale, you need legal assistance to find out if you could qualify for financial compensation.
When Can One Sue for a Burn?
Thermal, chemical, electrical, and radiation burns can occur in a variety of environments. A person could sustain a terrible thermal burn in a car accident or house fire. Chemical burns can happen in the workplace, when handling acidic substances. Electrical burns and shocks can stem from faulty wiring or dangerous electrical products. Radiation burns can occur from bad sunburn or equipment that uses ultraviolet lights like tanning beds. After a burn injury that requires significant medical costs and/or causes immense pain and suffering, talk to an attorney. You might be eligible for compensation on one of a few grounds:
- Negligence. If someone else’s act of negligence or recklessness contributed to you getting burned, you may be able to sue the individual or the company that employs the person. An employer, coworker, or another driver could all be defendants in burn injury negligence cases.
- Unsafe premises. If you suffered burns after a building caught on fire or some element on the property burned you, you might have a claim against the property owner. Premises liability laws make property owners liable for injuries that occur on their properties, if the owner reasonably should have known about the risk and done something to prevent harm.
- Defective product. Sometimes defective products such as electrical equipment or water heaters cause bad burn injuries. If the manufacturer or distributor let the product go to the consumer with an assembly error, dangerous design, or marketing defect that made the item unsafe for use, it could be liable for subsequent burns.
Speaking to an attorney can help you understand the legal elements that may be involved in your case. There could be more than one defendant liable to pay for your damages, such as a manufacturing company for a dangerous product and your employer for lack of burn prevention gear. Our lawyers will listen to your story carefully and tell you if we think it has merit as a personal injury, premises liability, product liability, or other type of case in Fort Lauderdale.
What Your Case Is Worth
While no good attorney can guarantee a specific amount of compensation, ours can give you an accurate estimate of what your burn injury claim might be worth. Severe third-degree burns that resulted in permanent damage or disfigurement could garner a six- or seven-figure settlement because of the immense impact on the victim’s physical and emotional life. More minor burns could result in enough to cover medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and mental anguish. At the Law Offices of Chalik & Chalik, we understand the law in this area and can help you navigate the complex legal system so that you can get the compensation you deserve. Call our office today for expert legal advice and a free, no obligation consultation.