Burns can leave you with painful injuries and make it very difficult for you to support your family the way you used to. While burns can happen anywhere—at home, at work, and so on—all too many occur because someone else’s carelessness put people in danger.
A California burn injury lawyer from one of our offices can seek monetary damages from whoever caused your injuries. You can put this money towards supporting your family, getting medical care, and more during this difficult time.
Should I Hire a Burn Injury Lawyer?
Filing a lawsuit can be made easier if you have an attorney on your side. While no firm can guarantee positive results, working with our law firm offers many advantages, including:
- Having someone to educate you about your rights and advocate for those rights in various settings.
- Giving you more time to spend with loved ones or get medical care.
- Protecting you in the event the liable party’s representatives try to violate your rights or deny you fair compensation.
- Offering you the peace of mind of knowing that someone well-versed in the law is doing everything possible to get justice for you.
Among the legal tasks that we would be happy to handle for you are the following:
- Collecting evidence to prove your injuries are serious enough to justify the amount of compensation you are seeking.
- Collecting evidence to prove the party you are suing is liable and should pay for your damages.
- Meeting with the liable party’s insurance company to negotiate for a settlement that covers both past and projected losses, and then drawing up the settlement agreement.
- Arranging to take your case to court and then speaking for you in the courtroom, if that is the best way to pursue compensation in your case.
- Taking care of all clerical tasks, including filling out paperwork and making and receiving phone calls from involved parties.
Can I Get Compensation for Burn Injuries?
Yes, you can get compensation for your burn injuries if you can prove the following criteria:
- The liable party, whoever they are, has a legal and moral responsibility to behave cautiously to protect others.
- The liable party’s actions fell outside of what a reasonable person would consider cautious.
- You were injured due to the liable party’s lack of caution.
- You have experienced considerable grief, pain, and monetary loss because of your injuries.
As California burn injury lawyers, it is our job to find evidence supporting these four factors so that you can collect compensation such as the following:
- Pain and suffering: Burn injuries can cause a great deal of physical and emotional suffering, both at the time of injury and over the following weeks and months.
- Scarring: Burns often leave very noticeable or painful scars. These can impact your physical and emotional health for the rest of your life.
- Reduced quality of life: The cumulative effects of your injuries can make it difficult to socialize with others, have fun, and live independently.
- Loss of consortium: You can seek this type of damages if your relationship with your loved ones, especially your spouse, has deteriorated since the injury.
- Loss of wages: If your burns are serious enough to keep you home from work for a limited period (e.g., a couple of weeks), you can include loss of wages in your lawsuit.
- Loss of earning capacity: If your burns are so serious that you can never earn or work as much as you did before the injury, you may qualify for loss of earning capacity.
- Loss of employment: If you lost your job or are unable to work at any job ever again, the liable party should reimburse you for that loss.
- Medical expenses: This includes treatment to save your life, reduce symptoms, diminish scar tissue, help you recover psychologically, and more.
These are not the only types of compensation available to burn injury survivors. You can hire Greenberg Gross to handle your case and make sure you ask for every type of compensation you qualify for; we do not let clients leave money on the table.
Who Is Responsible for Burn Injuries?
Finding the liable party in burn injury cases is not always straightforward. We may need to investigate your injury before we can tell you who to sue. Examples of possible liable parties include:
- Homeowners: Homeowners are allowed to light backyard fires under certain circumstances, per the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE). If a homeowner burns something without a permit or during a drought, they have violated state law and should be held accountable.
- Product manufacturers: Certain products (heaters, cooking appliances, and car parts, for instance) can catch fire if they contain any flaws. Manufacturers are supposed to catch such flaws before selling their products.
- Employers: If workplace safety issues caused or contributed to the fire, you could hold your employer liable for your injuries.
- Coworkers: Alternately, if a careless coworker caused your workplace injury, you could sue them instead of (or in addition to) your employer.
- Those who set forest fires: There were over 7,000 wildfires in California in 2021, according to CAL FIRE. Anyone can start such a fire, including hunters, hikers, campers, and even arsonists.
In addition, not all burn injuries involve fire: chemical burns can be just as destructive and painful.
Get Help After a Burn Injury
At Greenberg Gross, we believe it is our responsibility to help both burn injury survivors and the relatives of those who did not survive their injuries. No matter what kind of burn you sustained or where it occurred, we welcome the opportunity to speak to you about your case and see if there is anything we can do for you.
Contact us for a free consultation today and learn more about what our California lawyers can do to help burn injury survivors get both justice and a fair settlement.