Were you burned in an incident involving fire, chemicals, or another dangerous substance? If someone else’s negligence caused that incident, a San Diego burn injury lawyer from our office may be able to help.
Our team simplifies the process of seeking compensation for injury survivors like you. With us on the job, you can pursue damages without having to perform any legal task on your own.
Our Lawyers Help Burn Injury Survivors
We are always there for our clients and do everything possible to advocate for them, whether at the negotiating table or in the courtroom. At Greenberg Gross, we believe that our clients have enough on their plates: they should not have to worry about legal matters like the following:
- Identifying the party or parties who caused the fire or the accident in which you were burned
- Quantifying your injuries to figure out how much compensation you should ask for
- Investigating the incident to collect evidence proving both the liable party’s identity and the amount of compensation you deserve
- Contacting the liable party and their insurance company to ask for a settlement and/or preparing to take the case to court
- Negotiating with the insurer for a proper settlement and/or presenting the case in front of a jury
- Sending and receiving all forms, phone calls, emails, texts, and other communications from the liable party, their lawyer, their insurer, and the court
If you hire our firm to represent you, we would handle all of the above and much more. We would also be there for you any time you had a question, needed something explained, or wanted advice on how to proceed.
We charge no upfront attorneys’ fees for our services. Clients pay us no such fees unless and until we get compensation for them, at which point they can pay us out of that compensation. We also offer free case reviews, so potential clients can learn about their rights at no cost or obligation.
How Much Burn Injury Compensation Can I Get?
The amount of compensation you could receive depends on a variety of different factors. Consider the following questions:
- How serious are your injuries? As the Mayo Clinic explains, some burns are more severe than others. Those with third-degree burns, for example, may qualify for more compensation than those with first-degree burns.
- How much money have you lost? Those who missed a month of work may get more than those who missed a week, and those who formerly earned $100,000 a year may get more than those who earned $50,000.
- How much money have you spent? After your injury, you may have to spend money on medical treatments, replacing lost property, and other things. The higher your expenses, the greater your settlement.
If you do not have definitive answers to any of these questions, do not worry: a burn injury lawyer from Greenberg Gross can evaluate your San Diego case and tell you what to sue for.
Your settlement or jury award may include compensation for the injury’s effect on your:
Depending on where and how serious the burn is, you could find it difficult or impossible to work at your old job. You might have to:
- Stay home from work or perform light duty until your injuries heal
- Permanently cut back on working hours
- Quit your old job and/or quit working all together
- Undergo expensive training to qualify for a new job
Having to give up work, either temporarily or permanently, is bad enough. However, this is not the only way that burn injuries can affect your financial situation. You could end up spending money on things like:
- Short-term medical care, such as hospitalization
- Ongoing medical care, like multiple surgeries to reduce scar tissue
- Traveling to and from medical facilities that are far from home
- Assistive medical devices, such as prosthetics, to help improve quality of life
- Workers who can complete tasks you previously did yourself, such as childcare, lawncare, or housecleaning
- Repairing or replacing personal property that was also damaged in the fire
Burns can cause debilitating physical symptoms, including:
- Physical pain at and radiating from the burn site
- Permanent scar tissue that affects how you move or use the burned area
- Nerve damage that causes long-term pain or numbness
- Temporary or permanent disabilities—for example, if your doctor had to amputate a limb or an individual digit
Though not as outwardly obvious as the effects on your physical health, burns can have a devastating impact on:
- Your self-confidence and self-image
- Your emotional health—accidents that lead to burns may cause anxiety, PTSD, and other mental health issues
- Your ability to connect emotionally with other people
- Your ability to live life the way you want to live it
Seeking Compensation for Fatal Burn Injuries
So far, we have only discussed what happens if a burn injury survivor decides to file a lawsuit for their own injuries. What happens when someone dear to you passes away from their burn injuries before they can seek compensation?
If you are facing this situation, know that we are very sorry for your loss. Greenberg Gross wants to advocate for your rights, and the rights of your deceased loved one, by pursuing compensation your family can use to:
- Make up for the sudden loss of your loved one’s income
- Pay for certain end-of-life expenses, including the funeral and burial
- Rebuild your lives after losing your loved one and all of the intangible benefits (comfort, affection, guidance, etc.) your loved one provided
While nothing can truly make up for losing your loved one, your wrongful death settlement (or jury award) would give you space to work through your grief and figure out how to move forward as best you can.
There are certain time limits that may apply to filing your case. It’s best to contact our firm right away so we can assess your situation. Whether it was a wrongful death, a burn caused by a city worker, or an accident, all of these have different time frames for when you can file your paperwork with the courts. Don’t let time slip away and possibly missing a deadline.
Call for Assistance with Your Burn Injury Case
Call Greenberg Gross today to start your case with a free consultation from a member of our team. During this call, you will learn if your San Diego case qualifies you for compensation, and how our burn injury lawyers can help you get everything you need and deserve.