St. Petersburg Burn Accident Lawyers
Each year, about half a million people in the United States experience burns that force them to seek medical attention. Even more people suffer burn injuries and forgo medical treatment.
The experienced burn accident and personal injury attorneys at Bulluck Law Group can help if you or a loved one suffered because of negligence in St. Petersburg. We will work hard to get exceptional results and represent you with focus, strength, and skill. Let us know if you are considering filing a burn-injury claim against a person or organization.
Types of Burn Injuries
The three main types of burns are determined by severity and damage: first-degree burns, second-degree burns, and third-degree burns.
With a first-degree burn, the first skin layer is damaged. You can typically treat a first-degree burn, such as a mild sunburn, with first aid and minimal medical attention.
With a second-degree burn, the first and second skin layers are damaged. You may experience sharp pain and develop blisters with a second-degree burn. There can also be scarring in extreme cases.
A third-degree burn is the most painful. The damage goes deeper than the first two layers of skin. Nerve endings can be destroyed by a third-degree burn, which can lead to numbness and reduced sensation. The burn can also affect breathing if you experienced smoke inhalation.
A burn caused by another person’s negligence will constitute a claim. However, the severity of the injury will impact the outcome. A severe third-degree burn could lead to extensive therapy and medical attention as well as increase the amount of a claim. Likewise, a more intense burn could result in additional pain and suffering.
Common Causes of Burn Injuries
Contact with a hot surface may cause a burn, but some situations are more prone to burn injuries than others. Scalding from hot food, beverages, or household items can lead to burn injuries. Kids under the age of four are at an exceedingly high risk of burns due to scalding.
House fires and resulting burns can be caused by a variety of situations—from electrical issues to unsupervised burning candles. You could even get burned in a car accident. Malfunctioning airbags or other car issues can spark fires.
Serious Complications That Can Accompany Burns
Damaged nerves and burnt skin aren’t the only injuries that may come from burns. Complications can arise later. Charred skin can leave you vulnerable to infections. Second and third-degree burns may result in permanent scarring. They may also lead to bone and joint pain, as well as limitations in motor function and movement.
You could develop breathing issues if the burn was caused by a structure fire. You may have inhaled hot air and smoke in a house or building fire, which can severely damage your lungs. Symptoms could lead to chronic pain.
Negligence in Burn Accidents
You may be able to file a burn accident claim if an organization or person’s negligence led to your injury. To prove negligence, you must show the court the defendant owed you a duty of care that they failed to uphold, which caused your injury.
For example, drivers accept a duty of care to themselves, their passengers, and other drivers on the road when they get behind the wheel. If you were burned in a car accident, and a reckless driver caused the crash, they acted negligently. Proving negligence is a crucial factor in determining whether you win a burn injury lawsuit.
If you win your case, you could receive damages for medical expenses related to your burn injuries. The court may order the defendant to pay for your hospitalization, surgery, or other types of medical care.
If you had to take time off from work to recover from your burn injuries, you may receive damages for lost wages. If you can’t perform your job as well as you could before the incident, the defendant may have to compensate you for the difference in earning potential.
Non-economic damages—such as pain and suffering, disability, physical impairment, disfigurement, mental anguish, inconvenience, or loss of capacity for enjoyment of life—may also be sought in a burn-injury case.
For example, scars left behind by burns may be classified under physical impairment and disfigurement. However, scars may also fall under mental anguish, inconvenience, and loss of capacity for enjoyment of life. This is because you may be embarrassed when others stare at your scars or ask prying questions. You might dress differently or refrain from doing certain activities because of your scars.
What If I Was Burned at Work?
When it comes to burn injuries, the rules for workplace injury cases differ from other personal injury cases. Florida employers must have workers’ compensation insurance if they employ a certain number of people, which varies by industry. You may be entitled to workers’ compensation if you burn yourself while you’re working—regardless of fault.
However, before you file a workers’ compensation claim, you should talk to a lawyer. You can’t file a personal injury lawsuit in some cases if you file a claim against your employer. Even if you think getting burned was your fault, you may be only partially correct.
There can be confusing regulations when it comes to workers’ compensation. Our experienced St. Petersburg burn accident attorneys can help you navigate the complexities of the process.
What If a Loved One Was Killed Because of a Burn?
Sadly, burn injuries can be severe enough to lead to fatalities. If your relative died from an accident caused by someone’s negligence, you could file a lawsuit on their behalf. The court would consider it to be a wrongful death claim, which has specific rules and damages.
St. Petersburg Burn Injury Attorney
The experienced attorneys at Bulluck Law Group have expert knowledge about burn injury laws in St. Petersburg. You can get a free consultation to discuss your specific case and needs. We do not charge any legal fees unless we win your case. Contact Bulluck Law Group for experienced and skilled representation.