Burn victims are often left with severe physical and psychological trauma. Often classified as a catastrophic injury, people with these types of massive burns can face overwhelming medical bills, life-changing pain, lost wages, and psychological trauma. When a person or entity causes burn injuries due to negligence, the victim can seek compensation for these pain points and other losses.
Once you have sought immediate medical attention, it is critical to call a Jacoby and Meyers burn injury lawyer to ensure that you continue to get the right medical care, are not left with devastating bills, and receive the highest possible financial compensation for your pain and loss.
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Do I Still Need to Call a Burn Injury Lawyer if the Insurance Company Offers to Settle?
If you are burned in an accident, you should definitely call a burn injury lawyer once you have sought immediate medical attention. In fact, you should call an attorney before you even speak with the insurance company, as they will ask you to provide a recorded statement. Keep in mind that the sole goal an insurance company has is to settle without the victim seeking a lawyer, as cases with legal representation have a significantly higher outcome of getting the plaintiff much more money.
Unfortunately, people are under the misconception that hiring a burn injury lawyer will be a costly investment. However, if you fail to partner with a personal injury attorney, you run a very high risk of leaving thousands, if not millions of dollars on the table. Seeking burn injury lawyers will ultimately save you money. More importantly, having legal representation will help to ensure you get the right medical care for such a costly, sensitive injury type.
Finally, and in addition to insurance companies, businesses, landlords, and property owners will likely have their own attorney who will work hard to ensure they pay you as little as possible for damages. They may even illegally deny the right to a claim. Minimizing payouts to burn injury victims is their goal. So by working with the best personal injury lawyer specializing in burn cases, you can protect your rights, receive justice.
Most Common Trauma Causes Seen by Burn Injury Lawyers
The burn injury lawyers at Jacoby and Meyers have more than four decades of experience protecting the rights of burn victims and collecting millions of dollars in individual settlements. In that time, our personal injury lawyers have protected their client’s rights from various persons and entities that were negligent in causing a variety of accidents that resulted in devastating burns. Some of these causes include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Fire caused by faulty wiring in a dwelling
- Apartment building fire
- Lack of safety equipment such as fire extinguishers and smoke detectors
- Chemical burns
- Car fire
- Public transportation fire
- Entertainment malfunctions (fireworks / pyrotechnics mishaps)
- Coming into contact with / falling onto hot surfaces
- Hot liquid or steam
- Radiation (tanning bed malfunction)
- Overexposure to the sun
- Electrical currents
- Medical treatment error
- Workplace accidents
- Product / appliance malfunction
Regardless of the cause, the best burn injury lawyer in California will be able to establish causation, prove the degree of liability, and put together a case designed to get you the highest compensation possible.
Work With Burn Injury Lawyers Who Prioritize Your Wellness
While collecting a sizable settlement is paramount to receiving justice for your pain, suffering and damages, your health and quality of life should always be the most important thing. That said, our team of burn injury lawyers at Jacoby and Meyers prioritizes your healthcare and wellness. This means we work to ensure that you receive the right treatment without having hefty medical bills to worry about. Our personal injury lawyers look at the big picture when it comes to your ability to lead the best life possible. That said, we go through every stage of your treatment with you, looking after your best interest from start to finish, and throughout any rehabilitation you might require.
Treatments After a Burn Injury
Burn injury lawyers support clients spanning a wide variety of injuries and degrees of suffering. While some burns can dissolve tissue down to the bone requiring an amputation and a prosthetic, other burns may be small-area scaldings, but leave permanent scarring that causes massive psychological dismay and physical pain.
The treatment one receives for a burn injury is going to be dictated by the type of burn the person received. Burn injuries include the following:
First degree burns – This classification of burn is the least serious of burns and usually leaves reddening of the skin and pain to the outer layer or epidermis. As soon as one suffers from a first degree burn you should allow cold running water to fall onto the injured area to help counter the pain and prevent swelling. Then treat the area with a burn cream or any array of antibiotic ointments. Though considered minor, these burns can still cause extreme levels of pain psychological damage, and require pain medications.
Second degree burns – This burn classification impacts the epidermis and the lower layer of dermis or skin. These burns often result in redness, swelling, pain and in some cases slistering of the skin. Contracting an infection significantly increases with such burns. Treating these burns are similar to first degree burn treatments. However, a second degree burn takes much longer to heal and the pain tends to last longer.
Third degree burns – Third degree burns are the most serious, as they impact the epidermis all the way down to deeper tissue. Usually the appearance of these burns results in charred or blackened skin. Treating these burns can monopolize one’s lifetime, and rack up expensive medical bills. In some cases victims of third degree burns must undergo multiple surgeries, and even skin grafts, as well as multiple plastic and reconstructive surgeries. Some third degree burn victims require an I.V. to receive fluids and antibiotics. Some third degree burn victims even require the amputation of a limb (or multiple limbs).These burn victims can also succumb to their injuries, thus warranting a wrongful death lawsuit (under the right circumstances) that can be filed by a burn injury lawyer from Jacoby and Meyers.
Why Work with a Jacoby and Meyers Burn Injury Lawyer?
Jacoby and Meyers has more than 48 years of experience with proven success in helping burn injury victims get the right medical treatment they need, with no medical bills, and a maximum compensation for pain, suffering and losses. Our burn injury lawyers know how to build and present your case so that insurance companies can’t take advantage of you in such a fragile time, and we are at your side through your treatments, and through every step of the legal process. Give us a call for a free consultation, and learn more about your rights and what you are entitled to.