No matter how your burn happened in Los Angeles, if it wasn’t your fault then there’s a strong chance the law guarantees you a settlement. You need to talk to a Los Angeles burn injury lawyer today, and the Simmrin Law Group knows how to help. We have worked with burn victims and their families and have seen firsthand the toll these injuries can take.
We have dedicated ourselves to getting the victims the money they deserve. Our legal team includes some of the most respected personal injury lawyers in Los Angeles, with a proven history of winning cases. Our promise is simple: if we don’t win you money, you owe us nothing.
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How Do You Handle Burn Injury Cases?
Under the law, you have a valid burn injury claim if your burn was caused by someone else’s negligence or carelessness (or if they caused it deliberately). That means the most important thing your lawyer can do for you is to gather evidence, investigate what really happened, and help you determine if anyone was negligent in the incident.
If there was a negligent party, you can recover money for all of your damages and losses. Some of the ways we do this for our clients include:
- Gathering documentation
- Visiting the accident scene
- Reviewing your medical records
- Working with experts
We will compile all relevant documentation about the incident. This documentation can include a police report or fire department record. Additionally, it can also mean making a legal request for internal documents at a business or past safety inspections and violations.
Visiting the Accident Scene
Our team of investigators will visit the accident scene to perform an independent inquiry into the incident. This investigation may include taking photographs, making videos, and documenting forensic evidence.
Reviewing Your Medical Records
We will go over your medical records and work with physicians to make sure you are being properly diagnosed and getting the full treatment you need. We will document their recommendations to show the full cost of your injury.
Working with Experts
We will work with experts and our accident investigators where needed to determine and prove the cause of your injury.
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Who Is Liable for a Burn Injury?
Most of the time, a burn could have been prevented if someone had been more careful. If so, that means they were negligent. The negligent party is always responsible for the costs of an injury, even if they did not cause the injury on purpose.
The most common parties found negligent in a burn case may include:
- A company (if the burn happened in an office or business)
- The at-fault driver in a car accident
- The person who caused a structure fire, even if it was accidental
- The manufacturer or any faulty device or equipment involved
- An arsonist if the fire was intentional
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What If My Burn Injury Happened at Work?
In most cases, you can file a workers’ compensation claim. This claim has the advantage of paying all your costs, with no lawsuit needed, although the insurance company may still try to minimize the payment. Hiring a legal professional to negotiate with them will give you the best chances of a favorable outcome.
Even if you qualify for workers’ compensation, however, you may also have a valid lawsuit in some cases, especially where the burn was caused by someone’s carelessness or by faulty equipment. If so, you could end up with a much higher total settlement by pursuing a lawsuit instead, as it can cover non-economic damages, not covered in a workers’ comp claim.
Do not file a workers’ comp claim until you have reviewed your case with a burn injury lawyer in Los Angeles. Filing a claim may negate your right to pursue a more lucrative lawsuit.
What If My Loved One Died from Severe Burns?
Losing a loved one is one of the worst things a family can go through. When we work with families in this position, our goal is simple: we want to make the process as pain-free as possible and get you the money you need to remain financially stable. This kind of claim is known as a wrongful death claim.
In a wrongful death claim, you can recover all the costs of the injury itself (such as medical costs), as well as:
- The cost of any final expenses or funeral costs
- A large financial award to offset the lost income of your loved one
- Monetary compensation for loss of companionship (losing a spouse)
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How Much Money Can I Win in a Burn Injury Case?
There are three types of losses you can recover money for:
- Economic damages
- Non-economic damages
- Punitive damages
Any damage that carries a dollar value can be compensated by your claim. These damages include all of your medical costs, including future care and long-term recovery. They also cover lost work time and any loss of future income if you will not be able to return to work or are forced to work in a diminished capacity.
Burns also have costs that you cannot put a price on. There is no exact price for the pain you suffered, for scarring, or long-term health effects. However, each of these things takes something from you that is irreplaceable.
The law allows you to recover additional money under these circumstances. This money is supposed to help you cope with your loss and remain financially stable afterward. Because non-economic damages are designed to replace the irreplaceable, they tend to make up the largest part of a compensation package.
In some cases, the person (or company) that caused the burn may have been breaking the law. This includes DUI drivers, reckless drivers, arsonists, and even businesses in some cases. The courts can award you additional money as a way of punishing the criminal and further compensate the victim of the crime.
In these cases, the defendant will not only have to face paying for damages done to the victim. They will also be dealing with a criminal case where they will likely face jail or prison time, probation, and further monetary fines.
The damages in your injury settlement can add up. Many burn injury claims payout more than $1 million. In fact, we have seen an increasing number of multi-million dollar claims.
How Much Does a Burn Injury Lawyer in Los Angeles Cost?
One of the biggest concerns that injury victims have when it comes to hiring a lawyer is the cost. Fortunately, this worry is unfounded. While lawyers can be quite expensive in some cases, when it comes to personal injuries, any reputable lawyer will work on a contingency fee basis. This fee structure means that if you do not get paid, your lawyer does not get paid.
This system not only makes hiring a personal injury lawyer affordable for everyone, but it also provides clients with the assurance that their attorney will do everything within their power to assure a favorable outcome. Studies have also shown that people who hire a lawyer in personal injury cases tend to get far more compensation than those who attempt to represent themselves. Even after a lawyer has been paid their fee out of the settlement, an individual with representation will likely be far better off than someone who goes it alone.
What Are the Most Common Causes of Burn Accidents?
Every burn injury case is unique, and any burn can cause severe pain and long-term damage. However, we see some causes of burns over and over. These include:
- Car accidents
- Burns by scalding hot liquid – including coffee or tea
- Fires in homes, offices, and apartment buildings
- Construction accidents
- Chemical spills
- Electrical fires
- Defective (or wrongly installed) smoke detectors and fire alarms
- Defective appliances such as water heaters
- Thermal burns from any source
Most burn cases are complex, and they can be caused by things not listed here. It does not matter how your burn happened. As long as it wasn’t your fault, you have a right to compensation.
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Burn injuries are more than just painful. They are traumatic events and often have permanent effects. Do not lose your chance to recover the money you deserve under the law.
At the Simmrin Law Group, we make it easy to get experienced, effective legal representation. Give us a call today to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with a member of our legal team. One of our Los Angeles burn injury lawyers will review your case and discuss all of your legal options to help you fight to get the money you need to get your life back on track.