Recovery from a burn injury is painful and slow, carrying the risk of infection and scarring. No one should have to suffer from such an injury, and no one should have to pay for it if someone else’s carelessness caused it.
Bressman Law’s burn injury lawyers serving Marion can help you pursue justice after a burn caused by negligence.
What Aspects of a Burn Injury are Covered By Damages?
Burns result from fire, chemicals, steam, electricity, or hot surfaces. Given the varied causes, there are varied results, from minor injuries to third-degree burns.
Yet regardless of the burn’s severity, any associated costs can make a victim eligible for compensation if the injury was caused by someone else. By “any associated costs,” we do mean any, including:
- Emergency care
- Skin grafts
- Physical therapy
- Lost income
Some of the biggest risks of burn injuries are not the burns themselves but the complications. Mayo Clinic highlights the possibility of bacterial infections, hypothermia, keloid scars, and joint problems due to scar tissue. The cost of these complications makes a victim eligible for compensation as well.
Understanding Damages in Your Marion Burn Injury Case
Damages in an injury case are designed to help you return to the state you were in before the accident. Barring that, monetary compensation helps bridge the gap between who you were and who you are.
As a result, our burn injury attorneys consider how this injury has impacted your life. This way, we can pursue the appropriate damages from the negligent party in Marion or the surrounding area. In addition to costs and losses associated with injury complications, we evaluate your quality of life. Our firm could pursue damages for:
- Inability to enjoy hobbies
- Mental health issues
- Reduced earning capacity
For instance, if the incident left you suffering from depression, anxiety, or PTSD, you should receive compensation for that. That includes funds to pay for therapy and medication as well as damages for pain and suffering.
Ohio’s Cap on Certain Damages Could Affect Your Award
Compensation is divided into categories of economic and non-economic losses. Economic damages cover straightforward expenses—hospital bills, prescriptions, lost wages, etc. Non-economic damages cover the personal aftermath, such as pain and suffering and mental anguish.
To ensure you can pay your bills, Ohio sets no limit on economic damages; whatever your injury cost can be compensated. However, non-economic damages are subject to a cap imposed by Ohio Revised Code Section 2315.18. You can receive whichever of these options is greater:
- Three times the economic loss
Severe Injuries are Exempt From the Cap on Non-Economic Damages
However, this cap doesn’t apply to catastrophic injuries. Some burn injuries fit that description if they cause:
- Permanent, substantial physical deformity
- Loss of use of a limb
- Loss of a bodily organ system
If you suffered these consequences, you could qualify for more non-economic damages. Our team can determine your eligibility.
For a free legal consultation with a burn injury attorney in Marion, call (614) 538-1116
What Scenarios Qualify for Help From a Burn Injury Lawyer?
Bressman Law’s lawyers help with burn injuries that happen anywhere, from a Marion worksite to a private home. While the cause of your burn may be unique, the grounds for most cases are the same: negligent behaviors.
Our firm taking cases in Marion can demonstrate that someone’s careless action or inaction caused your injuries. Your burns were preventable with reasonable care. Our lawyers help make that connection by:
- Interviewing witnesses
- Surveying security and bystander video
- Studying photos of injuries and the scene
- Visiting the site of the accident
- Examining any equipment
- Investigating the history of those involved
- Reconstructing the events
- Consulting experts to analyze the accident
- Reviewing medical records
- Obtaining police reports
Each Case is Unique and Requires Unique Evidence
The evidence we use in your case will depend on the kind of accident you suffered. Burns can happen due to:
- Chemical accidents
- Worksite explosions
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Electrical issues
- Poorly maintained equipment
For instance, you could have sustained electrical burns because a contractor didn’t properly install a piece of equipment at a construction site. If so, we could talk to other workers and examine the equipment. We can review traffic camera footage and police reports on the crash for burns from a truck accident.
Whether you sustained burns on the road, our team can determine who to hold liable and how in a lab.
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What do Burn Injury Victims do During a Case?
While we gather evidence, investigate liable parties, and negotiate with insurance companies and lawyers, you focus on healing.
This does more than just alleviate your stress. We can better understand your case’s value once you reach maximum medical improvement (MMI). This is the most recovery you will achieve after your injury. Our firm can then pursue damages to cover both your past expenses and your future losses.
MMI is why Ohio Revised Code Section 2305.10 generally provides two years to file a personal injury lawsuit. That period is short enough to preserve crucial evidence while still providing you time to heal.
Don’t Worry About Payment
Even if we do the work on your behalf, you may not be able to relax at the thought of paying for that work. To ease your mind, Bressman Law does not charge any fees during your case.
We are paid on a contingency basis out of the compensation you receive. If your lawyers don’t get you damages, we don’t get paid.
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Pursue Justice with Our Lawyers
The team at Bressman Law has been serving accident victims in Ohio for more than three decades. Whatever happened in Marion County to cause your accident, our burn injury lawyers can help if you suspect negligence.
Bressman Law is eager to hear your story. We want to help obtain compensation for your unique experience. Call our office today at (877) 538-1116 to get started with a free case review.