A serious burn injury can cause severe pain and suffering and may have life-changing effects, such as permanent scarring and/or disfigurement, physical impairment and psychological trauma. If your burn injury was a result of negligence, you may be able to seek compensation for damages such as medical bills, therapy costs, and any physical and mental trauma sustained.
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Our Charleston burn injury lawyers offer a free, no-obligation consultation and you do not owe us anything unless we recover compensation for your claim. Your free consultation is completely confidential, and you will not be required to hire us for your case, so there is no risk to you.
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How Do I Know if My Case Qualifies for Compensation?
You or your lawyer must be able to prove your injuries were caused by the negligence of another party. The following four elements must be present:
- Duty of care – The defendant owed you (the injury victim) a duty to take care to avoid harming others. One example of this would be a gas station owner who is legally bound to ensure the safety of his or her customers by continually maintaining the gas pumps with the required safety checks.
- The duty of care was breached – Using the example above, if the gas station owner failed to maintain his or her gas pumps and if it is found that someone suffered a burn or other injury because of this, the owner could be held liable for a breached duty of care.
- A causal link exists – There must be a link between your burn injury and the breached duty of care. In other words, you or your lawyer must prove that your injuries would not have occurred had the defendant upheld his or her duty of care.
- Damages were created – You or your attorney must prove that damages were created because of your injuries, such as medical expenses, lost wages from missing work, property damage, and physical pain and mental suffering.
Our Charleston burn injury lawyers have in-depth knowledge of relevant laws and the complexities of the legal process. If we determine that you may have a valid claim, we are prepared to handle the entire case on your behalf.
How Much Financial Compensation Could I Receive?
The dedicated team of legal professionals at Roden Law understands that this might be a difficult time for you and your family. Physical pain and emotional trauma along with mounting medical expenses and lost income from missing work can all be difficult for victims and their families.
There are three types of damages burn injury victims may be able to recover in an injury claim:
- Economic damages are financial losses related to your burn injuries such as past, present, and possible future medical expenses, lost wages from missing work, and property damage. For example, medical expenses could cover the costs associated with doctor visits, ambulance trips, surgery, bandages, prescriptions, medical devices, past and future therapy and rehabilitation costs, and property enhancements needed because of your injury. If you or your loved one can no longer return to work in the same capacity, you may be compensated for lost earning capacity or lost future income.
- Non-economic damages include any physical and psychological suffering you may have endured because of your burn injury, including permanent scarring, physical disfigurement or impairment, loss of enjoyment of life, and loss of companionship.
- Punitive damages are only granted in rare instances. These damages are awarded to punish the at-fault party after an egregious act or an action that showed malicious intent. These damages are also meant to help prevent others from repeating the same kind of egregious acts.
Having the right law firm on your side could make a huge difference in the outcome of your burn injury claim. Our Charleston burn injury lawyers know how to accurately assess damages, and if your claim is validated during your free case review, we are prepared to pursue the maximum allowable compensation for past, present, and future needs related to your burn injuries.
Roden Law is prepared to fight for your rights as a burn injury victim.
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Is There a Deadline to File a Burn Injury Claim?
The short answer is yes. The South Carolina statute of limitations for personal injury cases only allows three years from the date of the injury to file a claim.
However, depending on the details of your claim, this deadline could be earlier or later. For example, if your burn injury claim is against any government entity, you must file a claim within two years.
If you or a loved one was injured as a minor, the claim can be filed within one year after the minor turns 18 years of age. If you fail to file your claim before the deadline, your claim could be denied, and you may lose the right to pursue compensation.
If you are unsure about the deadline for your claim, we highly recommend contacting a Charleston burn injury attorney.
Why Do I Need to Hire an Attorney?
Many personal injury victims who decide to hire an attorney recover larger compensation awards compared to those who do not.
If you have a viable claim, our lawyers may be able to assist with:
- Collecting evidence
- Investigating the cause of your accident
- Obtaining accident reports
- Requesting medical documentation
- Communicating with insurance adjusters and other lawyers
- Accurately assessing your damages
- Negotiating fair compensation
- Hiring industry experts (if needed)
- Preparing your case for trial (if needed)
Insurance companies are always looking for some way to deny or devalue a claim, which is why it could be a bad idea to try to deal with insurance companies by yourself. Our lawyers know how to effectively communicate with insurance companies to protect the value of an injury claim.
Common Reasons for Burn Injuries
Burn injuries often occur in the following situations or have the following causes:
- Building fires
- Kitchen fires
- Smoking indoors
- Hot water
- Vehicle accidents
- Workplace accidents
- Defective products
- Portable heaters
- Gas explosions
- Chemical accidents
- Medical malpractice
There are a few common types of burns that can occur in these different situations:
- Thermal burns are caused by contact with fire or other sources of extreme heat.
- Light burns are caused by UV rays from the sun.
- Chemical burns can be caused by harmful chemicals such as acid.
- Radiation burns are the result of contact with radioactive materials, such as nuclear radiation.
Discuss Your Claim with a Charleston Burn Injury Lawyer Today
If you believe your burn injury was caused by the negligence of others, feel free to contact Roden Law. Our dedicated team of legal professionals is ready to answer any questions you may have about your burn injury claim.
We charge no upfront fees and there are no hidden costs involved, so there is no risk to you. We do not receive payment unless we successfully recover compensation on your behalf.