Burn injuries are more common than you might think—according to the American Burn Association, almost half a million people annually are believed to have sought medical care for burns in recent years, while the Centers for Disease Control reports 1.1 million burn injuries annually that require medical attention. In Arizona alone, over 7,000 people visited the emergency room as a result of burns in 2019, according to the Arizona Department of Health Services.
Burn injuries can have devastating effects on the victim’s life, causing severe, sometimes catastrophic injuries. Even more tragic are burn and fire injuries that happen through no fault of your own, as a result of another party’s negligence. If you have suffered a serious burn injury as a result of someone else’s negligent actions, you are entitled to medical treatment and may be able to recover compensation for your related financial losses.
Burn and fire injuries can happen in various ways and at various places. In Arizona, they often occur in apartments, hotels, and other rental spaces, sometimes as a result of negligent upkeep of the property by a landlord or management company, such as non-functioning smoke detectors or improper fire escapes.
They can present as scalding injuries, whether at a workplace, restaurant, or recreational setting. They can be caused by electrical or chemical accidents, gas explosions, and electrocutions. They can also result from dangerous or defective products, or from dangerous practices such as a blocked exit or scalding pipes. Some burns occur when property owners or managers fail to abide by building codes or safety laws. In some cases, burns affect children or loved ones who will need significant care provided by others after their injuries.
Signs of a burn injury can include:
Burns are measured in degrees: while first-degree burns tend to be less serious or lasting, second- and third-degree burns can result in significant pain and suffering, related health issues, and a lengthy and arduous recovery period.
A serious burn injury may result in significant financial losses to its victim. It may require medical treatments, prescriptions, doctor’s visits, and even a hospital stay. Serious burns will require care by specialists, perhaps plastic surgery, and home or nursing care. Many burns, particularly first-degree burns, will sideline you from being able to work, care for others in your family, or participate in activities that you used to enjoy.
They are often accompanied by significant pain and suffering, scarring, and disfigurement, and they can interfere deeply with the quality of the victim’s life. After a burn, your life may be drastically altered, causing not only physical injuries but also mental anguish and emotional distress.
Generally, to recover compensation for a burn injury, you will need to file a claim for negligence against the responsible parties, along with any insurance companies involved. This means you will need to prove the important elements of liability and damages: demonstrating that the other party was directly responsible for your burn injuries, and showing the full extent of the financial damages you have suffered as a result of your injuries.
Depending on the circumstances of your injury, you may be able to file a claim against various parties. If you’ve been burned at work, for example, as a result of your employer’s lack of safety practices, you may be able to file a claim for negligence or a worker’s compensation claim, depending on the unique facts of your case.
If you’ve been burned in your apartment as a result of a landlord’s failure to maintain the premises properly, you may be able to file a claim against the landlord or property management company to recover compensation. If you’ve been burned while engaging in a recreational activity like dining out, you may be able to file a negligence claim against the restaurant, activity provider, event venue, or even a third party who is responsible for causing your injuries. And, if you’ve been burned as a result of a negligent action on someone else’s property, you may be able to file a premises liability claim against the responsible parties.
Because cases involving burns can be complex and involve many different parts, facts, laws, and parties, you will benefit from the advice and help of an experienced Arizona burn injury lawyer. They will not only investigate the facts of your case and preserve important evidence but also negotiate with the other parties and their insurance companies.
Large insurers have the benefit of large legal teams and significant financial resources — having a knowledgeable attorney by your side can help level the playing field. If someone else’s negligence has caused you serious burn injuries and life-altering harm, you are entitled to hold them responsible, and you are entitled to the compensation needed to make you whole again.
At Torgenson Law, we understand the significant impact of a serious burn injury on a person and their family, including the chronic pain that follows and the ways in which a burn injury can alter lives. We want to help you get back on your feet — let us focus on the details of your claim so that you can focus on your recovery.
A burn injury can leave you with severe injuries, the need for expert medical help, and significant financial losses. We will negotiate with the insurance companies involved towards a fair and reasonable settlement offer, and we will present a strong case on your behalf in court if a settlement is not possible.
If you’re located in Arizona and find yourself in a serious injury due to someone else’s negligence, contact Torgenson Law. We have assisted many clients with burn injuries in recovering compensation for the financial losses they incurred as a result of others’ negligence. We are conveniently located in Downtown Phoenix, near the Phoenix Japanese Friendship Gardens. Give us a call today at 602-726-0747 for a free case evaluation.