New Haven Burn Injury Attorneys
If you or a loved one has suffered a burn injury in New Haven that was caused by someone else, choosing the right attorney may be one of the most important decisions you’ll ever make. You need to hire a skilled Connecticut personal injury lawyer who has a significant amount of experience handling burn accident cases to help you hold the at-fault party accountable. Contact Lynch, Traub, Keefe & Errante today to speak with one of our experienced Connecticut burn injury lawyers.
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Why Choose Lynch, Traub, Keefe & Errante?
Common Causes of New Haven Burn Injuries
The Three Degrees of Burn Injuries
New Haven Burn Injury Complications
Compensation for Connecticut Burn Injuries
Who is Liable for a Burn Injury?
What is the Value of a Burn Injury Settlement?
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Our law firm has been representing regular everyday people for more than 60 years, in just about every area of New Haven personal injury law. Over the years, we have represented numerous New Haven burn victims.
We have represented clients who were seriously injured, maimed, and left with a lifetime of suffering as a result of car and truck fires, industrial fires and explosions, defective products, house fires, and the list goes on.
In our work representing burn victims, we make every effort to not only seek compensation for our clients but to also expose the risk of burn injury dangers to the community.
If you would like to discuss a burn injury with an experienced Connecticut burn injury lawyer, please call our firm today to schedule your free consultation with one of our experienced attorneys.
Common Causes of a Burn Injury in New Haven
A burn injury is an injury to the skin or other body tissues that is caused by heat, cold, friction, chemicals, electricity, or radiation. According to The Center for Disease Control and Prevention, there are approximately 3,400 burn injury-related deaths each year in the United States, with a fire-related death occurring once every 169 minutes. A fire-related injury, on the other hand, occurs more frequently and is estimated to be about one every 30 minutes.
Most burn injuries are the result of:
- House fires;
- Exposed wire;
- Electrified water;
- Mishandled machinery;
- Defective products; and
- Exposure to dangerous chemicals
The two most common causes of burn injuries are fire or flames (46%) and scalding (32%). Most burn injuries take place in the home, while only 8% occur in the workplace, 5% take place on street and highway, 5% at recreational or sport activities, and 9% in other locations.
The Three Degrees of Burn Injuries
Medical experts categorize burn injuries into three types: first, second, and third-degree burns. These categories are based on injury severity and the extent of the damage.
- First-degree burns are the least severe type of injury and typically affect the outer layer of the skin. Symptoms include redness, pain, and minor inflammation.
- Second-degree burns affect the first and second layer of skin, leading to blistering, redness, and soreness.
- Third-degree burns are the most severe type of burn injury and cause damage to every layer of skin. Symptoms include charred or white skin, leathery texture, and nerve damage.
New Haven Burn Injury Complications
There is a long list of complications that can arise from a burn injury. The most common complications include:
- Urinary tract infections;
- Respiratory failure;
- Wound infection;
- Renal failure;
- Bacteremia; and
- Other blood infections
It is also important to mention that burn injury victims often continue to experience both physical and psychological complications long after their burn injury has been treated and stabilized. Thus, ongoing burn therapy is often required to minimize these complications.
As a result, the medical care and treatment needed for severe burn injuries and their complications can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars, and in cases requiring major oxygenation procedures, with burns to the face, mouth, or neck the costs can reach as much as $1 million.
This is why it is important to enlist the help of a skilled New Haven burn injury lawyer who can ensure that you recover compensation for your current medical bills, as well as, all of your future injury-related expenses.
Compensation for Burn Injuries in Connecticut
If your burn injury is the result of someone else’s negligence or recklessness, you are entitled to bring a claim against the at-fault party to seek compensation for your medical bills, pain and suffering, and more.
But, recovering compensation for burn injuries is a highly specialized and complex area of law. It is important to retain a law firm that has the necessary expertise and experience, and a history of proven results to handle your burn injury case in New Haven.
Our law firm has the resources to quickly dispatch burn injury investigators, engineers, and fire and explosion experts to the scene to locate documents and preserve important evidence. The destruction of evidence may make it impossible to pursue a claim for your burn injury, which is why it is so important to retain our law firm immediately.
Who Is Liable for a Burn Injury?
Depending on the circumstances surrounding your accident, multiple parties could be liable for a burn injury. Below are some of the most common defendants in these claims:
- Motor Vehicle Drivers: Car accidents can start fires, which can lead to burn injuries. If another driver’s actions caused your collision, you could file an insurance claim or New Haven car accident lawsuit against the negligent driver.
- Property Owners: Property owners have a duty to maintain safe premises. They may be liable for burn injuries that occur on their premises if they failed to take appropriate action to prevent the accident. For example, landlords who fail to repair loose wiring could be responsible for electrical burns that residents sustain.
- Product Manufacturers: Manufacturers of defective products are liable for any injuries that occur due to the defect. Items can malfunction, catch fire, become dangerously hot, and burn the consumer. In these situations, you could file a New Haven defective product lawsuit against the manufacturer.
What Is the Value of a Burn Injury Settlement?
One of the most common questions during a burn injury claim involves how much money you can expect to receive. The average value of a burn injury case is not easy to quantify; because these settlements depend on your individual losses, you will need to speak with an attorney to calculate your potential award.
However, there are some factors that could influence the value of your case:
- Injury Severity: The more severe your injuries, the higher your award would likely be. You will likely need more medical care and have greater long-term costs than people with minor injuries.
- Lawsuit versus Insurance Claim: Generally, insurance claim settlements are limited by the at-fault party’s policy. Lawsuits are more likely to yield a higher award, but this is not always the case.
- Ability to Work: The longer you spend away from work recovering from your injuries, the higher the lost wages portion of your settlement will be. If you are unable to return to work following your burn injury, you could recover damages for loss of future earnings.
- The Need for Rehabilitation: Burn injury victims with permanent disabilities often require extensive and expensive care. If you require disability accommodations or need to attend rehabilitation, your award may be higher.
- Shared Liability: Under Connecticut’s comparative negligence statute, the court will reduce your award if you are partially at fault for the accident. If you are more than 50% responsible, you would not be able to recover any compensation.
Contact Lynch, Traub, Keefe & Errante
If you have suffered a serious burn injury in Connecticut, our law firm can take the proper steps to ensure the best possible outcome for your burn injury accident claim. We offer a free consultation, and charge no fees unless we recover compensation for you and your family.
We provide burn injury victims in Connecticut the legal assistance they need, when they need it the most. Contact Lynch, Traub, Keefe & Errante at 203-800-7343, toll-free at 888-692-7403, or fill out our online contact form to arrange your free consultation.