On top of being extremely painful, severe burns can also cause lifelong scarring and possible loss of sensation in affected areas. Some injuries can even have fatal consequences. Unfortunately, holding someone else accountable for causing a burn accident is far from a simple task, especially without legal counsel.
Getting a successful result from your claim through settlement negotiations or a civil court trial is much easier with guidance from a well-known and winning catastrophic injury attorney. Managing Partner Rich Godshall has won millions in settlements and verdicts for burn victims like you.
In a local case, we represented a client who was severely burned due to an electrical shock on the job. We were able to obtain $1.2 million for our client. By working with a seasoned Bensalem burn injury lawyer at Ostroff Godshall Injury and Accident Lawyers, you’ll have far better chances of getting paid fairly for your short-term and long-term losses.
Different Degrees of Burns
Medical professionals classify burns into three “degrees” of severity based on the depth of the damage. A burn that only affects the outermost layer of skin—or the “epidermis”—is a “first-degree” burn that usually doesn’t require any treatment beyond basic first aid. One of the requirements for a personal injury claim in Pennsylvania is that the injury must be severe enough to require professional medical care.
On the other hand, “second-degree” burns that damage both the epidermis and the “dermis” layer underneath it are almost always serious enough to warrant a trip to an urgent care clinic or hospital. “Third-degree” burns can destroy both skin layers and damage underlying fat layers, muscles, and even bones.
Damages for a Burn Injury
Especially for these higher degrees of burns, a lawsuit or settlement proposal might need to account for various future losses, including:
- Physical pain
- Lost working ability
- Long-term medical bills
- Loss of life’s pleasures due to permanent disfigurement from the injury
Your Bensalem burn injury attorney can go into more detail during a private initial meeting about what losses you might be able to get paid for based on your unique circumstances.
Legal Limits on Bensalem Burn Accident Claims
Like other types of personal injury plaintiffs, people who suffer serious burns in Pennsylvania are subject to the modified comparative fault system outlined in 42 Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes §7102. Under this system, anyone partially to blame for causing their own injury is only eligible to recover a portion of their damages. Anyone who holds a majority of total fault is ineligible for any compensation at all.
Furthermore, 42 P.S.A. §5524 gives most burn victims just two years after initially getting hurt to start a lawsuit over their injury-related losses. Representation from a skilled lawyer at our firm can be vital to understanding and overcoming these possible legal roadblocks after suffering a burn injury.
Contact a Bensalem Burn Injury Attorney Today
High-degree burns can cause life-altering trauma and losses that affect every aspect of your life. Taking proactive legal action against the person who caused your burns may be your best means of protecting your future prospects. You should not have to bear the financial, physical, or emotional burdens of an accident you didn’t cause.
At Ostroff Godshall Injury and Accident Lawyers, a Bensalem burn injury lawyer can give you the dedicated support and guidance you need to get the money you deserve. You will not pay us anything until we recover compensation on your behalf, so call today to learn more in a free consultation.