If you have suffered a burn injury then you might have questions about that injury and what your legal rights are. The good news is that you have all the answers you need from The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker. You can call us directly at 800-333-0000 or keep reading to get answers to some of the most common questions.
Who is Eligible to File a Personal Injury Lawsuit for a Burn Injury?
Any person, adult or child, who suffered a burn injury as the result of someone else acting carelessly or recklessly. However, that does not mean everyone who fits this criteria should be calling a personal injury attorney. If your injury was minor and you had little to no financial damages, then it is unlikely to be worth pursuing a case.
Who Can Be Held Responsible for a Burn Injury?
If a person is negligent, or their intentional misconduct causes the injury, then they can be held responsible. There are many types of people who can be responsible, including vehicle drivers, product manufacturers, drivers, and owners of public property. Government officials and companies can be held liable as well. The key is that we must prove that the at-fault party caused the burn injury.
Can I Sue Someone Else Even if I Was Partially at Fault?
Yes. In California, we are a comparative fault state which means that you can sue for a serious injury even if you were partially responsible for it. You must prove that one or more other parties also share the blame. That said, know that your recovery is going to be reduced by your amount of fault. As a result, if you were awarded $5 million but were found to be 50% at fault, your award would actually be $2.5 million.
What Damages Can Be Recovered in a Burn Injury Case?
Of course, that will depend on the damages you suffered. You could be entitled to recover past and estimated future medical costs, past and future lost wages/earnings, past and future pain and suffering, and, if the behavior was particularly bad, the defendant might also be forced to pay punitive damages, which would be awarded to you.
Is it Necessary to Hire a Burn Injury Attorney?
We believe so. You do not want to take a chance taking this on yourself. Know that the insurance company you would be negotiating with has professional negotiators, many high-paid attorneys, and a lot of experience in reducing or dismissing cases. The right attorney can help prove your case and negotiate the best possible settlement.
If you would like to know what your case is likely worth, contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 for a free consultation with an experienced attorney.