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Serious burn injuries are painful and expensive, requiring a lot of time and energy in recovery. If you were burned in an accident caused by someone else, don’t assume you have to endure this alone. Talk to a burn injuries lawyer in Boca Raton.

Our team of skilled attorneys can provide the aggressive representation needed to help you get maximum compensation. Schedule a free evaluation of your case by calling (561) 665-1990 or using our online contact form.

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Steps to take after being burned

Following these steps could help improve your chances of getting the money you deserve.

1. Get immediate medical help

A 911 dispatcher will send an ambulance to the scene. Accept the ride to the hospital so treatment can begin as quickly as possible. The faster you get the help, the better the chances you’ll fully recover.

2. Do what you can to treat the burn as you wait for help

For less serious or smaller burns, you might cool down by running cool – not cold –  tap water over it for 10-20 minutes to help ease the pain. Don’t use any ice. Use a clean bandage to cover the wound and reduce the chances of infection. If a bandage isn’t available, use a clean towel.

3. Keep a written or digital record of your experience

Keeping a record of your pain, emotional trauma, and other types of suffering could help prove you’re entitled to non-economic damages. Every day, make a record of how much pain you felt, what you had difficulty doing, and what you had to miss out on.

4. Write down the names of all members of your medical team

There will be a lot of people caring for you while you’re hospitalized. It might seem impossible to keep track of all of them, but try to write down their names. These professionals could eventually help your case by telling the court how badly you’ve been injured.

5. Speak with an attorney

Timeliness is crucial, so meet with a skilled attorney as soon as you can. Your attorney will launch an investigation into the accident, the results of which can produce the evidence needed to strengthen your case.

Types of burns

There are three stages of burns, ranked in order of severity: first-degree, second-degree, and third-degree burns. Third-degree burns are the most severe.

First-degree burns are minor, but still painful (sunburn is considered a first-degree burn), while third-degree burns are severe and usually require skin grafts and other procedures.

Below are the most common causes, or sources of first-, second-, and third-degree burns.

Thermal burns

Hot metals, scalding liquids, steam, and flames can all cause thermal burns.

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Radiation burns

UV rays from the sun, X-rays, and radiation therapy to treat cancer are all common examples of radiation burns.

Chemical burns

Strong or noxious acids, detergents, or solvents found in thousands of products can cause chemical burns when they come in contact with the skin or eyes.

Electrical burns

Electrical energy can travel throughout the body, causing severe damage to tissues and organs.

Don’t miss the deadline to file your claim

In Florida, you have two years from the date that you discovered the injury to file a personal injury lawsuit. If you don’t take action within this timeframe, you won’t be able to obtain compensation.

That doesn’t mean you can wait a few years; you should start the claims process immediately as the evidence is fresher and you could get your money faster.

Please note:

On March 24, 2023, Governor Ron DeSantis signed a set of legal reforms into law. One of the changes brought about by the bill cuts the statute of limitations for negligence-based claims in half, from four years to two.

Possible damages you can claim

Damages are financial losses resulting from a personal injury accident. You’ll be taking legal action to recover your damages. The following is a look at some examples.

Economic damages

These are losses such as lost wages, property damage, and medical expenses. A burn injury lawyer in Boca Raton knows how to prove your economic damages. For example, they’ll present the medical bills you’ve accumulated, as well as your pay stubs showing how much you make.

Non-economic damages

It’s more challenging for an attorney to prove non-economic damages since there aren’t always bills for mental distress and pain and suffering. That’s why you need to keep a journal of everything you’re experiencing.

It’s also important to hire a skilled lawyer who can prove your subjective damages.

How to find the right lawyer for your needs

You’d be surprised how many people pick a lawyer just because they think their ad is funny, or because the TV attorney seems confident. This is never a good reason to hire a legal representative.

Do some research before making your choice. Look at online reviews to see what real-world clients have to say about the quality of representation they received. Talk to at least three attorneys to get a good feel for whether or not you’ll feel comfortable working with them.

We’ll fight the insurance company to get you full compensation

You want a law firm with a track record of success fighting – and defeating – insurance companies. Lytal, Reiter, Smith, Ivey & Fronrath have exactly that. No insurance company can intimidate our attorneys.

Parties who may be liable for your burn injury

Some personal injury cases are complex, especially where there may be multiple liable parties.

For example, a truck accident can often result in severe burn injuries. The driver of the truck could be liable because they were fatigued after staying behind the wheel for too long. But the company that loaded the truck could be liable as well. They might have been negligent, causing the load to shift and the driver to lose control.

How our attorneys prove liability

Every burn injuries lawyer in Boca Raton with Lytal, Reiter, Smith, Ivey & Fronrath is an expert at proving liability. We dig deep to find every piece of evidence we can to prove our clients deserve full compensation.

This could mean obtaining phone records to show a driver was texting instead of keeping their focus on the road. It could mean getting security camera footage to show how an accident took place.

Whatever we need to do to get solid proof, that’s exactly what we’ll do.

Burn injury lawsuit process

The following is a quick look at some of what you can expect if you file a lawsuit against those responsible for your suffering.

1. Legal consultation

The consultation is when you choose the attorney who’ll represent you. This usually involves providing your account of how the accident occurred, explaining your injury and damages, and more. The lawyer will then discuss areas where your case is strong, and areas where it may be weak.

2. Accident investigation

After you decide on your lawyer and they accept your case, the lawyer will begin the investigation mentioned earlier. Again, this needs to start as soon as possible so evidence doesn’t fade away.

3. File demand for compensation

Once the investigation concludes, your attorney will know who contributed to the accident and what portion of blame they should receive. Your burn injuries lawyer in Boca Raton will send all liable parties demand letters. These letters will spell out how much each party should pay.

4. Negotiation

The demand letters will start the negotiation process. Your Boca Raton personal injury lawyer will work with the insurance companies covering the liable parties to come to a settlement. This is what happens in the vast majority of cases.

5. Take the case to trial

There are some instances where an insurance company won’t settle. If that happens, your attorney will fight for your rights in a courtroom.

Why it’s important to visit the doctor

You don’t want to wait to get treatment for a burn injury. The longer you wait, the more you risk a potentially life-threatening infection. It will also make it easier for insurers to claim you’re not really that badly hurt. This could make it impossible for you to obtain compensation.

Cost of hiring a burn injury lawyer

Lytal, Reiter, Smith, Ivey & Fronrath works on a contingency basis. You won’t pay anything unless we’re successful in getting you the compensation you have coming.

Why hire Lytal, Reiter, Smith, Ivey & Fronrath?

Our firm has more than 30 years of experience helping clients get the maximum compensation. You won’t find another burn injuries lawyer in Boca Raton who’ll work harder on your behalf.

Our Boca Raton burn injury lawyers are here to help

Schedule a free evaluation of your case by calling  Lytal, Reiter, Smith, Ivey & Fronrath at (561) 665-1990 or contacting us online.

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