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LEGAL RIGHTS

Civil law exists to compensate an individual for injuries and losses which were caused by someone’s negligence; a defective product; or some other form of misconduct or failure to act.

Persons who are injured in accidents and their family members are often hesitant about contacting an attorney because they believe the accident or injury was in some way caused by the injured individual. This may not be the case and even if the injured individual is partially at fault, it is still possible that more than one person or entity may have contributed to causing that accident or injury and a substantial monetary recovery is still possible.

Burn survivors may endure:

  • Physical and emotional trauma
  • An injury that leaves one in pain
  • Disfigurement
  • Organ damage
  • Body chemistry damage
  • Sensitivity to temperature change

If you or a family member have sustained a serious burn injury, you should consult with an attorney who is experienced in this area of the law to determine whether a Personal Injury claim should be pursued.

YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS TO COMPENSATION MAY INCLUDE:

I. PAYMENT OF MEDICAL BILLS
You may be entitled to have your medical expenses, past and future, paid:

  • Hospitalization
  • Surgical procedures
  • Ongoing medical care
  • Counseling
  • Scar revision/Cosmetic surgery
  • Physical therapy
  • Occupational therapy

II. COMPENSATION FOR LOSS OF INCOME
You may be entitled to have your lost wages, past and future, paid.

III. VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION (JOB RETRAINING)
You may be entitled to compensation to be re-trained into a new job or occupation.

IV. COMPENSATION FOR PAIN AND SUFFERING
You may be entitled to compensation for the pain and suffering you have endured and may continue to endure as a result of your injury.

V. LOSS OF CONSORTIUM
The spouse of a burn survivor may be entitled to compensation when an injury is so severe that it interferes with the injured party’s spousal relations. The effected family member may suffer a very real detriment. Many courts recognize the right of the injured party’s spouse to recover in an appropriate case for a loss of support, services, love, companionship, society, affection, sexual relations and solace in the form of a loss of consortium action.

Loss of consortium is a claim separate from the injury victim’s claim. It is unique to the injured party’s spouse and is compensable by a separate damages recovery.

Your legal rights are important. Hopefully the information that you have gained from this site will allow you to pursue your rights by choosing an attorney with the qualifications, expertise and a winning track record on behalf of burn survivors and their families.