Your legal rights

Civil law exists that requires compensation to an individual for injuries and losses caused by someone’s negligence, a defective product, or some other form of misconduct or failure to act.

Injured persons and their family members are often hesitant to contact an attorney because they believe the accident or injury was in some way caused by the injured individual. However, this may not actually 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 the accident or injury, making substantial monetary recovery still possible.

Some things burn survivors may endure include:

  • Physical and emotional trauma
  • An injury that results 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 to pursue a personal injury claim.

Your legal rights to compensation may include:

  1. Payment of Medical Bills

You may be entitled to have your past and future medical expenses paid, which can include:

  • Hospitalization
  • Surgical procedures
  • Ongoing medical care
  • Counseling
  • Scar revision/Cosmetic surgery
  • Physical therapy
  • Occupational therapy
  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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 affected 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. This can include 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, and hopefully information from this site will allow you to pursue your rights by choosing an attorney with the qualifications, expertise, and proven success record needed to represent burn survivors and their families.