June 8, 2014 • Burn Injury
On behalf of Rosenberg, Minc, Falkoff & Wolff, LLP
Burns constitute some of the most painful type of injuries that people have to suffer. Of late, these injuries have been increasingly common. Some of the most important factors responsible for burn injuries are explosions, fires, scalding oils and liquids, chemical exposure, overheated equipment, and malfunctioning tanning beds. You may be entitled to financial compensation if you have been burned and injured on account of someone else’s negligence.
Some of the most important factors in a burn injury settlement are the extent to which a defendant can pay a settlement, the severity of the injury in question and the intentions of the person who caused the burns. Due to permanent scarring and pain and suffering caused, burn injuries tend to have higher settlement value. Both sides must negotiate based on what they believe the plaintiff might receive at trial, while reaching a settlement.
It is important to establish how and where the burn injury occurred; the amount a jury might be willing to award at trial might be affected by the degree of the defendant’s liability. There is no one specific kind of personal injury case involving burns. There may result from faulty consumer products, workplace injuries, arson, any kind of accident caused by negligence or other intentional burning.
The burn victim might also be able to receive punitive damages if the defendant was proven to have acted intentionally or negligently. This is referred to as “gross negligence” in legal terms. These punitive damages are intended to punish a defendant who has acted in a condemnable manner. That is why a wealthy defendant will have to pay more so that they realize their folly. A defendant who intentionally led to the burn injury of a plaintiff will almost always be exposed to punitive damages.
If you have been burned as a result of negligence, you may be entitled to compensation for you injuries for the following: