Severe burns: what are your rights?
Accidents that have resulted in severe burns can have devastating and long-lasting effects for the victim. Depending upon the severity of the burn, victims of severe burns could require extended stays in the hospital for numerous surgeries and a long term recovery process involving physical and occupational therapy in order to regain his or her quality of life.
Physical injuries are not the only type of injury that severe burn victims experience. These types of injuries can also have devastating psychological and emotional repercussions for both the victim and their family. In addition to being extraordinarily painful, burn injuries can result in permanent scarring and disfigurement, which, in turn, can cause the victim to suffer from depression or even PTSD.
If you have been in an accident and have suffered serious burns as the result of negligence on the part of another person or party, you have legal rights to seek compensatory damages. Economic damages can include medical bills, the cost of rehabilitation, prescription medications, and lost wages. Non-economic damages include an emotional pain and suffering award due to the extent and nature of the scarring and disfigurement as well as loss of consortium and quality of life. Victims of severe burn injuries may also be able to receive punitive damages if the part or parties at fault are found liable of gross negligence or intentional wrongdoing.
Working with a personal injury attorney that has experience litigating these types of serious burn injuries is crucial to the success of your claim. At Rapid City Law, personal injury attorneys, Greg Yates and Michael Shubeck, have over 30 years of experience in the area of personal injury law.
Working together to win your case
In order to prove liability in cases involving severe burn injuries, it’s important to collect and preserve evidence — medical records, witness statements, police reports, photographs of the burns. In addition, it is helpful to be able to construct a timeline showing the series of events that led up to the accident to determine the degree of negligence or wrongdoing on the part of the defendant.
At Rapid City Law, Greg Yates and Michael Shubeck understand how life-changing severe burn injuries are for both the victim and his or her loved ones. They will take into consideration all of your ongoing and future financial and medical needs and will then put together a case that will provide you with the compensation that you need to help you move forward and regain your quality of life.
Getting what you deserve
Victims of severe burn injuries not only experience excruciating pain from the injury itself and subsequent treatments, but also have to endure a long-term recovery process as well as permanent scarring and disfigurement. The costs for the ongoing medical assistance that they will need to recover and carry on with their lives are exorbitant.
Greg Yates and Michael Shubeck of Rapid City Law will fight vigorously to ensure that you receive fair and equitable compensation.