Serious burn injuries from explosions, car accidents, house fires, natural gas fires, and other types of catastrophic accidents can be life threatening. Each year there are nearly 45,000 people in the US seek medical treatment at hospitals and special burn treatment units for burn injuries due to an accident.
Victims of the most serious burn injuries face a lifetime treatment, reconstructive surgeries and an array of personal challenges. Burn injuries can require numerous medical procedures and lengthy rehabilitation making burns among the most expensive injuries to treat.
No matter how minor or serious the burn, or how the burn accident happened, victims and their families often have questions about their legal rights and calculating fair and reasonable compensation for injuries, medical bills, lost wages, and other damages.
If you're visiting our website because you're a burn injury victim, or a family member of someone who was seriously burned, we hope this information begins to answer your some of your questions as you research your legal options and begin your journey to recovery. If you or a family member has suffered due to an accident that resulted in a serious burn injury, the Davis Law Group can help. Our attorneys have the skill and experience necessary to protect your legal rights and represent you in negotiations with and/or litigation against those who are responsible for your burn injuries.
Burn Injury Statistics
- On average in the United States in 2010, someone died in a fire every 169 minutes, and someone was injured every 30 minutes.
- There are more than 450,000 burn injury victims receiving some kind of treatment each year.
- Forty Thousand people are hospitalized each year due to burn injuries.
- Over 60% of long-term hospitalizations related to burn injuries are at special burn centers or burn units.
- There are approximately 3,400 deaths each year due to fire, burns and smoke inhalation.
Causes of Burn Injuries
Many burn injuries are accidently, however a significant number of burn injuries are the result of negligent actions of others or from products that pose an unreasonable risk of burn injuries. Many burn injuries are caused by:
- Chemical or electrical burns
- Natural gas explosions
- Defective appliances
- Barbecues, hot water heaters, and furnaces
Legal Rights of Burn Victims
A burn victim injured by a fire that was caused by the negligence of another has legal rights in Washington State. Although laws are different from state to state, and legal rights may vary by jurisdiction, burn victims can generally make a claim for damages against a negligent person or company and may recover financial compensation for medical treatment, medical bills, lost wages, other economic damages and non-economic damages such as pain and suffering, loss of consortium, etc. In many, but not all, cases litigation may necessary and thus victims must file a burn injury lawsuit against the responsible parties. Based upon the cause of the fire and the specific nature of the burn injuries, the settlements and jury verdicts in these types of cases are often significant.
Burn Injury Lawsuits / Litigation
Not every burn accident victim needs the assistance of a lawyer. For those that choose to hire an attorney, a lawsuit is not always necessary. More often than not attorneys are able to negotiate settlements for their burn injury clients without ever litigating the case.
But, when they are necessary, burn injury lawsuits can help facilitate change in awareness, behavior and the law which may help prevent future accidents, injuries and deaths. Litigation not only serves the purpose of compensating a burn victim, but also holds negligent persons and companies that caused the accident accountable for their actions. Lawsuits can help change the law. Litigation often serves to force changes in the safety of products; corporate policies; safety procedures and the personal conduct of individuals. These changes can prevent others from suffering similar accidents and injuries in the future.
Washington State Fire Code
Washington State has specific fire codes and other laws which govern safety regulations that are related to fire prevention. In addition, there are numerous laws that relate to the compensation of injury victims in Washington State which also apply to burn victims.
Settlement Value of a Burn Injury Claim: Fair Compensation for Burn Survivors
Anyone who is injured due to negligent acts, omissions or violations of the law is entitled to compensation for their injuries and other damages. The following are just of a few of the factors that may be considered when determining fair and reasonable compensation in burn injury cases.
- The type, extent, and severity of the burn injuries;
- How painful the burn injuries were, are and will be in the future;
- The medical procedures required to treat the burns in the past, present and future;
- The pain involved in those treatments;
- The possibility or impossibility of totally recovery from the burn injuries;
- The extent of permanent scaring or disfigurement;
- The extent of permanent disability (burn victims usually have some permanent disability);
- Vocational / career limitations due to the injuries;
Again, these are just a few of the factors to be considered in calculating an appropriate settlement amount.
The Best Treatment For Burn Victims in Washington State
The UW Medicine Regional Burn Center at Harborview Medical Center has one of the largest burn units in the US, specializing in pioneering treatments, including which have cut mortality rates dramatically for severely burned patients. Almost all victims of severe burns in Washington, Alaska, Idaho and Montana are treated at Harborview. Roughly one-third of their burn patients are children.
Burn treatment procedures can be excruciatingly painful. The procedures have even been described as “hell”, even if the patient is taking strong pain medication.
Following a serious burn injury, patients may receive treatment from general surgeons; plastic surgeons; physical and occupational therapists; burn specialist nurses; psychologists; vocational rehabilitation therapists; and other medical professionals that specialize in working with burn patients to help them recover more quickly and get back to their lives.
Free Legal Consultation With A Burn Injury Lawyer
Seriously injured by a fire or accident in Washington State? Want to know if you have a legal case? Want to know what your case is worth? Want compensation for your injuries? Want justice for your loved ones? Want to make sure the same thing doesn't happen to someone else?
Protect your legal rights. Call attorney Chris Davis at Davis Law Group to schedule a FREE legal consultation. The call is free. The advice may be priceless. Our firm is typically retained on a contingency fee basis. There is no fee until our firm successfully recovers compensation for you. Call 206-727-4000.