Fort Lauderdale Burn Injury Attorney
Helping individuals who have suffered burns in accidents
Burn injuries happen every day across the United States. While some burns are relatively minor, the American Burn Association (ABA) reports1 that an estimated 450,000 Americans require medical treatment for their burn injuries on an annual basis, approximately 40,000 of whom are hospitalized for an extended period of time to treat their burns. Additionally, 3,400 people tragically died from burns in 2013 alone.
Though some burn injuries are simply accidents, many of these injuries could have been prevented if another party had not acted in a negligent manner. If you have suffered a burn injury due to someone else’s negligence, you should consult with an experienced Fort Lauderdale burn injury lawyer as soon as possible about a potential legal claim. Joseph J. LoRusso, Esq. is a highly skilled personal injury attorney who knows how to handle complicated burn cases and has helped numerous victims recover for their injuries, so please contact the office today to discuss your case.
Common causes of burn injuries
When you think of a burn, you likely think of flame or fire. However, burns can happen in a wide variety of ways. The following are some of the most common causes of burn injuries:
- Contact with flame or fire
- Scalds due to contact with very hot liquid or steam
- Thermal burns due to skin contact with very hot surfaces or objects
- Burns resulting from electrocutions
- Chemical burns from contact with toxic substances such as acid
- Radiation burns from cancer treatments or tanning beds
- Explosions from car crashes, fireworks, and more
Many of these above accidents can be caused because someone else did not act carefully. For example, if a construction crew knows there is an unfinished electrical system and leaves an exposed or ungrounded wire where people may walk, they may be held responsible for any electrical burns that may occur.
Ensuring burn victims receive the compensation they deserve
A catastrophic burn is one of the most painful and devastating injuries a person can suffer. For instance, victims with third degree burns2 (the worst kind) experience severe and long-lasting pain and can require extensive time in a burn center or other facility, numerous skin grafts and other surgical procedures, amputations, plastic surgeries, and more. Even first-degree burns can be extremely painful and have complications such as infections. Burn victims should be able to recover for the following losses and more:
- Medical expenses (past and estimated future costs)
- Lost income from time off work to recover
- Estimated future income lost if the victim cannot return to work
- Permanent disfigurement or disability
- Emotional trauma
- Physical pain and suffering
How an experienced Ft. Lauderdale burn injury lawyer can help you
If you or a loved one has suffered a burn injury in a preventable accident, an experienced personal injury attorney can help you recover for your financial losses and suffering.
South Florida attorney Joseph J. LoRusso has extensive experience assisting clients file successful burn injury claims in Fort Lauderdale and its surrounding areas. Please feel free to fill out our online contact form or call (954) 715-3260 to schedule a free consultation today.