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Value of a Burn Injury Claim | Lawsuit and Settlement Guide

Burn injuries are some of the most devastating types of injuries. They can leave permanent scarring on both the body and the mind. Many times, these injuries are caused when the product used is defective or the result of a serious accident. Understanding how compensation works with regards to your burn injury is an important element of your personal injury or defective product claim. Here is a simple guide to understanding how insurance companies calculate your claim with respect to burn injuries.

Significant Burns and Settlements

Any settlement paid will consider, amongst other factors, how deep or significant the burns are. If the burns are substantial, meaning they are second- or third-degree burns, insurance companies will generally consider a higher dollar value on your claim. In other cases, if you have first- or second-degree burns but they cover a significant surface area of your body, there is still a good chance that you will receive compensation for your injuries. For example, if the burns cover most of your arms and some of your neck, the value of your case may actually be more than a third-degree burn to the leg. Insurance companies will look at the level of harm, both psychologically and physically, and make a decision from there. Unfortunately, burn injuries are some of the most difficult for the victims to deal with. Many are left permanently scarred or disfigured and need to have long-term or extensive corrective surgery to repair the damage. Additionally, they may require lengthy therapy to overcome the psychological impact that the burns had. Those who suffer from a burn injury know of the excruciating pain involved in completing everyday tasks. This type of pain must be factored into any settlement award ultimately awarded by the insurance company. It is important that you speak with your attorney about what the value of your claim is and to make sure they are qualified in handling your case.

Future Care In Burn Injuries

Another critical element in burn injury cases is your future care. Many times you will need revisional surgery, cosmetic surgery, and in some cases, long term professional care. Any settlement awarded must take into consideration such losses. If you are to have long term medical care, it is important that your settlement reflect the cost of this type of care. To accurately demonstrate this cost you attorney needs to have an expert testify as to the cost of this type of treatment. For example, if you have suffered extensive burns to the neck or face, you may require numerous skin grafts to repair the tissue and skin. These grafts need to be accepted by the affected area; if they are rejected, you may need even more surgeries. Further, treatment is not limited to only surgery: some burns are so deep and extensive that you will need to undergo physical therapy to return to normal. If you have suffered deep burns to your shoulder area, it may be immobilized while it heals. This lack of use can lead to muscular atrophy and a drastic reduction in strength; as a result, regular physical rehabilitation appointments would be necessary in order for you to get your range of motion and strength back. These appointments usually occur weekly or twice weekly and are not cheap. Generally, many insurance companies’ offers will neglect to calculate your cost of care or will calculate it to be much lower than it realistically will be. Many times, they will minimize the potential future damages, and unless you have a qualified trial lawyer, they will limit any award settlement.

Loss of Income

If you were unable to work, you will be permitted to recover damages for loss of income. Loss of income is calculated against your pay stubs. For example, if you were unable to work for 6 months, then you will be able to receive compensation for that time period. The question is always whether you will be able to recover full salary for time off work. Many times, this depends on your pay structure, the extent of your injury, and other factors. Additionally, you will be able to receive wages for future loss of work due to such occurrences as further surgeries, medical treatments, or physical therapy.

What Is My Case Worth – Receive a Free Review or Second Opinion of Your Case

The value of any personal injury claim is based on the degree of damage suffered by the plaintiff. In burn injury cases, the value of the case is tied to the extent of the injuries and the cost of future care or medical treatment. The majority of law firms do not have the experience and diligence necessary to maximize the value of a burn injury claim. Our office offers absolutely free case evaluations with no obligation. We will give you our opinion as to value and liability. At that point, we can advise you on all the different options and help you in making the best decision. You may already have a lawyer who is helping you through the legal process and representing you to the insurance agencies and in court. If you feel that your current attorney may be misrepresenting you, withholding information, not giving your case ample attention, or is not doing a particularly diligent service, contact us for a second opinion. Some lawyers tend to hurry cases along to get the fastest agreements possible so that they can take their cuts from the settlements and move on to the next case. We believe you are entitled to fair representation, and your case should be treated with attention and care. We will offer you a free case evaluation with our input on what you potentially could earn from your settlement. Further Information: Timing Deadline to File a Burn Injury Claim Chemical Burns in the Workplace Propane Tank Explosions  

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I have a 2nd degree burn from the shower at my apartments and the insurance company called me today and when I talk to them I know they prolly will try and settle out of court but I want to know what is reasonable price for 2nd degree burn on the knee

    Determining the value of a burn injury case will depend on the cost for recovery and the negligence of the property owner. Never speak with an insurance company until you have a lawyer and always make sure you know the extent of your injuries before engaging in any settlement negotiations. If you have any other questions feel free to let us know.

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I HAD GOT BURNED AT THE GOLDEN CORAL RESTURANT. AN EMPLOYEE SPILLED A HOT LIQUID ON MY RIGHT FOREARM AND GAVE ME 1ST&2ND DEGREE BURNS THAT WAS ABOUT 3 INCHES LONG AND ABOUT 1 INCHE WIDE. THE INSURANCE COMPANY WANT TO KNOW WHAT I THINK THE INJURIE IS WORTH.

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I was at someones home and a pot where they was boiling crawfish fell on my left foot , burning it real bad , 3 degree burn covering my big toe and the next two , very painful and scarring is ugly , how much would that cases would be ,

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I’m a construction worker in nyc had gotten burn on my right Lower leg with gasoline it was 2nd degree burn spent 13 days in the hospital the gotten a dvt on my right whole leg do to the burn how much my case is worth …

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My name is anthony I’m a construction worker in nyc had gotten burn on my right Lower leg with gasoline it was 2nd degree burn spent 13 days in the hospital the gotten a dvt on my right whole leg do to the burn how much my case is worth …

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I WAS HOME BURNING A CANDLE FROM BATH AND BODY WORKS WHEN IT EXPLODED ALL OVER ME MY FACE ,LEGS AND NECK I HAVE BURNS AND I KEYLOID ON MY HANDS AND LEG AND MY FEET AS WELL HOW MUCH IS MY CASE WORTH

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I was at Red Lobster and the waitress bought me a hot ceramic dish. When I went to retrieve the bowl, I immediately dropped it, and then she said, “I forgot to tell you that it was fresh out of the oven!”

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Did you ever receive compensation for your burn at the restaurant?? My daughter received 1st and 2nd degree burns from Boston Pizza she ordered a kids menu spaghetti and the meats ace dropped on her the sauce was so scalding hot it went through her pants and blistered 60 percent of her right thigh. Just wondering what these claims usually get paid?

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I was burned by some hot chocolate at McDonald’s. I was given a defected cuo. 1st degree burn. Left discoloration. I want to know what’s a fair compensation amount?

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I need to know what the value of 1st & 2nd degree burn is if you are a senior citizen?

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I have a 2nd degree burn on my upper inner thy and part of my growing and I have to see a burn specialist all this happened at my work

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My child received 38 burn marks as a result of a heating blanket placed on her during surgery. 14 marks were 2nd degree and 24 were 1st degree. The burns ran up and down both legs. After 4 months you can still see 4 red marks on her leg. The hospital confirmed the blanket was malfunctioning. What is my case worth?

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I got 3rd degree burn on my upper inner thy and 1st degree burn on my growing what should I expect from workers compensation

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I got 3de gree burn under my right foot i was preparing moving a scaffold it got cord in a letric cable so it shocked me,was enable to work for 7 months

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I’m from Mississippi I was at a friend house when grease fire from stove occur and I attempt to put out and suffered 3rd degree burns to face chest arms and so much pain am I entitled to settlement or something I really need help on this anything

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I was at a friends who was having a fire i was standing rate next to the fire and djdnt know a can of spray paint. Was in it until it exploded next to my leg

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I was in a Mva were the other driver was at fault I was burned 20%. Of my body left arm was graphed from my knuckles to my neck broken ribs what’s my case worth ?

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I had same thing happen to me with a bath & body works candle. I’m looking for an attorney to take my case.

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What happen to u so did I a candle

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I got 1st and 2nd burns from a faulty coffee pot i have been in touch with the manufacturer and sent them pics. They want to know how much I want. What is fair to ask for. Unfortunately I think there will be a permanent scar that measures about 1″ x 2″

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I have faced a skin burn injury at a Beauty Parlour Gloucester, as the insurance company was not giving me the right amount of settlement. So, I decided to take help of a local personal injury solicitor and they are settling compensation worth £591 But I wanted to take another opinion, what should be the right worth for compensation of my claim?

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I had went to Diva Beauty and one of the workers applied wig glue to a wig i purchased there on my face and scalp i receive 2nd degree burns. Please help from VA.
The GLUE COMPANY want to settle but I don’t know how much case is worth

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