Fort Lauderdale Severe Burn Injury Lawyers
Florida Personal Injury Lawyers Passionate About Recovering Fair Compensation for Severe Burn Injury Victims
Severe burn injuries can cause unimaginable pain and often result in adverse medical consequences that extend far beyond the burn itself. In some cases, treatment for a severe burn injury can last for years, and include skin grafting and reconstructive surgeries that can be just as painful as the burn injury itself. In many cases, severe burn injuries result in permanent disfigurement or scarring that can impact your life dramatically long after you have completed all available treatment protocols and, in other cases, severe burn injuries can even result in death.
At Lawlor, White & Murphey, P.C., our experienced personal injury lawyers are dedicated to holding negligent and reckless parties financially accountable for severe burn injuries to the fullest extent of the law. We understand that a severe burn injury is likely to impact nearly every aspect of your life for the foreseeable future, and we are passionate about getting justice for the damage the injury has caused. Call or contact our offices today to see how our experienced severe burn injury lawyers can help recover all available compensation in your case.
Establishing Financial Responsibility in South Florida Severe Burn Cases
One of the most complex aspects of a case involving severe burn injuries is determining who bears the ultimate financial responsibility for the burn injuries you have suffered. Severe burn injuries can occur under many different circumstances, which can involve a number of different areas of law. Examples of circumstances that can give rise to severe burn injuries may include:
- Car accidents. Car and motor vehicle accidents that result in a fire can cause severe burn injuries to all parties involved, including passengers in the vehicles. The at-fault driver (or drivers) and their insurance companies can be held financially responsible for the often-devastating consequences of the accident.
- Workplace burns. The employer may be responsible for workplace burn injuries via the workers’ compensation system, or a third-party may ultimately be responsible, depending upon the cause of the accident.
- Negligent property owners. Property owners are legally responsible to maintain their property in a reasonably safe condition—so when negligence on the part of a homeowner, landlord or even retail store owner causes a fire, that owner may be legally responsible for the burn injuries that result.
- Defective products. Manufacturers and designers of consumer products have a legal duty to ensure those products are reasonably safe for their intended use. Failure to uphold this duty can lead to serious burn injuries if the defect to the product caused a fire or explosion, and the product manufacturer or designer may ultimately be responsible.
- Chemical burns. Chemical burns can happen under vastly different circumstances—including swimming pool accidents where excessive use of chemicals results in a chemical burn, or workplace accidents where chemicals were improperly stored, used or maintained.
Severe Burn Injury Lawyers Lawlor, White & Murphey Zealously Advocate for Burn Injury Victims’ Rights in Fort Lauderdale Cases
At Lawlor, White & Murphey, P.C., we have decades’ worth of collective experience successfully helping clients recover the fullest available compensation following severe burn injuries in South Florida. We have the knowledge necessary to build the most compelling case possible for our clients, and we work tirelessly to make sure our clients are fairly compensated.
Available compensation will depend partially upon the severity of the burn injury that you have suffered. The severity of a burn injury is measured in degrees, as follows:
- First-degree burns. First-degree burns are the least severe burn injuries, and typically only result in damage to the outer layers of the skin—as in the case of a relatively severe sunburn, which may cause minimal and temporary pain.
- Second-degree burns. Second-degree burns are moderately serious, and typically involve burns to the epidermis (the top layer of skin) and the dermis, which is deeper in the skin. These burn injuries typically result in blistering, as well as pain and redness, and may require painful skin grafting to treat.
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- Third-degree burns. Third-degree burns are much more serious and extend throughout the skin’s layers, possibly even resulting in nerve damage. Unlike less serious burn injuries, third-degree burns often result in the skin being yellow or black in color and almost always leave significant scarring.
- Fourth-degree burns. Fourth degree burns damage all layers of the skin and can extend into the body to cause bone and muscle damage, as well. These serious burn injuries cause the most significant disfigurement, which is often permanent and can be life-threatening.
Call Our Aggressive Personal Injury Lawyers for a Free Initial Consultation to Discuss Options for Recovering Compensation in Your Burn Injury Case
If you have suffered a severe burn injury in Fort Lauderdale or elsewhere in South Florida, you need the best possible legal representation to protect your rights and ensure you receive the compensation that you justly deserve. Call our offices today or fill out this online contact form to schedule a free initial consultation with our dedicated severe burn injury lawyers today.
Frequently Asked Questions About Severe Burn Injury Cases in Fort Lauderdale
In Florida, the typical statute of limitations that applies in a severe burn injury case is two years from the date your accident occurred—or four years from the date that you discovered that the accident was the actual cause of your burns in more unusual and complex cases. In wrongful death cases, you have two years from the date that your loved one died in order to file a lawsuit.
Establishing financial responsibility begins with a comprehensive investigation into your accident to determine who actually caused the accident. In some cases, such as a car accident, this can be as simple as determining the at-fault party. Other cases, such as workplace accidents and defective products cases, can be much more complicated. We conduct an in-depth investigation in every case and put all of our resources to work in determining which party owed you a legal duty of care and establishing how the responsible party violated that duty.