Did you or a family member sustain a burn injury in Miami, FL? Did the injury happen because someone else was negligent? An experienced Miami burn injury lawyer at Shaked Law Firm can help you fight to recover fair compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and your pain and suffering, contact our law firm today.
Our law firm has helped countless clients get back on their feet again. We’ve won hundreds of millions of dollars in life-changing settlements and verdicts over the years.
You can count on us to fight for your family. To learn more, call our law offices in Miami, Florida at (305) 937-0191 to schedule a free consultation today.
How Shaked Law Firm Can Help With a Burn Injury Claim in Miami, FL
Insurance companies often try to deny or delay injury claims. They use many tactics to make recovering compensation difficult. An experienced Miami personal injury lawyer can help you fight back.
Collectively, our lawyers at Shaked Law Firm have over 100 years of experience advocating for clients in South Florida. We know what it takes to win when it counts the most.
We’ve been rated by Super Lawyers and recognized by the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum. Hiring us means you’ll have a lawyer to:
- Investigate the circumstances of your burn accident
- Locate all liable parties
- Evaluate your case value
- Consult experts and specialists in medicine, life planning, and other specialties
- Protect you if the insurance company blames you
- Negotiate with the insurance companies to maximize your compensation
Our Miami personal injury attorneys can give you the advantage you need to win. Call for a free consultation today to learn more about our practice areas.
Overview of Burn Injuries
The skin and underlying tissue can be damaged by exposure to fire, heat, or even harmful chemicals. Sometimes, the skin is damaged to the point where the tissue itself dies. Other burns create only superficial damage to the epidermis (exterior layer of skin).
These types of injuries are called burn injuries. The severity of a burn injury depends on a number of different factors, including:
- The source of the burn
- The area of the skin that is impacted
- The depth of the burn
More serious burn injuries have the potential to be catastrophic and even fatal. If you’re struggling with painful burn injuries caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to seek compensation. Call Shaked Law Firm today to learn more about your legal options.
Types of Burn Injury
There are five basic types of burn injury. The type of burn injury you sustain will vary depending upon the nature of your accident.
At Shaked Law Firm, we often represent clients who have sustained:
- Thermal burns from exposure to hot objects, flames, scalding hot liquid, or steam
- Chemical burns where the skin is damaged after exposure to harmful chemicals or substances
- Radiation burns caused by extreme exposure to radiation, whether in the workplace or in cancer treatments
- Electrical burns or electrocution caused by exposure to live electricity
- Cold burns or frostbite
Any type of burn injury can cause serious scarring, disfigurement, and damage to the tissue beneath the skin’s surface.
How Common Are Burn Injuries?
Burn injuries are one of the leading causes of death in the U.S. According to American Burn Association research, a civilian dies in a fire every two hours and 35 minutes. The CDC estimates that about 1.1 burn injuries require medical treatment each year.
What are the Signs and Symptoms of Burn Injuries?
Burn injuries are classified according to degree. The degree of your burn injury will depend on how deeply the burn has penetrated the skin. The signs and symptoms of each degree of burn injury will vary.
In some cases, it’s possible that a burn can deepen over time. Even if your burn injury appears superficial, it’s important to monitor the burn closely and seek medical care if the burn appears to change in appearance.
First-degree burns cause only superficial damage to the outermost layer of skin, called the epidermis. Most first-degree burns are painful, red, and dry–although they may turn white when the skin is pressed.
First-degree burns typically heal in a few days without medical care.
Second-degree burns are also called superficial partial thickness burns. These burns penetrate through the epidermis to damage the dermis, which is the layer of skin beneath the epidermis.
Signs that you’ve suffered a second-degree burn include:
- Extreme pain
- Fluid that seeps from the burned area
Many second-degree burns heal on their own. However, some victims do require medical attention. These burns can result in scarring or changes to skin color.
Third-degree burns, or deep thickness burns, penetrate through the top layers of skin to damage the tissue beneath. Third-degree burns can also damage the nerve endings so that the burn isn’t painful unless pressure is applied.
The skin may turn white or yellow or even have a leathery appearance.
Fourth-degree burns are the most serious type of burn injury. The outer layers of skin may be completely destroyed. These burns often damage the muscles, tendons, and even bones beneath the skin.
Fourth-degree burns usually aren’t painful in the beginning because these injuries damage the nerves. The skin may appear to be waxy, white or charred, and black. It’s also possible that the muscle and bones beneath the skin will be visible.
What are the Long-Term Consequences of Burn Injuries?
Severe burn injuries often require years of treatment. Some victims are transferred to burn centers that specialize in providing extensive medical treatment to burn victims.
Some of the potential long-term consequences of burn injuries include:
- Multiple reconstructive surgeries
- Painful skin grafting procedures
- Permanent scarring
- Physical disfigurement
- Joint problems
- Organ failure
- Wrongful death
Burn injuries can also cause severe mental trauma. Victims often suffer severe depression and PTSD even after their wounds have healed to the extent possible.
What Causes Most Burn Injuries in Miami, FL?
While you’re unlikely to suffer a burn injury in a slip and fall accident, many types of unexpected accidents can cause burn injuries.
At Shaked Law Firm, we often represent clients who have sustained burn injuries in cases involving:
- Car accidents
- House fires
- Trucking accidents
- Workplace accidents
- Exposure to toxic chemicals
- Motorcycle accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Other motor vehicle accidents
- Boating accidents
- Construction accidents
- Defective products, including smoke detectors
- Defective electrical wiring
- Medical malpractice
If you’ve been burned and believe someone else was to blame, you may be entitled to file a personal injury lawsuit for damages. Call our Miami burn injury attorneys to schedule a free case review today to learn more about your rights and options.
What is My Miami Burn Injury Case Worth?
It’s important to understand how much your injury claim is worth before accepting any insurance settlement.
The value of your claim will depend on the unique facts of your personal injury case, including:
- The severity of the burn
- The circumstances of the accident
- The nature and duration of your medical treatment
- Your overall pain and suffering
- The impact of the burn on your quality of life and work
- Your financial expenses
- Available insurance coverage
- Whether you share any fault for the accident
No two burn injuries are exactly alike. We’ll often hire expert witnesses who can offer insight into your specific burn injury and how it will impact your life.
What Compensation Can I Recover for My Burn Injuries in Miami, Florida?
Anyone who contributes to the cause of your burn injury can be liable for damages under Florida personal injury laws. Those damages are classified according to whether they represent financial or non-financial losses.
Your economic damages award in Florida may provide money for:
- Past and future medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Lost future earning capacity
- Physical therapy
- Pain management and specialized therapies
- Reconstructive surgeries
- Nursing care
- Property damage
Your non-economic damages are meant to cover the cost of your:
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Diminished quality of life
- Depression and PTSD
- Loss of consortium
Our lawyers in Miami will fight for the maximum compensation you deserve. Call for a free case evaluation today to learn more about how we can add value to your case.
How Long Do I Have to File a Burn Injury Lawsuit in Florida?
Most burn injury victims have only four years to file a personal injury lawsuit. Once the statute of limitations runs out, you lose your right to compensation.
It’s possible that you could have less time to take legal action. Call our lawyers as soon as possible to learn more.
Contact a Miami Burn Injury Lawyer for a Free Consultation
Were you burned in an unexpected accident in Miami or West Palm Beach? Call a Miami burn injury lawyer at Shaked Law Firm to schedule a free initial consultation today. We’ll do everything possible to recover the full compensation you deserve.