Kentucky Burn Injury Lawyer
A severe burn injury can cause major hardships for the survivor and his or her family, including significant physical pain, emotional distress and financial strain. Bryant Law Center P.S.C. has teams of committed personal injury lawyers and case managerss available to guide you through a burn injury lawsuit. We will do what it takes to secure justice and the financial compensation that you deserve after suffering a devastating burn injury in Kentucky. Contact our local attorneys at Bryant Law Center P.S.C. for a free case evaluation.
What Can a Kentucky Burn Injury Lawyer Do for You?
Working with a burn injury lawyer from the very beginning of your case in Kentucky can put you in a position to aggressively protect your legal rights. While you cannot trust an insurance company to want what is best for you or offer a fair settlement, you can trust an attorney, as your lawyer won’t get paid unless you do. A personal injury lawyer will represent you, not an insurance company or business.
A lawyer will have your best interests in mind and will work tirelessly to bring one or more parties to justice on your behalf. With services including burn injury investigation, evidence collection and settlement negotiation, your lawyer will take care of the legal aspects of your case while you focus on healing from your burns. You can fight for maximum compensation and closure with help from a lawyer.
Types of Burn Injuries and Common Causes
There are three different levels of burn injury: first, second and third degree, ranked from least severe to most severe. Second-degree and third-degree burns are generally those that result in personal injury lawsuits. These burn injuries can cause permanent damage, including significant scarring and disfigurement, medically necessary amputations, and wrongful death. The four most common types of burn injuries are:
- Thermal. Burns from sources of heat energy, such as home and structural fires, explosions, oil and gas disasters, hot or flammable liquids, steam, fireworks, car accidents, cooking disasters, and defective products.
- Chemical. Tissue damage from contact with acidic or basic chemicals. These burns can stem from chemical spills, workplace incidents, exposure to toxic or hazardous substances, defective products, and negligent marketing.
- Electrical. Electrical currents can cause burn injuries, as well as electric shocks and electrocutions. Contact with sources of live electrical energy, such as power lines and dangerous electrical equipment, can cause electrical burns.
- Radiation. Exposure to too much radiation can cause radiation burns, such as from overexposure to x-ray machines, tanning beds and the sun.
The skin is sensitive to damage from many sources of energy. All of these burn injury types can cause permanent disfigurement, scar tissue and disability. The physical pain and psychological damage that can come with a severe burn injury can also inflict emotional harm. Permanent physical changes from a burn can bring diminished self-esteem and self-confidence. You may be entitled to recover financial compensation for all of these losses.
Do I Have a Burn Injury Case?
Burn injuries are often preventable. When the careless or reckless acts of one person cause burn injuries to another, the victim (plaintiff) may have grounds to file a personal injury lawsuit against the at-fault party (defendant). The goal of a burn injury lawsuit is to obtain financial compensation and hold a wrongdoer accountable for his or her actions. You may have grounds to file a burn injury lawsuit in Kentucky with the following elements:
- A duty of care. Proof that the defendant owed you a duty of care, or an obligation to exercise a reasonable amount of care in protecting you from harm.
- A breach of duty. Evidence that the defendant breached, or violated, the duty of care owed to you by doing something that an ordinarily prudent person would not have in similar circumstances.
- Losses suffered. Signs of specific, compensable losses that you suffered in the accident and for which you are seeking monetary damages.
- Causation. Proof that the defendant’s breach of the duty of care was the proximate (main) cause of your burn injury and related losses.
With evidence that proves these elements as more likely to be true than not true – true with at least a 50 percent certainty – you could have a successful personal injury lawsuit in Kentucky against one or more parties for causing your burn injuries in Kentucky. This can result in financial compensation awarded to pay for your related losses.
Compensation for a Burn Injury in Kentucky
A successful burn injury lawsuit in Kentucky can pay for a victim’s economic and noneconomic losses, in an amount that is deemed suitable based on the extent of the victim’s injuries. Your case could result in compensation paid for:
- Emergency medical care
- Medical transport and air ambulance
- Necessary surgeries and skin grafts
- Ongoing health care
- Burn injury rehabilitation
- Medications and medical devices
- Permanent disability
- Property damage
- Lost wages and capacity to earn
- Physical pain and suffering
- Emotional and psychological damage
- Lost quality of life
- Scarring or disfigurement
- A loved one’s wrongful death
- Punitive damages
The value of your case depends on factors that are unique to you. It is essential to discuss case value with an attorney before accepting a settlement from an insurance company. The first settlement offer may be inadequate for the extent of your burn injuries and how much they’ve impacted your life.
What Is the Time Limit on Filing a Burn Injury Claim in Kentucky?
You must act quickly if you believe you have grounds to file a burn injury lawsuit in Kentucky. The statute of limitations in Kentucky – the deadline for filing a claim – is just one year after the incident. With only some exceptions, the courts refuse to hear any lawsuits brought after the deadline. A lawyer can help you act quickly on the right to file a burn injury cause of action.
Request Your Free Kentucky Burn Injury Case Review Today
At Bryant Law Center P.S.C., we understand what you’re going through as the victim of a painful burn injury in Kentucky. Our attorneys will be there for you through every phase of the legal process, pursuing justice and accountability on your behalf. We will help you seek maximum available compensation, get the best possible care for your burn injuries, rebuild your life and move on from an accident. Contact us to request your free consultation at our local Louisville or Paducah law office. Call or text (270) 550-1230 to speak to a lawyer in Kentucky today.