Omaha Lawyers Answer Frequently Asked Questions About Burn Injuries
Burns are some of the most devastatingly painful and damaging injuries that a person can suffer, both physically and psychologically. Burn injuries can also require multiple surgeries and years of therapy, resulting in astronomical medical bills. What is particularly tragic is that statistics collected by the Journal of Burn Care & Rehabilitation show that about one half of all burns are preventable.
If you or a loved one has suffered a burn injury, you may be entitled to financial damages from the responsible party. To get the compensation you deserve, it is important that you consult an experienced Omaha burn injury attorney. The lawyers at Cullan & Cullan LLC are unique in that in addition to being lawyers, they also have medical degrees and backgrounds in studying medicine. Having expertise in both these disciplines provides our legal team a deeper insight into the effects of burn injuries and their treatment. Call our offices today at (402) 397-7600 for a free case evaluation.
Here are some frequently asked questions about filing a burn injury claim:
Q. Who can file a burn injury claim?
A. Any burn victim whose injury was caused by negligence.
Q. Who can a burn injury claim be filed against?
A. Depending on the circumstances of your injury, many parties can be held responsible. A property owner who doesn’t have a working sprinkler system is one example. Other examples include:
- A company whose worker mishandles chemicals.
- The owner of a building that has an escape route blocked.
- A restaurant whose food or drink is too hot.
- Another driver on the road.
- A manufacturer whose faulty product causes a fire.
- A person whose child is playing with matches.
- Any party whose activity causes the injury.
Q. What if I am also partially at fault for my injury?
A. Nebraska has a comparative negligence doctrine, meaning a plaintiff can sue another party, even if they were partly at fault, as long as they can prove the other party contributed to their injury.
Q. Is it important to have the incident that caused the injury investigated?
A. Absolutely. A thorough investigation by a trained investigator is crucial to finding the cause of the incident and determine who the responsible parties are.
Q. Is insurance coverage important?
A. Yes. Most people don't have the money or assets that will allow you to recover sufficient damages related to your injury. Even many insurance policies do not provide the amount of coverage needed to compensate for a burn injury. This is why investigation into the cause of the injury is so important. Having multiple defendants can allow you to recover more in compensation.
Q. Will expert witnesses need to be called in?
A. Yes. In almost all cases, a variety of expert witnesses will be needed to determine the cause of the accident, what contributed to your injury, what types of treatment you will need in the future, etc.
Q. What damages can I recover?
A. The extensive and long-lasting effects of a burn injury allow a claimant to sue for many damages, including but not limited to:
- Present and future medical bills
- Plastic surgery
- Physical therapy
- Psychological therapy
- Present and future medication
- Loss of income
- Loss of ability to earn a living
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
Q. When should I file a claim?
A. As soon as possible. Depending on the state you live in and the circumstances surrounding your injury, different statutes of limitation will apply. In general, you will have two years from the date of the injury to file a claim.
Q. Do I need legal representation?
A. Absolutely. Due to the amount of litigation involved, the probability of multiple defendants, and the aggressive way in which insurance companies will fight your claim, it is important that you have an experienced legal team at your side.
If you have any other questions about filing a burn injury claim, please feel free to call the Nebraska personal injury attorneys at Cullan & Cullan LLC. Let our medical and legal expertise work for you by calling (402) 397-7600 for a free consultation.
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