When you get burned in any type of accident, it’s painful, and the medical bills that follow can be overwhelming. However, you do have the right to recover compensation when you get burned due to someone else’s negligence.
By working with a Florida burn injury attorney, you can get the compensation you need. At Viles & Beckman, our attorneys are dedicated to fighting for your rights and helping you recover your losses. Read on to learn about the compensation our team of lawyers can help you recover.
Different Types of Losses You Can Recover for a Burn Injury
When you suffer a burn injury, there are three types of losses that you can recover. Each type of damage represents a different aspect or effect of your injury. Burn injury attorneys in Florida can help you recover the following types of damages:
Monetary damages are losses you have suffered that have a tangible dollar value. This type of damage is the easiest to calculate since it already has a value to it. Some of the most common monetary damages are:
- Loss of wages from being out of work
- Current and future medical bills
- Loss of earning capacity due to your injury
- Property damage
- Life care services to help you perform daily tasks
These are not all the economic damages that you can recover, but they are the most common damages our burn injury attorneys have recovered in previous cases. If you qualify for additional monetary damages, our lawyers will make sure you recover them all.
Non-economic losses are damages that don’t have dollar value to them. Non-monetary damages are most often related to the long-lasting effects your burn will have on your life. Some of the most common non-monetary damages in a burn injury case are:
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of consortium
- Mental anguish
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Physical disfigurement
- Loss of society
Non-economic damages can be more difficult to recover because there is no dollar amount attached to them. But when you have a team of lawyers from Viles & Beckman, you can be confident that you’ll recover all the non-monetary damages you’re eligible for.
Punitive damages are designed to punish the defendant for gross negligence and to discourage other people from repeating the same actions. As the plaintiff, the defendant must pay you the punitive damages as a part of your financial compensation.
Burn injury cases don’t usually get punitive damages, but if a lawyer can prove that the person responsible for your injury intended harm, you may be able to recover punitive damages. For example, if you were injured by a vehicle malfunction and your lawyer can show that the manufacturer knew there was an issue, you may be able to recover punitive damages.
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Common Burn Injury Cases That Our Team Can Handle
When it comes to burn injuries, there are many ways you can get burned. Our lawyers have seen a variety of burn injury cases in their careers. Here are some of the most common burn injury cases we’ve handled:
- Fires from car and truck accidents
- Explosion accidents
- Scald burns from liquids
- Products overheating
- Exposure to radiation
If you sustained your burn injury in a different way, you are likely eligible for compensation. To find out if you have a burn injury case, you can meet with a burn injury attorney in Florida.
You Can Only Recover Compensation for a Limited Time Frame
When you sustain a burn injury in Florida, you only have four years to file a claim against the negligent parties responsible for your injury. It may seem like you have plenty of time to file, but the time can pass quickly.
That’s why it’s essential to file your claim early on so that you don’t miss your chance to get compensation. Another benefit of filing your claim early is that you have a higher chance of getting the compensation you deserve.
And while Florida’s statute of limitations states that you have four years, the details of your burn injury could give you more or less time to file. That’s why it’s important that you meet with a Florida burn injury lawyer that can tell you exactly how much time you have.
If you wait too long, you will lose the right to recover any form of compensation, and you won’t be able to file again. This can be devastating because you may not have another way to pay for your injury-related costs.
Learn More About Your Rights to Compensation After a Burn Injury
Sustaining a burn injury can be difficult and put your life on pause while you tend to your injury. But our burn injury lawyers at Viles & Beckman are here to help. We can answer any questions you have about your injury and even set up a free case consultation.
If you’re ready to start working on your burn injury case, call us or fill out the contact form on our website.