Severe Burn Accidents

Fact: Burns are the fourth most common cause of accidental death.

Severe burn injuries are among the most painful, traumatic and life-threatening types of injuries. They can lead to permanent impairment, like nerve damage and organ failure, and open doors to countless reconstructive surgeries and invasive treatments—not to mention hundreds of thousands of dollars in medical costs.

When burn injuries stem from another person’s negligence, victims are entitled to compensation for their medical bills, lost wages due to time spent away from work, and non-economic damages. We have seen the traumatic and life-long impact burn injuries can have on victims and their families, so we’re committed to working day and night to help alleviate their emotional pain and financial burden. Case in point: We don’t get paid until we win.

What to do if you experience a severe burn

If you or a loved one has been injured in a severe burn accident, it’s important to know what steps to take. At Litner + Deganian, we understand that the last thing on your mind right now might be legal matters. But once you’ve received proper medical treatment, it’s important to speak with an experienced lawyer about your case.

Our attorneys will help you understand what went wrong and why it happened—and the type of compensation you may be entitled to. For example, if the accident happened at work, you may also be eligible to file a workers’ compensation claim. We can also help assess whether there was any negligence on the part of another party, such as an employer, manufacturer, or property owner.

Because you have a limited time to file a personal injury lawsuit, it’s important not to delay. If you have a serious injury and haven’t consulted an attorney, call us. We’ll provide you a free consultation and let you know if you need additional legal help.

A few other things to keep in mind:

  • Follow all medical instructions and go to every appointment: Missing your appointments or ignoring the advice of medical providers can hurt your chances of making a full recovery, and also hurt your chances of getting fairly compensated for your personal injury claim.
  • Save all paperwork: Without documentation of the incident, your injuries and the cost of treatment, it’s difficult to determine the value of your personal injury claim. You should save every document you receive, including reports about the accident like police reports and photographs; details about your injuries, including doctor visits and medical care records; receipts for medical expenses, prescriptions, transportation and child care; and details about missed time at work or impact on your job duties.
  • Don’t speak with your insurance company: The main goal of an insurance company is to make a profit, not necessarily to compensate people for their injuries. By speaking with insurance company representatives, you may unknowingly make a comment or statement that will later be used against you to pay out less than you deserve for medical bills, lost wages and suffering. Personal injury lawyers know how to talk to insurance companies, so we’ll handle those conversations.
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How necessary is a lawyer for severe burn accidents?

Severe burn accidents can have lasting physical and emotional effects on victims and their families. If someone else was responsible for those injuries (such as an employer or manufacturer), they should be held accountable for their actions. Some of the most common causes of serious burn injuries include motor vehicle accidents, negligent landlords, hot liquids, house fires, defective fire extinguishers, code violations, faulty smoke detectors, poor construction, hot objects, locked fire exits and lack of safety procedures. And then there are those that occur at work, such as electrical burns and chemical burns.

But when you don’t have someone on your side who knows how the system works and how best to advocate for your rights, it can seem impossible to get fair compensation for your injuries—especially since insurance companies typically try get away with paying as little as possible. That’s where Litner + Deganian comes in. Our burn injury lawyers are dedicated to helping clients get maximum compensation.

Our process

We start by assessing your case and determining the right strategy. Then we go through all of the evidence in detail, collect medical reports, interview witnesses, speak with experts and hire forensic investigators if necessary. The goal at every stage is to build a strong personal injury case so that if we go before a jury, they have no choice but to award you damages that properly reflect your injuries.

The strength of your case, and our experience as personal injury attorneys, often allows us to negotiate a fair settlement before trial, or even before having to file a lawsuit. Our clients receive higher offers prior to a lawsuit being filed because the insurance companies know we will file suit if our clients are lowballed. When a settlement isn’t possible, we’ll be ready to take your case to court.

Our favorite part—and probably yours too—will be when you receive the payment you deserve.

We’re so confident in our ability to help you win that we’ll do all the work at no charge if you come out empty-handed. Our personal injury attorneys don’t believe in charging for the consultation and in getting paid for something that ultimately doesn’t benefit you—so we don’t get paid until you do.

What makes our law firm different?

For us it’s not about the paperwork or court negotiations. It’s about people’s lives and the moments that can redefine them. That’s why we’re committed to putting our best foot forward every time. This means we’ll work long hours, make extra phone calls and answer your questions at any time. And it means you’ll never be assigned to a junior attorney or an outside contractor.

With over 20 years experience working with burn injury victims—and with professional backgrounds in both insurance and law—we know what works in court and what doesn’t (and there are a lot of things that don’t).

The proof is in the settlements

With medical expenses hitting new highs, severe burn accidents can be draining to both your wellbeing and your wallet. At Litner + Deganian, we’re known for successfully reaching even the most complex burn injury cases and getting you maximum compensations. We’re prepared to do what’s best for you—even if that means turning down a settlement offer and taking the case straight to trial.

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