A burn injury can forever change your quality of life and impact your career, social life and emotional well-being. The amount of compensation for catastrophic injuries such as burns heavily depends on the severity of your injury and the circumstances behind the accident. Extreme heat, scalding water, chemicals and electricity can all lead to significant burns.
Whether you were injured in an accident at work, by a defective product or due to gross negligence, you may have a valid burn injury claim worth tens of thousands or even millions of dollars.
The Degree of Your Burn Injury
There are several stages of burn injuries. A first-degree burn involves your outer skin tissue and results in minor to moderate redness, while second-degree burns cause blistering and may leave you with a scar. Third and fourth-degree burns are the most serious.
Third-degree burns affect all skin layers and require medical treatment. Fourth-degree burns go deep beneath your skin tissue and can cause irreversible damage to your organs and muscles. These injuries often require hospitalization and lead to permanent disfigurement and disability. Fourth-degree injuries tend to have a higher settlement value due to the pain and permanent scarring.
The Cause of Your Accident
Product manufacturers sometimes fail to take the proper precautions or authorize testing on potentially flammable products. An employer’s failure to take appropriate safety measures is another situation where you can file a burn injury claim. However, if your injury was purely an accident, you may only receive reparations from your workers’ compensation carrier. The only way to know if you have a case is to call our lawyer in Chicago to go over the details of your accident.
It’s difficult to put a true number on the amount of money your case is worth, but our lawyer can help determine your potential compensation. Permanent disfigurement and disability are usually involved in the most lucrative burn injury claims. When negligence occurs, punitive damages may be awarded to punish the culprit behind your accident whether it’s an individual, company or manufacturer. Punitive damages are used to deter those responsible from such behavior in the future.
Depending on the details of your case, you could receive compensation for:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Permanent disability
- Emotional damage
- Loss of quality of life
If you’ve sustained a severe burn injury, our lawyer in Chicago can help. Call Sklare Law Group, Ltd. today at (800) LAW-0300 to schedule your consultation. Our law firm serves clients in Chicago and throughout Illinois.