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During a car accident, victims frequently suffer life-changing burns due to contact with fire, heat, and corrosive chemicals. Unfortunately, even prompt treatment cannot always prevent serious damage and disfigurement from burns. However, that doesn’t mean that you don’t have legal options.
At Andy Citrin Injury Attorneys, we help people with serious burns get the justice they deserve. In this article, learn more about common causes of car accident-related burns and who may be responsible for your injuries.
You may be surprised to learn that accident-related burns are relatively common. Between 2014 and 2016, there were an estimated 171,500 highway fires in the United States, causing roughly 1,300 injuries, 345 deaths, and $1.1 billion in property damage each year.
Burns occur when your skin is exposed to heat, corrosive chemicals, or friction. This contact can injure or kill your skin cells. Your skin is made up of layers, and doctors describe the severity of your burn based on how deep your damage goes.
You can also damage your lungs if you inhale smoke during a car crash.
“If you suffer third-degree burns or worse, you’ll require skin grafts, hospitalization, and intense medical treatment. However, even a minor burn can lead to infection and other complications, so you should always seek immediate medical care for car accident-related burns.”
During a crash, many things can cause burn injuries:
Depending on the nature of the crash, multiple parties may be responsible for your injuries. According to the U.S. Fire Administration, “unintentional actions,” such as careless driving behaviors, caused almost 38% of highway fires. Another 21% were due to equipment failure.
At Andy Citrin Injury Attorneys, we carefully investigate car accident claims involving burns. In addition to claims against an at-fault driver, you may also have product liability claims against the manufacturer or distributor of a defective or dangerous car part.
If we suspect an equipment failure caused your injuries, our lawyers need to act quickly to preserve evidence. To prove a product liability claim against a manufacturer or distributor, we’ll need to examine the part or vehicle.
Depending on the nature of your claim, you may be eligible for damages related to your burns and other injuries. These damages may include compensation for your lost income, medical bills, pain and suffering, and disfigurement.
Every burn-related injury claim is different. When you meet with our team, we’ll consider a variety of factors when we calculate your claim’s value:
If the insurance company has offered you a settlement, you can probably assume that it does not adequately compensate you for your injuries. An experienced car crash lawyer can help piece together the timeline of what happened in the crash, if a defective product was to blame, and help you understand the real value of your claim.
Burns can be some of the most painful and long-lasting injuries you can suffer after a car crash. If you or someone you love experienced burns after an accident that wasn’t your fault, don’t let the insurance company or the at-fault driver pressure you into accepting less than you deserve.
At Andy Citrin Injury Attorneys, we’ve dedicated our careers to fighting for victims just like you who need help after a serious accident. That’s why we offer every potential client a free, no-risk consultation with our team of experienced, tenacious attorneys. To schedule yours today, please call us at 251-888-8888, or send us a message using our simple online form.
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Burns. (2018, January). National Institute of General Medical Sciences. Retrieved from https://www.nigms.nih.gov/Education/Pages/Factsheet_Burns.aspx
Highway vehicle fires (2014-2016). (2018, July). U.S. Fire Administration. Retrieved from https://www.usfa.fema.gov/downloads/pdf/statistics/v19i2.pdf
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