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What Types of Compensation Are Available in an Illinois Burn Injury Case?

 Posted on March 12, 2020 in Personal Injury

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Burns are some of the most painful and debilitating injuries a person can experience. Although minor burns heal quickly and do not leave lasting damage, severe burns, especially third-degree and fourth-degree burns, can cause permanent disfiguration and nerve damage. The pain experienced by a severe burn victim is incomparable to anything else. If you or a loved one suffered a major burn injury due to the carelessness or wrongdoing of another party, you may choose to file a personal injury claim. Through an injury claim, compensation for your economic and noneconomic damages may be available.

Determining Fault for Your Injuries

In order to bring a personal injury claim and recover damages, you and your attorney will need to prove that the defendant caused your injuries. Many burn injury cases are the result of an individual or entity’s negligence. A serious burn injury can be the result of an electrical accident, house or apartment fire, construction accident, restaurant accident, car crash, or a number of other incidents. Determining who is liable for a burn-causing accident is often challenging. An experienced personal injury attorney can help you collect evidence, gather witness testimony, and consult with experts who can testify to the defendant’s role in causing your burn injuries.

Compensation Largely Depends on the Severity of the Burn

If a person experiences a painful burn but it does not incur significant medical costs or impede the person’s ability to work or enjoy life, a personal injury lawsuit might not be necessary. However, if your burn required hospitalization, skin grafts, surgery, physical therapy, or caused you to miss work, you may be eligible for compensation for these expenses. In addition to these tangible costs, a serious burn may cause severe non-economic harm. You might be left with disfiguring scars, limited functionality in burned body parts, and psychological harm. Understandably, a person who suffers a severe burn injury can be extremely traumatized by the experience. They may have flashbacks, nightmares, and anxiety that significantly interferes with their daily lives. Through a personal injury claim, you may be eligible for compensation for your:

·         Medical bills

·         Future medical costs caused by the burn

·         Lost wages due to missed work

·         Reduced employability

·         Pain and suffering

·         Mental anguish

·         Disability

·         Disfigurement and more.

Contact a Rockford Personal Injury Lawyer

A victim of a burn injury can suffer devastating consequences, including costly medical bills and lost wages. To learn more about how a personal injury lawsuit may help you recover compensation after sustaining a major burn, contact Mannarino & Brasfield, A Division of Schwartz Injury Law. Schedule your free, no-obligation consultation with an experienced Winnebago County burn injury attorney by calling us today at 815-215-7561.




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