If you or someone you care about has been severely burned in a Florida fire, electrical, chemical, or scalding accident, you know you that burn injuries are not only unbearably painful, they can be horribly disfiguring. Serious and extensive burns over a large portion of body are often fatal. Survivors of severe burns face long, painful, and costly treatment, and often a lifetime of physical and mental suffering resulting from functional impairment, scarring, and social withdrawal. Almost half a million people are treated for burns each year in the United States.
Serious burns, at their worst, are fatal or catastrophic and life-altering injuries. In many cases, the accident resulting in the burn was caused by a motor vehicle accident, exposure on the job to certain chemicals, hot liquids or steam, or a hot surface, or a structural fire on someone else’s premises due to an unsafe condition or lack of proper security precautions.
Families who have lost a loved one to an extensive burn injury, or burn survivors facing a lifetime of suffering and impairment may be able to recover money as compensation for economic and quality-of- life damages if someone else’s negligence or deliberate wrongdoing was to blame. A Florida personal injury attorney lawyer can answer your questions and determine if you have a valid legal case. You can schedule a free consultation by calling the law offices of personal injury attorney Stephen Maltezos, located in both Tampa and St. Petersburg. Steve serves Hillsborough and Pinellas Counties and the entire Tampa Bay area.
The damage caused by the burn may go well beyond the skin’s surface, reaching the internal organs and causing serious complications, for example:
The physical suffering of an extensive burn injury is devastating; but the emotional anguish that comes with the disfigurement caused by a healed burn may be worse than the physical pain. Burns often leave scars and contractures so unsightly as to cause victims to become withdrawn and socially isolated, unwilling to leave home where they can be subjected to the stares of strangers disturbed by their ravaged appearance.
These are some burn injury and fatality statistics provided by the American Burn Association and other sources:
Burn Treatment Damages and Why You Need a Good Personal Injury Lawyer
If you’ve survived a serious burn, your initial hospitalization will probably cost in the six figures. In addition, you may face a long series of skin grafts, surgeries, many months of physical and occupational rehabilitation, and years of psychological therapy. You may never be able to return to work. But beyond the financial costs, the damage to your quality of life may be the most significant of all your losses. This is especially true if your face or another exposed part of your body was affected. You may avoid social contact, stop doing the things you once enjoyed, and become isolated from others. Even with multiple reconstructive surgeries, you may never regain a normal appearance, which can be emotionally traumatizing. You deserve to be compensated for all these things.
That’s where the law and a good personal injury lawyer come in. It may be that you’ll never recover the life you once had, but having the financial resources to obtain the best quality treatments and to provide for your needs when you can’t work will make your life more manageable, while making the individual or other party who caused you all this suffering take responsibility for the wrongdoing. You can feel that there is at least some justice in our society, and you may help deter the wrongful behavior in the future.
Steve Maltezos is an experienced negotiator, and chances are good that he will be able to obtain a settlement without your having to go to court. But insurance companies often balk at paying out the high sums that burn injury cases require, and it may be necessary to let a jury decide what you deserve. When a trial is the only way to get you a fair and adequate monetary award, Steve knows how to prepare a persuasive case and present powerful arguments to the jury in your behalf, calling upon expert witnesses when needed for support.
Steve is a compassionate and energetic advocate who has the resources, commitment, and trial skill to fight for the recovery that will enable you to go on living and caring for your loved ones when you’ve been sidelined by a devastating burn injury. His personal injury practice is centered on your needs. Steve and his staff will treat you like family, always keeping you informed as to the progress of your case, and keeping you personally involved in every step of the legal process as your case moves toward settlement or trial.
If you or a family member suffered serious burns caused by someone else’s negligent, careless, or deliberate act, you owe it to yourself and those who depend on you to fight for a just compensation award. It will cost you nothing, because you have no upfront costs, no out-of-pocket expenses, and pay nothing at all unless you win. You have nothing to lose and so much to gain. Call Maltezos Law for your complimentary consultation today.