Pennsylvania Burn Injury Lawyers
When we think of getting a burn, you may automatically assume it was something you have done to cause the injury. For example, your skin is splashed with hot oil while you’re cooking dinner or touching the metal of your car door as it sits baking in the summer heat.
But some burns are caused by someone else’s negligence. And often, these injuries can be severe, even life-threatening. It can take years to heal from severe burns and cost hundreds of thousands in medical bills. If someone caused your injuries, know that you have the right to pursue legal action against the negligent party.
With a combined experience of more than 40 years, the Pennsylvania burn injury lawyers at Fellerman & Ciarimboli have been fighting for the injured across Philadelphia and Northeastern Pennsylvania. We understand the pain and frustration your family is facing at this time. That’s why our attorneys will not rest until you and your family receive compensation for these injuries.
Burn Injuries: What You Should Know
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 356,000 people receive medical treatment for a burn injury in 2015. The National Burn Association further states that more than 60 percent of the estimated U.S. hospitalizations related to burn injuries were sent to 128 burn centers. U.S. burn centers have treated on average 200 people annually for burn injuries and skin disorders requiring similar treatment.
Burn injuries range from a simple reddening of the skin to causing your skin to become thick and leathery. Depending on the grade, burn injuries can lead to infection, loss of blood, and shock. A burn victim can face years of surgery, physical therapy, rehabilitation, and depending on the severity of the burn, lifelong care.
Who Can Be Held Responsible for My Burn Injury?
When someone’s negligence has led to your injuries, you do have the right to sue. Not only can the person be held responsible, but a company or organization. A burn injury lawsuit is generally one of the following types:
- Negligence from a person, company, or employer
- A defect in a product
- Premises liability, such as in a building fire
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For example, take the famous case Liebeck v. McDonald’s Restaurants. In 1992, a 79-year-old woman named Stella Liebeck received severe burns by a cup of coffee purchased at a McDonald’s drive-thru. The woman was injured while attempting to remove the lid of the coffee cup that she had placed between her legs. She accidentally spilled the coffee onto her lap. The temperature of the coffee was so hot that she suffered full thickness burns to her thighs, buttocks, and groin. Surgeons described the injuries as covering six percent of her total body surface area. The woman brought the suit against the fast-food company and won.
Like with any personal injury lawsuit, you need to prove that the person or entity is responsible for your injuries. You need to answer the following questions:
- The defendant had a specific duty to the plaintiff.
- Because of the actions of the individual or organization, that duty was breached.
- Since the duty was breached, the plaintiff was injured as a result. Using the Liebeck case as a reference point, since McDonald’s had brewed its coffee too hot, it was not protecting its customers, and the plaintiff received an injury as a result.
Getting a Burn While on the Job
If you get burned on the job, then you will be able to file a claim through workers compensation. But what if your employer’s negligence was responsible for the injury?
For example, your employer had failed to provide the correct safety equipment. Because of their negligence, you accidentally spill cleaning chemicals on your hand, causing a severe chemical burn. In a case such as this, you may be able to file a personal injury lawsuit against your employer.
Our Philadelphia Burn Injury Lawyers Can Help
For decades, the burn injury lawyers at Fellerman & Ciarimboli have dedicated to helping those injured by the negligence of another individual or organization. In a personal injury matter, results matter. With more than $110 million in settlements and verdicts for injury victims, we are ready to be your voice inside and outside the courtroom. We’ll make sure those who caused your injuries are held accountable.
Time is of the essence. You only have two years after the accident to file a personal injury claim. Our Pennsylvania burn injury lawyers will work nonstop to make sure you receive the compensation for your burn injuries so that you can continue with your life. If you received a severe burn as a result of someone else’s negligence, now is the time to act. Contact our injury lawyers soon to schedule a free consultation.