Fire and burn injuries are some of the most painful injuries people can suffer from. For many victims, the literal scars and pain stay for the rest of their lives. Some fire and burn injuries can be life-threatening.
If you or a loved one have suffered a fire or burn injury, you may be entitled to compensation from the person who caused your injuries. To do that, you will need to partner with a trusted Minnesota fire and burn accident lawyer who can help you hold the negligent party responsible for your injuries.
Our Legal Team Will Help You Get the Compensation You Deserve
After you have suffered a fire and burn injury, the last thing on your mind may be hiring a lawyer. But once you’ve received immediate medical care, you need to speak with a trusted legal advocate as soon as possible.
At Mottaz & Sisk Injury Law, we’ve been helping our injured Minnesota neighbors hold negligent parties responsible for many years. You likely face many financial, medical, employment, and emotional pressures after an accident. To help you get through this challenging time, our legal team stands ready to help you hold the negligent party responsible for your rideshare accident and injuries.
How Do Fire and Burn Injuries Happen?
Burn injuries occur in many different ways. Human error almost always plays at least a contributing role to a person’s burn injuries. Determining the cause of your fire and burn injuries is crucial to make sure you work to hold the at-fault party accountable. Sorting this out may require accident reconstruction experts to help your legal team understand the precise cause of your injuries. This way, your legal team can work to hold the negligent party responsible not only for the cause of your burn injuries but also for your medical expenses and other financial losses.
Over 150,000 people are involved in car accidents in Minnesota each year. Burns can happen easily in car accidents.
Air bags deploy at rapid speeds. When your skin is impacted by a fast-moving air bag, it can burn your skin. If your car accident is particularly bad, cars can catch on fire. Chemicals can spill out of their containers and, when they come into contact with your skin, it can burn you.
In certain industries, workplace accidents can also lead to fires and burns. In fast food restaurants, for example, grease fires can flare up quickly, causing burns to anyone working nearby. But even mundane office jobs can face fire and burn hazards. Outlets go bad, causing shocks and burns. Coffee can spill and, especially when it’s fresh out of the pot, easily burn someone’s skin.
Workplace accidents have another layer of complexity, however. Because a fire or burn injury occurred at work, you may need to file a workers’ compensation claim, not a personal injury claim. If your company was especially negligent or if a third party contributed to your workplace burn injury, you may be able to seek additional compensation beyond workers’ comp.
Companies make products for consumers to use. Most companies do not intend to injure consumers, but it does happen.
If you’re using a product as intended and get injured, you may have a product liability claim against the manufacturer. There are several theories of liability you can allege, but ultimately, you’re looking to hold the manufacturer responsible for a defective product that caused your injuries.
Premises liability is another area of the law that could cover your burn injuries. If you rent an apartment, for example, and there was faulty wiring which caused a fire, your landlord could be responsible for your injuries and your damages.
Proving this can be challenging. Premises liability claims require almost immediate legal action to ensure that an unscrupulous landlord does not cover up their negligence.
Types of Burns
Burns are extremely painful injuries that cause varying levels of injury to your body. The medical field classifies burns in different degrees, based on the damage done to a victim’s body.
First degree burns are mild burns which can frequently be treated with at home remedies. You may get a first degree burn if you touch a hot object or spend too much time in the sun. With some ointment and some over-the-counter pain medication, first degree burns often go away within a few days.
Second degree burns are more serious and usually require medical attention. Affecting the top two layers of skin, these burns often blister rapidly. If a blister pops, it can cause infections to spread, making it more likely that you suffer additional injuries beyond the burn itself.
The most serious type of burn, third degree burns often require surgery and can result in death. Victims of third degree burns often do not feel the pain, however, because the burn is so deep that it actually damages the nerve endings. This is partly what makes these burns so severe — victims often don’t realize just how badly they’re injured.
Collecting Compensation for Your Fire and Burn Injury
Nearly half a million people suffer burn injuries each year. Many of these victims fail to realize that they can hold someone else responsible for their medical expenses and other financial losses.
When you partner with an experienced Minnesota fire and burn attorney, they may try to get you compensation for:
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Lost income
- Lost earning potential
- Loss of companionship
- Loss of life enjoyment
- Present and future medical expenses
- Rehabilitation costs
Depending on the severity of your burn injuries, you may not be able to return to work for a long time, if at all. This severely hinders your ability to earn a living and support yourself. Carrying this financial burden should not be your responsibility, however, it should be the sole responsibility of the person who caused your burn injuries. Together with your legal team, you can work to hold that person accountable and collect maximum compensation from them so you don’t pay a dime out of your own pocket.
Seek Legal Guidance Immediately After Your Fire and Burn Injury
Minnesota law requires that you file your personal injury claim within two years from the date of your rideshare accident injuries. This might seem like a long time, but the longer you wait, the more likely it is that witnesses will forget what they saw and evidence will go missing.
The sooner you speak with an attorney, the sooner they can begin working for you. When you have a trusted legal advocate at your side, you can put all of your effort and energy into your health and wellbeing, giving you the best chance at making a full and complete recovery from your injuries. If you miss this important filing deadline, you could miss out on your chance to collect maximum compensation from the negligent party.
Contact Mottaz & Sisk Injury Law Today
The lawyer you choose can make a difference in your ability to recover maximum compensation for your fire and burn accident injuries. You may have severe suffering and extreme medical bills. To help you make sure that you don’t also have to worry about finances and how you pay those bills, partner with an experienced Minnesota fire and burn accident lawyer.
Contact Mottaz & Sisk Injury Law today to learn more about how we can help you get the compensation you deserve.