Sustaining a burn injury can be a traumatic and life-altering experience that could significantly impact a person’s quality of life. At the Shiner Law Group, we understand burn cases go beyond the physical and emotional distress, as families often experience the weight of crushing medical debt.
Our award-winning and nationally-recognized attorneys are standing by to help you obtain the fair and just compensation you deserve, so you can focus on what is truly important – your recovery.
If you or your loved one has suffered a fire and burn injury caused by another person’s or business’ negligence, visit us online or call us today to discuss your legal rights and options in a free case evaluation. The Shiner Law Group customizes its legal services on a contingency-fee basis: you do not pay us anything unless we win your case.
Common Types of Florida Burn Injury Lawsuits
According to the American Burn Association, roughly 450,000 burn victims receive medical treatment in the United States each year stemming from product liability, premises liability, or reckless behavior. Identifying the type of burn injury, however, is vital to determining the appropriate defendant(s).
While hardly an exhaustive list, the burn injury lawyers at the Shiner Law Group provide some examples of the cases we commonly handle:
- Apartment building fires;
- Workplace injuries;
- Motor vehicle collisions;
- Faulty products;
- Electrical accidents;
- Recreational accidents;
- Water and plumbing-related accidents.
Injuries Sustained in a Burn Accident
Fire and burn victims often suffer from physical and emotional turmoil that wholly disrupts a family’s way of life. From first to fourth-degree burns, victims can suffer from extensive scarring that necessitates reconstructive surgery, deformities, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
If negligence is shown, an experienced personal injury attorney can help you file your claim to pursue a broad range of damages: pain and suffering, medical expenses incurred by extensive treatment and rehabilitation, periods of disability, reduced earning capacity, and wrongful death. The statute of limitations for bringing a legal cause of action against a negligible party is four years in the state of Florida or two years in cases of wrongful death.
Premises Liability Cases
Under Florida law, property owners are required to maintain their premises in a safe and reasonable manner. As the risk for fire-related property damage and personal injury remains ever present in apartment buildings, landlords have special obligations to their tenants, which may include:
- Maintain the property’s electrical wiring;
- Ensure smoke alarms are up to code and properly located;
- Maintain a secure fire escape;
- Frequently service apartment fire extinguishers;
- Install fireproof doors;
- Ensure fire escape routes are free from clutter and are clearly designated.
Pursuing Workers’ Compensation
According to the US Occupational Safety and Health Administration, approximately 5,000 workplace burn injuries occur each year. As many companies are supported by large national insurance chains, employees who suffer burn injuries at work may be entitled to file a workers’ compensation claim to replace lost income; however, by obtaining financial relief via workers’ compensation, burn victims are unable to bring a legal cause of action against their employer, who may be liable for your injuries.