What Are Average Burn Injury Claims Worth?
Burn injuries can have a significant impact on a person’s life, both physically and financially. If you or someone you know has been burned at work, it is critical that you understand the potential value of a burn injury claim.
The amount of a burn injury personal injury claim will vary depending on the severity of the burns as well as the specific circumstances surrounding the case. Settlements for burn injuries are frequently in the $175,000 range.
For example, the average amount awarded in a settlement for a third-degree burn is $560,000, whereas the average amount awarded in a payout for a first-degree burn is $21,000.
If you or a loved one has been burned at work, you should speak with an experienced personal injury attorney about the value of your potential claim as soon as possible. Hiring a burn injury lawyer may assist you in filing a burn injury lawsuit to obtain the compensation that you are entitled to for your injuries, which will be used for your medical treatment if you win the burn injury case.
Factors to consider when determining the worth of burns
When establishing the value of a claim for burn injuries, some of the criteria that could be taken into account include the following:
The size of the burn and the severity of the burn
The complaint’s value grows in direct proportion to the severity of the burn. The severity level is divided into four categories: first-degree burns, second-degree burns, third-degree burns, and fourth-degree burns.
- First Degree Burns
First-degree burns only affect the skin’s surface layers. The most common example of this behavior is when a person touches a hot item. Because only the skin is damaged by a first-degree burn, the skin will turn red, but it will heal quickly and without blistering.
- Second Degree burns
These burns affect both the epidermis, the skin’s outermost layer, and the dermis, the skin’s deeper layer. Skin scorching is a common side effect of this condition. Second-degree burns are more severe than first-degree burns and can be caused by boiling liquids, fires, hot metal, or hot oil. Nonetheless, a sunburn is officially classified as a second-degree burn.
- Third Degree Burns
Third-degree burns affect all layers of the skin and kill nerve endings, making them extremely severe burn injuries. Third-degree burns may leave the victim’s skin white or burned because they remove the protective layer of the skin.
They can also cause severe burn injuries to the underlying muscle as well as other tissues.
- Fourth Degree Burns
A third-degree burn injury damages both the skin and the underlying tissues. These burns are far more severe than third-degree burns. Common causes include electrocution and chemical exposure, such as that caused by lye or gasoline. Because the body absorbs these toxins so quickly, a fourth-degree burn injury can be fatal.
The spot where the burn occurred
It may also depend on where the burn occurs on the body and how deeply the burn penetrates the skin layers. A person who has had burns is someone who:
- Symptoms of the affected area may include redness, soreness, swelling, or blistering.
- If the individual inhales smoke or steam, they may experience the following symptoms: Coughing, choking, etc. Coughing up blood, symptoms of difficult breathing Wheezing, agitated and labored breathing A racing heart, Skin discoloration, unusual tiredness, and uneasy and shallow breathing
- If the person has inhaled, swallowed, or absorbed chemicals. He may experience burns to the mouth and tongue, as well as the lips and mouth, unusual flavor in the oral cavity, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abnormal heart rhythm, irritability, weakness, and a lack of coherence or cohesion as a result of a chemical burn.
The length of time it takes to heal from the burn injury
The potential value of the claim grows in direct proportion to the time it takes to recover. The time required to recover varies greatly depending on the severity of the burn.
The healing time for first-degree burns is usually between two and three weeks. A person with second-degree burns should expect to recover in three weeks.
Burns of the third degree can cause significant damage to the tissues and muscles beneath the skin, requiring the victim to recover for well over a year. Furthermore, a fourth-degree burn has the potential to cause lifelong impairments such as skeletal malformations, joint deformities, or muscular spasms as a result of muscle burns.
The effect of the burn injury on the individual’s life
If a burn injury leads to a handicap that lasts for a long time or is permanent, the potential value of the claim will likely be greater.
The negligence or culpability of the defendant
The potential benefit of the claim grows in direct proportion to the extent to which the defendant is incompetent or negligent.
During the course of your burn injury case, the court may award punitive or compensatory damages. These are the two most common kinds of losses that can be awarded.
Punitive damages: These are penalties intended to punish the party responsible for their exceptionally negligent behavior. These are also referred to as exemplary damages. When someone else’s carelessness causes someone else to suffer burns, the consequences can be severe.
Compensatory damages: These are damages that compensate you for medical expenses incurred as a result of your pain and suffering, medical bills, and any permanent disability you may have suffered. Compensatory damages are losses that compensate you for medical expenses.
Why Choose SEAY/FELTON LLC TRIAL LAWYERS For Your Burn Injury Claim?
Our experienced legal team has a track record of successfully handling burn injury cases. We comprehend the complexities of burn injuries and the long-term consequences they can have on a person’s life.
We will work tirelessly to ensure that you are compensated for your medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
Our goal is to assist you in obtaining the justice you deserve and moving on with your life. Allow SEAY/FELTON LLC TRIAL LAWYERS to handle your burn injury claim and fight on your behalf. Contact us right away to speak with one of our experts.