Burn Injuries in Car Accidents

Dedicated Lawyers Representing Residents of Wheaton and Schaumburg

Burn injuries in car accidents are not only painful, they can lead to permanent scarring, disfigurement, and in severe cases, death. Following a vehicle accident that leads to injuries, an experienced attorney can help to assert a strong claim for compensation on behalf of burn victims. At Therman Law Offices, our Wheaton and Schaumburg car accident lawyers maintain the goal of maximizing financial recovery for clients. Lifelong medical care and rehabilitation are often required for burn victims, and these carry financial and emotional burdens. We strive to set forth a fully documented legal claim for monetary damages from all responsible parties. Our experienced attorneys appreciate the stress endured by victims following an accident and are here to offer support and effective representation.

Burn Injuries in Car Accidents

Burn injuries in car accidents tend to cause long-term effects. Victims can suffer burns in a variety of ways, including contact with ignited gasoline, or the heated metal of a vehicle or damaged car radiator. When a vehicle carries hazardous cargo, injured individuals involved in a crash can suffer chemical burns.

First degree burns harm the top layer of skin, and can usually be protected by bandages. Second degree burns affect both the top layer of skin and the layer below. Scars and disfigurement can result from both second and third degree burns.

Third degree burns require immediate medical care. The underlying bones, tendons, and muscles can be affected. Third degree burns may leave the victim with permanent scarring. Fourth degree burns destroy nerves, and can be fatal.

Securing Compensation From Negligent Parties Following a Vehicle Accident

Negligent drivers typically cause collisions through their failure to operate their vehicle safely. A burn injury caused by someone’s careless or negligent driving entitles the victim to pursue compensation for their harm. A successful claim results in compensatory damages for the injured party.

An injury claim based on flawed manufacturing or design within the vehicle can also lead to compensation. If a fire started due to a defect in the vehicle during an accident, the manufacturer may be liable. Vehicle safety standards exist to ensure that car radiators, for example, contain hot water properly and that the wiring within the vehicle remains safe. In addition to pursuing a claim against a negligent driver, a plaintiff may have an allegation against the manufacturer.

To prove that a driver’s negligence caused the accident that led to injuries, the victim must meet all four elements of a negligence claim: duty, breach, causation, and damages. The duty of a driver is to exercise reasonable care, avoiding actions or conduct that cause foreseeable harm. A breached duty of care may include failing to follow traffic signals, texting behind the wheel, or driving under the influence of alcohol. When a causal relationship exists, and the driver’s conduct directly leads to the crash, liability may be established and the plaintiff will likely be entitled to damages.

Types of Damages Available in a Personal Injury Claim

A successful injury claim provides costs intended to place the plaintiff in the position they would be had the accident not occurred. Past medical care, as well as anticipated future care is included in a damages claim. Medical treatment for burns can include expensive skin graft operations and ongoing care such as pain medication. Plastic surgery may be necessary for severe disfigurement. Additionally, victims can recover for their emotional suffering, which can be extensive due to scarring or disfigurement. Missed wages from work can be recouped, as well as costs for vocational training.

Personal injury lawsuits must be filed within a specific period of time according to Illinois law. A personal injury claim for damages must be filed within two years, and property damage claims must be filed within five years. An experienced attorney can help to investigate and assert your claim within statutory deadlines.

Consult a Lawyer in Schaumburg or Wheaton

Presenting a fully documented claim against the parties that caused a vehicle collision requires an experienced, capable attorney. By enlisting the help of Therman Law Offices, you are taking the first step to securing the assistance you deserve. Our lawyers proudly help injured people throughout the areas of Schaumburg, Wheaton, Norwood Park, Harwood Heights, and Edison Park, as well as Norridge, Park Ridge, Des Plaines, Elmwood Park, Elk Grove Village, Rosemont, Mt. Prospect, and Arlington Heights. To schedule a free consultation, call our office today at 773-545-8849 or contact us online.

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