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Call Our Burn Injury Lawyers to Fight for Compensation for Thermal or Electrical Burns

The Birmingham burn injury attorneys at The Wininger Law Firm, LLC are wholly committed to helping Alabama burn victims obtain compensation for injuries from a fire, explosion, electrical, car accident or if a worker was burned on the job. Regardless of the cause, burn injuries often come with severe pain, scarring, disfigurement and emotional ramifications that can last a lifetime. They may require multiple surgeries and long-term continuing care and rehabilitation. Victims may be unable to work, and sometimes the injuries can result in death.

If you or a loved one suffered a severe burn that was caused by the negligence or fault of another party or that happened on the job, you may be entitled to compensation through insurance or a personal injury lawsuit. A favorable settlement can help relieve your financial burdens by covering your monetary losses and expenses as well as providing compensation for the non-tangible costs, such as pain and suffering.

Determining legal responsibility for burn injuries can be difficult, and insurance companies that are out for their own profit will try to pay out as little as possible. Our Birmingham burn injury lawyers know the laws, the system, and the tactics insurance companies use. We will fight for justice and the settlement you deserve. You no longer have to deal with legal issues and negotiations with insurance companies, and can concentrate on your recovery.

Contact our team so we can discuss the circumstances of your burn injury and determine the best way to proceed with your case. If you are hospitalized or recuperating at home with a painful and serious burn injury, allow us to come to you. We will provide a solid system of support for you during recovery and rehabilitation from your injuries. Our burn injury lawyers in Birmingham will do everything possible to secure the financial compensation you deserve by settlement or in trial.

Call The Wininger Law Firm, LLC today at (205) 322-3663 for your no-obligation case evaluation.

How Our Burn Injury Lawyers Can Help Win Your Case

Burn injury cases are complicated, and Alabama has laws that make it even more difficult to win a settlement. The burn injury lawyers at The Wininger Law Firm, have the know-how and resources to hire experts who can support your case. Whether we hire engineers, safety professionals, or scientists, they can provide concise and accurate forensic testimony at trial on your behalf. These experts also contribute knowledge that facilitates the calculation of complex costs for any specialized or long-term medical care you may need.

When our Birmingham burn injury lawyers take your case, we can help by:

  • Filing all forms and documents in a timely manner in accordance with Alabama law
  • Investigating your case to determine how the burn happened and interviewing witnesses
  • Collecting evidence such as surveillance videos, photographs, and reports from police, first responders, and healthcare providers
  • Finding all parties who were at fault or negligent
  • Determining your financial losses and projected future expenses with the help of experts who may provide testimony on your behalf
  • Dealing and negotiating with insurance companies
  • Taking your case to court if necessary.

It is important to contact our burn injury attorneys as soon as you are able so we can start our investigations while witnesses can be found and evidence is fresh. In addition, Alabama has a statute of limitations, or deadline, for filing a lawsuit. According to Alabama Code Title 6 Section 6-2-38, you generally must file within two years from when the injury occurred, or the courts are unlikely to hear your case.

Don’t delay. Call the attorneys at The Wininger Law Firm today to get started at (205) 322-3663.

Compensation Our Burn Injury Lawyers in Birmingham May Win for You

In a successful case, our burn injury lawyers can win a settlement award, called damages, that will cover the costs for your injuries. Damage award amounts vary greatly, depending on the circumstances, and may range from the thousands to the millions of dollars.

In Alabama, compensatory damages are intended to cover both your economic or and non-economic damages, as follows:

Economic Damages in a Burn Injury Case

These are to compensate for your monetary losses and expenses, including:

  • Medical, rehabilitation, medication and supplies, and continuing care costs
  • Loss of earnings and future earning capacity if you are unable to work
  • Costs of modifying your home or vehicle, such as to accommodate a wheelchair
  • Property damage from the accident that caused the burn
  • Specialized transportation.

Non-economic Damages

This award is to compensate for losses that have a negative effect on the quality of your life, but do not have a specific dollar value, such as:

  • Pain and suffering
  • Mental and emotional anguish
  • Permanent disability
  • Disfigurement and scarring
  • Restitution for the effect on your marriage, family, and social life
  • Loss of life’s pleasures
  • Embarrassment and humiliation.

Punitive Damages for a Burn Injury

In some rare cases, if a burn injury was caused by acts of deliberate recklessness or conscious malice, punitive damages may also be awarded. These are intended to punish the wrongdoer and help keep similar acts from occurring in the future.

Factors Affecting Amounts of Compensation in a Burn Injury Case

There are many factors that are taken into consideration in determining a fair compensation amount. These may include:

  • The extent, seriousness, and permanence of the burn injuries
  • Whether there is disfigurement, scarring, or loss of a limb
  • The costs of medical and rehabilitative treatment and home modifications
  • Whether continuing care is required
  • Your age, family situation, and effect on your quality of life
  • Your job situation, lost income, whether return to work is possible
  • The generosity and inclination of the individual judge and jury
  • The availability of insurance and personal assets of defendants
  • The ability and skill of your attorney to present your case.

In situations where burns cause death or are particularly disabling or disfiguring, the settlement will increase accordingly. However, there are limitations to settlement amounts if the defendants do not have much insurance or assets. If you wonder what you could expect for a settlement amount or how much you could win at trial, talk to our skilled team of burn injury attorneys at The Wininger Law Firm.

When a Burn Injury Can Lead to a Wrongful Death Lawsuit

If the burn injury caused the death of a close family member, survivors may receive compensation through a wrongful death claim. This is similar to a negligence lawsuit, filed on behalf of the deceased person who no longer can do so. In Alabama, wrongful death lawsuits must be filed by the personal representative of the estate and can be filed only if the deceased could have recovered had they lived. Punitive damages are the only type of damages that may be awarded.

Our Birmingham Burn Injury Attorneys Must Prove Negligence

Alabama has personal injury laws that differ from those of other states, which makes it particularly important to have a skilled attorney on your side. In Alabama, you may not receive any compensation if you have done anything to contribute to the accident. Our attorneys must be able to prove that the defendants in the case were the ones who were negligent, careless, reckless and at fault for causing your burn injuries, and you were not at fault at all.

Proving fault legal in a burn injury case involves showing the following elements existed:

  • The defendant(s) owed you a duty of care not to cause harm.
  • The defendant breached this duty by negligent actions or failure to act responsibly.
  • The breach caused your burn injury.
  • You suffered actual damages as a result.

To prove the defendant’s negligence, our burn injury lawyer would:
1. Investigate the scene of your accident, gather evidence of how the burn occurred, and locate all responsible parties to be named as defendants in the case
2. Utilize experts to reconstruct the accident and how it happened.

Because of Alabama’s laws that bar victims from recovering damages if found to have done something to contribute to the accident, make sure to call our attorneys to start the investigation as soon as possible to increase the chances of proving negligence.

Types of Burn Injuries

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), over 1.1 million people require medical treatment for burn injuries in the U.S. each year. About 4,500 persons die due to fire; an additional 10,000 people die from burn injury infections.

Thermal burns may occur when an individual touches or comes in contact with a flame, a hot surface or liquid, electricity, vapors, radiation, friction or a caustic chemical. Common causes of accidents include:

  • Fires
  • Scalding injuries from exposure to moist heat, like hot liquids or steam.
  • Explosions from defective gas lines, heaters, propane tanks, or stoves
  • Chemical accidents
  • Electrical burns/electrocution.

Burns can destroy tissues, tendons, muscles, nerves, fat, and even bones. In addition, burn victims may experience the following complications:

  • Severe pain and inflammation
  • Electrolyte imbalance; dehydration
  • Scars and disfigurement
  • Shock
  • Local and systemic infection; toxemia
  • Emotional and mental anguish
  • Death.

Burn injuries are measured in degrees, ranging from a first-degree burn that may heal on its own to third- and fourth-degree burns that may require multiple surgeries and skin grafts and have long-term consequences that may lead to death.

Call our Birmingham Burn Injury Attorneys for Help

The Birmingham burn injury attorneys at The Wininger Law Firm have helped countless individuals who have suffered thermal or electrical burns from construction accidents, mining disasters and other workplace incidents. We know what you are going through and will do everything possible to alleviate your fears and concerns. When you hire our firm, you no longer have to deal with paperwork, legal issues, or negotiations with insurance companies. Call our team today at (205) 322-3663 for a consultation with a skilled burn injury lawyer so we can get to work fighting for justice and the best settlement for you and your family.