The injuries victims of a motor vehicle accident sustain range from minor cuts and bruises to life-threatening brain injuries. One of the most horrific injuries we see in some vehicle crashes are burn injuries. The severity of the burn injury depends on how much of the body the burn covers, the degree of the burns, and the location of the burns.
Regardless of the severity, burn injuries are painful and costly to treat. It is extremely important that accident victims understand the damages they are entitled to receive from the at-fault driver. It is also important that accident victims hire a personal injury attorney who understands the unique challenges burn victims face because the damages in a burn injury case are different from the damages in other automobile accident cases.
Damages Associated With Burn Injuries
If you are injured in a car crash, you are entitled to compensation for your damages under Louisiana’s personal injury laws. In most cases, you ae entitled to receive reimbursement for your medical expenses and lost wages. If you are unable to return to the same work as before the accident, you may also be entitled to receive compensation for the loss of earning capacity if the work you are able to perform now does not pay as much as your previous type of work.
How Burn Injuries Differ From Other Injuries In a Car Accident
With burn injuries, you are also entitled to receive compensation for past and future physical pain, emotional suffering, mental anguish, loss of enjoyment of life, scarring, and disfigurement. Because burn injuries may require multiple surgeries including plastic surgery and skin grafts, the pain and suffering burn victims suffer is substantial and ongoing. Burn victims should receive compensation for the pain and suffering they will endure as they struggle to recover from their injuries.
Burn Injuries Are Costly
In addition to the physical pain and suffering from repeated surgeries, the cost of these treatments can be extremely high. The National Institute of Health estimates the total cost of treatment a burn is $15,250. However, if the person must have several surgeries and skin grafts, the true cost of treating a burn injury could total in the millions of dollars. For some burn victims, comprehensive treatment for burn injuries can take years to complete.
Even with the best medical treatment available, burns are painful injuries that often result in permanent scarring and disfigurement. Burn victims should be compensated for the ongoing pain they will likely suffer and the change in their appearance from the scarring and disfigurement. For burn victims who suffer burns on visible areas like the face, the compensation can be substantial.
How Can a NoLA Car Accident Attorney Help Burn Victims?
The personal injury attorneys of The Olinde Firm will aggressively fight for your right to receive compensation for your injuries sustained in a car accident – especially burn injuries. We present physical evidence, expert witnesses, and concrete arguments to ensure you receive full and fair compensation in your burn injury case. Our injury attorneys work hard to get you the money you deserve after you suffer a burn injury in a vehicle accident.
If you were injured in a car accident, contact our office to speak with an experience New Orleans automobile accident attorney. We do not charge you to give you legal advice when you are trying to make a decision about the best way to handle your personal injury claim. Call our office now to schedule your free consultation to discuss your burn in jury case.