Fire-related emergencies can happen suddenly, catching you off guard and leaving you with burn injuries. If you have suffered an injury of this sort, you may be wondering what to do next as medical bills pile up and you miss work while recovering from your injuries. Whether your injury happens in your home or because of a car accident, you have options for receiving financial compensation.
If you need help with burn injuries, let our Atlanta-based burn injury lawyer of Atlanta Personal Injury Law Group help you. We can review your case and fight for you to receive optimal compensation while you recover from your injuries and focus on getting back to your life.
Our Clients Are Our Priority
Our guiding principles have allowed us to reach optimal settlements and verdicts for our clients. Another party's negligence should never affect your life, but when it does, you should rest assured we can help your claim move forward.
Our lawyers are ready to help you through every step of the process. After a burn injury, it should not be your responsibility to figure out how to make sure your case is handled properly according to the letter of the law.
We Are With You During the Entire Process
Past clients have touted our responsiveness, our friendliness, and our desire to treat you like a member of our family. We can help you through best practices of speaking with insurance companies while keeping in contact with you to answer any questions you have throughout the process.
We’ve worked closely with Atlanta natives who have initially had a hard time getting settlements, and we have helped them to achieve fair compensation in a timely fashion. We treat all our clients with compassion and continue to be optimistic in our approach to their specific cases.
What to do Following a Burn Injury
Burn injuries can happen anywhere. They can happen in the shower due to scalding hot water or at your apartment due to an electrical outlet not working properly. Knowing all the fire codes and safety laws in Atlanta is not a burden that you should handle. That is why our team is ready to help you determine the best path forward.
Seeking Financial Compensation
Suffering a burn injury can be a financially and emotionally taxing event. Following a burn injury, you may feel angry, irritable, and hopeless as you attempt to deal with insurance companies that offer lower settlements than you deserve.
While you process the emotions that resulted from your injury, you may think unclearly, which may make you more inclined to take a lower settlement to get the process over with. We advise you not to rush into a settlement. Instead, we encourage you to reach out to our burn injury lawyer and let us put together a list of damages that you are due after an accident.
Economic damages include:
- Lost wages
- Lost future earnings
- Medical bills
These damages are the easiest to define, as they have a specific monetary value associated with them. When you receive treatment for your injuries following a burn, you may lose work. While you are missing out on pay, you are also compiling medical bills.
We are here to help you put all of this in order and ensure that you receive compensation for all your expenses and lost wages. We understand that we are dealing with very personal matters here, and that is why we take this job so seriously. We can work closely with you, keeping your privacy in mind, as we fight for optimal compensation.
Non-economic damages include:
- Pain and suffering
Determining the value of non-economic damages is harder, but they are equally important when presenting your compensation claim.
Disfigurement related to a burn injury can also bring on emotional trauma, which can cause financial loss. We have experience helping those who have claimed non-economic damages after a burn injury. Early settlements sometimes overlook these damages. Having a lawyer review a settlement offer can help you avoid agreeing to an insurance company’s too-low offer.
Pain and Suffering
The case of Food Lion, Inc. v. Williams set the definition for pain and suffering in Georgia.
When determining the mental pain and suffering of a burn victim, take into account:
- Interference with everyday living
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Inability to earn wages anymore
- Body impairment that could lead to limited activities
- Fear of the extent of the injury
- Shock of impact
These burn injury impairments can leave a lasting effect and take away things that you love. Just because they don't have a definite monetary value associated with them does not mean you don't deserve them.
Understanding Your Burn Injury
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), around 1.1 million burn injuries in the United States require medical attention, with about 50,000 of them requiring a hospital stay.
While burn injuries can leave behind physical scarring, psychological scarring can also occur after an accident. Anxiety can start to mount for those experiencing financial loss while their medical bills pile up. However, this anxiety is not something that should control you during this time.
You have options. If your burn injury resulted from another party's negligence, then you have the right to seek financial compensation.
Where Can Burn Injuries Occur
Anywhere there is the potential for a fire or extreme heat, there is the potential for a burn injury. These injuries can even occur in the places that we feel safest. On a national scale, house fires cause more than 12,000 injuries every year in the United States.
Some of the other most common locations of burn injuries are:
- Your apartment building
- Your hotel
- Your workplace
- A restaurant
Burns can also occur from motor vehicle accidents, electrical fires, or chemical compounds that contact the skin. In each of these situations, a party can be responsible for the burn, and that party will be held accountable.
We can help you determine the at-fault party following your accident. In some cases, the at-fault party will be easily identifiable. For instance, if you suffered a burn injury due to a rear-end collision, then the person driving the vehicle that caused the accident is at fault.
However, when burn injuries occur in an environment without a clear cause of an accident, and you try to handle your case yourself, the insurance companies will take advantage of the situation and back you into a much lower settlement.
We Will Protect Your Legal Rights
When we work with you, we can carefully review all the information related to your injury. We can research your legal claim while you recover from your injury. Our team knows the laws in Atlanta, and we know the regulations that state and federal laws require. Following safety regulations and proper safety equipment can prevent many burn injuries.
If the negligence of a landlord or building owner resulted in your burn injury, then you should not be held accountable; they should. Our team can ensure you receive fair treatment.
Statute of Limitations in Atlanta, Georgia
Since burn injuries are personal injuries, you must adhere to the statute of limitations when seeking compensation for injuries in Georgia. As O.C.G.A. § 9-3-33 establishes, personal injury sufferers have two years to file their lawsuit.
You must adhere to these guidelines if you want to sue the liable or at-fault party in your injury case. If you wait until after the two-year window, you could lose the ability to have your lawsuit heard in a court of law.
There is no benefit to waiting. While we must have all the information surrounding your injury, we must also gather everything promptly. We can help you adhere to the statute of limitations with a complete record of your files.
Georgia Burn Injury Statistics
In 2019, the National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS) reported. 2.6 deaths and 10.1 injuries per 1,000 fires in Georgia. This is about in line with the U.S. average of 2.6 deaths and 10.0 injuries.
However, where Georgia sees a significant increase is in the number of injuries reported per 1,000 residential structure fires. The U.S. average is 25.6 injuries per 1,000 fires, but in Georgia, the average is 28.9.
Data show that 83.6 percent of fire-related injuries in Georgia were due to structural fires. This includes residential and non-residential buildings. Additionally, 8.3 percent of burn injuries were due to vehicular fires, 0.6 percent more than the national average in the United States. Vehicular fire deaths in Georgia are 11.2 percent higher than the national average, with 31.9 percent of fire-related deaths happening in vehicles.
High-Risk Locations for Vehicle Accidents
In 2015, WSB-TV in Atlanta determined the most accident-prone intersections in the city. The top two intersections for accidents were in Stone Mountain, with the corners of Memorial Drive and North Road and East Park Place and Stone Mountain Highway reporting the most incidents.
How Likely Is It That a Fire Will Affect Me?
While there is no definitive answer to this question, the truth is a fire can happen for many reasons, and it can happen suddenly.
Since December 2021, there have been numerous fires in apartment buildings in the greater Atlanta area. In March 2022, an apartment fire killed one and injured another in the northwest part of Atlanta, per an 11Alive report.
In December, three metro apartments burned, displacing 45 people, as The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. In June 2021, a fire in Atlanta left nine people injured, according to the Associated Press.
Have a Plan in Place to Fight Fires
These are just some of the fires in local apartment buildings. Many more reported fires occur in places other than apartments in the greater Atlanta area.
The best thing you can do to prevent a burn injury is to plan for a fire-related emergency and put an escape plan in place.
Call Us Today for a Free Consultation After an Atlanta Burn Injury
Burn injuries can happen for many reasons, but your injuries should not leave you feeling helpless. Don’t let your medical bills pile up while you are out of work and recovering from your injuries. You have options to get your life back in order.
The Atlanta burn injury lawyer of Atlanta Personal Injury Law Group is ready to start working for you today. Contact us today for your free consultation at (404) 609-1724 to see how we can start helping you.