If your burn injuries occurred because of someone else’s carelessness or reckless behavior, Georgia law allows you to hold them legally responsible. Compensation may be available for your medical bills, pain and suffering, and more. A Roswell burn injury lawyer from Atlanta Personal Injury Law Group represents clients hurt in these incidents.
Learn more about your legal options for pursuing compensation during a free case review with our team. Our attorneys may assess your options and answer your questions about your case during this complimentary evaluation.
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Roswell’s Location Increases the Risk of Serious Car Accidents
Like much of the metro Atlanta area, Roswell grew exponentially over the last few decades. This left the highways and interstates in the area overburdened and congested with traffic—including significant commercial vehicle traffic.
Drivers must pass through Roswell to access other parts of the state on State Route 400 and several other major highways, including SR 92, SR 9, SR 120, and SR 140. These highways also allow drivers to access all area interstates: I-285, I-85, I-75, and I-20.
Roswell serves as the entryway to the rest of Fulton County, which includes much of metro Atlanta.
Fulton County is home to many large companies, including:
- Delta Air Lines
- United Parcel Service (UPS)
- Emory Healthcare
- The Home Depot
- The Coca-Cola Company
- The Southern Company (including Georgia Power)
- Piedmont Healthcare
- A Publix Super Markets divisional office
The City of Roswell itself has a 640-acre historic district, an active dining scene, and numerous parks and recreation areas. It is a short drive away from some of the most popular regional activities, including the Georgia Aquarium, Stone Mountain Park, Six Flags Over Georgia, and Centennial Olympic Park. An Atlanta Braves game or dinner at The Battery at Truist Park is less than 15 miles down Marietta Highway/Roswell Road (SR 120).
In other words, Roswell and the Atlanta area are busy places where victims may face many dangers. Traffic congestion, heavy use of facilities, and other conditions can lead to serious accidents, including vehicle fires.
How Negligence Causes Roswell Burn Injuries
Our attorneys most commonly represent clients burned in motor vehicle accidents and premises liability incidents, although other accidents also lead to burn injuries.
All motor vehicles require flammable liquids to operate. Car fires are not uncommon, especially after a crash. Victims suffer burn injuries from flames, exposure to chemicals, steam, and contact with hot surfaces. Explosions also occur, especially in collisions involving tanker trucks hauling explosive liquids and tractor-trailers packed with flammable material.
Premises liability laws apply to cases involving structure fires. The property owner or another party could bear legal responsibility for injuries if the building did not meet fire codes, lacked essential repairs, had poorly installed or maintained electrical work, lacked required fire safety devices such as alarms or sprinklers, or other issues caused or contributed to the victim's burns.
Electrical shock often causes burn injuries. These burns may support a premises liability claim if the property owner caused the incident due to poor maintenance or knew of the shock hazard but did not act. Electricians or other workers could also bear liability in these cases if they failed to make necessary repairs or made them incorrectly.
Road Rash and Other Friction Burns
Road rash is one of the most common injuries following motorcycle collisions. It occurs in other types of accidents, as well. Whenever an individual slides against asphalt or another similar surface, it can cause severe burns to any exposed skin. The driver who caused the crash generally bears liability.
Other burns that might support a case based on Georgia law include:
- Scalding injuries from hot oil or grease, steam, hot liquids, and hot food
- Burns from contact with hot metal or glass
- Chemical burns from unsecured caustic chemicals
Building a Burn Injury Case in Roswell, GA
Under Georgia law, victims of burn injuries hold the negligent party responsible for their expenses and losses through a civil lawsuit. However, you could pursue additional options in a personal injury case. Many cases settle without needing to sue the at-fault party. Instead, the victim files an insurance claim, presents strong evidence of fault, and demands a fair payout. They negotiate an agreeable settlement and avoid court.
When our attorneys handle one of these cases, we investigate what happened, determine liability, and seek justice and compensation for our client. Often, this consists of a negotiated settlement based on their injuries and damages. However, permanent injuries and other circumstances require us to sue in some cases. Georgia law gives us two years from the injury date to submit the initial paperwork to the Fulton County civil court.
Whether an insurance claim or lawsuit, we must prove negligence to recover compensation for our clients.
The four necessary elements of negligence include:
- A duty to exercise care toward our client
- A breach of that duty
- The breach caused an incident
- Our client suffered burn injuries and other harm
We know how to investigate these cases and gather strong evidence to prove fault, causation, and damages. Learn more during your free consultation with our team.
Recovering Damages for Your Burn Injuries, Treatment, and Other Losses
Burn injuries often prove catastrophic. They can cause significant pain and suffering, put the victim at an increased risk for infection, and require extensive medical care and rehabilitation. They are also expensive injuries to treat because of the special care necessary for severely injured patients.
When our Roswell burn injury attorneys seek compensation for our clients in these cases, we consider all of this. The damages we seek often include:
The economic damages related to a burn injury case include the victim’s medical care and all related expenses. This could include an airlift to a burn center, numerous surgeries, treatment in a specialized burn or trauma unit, therapies, and more. In addition, lost income from their time missed at work, property damages that occurred, and related costs fall under this category.
In addition to the economic consequences of the injuries that our clients face, many of them experience significant intangible damages. This includes physical pain and suffering as they undergo treatments and surgeries, mental anguish from the life-altering event, and knowing that they will live the rest of their lives with disfiguring scars.
Many burn victims do not finish their treatment before we pursue compensation in their case. Care for serious burns takes years. They may need additional rehabilitation, therapies, surgery to release scarred skin, and plastic surgery to help improve their appearance. We work with experts to determine their likely medical needs and associated costs.
Punitive damages penalize the at-fault party. Georgia law allows jurors to award them to burn victims under certain circumstances. If evidence can show the at-fault party acted willfully, with wanton disregard for your safety, or with malice, you could seek punitive damages.
Wrongful Death Damages
Our lawyers represent families whose loved ones passed away from burn injuries or complications in Roswell. Georgia law allows surviving immediate family members to seek compensation based on their loved one’s death and their economic and non-economic damages.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) About Burn Injury Claims
The following include questions we commonly hear during initial consultations and from our clients. We can provide more specific guidance based on the facts of your case during your free case review with our team.
How Long Will It Take to Get Compensation?
The timeline for an insurance claim or lawsuit differs for each case. This could take a few weeks or several months, depending on the facts of the case. Insurance settlements generally resolve faster than lawsuits, but delays in the investigation and negotiations do occur. A lawsuit could take a year or more. Our team may be able to advise options to help you make ends meet or stop collections calls during this time.
Will My Settlement Cover My Future Treatment and Care Needs?
We understand how long it takes to heal from serious burn injuries. Many of our clients need ongoing treatment and care. We document these needs with medical experts and work to estimate the cost. We include these damages in our negotiations with the insurer.
Sometimes, extensive medical expenses cause the value of the case to go beyond the policy limits of the liable party’s insurance. We may sue and ask the jury to award compensation for these costs when this occurs.
What if My Loved One Cannot File Before the Deadline?
Some burn victims remain in an induced coma for several weeks, suffer injuries that affect their cognitive ability, or otherwise cannot reach out to our team and hire an attorney on their own. We can discuss legal options with their immediate family, usually a spouse or parent, and determine the steps for getting started on the case.
What Are My Options for Seeking Compensation?
There are generally two options to recover compensation after a car accident, premises liability injury, or another personal injury:
- A negotiated settlement with the insurer representing the liable party
- A court award issued by the jury in a civil trial
Which of these options provides the best chance to secure a fair and just payout in your case will depend greatly on the circumstances. Our team knows how to determine your best options and develop a solid case to support recovering the compensation you need and deserve.
How Much Is My Roswell Burn Injury Case Worth?
To determine how much your injury case may be worth, we must first investigate to better understand your expenses and losses. To prove negligence and liability, our attorneys gather documentation of our client's recoverable damages. This includes their current and future expenses and intangible losses.
Only with this documentation can we determine the potential settlement value of the case. We discuss this with our clients before we demand compensation through an insurance claim or decide to take the case to civil court.
Do I Need an Attorney to File an Insurance Claim?
Yes. You don't want to go up against a team of corporate lawyers by yourself. Should you represent yourself, you will certainly lose much of the compensation you deserve.
Our Roswell burn injury attorneys know what it takes to develop a strong case, prove negligence and liability, and navigate the claims process for our clients. We can protect your rights and take care of every step. We have the knowledge and experience necessary to prove, calculate, and fight for a fair payout.
Learn How Our Roswell Burn Injury Attorneys Can Help
Atlanta Personal Injury Law Group provides free case consultations for victims hurt in a negligence accident. If you believe your burn injuries occurred because of someone else or have questions about your potential case, let us review it with you today. Contact us at (404) 609-1724 to get started.
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