How Can a Burn Injury Lawyer for South Carolina Help You?
Burn injuries are often devastating. Besides the severe physical pain, burn injuries may leave you with profound physical and emotional scarring. Many of the burn injuries you, or a loved one, suffered may be permanent, which often means expensive medical treatment, lost wages, lifestyle changes, and other costly damages.
In South Carolina, you can file a personal injury claim to seek compensation for your burn injuries. Unfortunately, the at-fault person’s insurance company is not on your side and is likely looking to pay as little as possible for your claim. But a South Carolina burn injury lawyer guides you through difficult circumstances and helps protect your best interests.
The person who caused your burn injuries (or their insurer) should be held liable for all your harms and losses.
Here’s what you need to know about burn injuries, what you should do if you suffer one, and how you can pursue everything you may deserve for the tragedy you’ve had to endure.
Were Your Burn Injuries Someone Else’s Fault?
It may seem obvious who was at fault for your burn injury. But most insurance companies are for-profit, which means they make more by paying you less for your claim. Some insurance adjusters may even use tricks and traps to try to pay you nothing at all.
To try to prove that the other person is responsible for your injuries, your attorney will investigate:
- The circumstances: What was happening when you got burned and how did it happen?
- The location: Did your burn occur while you were on another person’s property? Where your burn happened can have a big impact on your case.
- The cause: Did your burn result from the use of a defective product or due to the negligent act of another person, organization, or entity? This determines how you can pursue compensation for your harms.
- Expert opinion: A doctor’s professional opinion about how your burn occurred can be critical in trying to prove the other party’s fault.
How Do I Know if I Can File a Burn Injury Compensation Claim?
Sometimes, the person who burned you acted in such an obviously reckless manner that you know you likely have a claim.
For example, let’s say your landlord knows that the pilot light of your building’s water heater is faulty, but doesn’t get it fixed. The pilot light goes out one day, resulting in an accumulation of gas in the air. You light a candle, unknowingly igniting the gas and causing an explosion that results in you receiving severe burns.
In other cases, though, who is at fault for your injury may not be clear.
For example, let’s say you attend a barbeque hosted by a friend. As you stand next to the grill, beer in hand, chatting, an unexpected flareup ignites your clothes, causing you second degree burns. Were you standing too close to the flames, or was the host negligent in allowing grease to accumulate on the grill, making dangerous flareups more likely?
Don’t decide for yourself if you have a case. The law is complicated. Even if you think you’re at fault for your burn injuries, you may actually be entitled to compensation.
If your burn injury claim is successful, you may be entitled to significant damages including for:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Scarring or disfigurement
- Emotional distress
Can I Get Compensation for a Burn at Work in South Carolina?
Yes. In South Carolina, if you received a burn injury at work, you may be entitled to three benefits:
- Medical care
- Temporary payments while you’re out of work recovering
- Compensation for any permanent disability
If you suffered a burn injury on the job, consult a workers’ compensation lawyer who’s experienced with burn injury cases right away. An attorney can significantly increase your odds of success.
What Is a Major Burn Injury? Determining How Badly You Were Hurt
Burn injuries range in severity:
- Minor burns are those that typically involve 10% or less of your total body surface area (TBSA)
- Moderate burns generally include 10% to 20% of your TBSA
- Major burns include 20% of your TBSA or above
In addition to severity, burns are also classified by how deep they go into the underlying tissue beneath the skin:
|1st degree — burns are superficial, affecting only the outer layer of the skin (epidermis) and leading to redness and pain (but not blisters)Healing time typically takes between a few days to a week
|2nd degree — burns reach the inner layer (dermis) of the skin, resulting in swelling, blistering, and severe painHealing time typically takes between a few weeks to a few months
|3rd degree — burns, also known as “full thickness burns,” penetrate completely through the skin and damage your muscles, bones, and nervesThese injuries can take years to heal and there is a high chance of permanent injury and scarring
Fire Injuries: What Types of Accidents Might Cause a Major Burn?
Some common accidents that can often result in a major burn include:
- House fires
- House explosions from water heaters and gas leaks
- Gas tank explosions (such as buried tanks at a gas station)
- Industrial accidents
- Scalding water
- Chemicals that react negatively with skin
- Electrical burns
- Radiation, such as a sunburn
- Contact with hot surfaces
- Friction between objects, which can generate immense heat
However and wherever you suffered your burn injury, you may be entitled to compensation. If you accept an offer from the insurance company and it is too low, it is nearly impossible to reverse the agreement.
Pediatric Burns: Major Burn Injuries and Children
Children suffer serious burns far too often.
According to Johns Hopkins University, most children aged 4 and younger who are hospitalized for burns received them due to scalding (65%), such as from tipping hot liquids in the kitchen, or from making contact with a hot surface, such as a stovetop (20%). If your child was seriously burned due to a defective product or negligent person, they may be facing many serious challenges to their health and wellbeing ahead.
Helping children who have been tragically burned is a very important cause for us. For many years, we’ve had a close relationship with the Jaycee Burn Center. We’ve worked with many burn victims who received high-quality care at the Jaycee Burn Center. As part of our efforts to help the Burn Center in their important mission, we donated a pediatric bronchoscope to help diagnose and treat children under two suffering from serious burns.
How James Scott Farrin Helps Clients Fight for Maximum Compensation for Burn Injuries
We can handle the insurance company for you while you focus on what matters most: your recovery. The insurance adjuster may be friendly, but most of them have the same mission: to pay you as little as possible.
You shouldn’t have to pay for injuries caused by another. Since 1997, we’ve helped tens of thousands of people recover hundreds of millions of dollars in total compensation, and we want to help you, too.1
If you’ve suffered a serious burn injury, one of our attorneys can:
- Help you determine the potential value of your claim
- Gather evidence, interview any witnesses, and build your case
- Support and guide you through a difficult and complex process
- Ensure your paperwork is completed accurately and on time
- Consult with outside experts such as burn specialists as needed
- Handle the insurance company and fight for maximum compensation on your behalf
- Take your case to trial if needed
And there’s no need to worry about cost. We work on a contingency fee basis, meaning you pay no attorney’s fee at all if we don’t get compensation for you. Guaranteed.2Text Us