Flagstaff Burn Injury Lawyers
Was your burn injury caused by someone else’s carelessness or failure to act to protect you?
You should discuss the situation with a licensed attorney from Phillips Law Group. We can determine if you may have a claim for compensation for your damages. Our firm is dedicated to pursuing maximum compensation for personal injury victims.
Our firm has represented more than 155,000 clients and obtained more than $750,000,000 in over 27 years. This includes obtaining $325,000 for someone who suffered second and third-degree burns. Our founder Jeffrey Phillips has obtained verdicts in multiple Arizona counties and is a Leaders Forum member of the American Association for Justice.
The initial consultation with one of our Flagstaff burn injury lawyers is absolutely free and there is no obligation to take legal action. Our lawyers do not get paid for representing you unless you get paid at the end of the legal process.
Call us today. We can take your call 24/7. 1-800-706-3000
Am I Eligible to File a Case?
Unless a burn injury was caused by another’s negligence, you do not have a case. Since negligence is difficult to prove, it is recommended that you work with an experienced attorney who understands the four elements of negligence.
There are four elements of negligence, duty of care, breach of duty of care, causation and damages. The duty of care is a legal obligation to act with reasonable care to help prevent an injury. A breach occurs through another’s actions or failure to act. Causation refers to the link between the injury and the breached duty of care. Finally, damages refers to the financial, physical and emotional toll of an injury. All four elements must be proven to have an opportunity to recover compensation.
There can be many examples of negligent behavior that could lead to a burn injury. For example, a smoke alarm could be broken or in need of a new battery. If the alarm would have alerted someone to a fire and prevented him or her from suffering a burn injury, there may be a case for negligence against the property owner.
There can also be burn injury claims against product manufacturers when a product defect results in severe burn injuries. Serious burn injuries could also occur in motor vehicle accidents, if a fuel tank explodes and the victim is trapped in his or her vehicle.
The National Fire Protection Association has found that most deaths from fires happen in the home, and they are caused by things like kitchen fires, smoking, bad wiring and space heaters. In these situations, the property owner may hold liability for failing to fix problems or make necessary upgrades to reduce the risk of a fire.
As each situation is unique, you should discuss things with a Flagstaff burn injury lawyer in a free consultation to find out if you may have grounds for legal action.
Burn Injury Compensation That May be Available
Treatment for a burn injury is quite expensive, when you factor how long treatment can last and all that is involved, from prescription medications and surgeries to pain medication and follow-up medical appointments.
If negligence was involved in your injury, you may be eligible to pursue compensation for the current and future cost of your medical bills.
However, there could be many other forms of financial compensation available, as a burn injury can affect many aspects of your life. You may miss time from work because you are physically unable to go to work. If you must change careers or obtain training to do a different kind of job, you may be able to obtain compensation for this.
The pain you experience could also be claimed in an injury case. Our attorneys can explain how we put a value on this, as there is no defined monetary value for physical pain. Emotional suffering could also be compensable, and our Flagstaff burn injury lawyers may be able to use medical records, your own account of your suffering, and testimony from medical experts to help prove your level of emotional suffering.
There is limited time to take legal action so it is important to contact us right away so we can determine what your claim may be worth.
Phillips Law Group – Phone: 1-800-706-3000
Why is it Important to Contact a Lawyer Quickly?
Besides the fact that legal claims have certain deadlines, you should also contact a lawyer quickly because the other side will get to work quickly attempting to escape liability for the accident that resulted in your burn injury.
For instance, the insurance company will likely contact you for a statement and to fish for information they can use against you. They may ask a lot of question designed to get you to say you were partially to blame for the accident or to minimize the severity of your injuries.
It is very important that you use caution when talking to the insurance company. You do not have to say much beyond the basic facts of the accident and that you are seeking treatment. Talking about the severity of your injuries is a bad idea. Without realizing it, you could say something that minimizes the extent of your injuries and this could come back to hurt you later in the legal process.
You have the option of referring the insurance company to your attorney, who can deal with them exclusively on your behalf. Our Flagstaff burn injury lawyers know how to defend your best interests when talking to the insurance company because we have many years of combined experience negotiating with insurance companies and protecting clients’ best interests.
Contact our firm today for answers to your questions and an explanation of how we can assist you throughout the legal process.
Categories of Burn Injuries
Burn injuries are classified by their severity, in one of three degrees:
- First-degree – These are the least severe, as they only affect the outer layer of your skin. After about a week, they are likely to heal and should not require treatment in the hospital.
- Second-degree – This occurs when the burn goes into the inner and outer layers of skin. The skin may have a bright red or pinkish hue and it could be that way for several weeks. There can also be painful blisters.
- Third-degree – These are the most severe because they get all the way down to tissues, muscles and bones. There can be extensive scarring and victims will likely need skin grafts.
Treatment of these injuries can be very expensive and long-lasting. When patients need skin grafts it exposes them to other risks, such as excessive bleeding and infections. The pain can also require prescription medication and can make it very difficult for victims to continue working as they did before or have the same relationships with family members.
Suffered a Burn Injury? Call Our Flagstaff Burn Injury Attorneys
For more than 27 years, Phillips Law Group has been dedicated to representing injury victims and pursuing compensation to help them with their damages.
There is no risk on contacting us because the consultation is free and there is no obligation on you to take legal action. If we represent you, there will be no fees unless we recover compensation.