Get Responsive Help from Our Burn Injury Attorney
As you know if you’ve been burned, burn injuries are very painful. In addition to the pain, burns can also lead to infection, scarring and disfigurement. Unfortunately serious burns are some of the most common injuries that our Asheville burn injury lawyer sees. Burn injuries can occur almost anywhere and in a wide variety of ways. They happen in car accidents. They happen in the workplace. They can be caused by defective products and unsafe property conditions. However they happen, severe burns are often debilitating and can have long-lasting impacts on people’s lives.
According to the American Burn Association, there are nearly 500,000 burn injuries every year that need medical treatment. Out of these, approximately 40,000 require hospitalization, including at specialized burn centers. It’s no surprise that medical bills for these injuries are very expensive. Data shows that treatment costs for catastrophic burns can reach into the millions of dollars, in some cases. People with serious burns may not be able to work, resulting in further financial distress. The effects of a burn injury can be lifelong, both physically and financially.
Honest Legal Representation during Difficult Times
While some burn injuries are truly accidental, many times burns are caused by the negligent or even intentional actions of others. If you have a burn injury sustained in a car accident or caused in one of the following or in other ways, you may be able to get compensation:
- A workplace chemical mishap
- A defective product malfunction
- A careless health care provider who misused X-rays or radiation therapy
- A property owner who didn’t fix dangerous electrical wiring
- Someone intentionally setting a fire.
Compensation could help you pay doctor bills, replace lost income if you can’t work and more.
To learn about how we may be able to help you, call our responsive law firm at (828) 333-5996 to arrange a free consultation with our friendly and straightforward attorney. You have nothing to lose by speaking with our firm and potentially much to gain.
As an attorney who is “brutally honest,” Lakota Denton will always be truthful with you about the strength of your case. If he believes you were the victim of another’s negligence, he will fight hard to get compensation for you.
Compensation Our Asheville Burn Injury Lawyer Will Pursue
When you’ve been injured due to negligence, our burn injury lawyer will pursue compensation from the at-fault party to pay you for the damages you’ve suffered. “Damages” are all the losses you’ve experienced because of your injuries. How much compensation you may be able to get will depend upon all the details of your case.
Damages in Burn Injury Cases
Damages in burn injury cases could include compensation for:
- Current and future medical bills
- Lost wages for time missed at work while recuperating
- Lost earning capacity if your ability to work is compromised
- Pain and suffering for physical pain and mental and emotional trauma
- Scarring and disfigurement that have resulted from your burns
- Punitive damages in cases of extreme negligence.
Wrongful Death in Burn Injury Cases
Sadly, burn injuries sometimes lead to death. If your family member has died from a burn injury caused by negligence, you could potentially receive damages through a wrongful death claim. Damages may include compensation for:
- Medical expenses
- Funeral and burial costs
- Pain and suffering of the deceased before they died
- Lost income and future earnings
- Lost comfort, love and support
- Lost protection and assistance.
In North Carolina, wrongful death lawsuits can be brought by personal representatives on behalf of survivors. Survivors themselves cannot bring wrongful death claims unless they’re also a personal representative.
Once we understand all the details of your case, our burn injury lawyer will advise you about damages you may be able to claim and how much you could potentially get. Call us at (828) 333-5996 for a free consultation.
Why You Need Our Burn Injury Lawyer Fighting for You
When you’ve been hurt due to another party’s negligence, such as in a car accident or other incident, your first step is to seek compensation from that party’s insurance company. If the insurer doesn’t offer a fair settlement, then your other option is to take your case to court and have it decided by a jury.
Getting fair money from insurance companies isn’t easy. Going to court and winning is even harder. But with a skilled litigation attorney on your side, you exponentially increase your chances of a beneficial outcome. Our Asheville burn injury lawyer—who focuses exclusively in personal injury law—has a long track record of success in standing up for clients with insurance adjusters and in the court.
What Our Burn Injury Attorney Will Do for You
Once we take your case, our attorney will:
- Do all the legwork of thoroughly investigating your injury accident and gathering evidence to establish negligence
- Communicate with the insurance companies of all parties involved and file all necessary claim paperwork
- Negotiate a fair settlement offer with the insurance company of the responsible party
- File a lawsuit if a fair settlement offer isn’t forthcoming
- Go to court to get you the money you deserve.
Our attorney is an assertive litigator who is not afraid to argue on clients’ behalf in the courtroom. Insurance companies know we are not afraid to go to court. They know our firm won’t back down in taking cases all the way to trial. Often insurers will agree to reasonable settlements in order to avoid the time and expense of litigation. But if this doesn’t happen in your case, we will be prepared to advocate for your rights in front of a jury.
Why Choose Lakota Denton, P.A. to Handle Your Burn Injury Case?
We know you have choices when it comes to law firms. So why should you choose our Asheville burn injury attorney to handle your case? Our attorney is an aggressive negotiator who knows how to successfully take on insurance companies. Lakota Denton is also an experienced litigator who has won substantial jury awards for injured victims of negligence. When you work with our firm, you can expect to receive hands-on representation from an empathetic and knowledgeable attorney who understands the stress and anxiety you’re facing. He will always take the time to answer your questions and address your concerns. Your case will never be handed off to a less experienced associate.
Lakota Denton has been recognized within the legal community for his dedication to getting the best results for personal injury clients. He has been named to the Super Lawyers Rising Stars list and is a Top 40 Lawyer Under 40. Additionally, he has received an Avvo Clients’ Choice Award badge based on the positive reviews of satisfied clients.
Call Us Today for Help With Your Burn Injury Case
Don’t delay in getting legal help when you’ve been injured due to negligence. Call us today to arrange a free, low-pressure consultation with our burn injury lawyer. Our North Carolina law firm can be reached at (828) 333-5996.
Contributory Negligence in North Carolina
When considering whether to bring a burn injury lawsuit, it’s important to understand that North Carolina uses a pure contributory negligence system in personal injury cases. What this means is that if you are found to share any fault at all, even as little as 1%, for the accident that led to your burn injuries, you cannot recover any damages. Even if your case doesn’t go to court, insurance adjusters may take your share of fault into account, which could lead to a lower settlement offer or make insurers resistant to paying you anything.
For this reason, it’s especially important when you’ve been the victim of a negligent burn injury to:
- Not admit any degree of fault for the accident to anyone
- Speak with a skilled Asheville burn injury attorney who knows how to establish negligence and defend against accusations of shared fault.
Steps to Take after a Burn Injury
If you’ve suffered a serious burn, get to the hospital or see a doctor right away. It’s crucial for your health and healing that you have a doctor look at your burn to assess its severity, provide emergency first aid if needed, and develop a treatment plan. It’s also important to your legal case that there is a record showing you received prompt and thorough medical care.
Even if you feel your burns may be minor, see a doctor. Often burn injuries can be more serious and problematic than they may originally appear to be. It’s always best to err on the side of safety and get medical help.
Once you’ve gotten medical attention, be sure to:
- Keep a file of your medical records and bills
- Document your burn injuries with photographs
- Consider keeping a diary or journal that describes your injuries and pain levels on a regular basis
- Not give statements about the accident to the at-fault party’s insurance company or their lawyer
- Refer insurers and lawyers for the other party to your attorney.
Reach out to our Asheville burn injury attorney to learn more about what to do following an accident in which you were burned. We can be reached at (828) 333-5996.
Degrees of Burn Severity
A burn is technically an “injury caused by exposure to heat or flame.” Burns cause damage to skin cells and, depending on the extent of the burn, to underlying tissue as well. Burns are classified into categories based on severity.
- First degree burns are the least severe, affecting only the outermost layer of skin. First degree burns typically cause pain, swelling and redness.
- Second degree burnsinvolve both the outer layer of skin and the underlying skin layer, causing pain, redness, swelling and blistering.
- Third degree burns affect both layers of skin, as well as the tissue beneath. Nerve damage can occur, causing numbness or tingling, and the skin can appear blackened or white and visibly burnt.
- Fourth degree burnsare the most severe. In addition to affecting all of the layers of skin and underlying tissue, fourth degree burns extend beneath the skin layers, affecting tissue, muscle, and organs underneath. Fourth degree burns can be life threatening and absolutely require immediate emergency medical attention.
The more severe the burn, the more medical treatment will be required. Severe burns are a medical emergency. Don’t delay in getting medical help when you have a burn injury. Even small delays can cause problems you may not have had if you had gotten to a doctor sooner. And you’ll increase your chances of success in an insurance claim or lawsuit if you show from the start that you took your injury very seriously.
Medical Treatment for Burn Injuries
Depending on the type, severity and location of burns, treatment for burn injuries may include:
- Medications to treat pain and anxiety
- Antibiotic drugs to prevent infection
- Intravenous fluids to prevent dehydration
- Topical creams, ointments and wound dressings
- Water-based treatments to clean and stimulate damaged tissue
- A breathing tube if burns are near the face and neck and there is a risk of throat swelling
- A feeding tube in cases of very severe burns
- Surgery including skin grafting and reconstructive surgery.
Serious burn injuries often require extensive and ongoing medical treatment, which can become very costly. Even with your own health insurance, you could end up paying thousands in copays and deductibles. Our Asheville burn injury attorney will advocate for your right to get compensation to pay for your injuries.
Contact an Experienced Asheville Burn Injury Attorney
If you’ve been burned due to the negligent actions of another person or party, call our law firm in Asheville for legal assistance. As an experienced burn injury law firm, we will advise you on how best to proceed with your case. We want you to get the compensation you deserve, to recover and move forward with your life when you’ve been injured due to negligence. Our legal team is standing by to assist you. Call Lakota Denton, P.A. today at (828) 333-5996 to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation about your injury or wrongful death case.