Dealing with the aftermath of a burn injury can be one of the most difficult and distressing times of your life. Perhaps your burns have had a significant impact on your life in many ways, by causing you pain and limited mobility in certain areas. One of the main reasons why people obtain large amounts of damages for burn injuries is due to disfigurement caused by scars from the most severe burns. If you are dealing with severe burn injuries, you may wonder how much you will be able to receive in the settlement. Today we will discuss what you can expect from your claim.
Basing Settlement on How an Accident Occurred
There are many factors that determine how much you will be able to recover in an accident involving severe burns, which leads to scarring. Some of these factors include the severity of your injury, the intentions of the person who caused the burn, and how and if a defendant is able to pay for the damages.
If the settlement is decided, both sides will sit down and start on negotiation. This is typically based on how much they believe a plaintiff would be awarded if the case had gone to trial. Two of the most important questions asked are: How and where? This means, how did the accident occur and where is the injury? These injuries happen in a variety of ways. But, even if it was an accident, accidents can still happen due to the negligence of others. If a car accident occurred and there was a fire, and one party was negligent for the accident, they have also helped contribute to your burns and scars. If gross negligence was involved, such as a malfunctioning piece of equipment causing your injuries even after an employer was warned it could catch on fire, your case might be worth more in damages.
Emotional Pain and Suffering
What many people don’t understand at first is how the scars caused by your burns can lead to emotional damage as well, especially if the scars are in a noticeable place. The disfigurement caused by scars can be extremely damaging because it is both severe and permanent, and usually cannot be corrected without surgery – and even then, sometimes, it still cannot be treated. Those who suffer from disfigurement from scarring can sometimes experience depression, embarrassment, and many other feelings associated with the injuries. This is especially true in places where the public constantly sees the scars, such as the face or arms.
Each year, 1.1 million people suffer burns requiring extensive medical attention. 20,000 burn victims have injuries that cover up to 25% of their body. Are you somebody who has been injured due to the negligence of others and you want to receive compensation for your extensive damages? We want to help you every step of the way at The Nye Law Group in North Carolina. Call us today to get started on your case at 855-636-9277.