Burn injuries can be severe, causing permanent tissue damage and disfigurement. Bad burn accidents can also leave behind psychological scars, such as post-traumatic stress disorder. The lawyers at Drake Law Firm can help you fight for recovery for all your burn-related injuries, physical and otherwise. We have years of experience in the field of burn injury law in Birmingham and know which tactics to use to maximize your chance of compensation.
Unique Attorneys for Unique Injuries
Burn injuries are not like broken bones, lacerations, or other personal injuries. Burn damage can extend deep down into the underlying tissues, tendons, and muscles. One type of burn, electrical burns, might not show any outwardly signs of damage at all, yet have wreaked major havoc beneath the surface. It’s important to hire an attorney who specializes in these unique types of injuries to represent your case in Alabama.
Drake Law Firm has garnered more than $800 million in verdicts and settlements for our clients, with an almost 99% success rate. Many of these cases have involved serious burn injuries from car crashes, chemical spills, defective products, fires and explosions, electrical incidents at work, and other types of accidents. We know what the Birmingham courts are looking for in burn injury claims and can go to work immediately, organizing the facts, evidence, and documents to draft your lawsuit.
Don’t trust just any law firm with injuries as severe as bad burns. If you suffered second- or third-degree burns that will leave you with permanent scars, amputations, or disabilities, you need outstanding attorneys. Drake Law Firm goes above and beyond to help burn survivors. We treat each case as if we had the injuries ourselves, working tirelessly to achieve justice. When it comes to horrific or catastrophic injuries, we have the resourcefulness and commitment to take claims where they need to go.
How to Hold Someone Liable for Your Burn Injuries
Many burn injuries stem from someone else’s negligence, such as a distracted driver, careless employer, or neglectful manufacturing company. If this is the case, you may have the right to file a claim against the at-fault party in pursuit of financial recovery. A lawyer can help you with this process. First, you will need to prepare as much information as you can about your case. This includes a description of where you were when the accident happened, who witnessed it, and who you talked to. Create a notebook or binder with the following facts and documents, if possible:
- Accident report
- Police report
- Eyewitness statements
- Medical records
- Doctor’s prescribed treatments
- Hospital/surgery bills
- Photographs of the scene of the accident and your injuries
- Insurance claim documentation
Do not worry if you don’t have any of the documents or evidence on this list. Call our attorneys and we’ll still take care of your entire claim for you. If you do have this information, however, it can help you build a stronger case against the party allegedly responsible for your burns. The evidence we help you collect after a burn accident can serve to convince an insurance claims adjuster, judge, or jury of the defendant’s responsibility in causing the injuries.
A burn injury can be caused by anything that generates enough heat to damage the structural integrity of human tissue. Open flames obviously cause many burns, but so do hot surfaces like stoves, hot liquids like coffee, and various chemicals, radiation sources and electric currents. And a very large number of Americans—almost half a million—needed medical treatment for their burn injuries in 2013.
Burns are Unique Injuries
Burns are unique in several ways:
- The damage they cause
- The complications that follow that damage over the years
- The care that is required to treat and rehabilitate victims
The medical community recognizes that the treatment and rehabilitation of burn victims takes specialized experience. Seriously burned patients are taken out of the mainstream medical facilities like hospitals and placed in “burn centers” or “burn units” where the entire staff is specially trained in caring for these injuries. It also takes an attorney with special experience in burn injury cases to ensure that victims of these horrific injuries receive the compensation they deserve. At Drake Law Firm, we understand the difficult personal journey that burn victims will travel, as well as the legal points that will need to be investigated and proved before they can get the funds needed to make that journey successfully.
The Damage Caused
In addition to severe pain and functional impairment, victims of a burn injury of any severity often experience:
- Vivid and recurring memories of the incident
- Disfigurement that is often extreme and may well be very visible
The combination of these may produce emotional and psychological trauma severe enough to meet the definition of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and cause victims to experience substantial changes in personality and emotional make-up. Many victims soon come to view their lives as divided into segments “before the burn” and “after the burn.”
Even worse, the psychological consequences often spiral down: post-injury insecurity diminishes the victim’s confidence, the diminished confidence leads to awkwardness and avoidance, which increases the victim’s isolation, which causes anger and more insecurity.
Unfortunately, the real damage from scarring goes well beyond the victims’ skin. Being stared at and whispered about erodes the self-image, confidence, security, even the victim’s basic perception of other people; it’s hard to think positively about strangers who make you afraid to go outside. And it’s much worse for female victims and child victims.
Given the premium that our society places on female physical appearance, even minor scarring can have a major impact on female burn victims. They may find that their employment prospects have dwindled, either because they’ve suffered a loss of confidence that makes it harder to navigate job interviews, or because employers are reluctant to hire them for positions that deal frequently with the public.
Children, especially those who are burned before they have developed their personalities and social skills, are also likely to be more deeply affected by scars. Insecurity over their appearance and what others think of them can last a lifetime.
Quality of Life
The physical, emotional and psychological consequences can drastically affect every meaningful area that makes up a person’s life:
- Marriage and parenthood
- Friendships and involvement in social/recreational activities
Help for Your Burn Injury
Financial compensation will never make up for a serious burn injury, but it’s absolutely necessary to pay for the victim’s current and future care, and it is the only way the law has to offset the many personal and social losses the injury has caused. It’s also the only way to see that the people responsible for the injury are held accountable.
Drake Law Firm uses proven techniques and strategies to help build client cases. We can immediately go to work on your case, drafting a claim so you don’t waste time or money waiting around. Our staff will take care of everything so that you can concentrate on getting your life back together. Contact us as soon as possible after a burn injury in Birmingham. No matter how severe your damages, we can help you fight for fair compensation. We can give you an idea about the future of your claim during a complimentary consultation with an attorney. Call (205) 970-0800 to schedule yours today.
“Whit Drake is an incredible attorney. He won my case with speed and incredible knowledge. I can never thank him enough for what he has done for my family. He treated us as if we were family. Whit and his staff will always have a friend in us……Thanks” S.R.