Burn Injury

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Burn injuries are known to be among the most painful injuries anyone can endure. Those of us who have burned ourselves at the stove or hot water faucet understand can imagine the excruciating impact of larger, deeper burns. At best, severe burns require skin grafts and leave ugly scars; at worst, they are fatal. If you have suffered a serious burn injury due to the negligence, recklessness or malice of someone else, you need an outstanding personal injury attorney to help you recover just compensation. In the vicinity of Cincinnati, Ohio, Jones Kahan Law, LLC has the well-credentialed, knowledgeable legal representation you’re looking for.

How Our Burn Injury Attorney Can Help

First, we will meet with you at no cost wherever it is convenient so that we can learn the facts of the incident. We will also examine any police or EMT reports as well as your medical data, interview any witnesses, and investigate any other complaints against the defendant. In addition, our well-connected personal injury attorneys know experts in a number of fields (automotive repair, fire prevention, chemistry, manufacturing, medicine) with whom we can consult and, if need be, have testify on your behalf.

Committed to saving burn victims from any further anxiety or distress, we will take over all logistical legal and insurance matters while you concentrate on healing. You will find us to be full of empathy as well as knowledgeable about personal injury law. We are well aware that you are going through a terrible period in your life, and are absolutely determined to hold the responsible party accountable. Furthermore, we will charge you no attorneys’ fees until we win your case.

Types of Burn Injuries

Burns are medically categorized by degrees of severity as follows:

  • First-degree burns, of which typical sunburns are an example, are mild, resulting in pain and reddening of the outermost layer of skin (epidermis)
  • Second-degree burns affect the lower layer of skin (dermis) as well as the epidermis, causing not only severe pain and redness, but swelling and blistering, and may require skin grafts
  • Third-degree burns destroy the skin entirely, creating a white or blackened, leathery appearance, result in numbness due to burned nerves, involve deeper tissues, and always require skin grafts

Common Reasons For A Burn Injury

In many cases, someone has manufactured a defective device, poorly maintained a vehicle or heating unit, or failed to warn the public of a burn risk. If you are seriously burned as a result, the responsible party may be held liable for your burn injuries. Examples of “accidents” in which fault can be assigned include:

  • Defective matches, blowtorches, machinery
  • Highly flammable garments, blankets, curtains
  • Liquid that is much too hot (e.g. water from a tap, coffee from a restaurant)
  • Escaping steam from a radiator
  • Chemical spills (acids, paint thinner, gasoline)
  • Traffic accident in which the other driver was at fault
  • Traffic accident in which defective parts were to blame
  • Burns that occur during medical treatment such as radiation (medical malpractice)
  • Electric shocks from exposed wires, faulty outlets, outdated appliances
  • Planned or unplanned explosions that left the public unprotected
  • Unmarked hot glass or metal surfaces
  • Tanning beds

No matter where you were harmed — in a store, factory, office building, school, playground, city street, amusement park, or even in your own home or backyard — our sharp personal injury attorneys will fight zealously to see to it that you and your family regain financial security.

Also, you should remember that if you were burned intentionally in an assault, whether your assailant was ever charged with or convicted of a crime or not, we are able to file a lawsuit and potentially obtain significant damages. As a matter of fact, the legal standard we will have to meet to win a personal injury lawsuit is much less stringent than the one that would have to be met in a criminal case.

Damages We Will Fight To Win for You and Your Loved Ones

Our legal team recognizes that we can never win enough in damages to fully compensate you and your family for the unimaginable trauma of your severe burn injuries. Nonetheless, our goal is to obtain enough in damages for you to live in financial security in spite of your present incapacity and uncertain future.

We know all too well that you may have to deal with complications down the road, such as lasting respiratory weakness due to smoke inhalation, bacterial infection, muscular impairment or long-term nerve damage. Therefore, we will work diligently to win substantial damages that will enable you and your family to cope with future expenses as well as current ones.

Economic and non-economic damages we may win for you are intended to compensate for:

  • Medical and rehabilitative costs
  • Lost income (present and future)
  • Property destruction
  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of consortium
  • Loss of enjoyment of life
  • Other injury-related costs

If the defendant acted intentionally, we may be able to obtain punitive damages as well as compensatory ones. Punitive damages are designed to punish the plaintiff and to prevent others from engaging in such egregious actions.

Ohio Is a Modified Comparative Negligence State

Ohio law recognizes the possibility that more than one party may be responsible for a personal injury, a principle known as “comparative negligence.” If the court determines that your own negligence or impairment played some role in the event, it will deduct your percentage of blame from your awarded damages.

This means that if Jones Kahan attorneys win you $1 million in damages and the courts have decided that you were 10 percent at fault, you will actually receive $900,000. You should also be aware that under the rules of “modified” comparative negligence if you are found to be more than 50 percent at fault for your injury, you won’t receive any compensation at all.

Fortunately, the savvy personal injury attorneys at Jones Kahan Law will be your strong allies. We have the in-depth legal knowledge and tactical skills necessary to protect your rights and persuade the court that you bear minimal, if any, blame for the harm that came to you.

Contact Our Cincinnati Burn Injury Lawyer

We are fully committed to your cause and pride ourselves on providing compassion as well as efficient, effective legal representation. The sooner you contact us, the sooner we can begin advocating for you. In this time of trouble, we will be your stalwart supporters.