Nashville Burn Injury Lawyer
Construction accidents often cause burn injuries. These burn injuries could be temperature burns or chemical burns. Large vehicle collisions also cause a number of burn injuries. These vehicles often weigh tens of thousands of pounds and carry large quantities of highly flammable diesel fuel. These injuries usually require extensive, and expensive, treatment at specialty burn centers. Even after doctors finish their work, burn victims usually suffer permanent physical and emotional scars.
The compassionate Nashville burn injury lawyers at Mitch Grissim & Associates are happy to provide you with a free consultation. We understand the intense pain and suffering these burn injury victims must endure. So, our law firm works hard to obtain fair compensation for your burn injuries. This compensation usually includes money for economic losses, such as medical bills, and noneconomic losses, such as pain and suffering.
Types of Burns
Recovering from a severe burn injury can be an arduous and painful process. And no matter what type of severe burns you sustain, you will need medical attention. There are four types of burns. The most serious can lead to high medical costs:
These types of burns are considered superficial because they don’t penetrate beneath the outer layer of the skin. However, a first-degree burn is painful and can cause reddening in the skin.
A second-degree burn penetrates beneath the outer layer of the skin to the lower layer. These burns are also painful and can cause redness, blistering, and swelling.
This type of burn is quite serious. A third-degree burn completely penetrates beneath the skin to the point where there’s tissue damage. These types of burns result in charred skin that is either painful or numb.
A fourth-degree burn is the most serious. In fact, this type of burn penetrates beneath the skin to the point where the muscle and bone are affected. Because this type of burn results in damaged nerve endings, no pain is felt.
The most serious burns will require reconstructive surgery and physical therapy. In such cases, you will need a Nashville burn injury attorney for your personal injury claim and in your quest to seek compensation. Our Nashville burn injury attorneys are experts at handling personal injury cases where a burn victim has sustained severe injury.
Treatment for a burn injury can be expensive and involve a great deal of effort and discomfort on the part of the person who has suffered the injury. If burn injuries were suffered due to someone else’s reckless behavior, see us for a free case evaluation.
There are several different ways you could suffer a burn injury. Here are the most common.
Electrical burns are caused by electricity passing through the skin and the body resulting in severe injuries.
A chemical burn happens when living tissue is exposed to dangerous chemicals like corrosive substances or toxic agents.
A scalding burn is a burn injury caused by hot liquid or steam.
Thermal burns are burn injuries that derive from the body coming in contact with hot objects like irons, ovens, engines, and more.
Some of the most common burns are caused by an open flame or fire.
Proving a Negligence Claim
In most negligence claims, such as vehicle collision claims, a combination of witness statements, the police accident report, and medical bills serve as the primary evidence in a negligence claim. The proof is important because the victim/plaintiff must usually establish negligence by a preponderance of the evidence (more likely than not). A weak evidentiary claim usually doesn’t lead to maximum compensation and often falls victim to insurance company defenses.
The aforementioned large vehicle crashes often involve electronic evidence. Frequently, the physical damage is so catastrophic that emergency responders cannot determine precisely what happened. Most large vehicles have event data recorders, which are similar to black box flight data recorders. Most EDRs measure and record information like:
- Vehicle speed
- Steering angle
- Engine RPM
- Brake application
Frequently, our Nashville burn injury lawyers partner with accident reconstruction engineers in these matters. These professionals can take electronic bits of information and use them like a landscape painter uses the colors on a palette.
Construction accidents are sometimes a bit different. Usually, workers’ compensation applies to these injuries. So, victims do not need to prove negligence or fault. However, evidence is usually relevant to the amount of money in damages awarded in a workers’ compensation claim.
Resolving a Negligence Claim
All kinds of personal injury cases usually settle out of court. However, an attorney must prepare the case as if it will go all the way to trial. That’s the best way and, usually, the only way to obtain fair compensation.
Once medical treatment is at least substantially complete, most attorneys send demand letters to insurance companies. These letters demand compensation for the aforementioned losses in exchange for a liability waiver. If the case is clear-cut, insurance companies have a duty to quickly settle the matter.
But liability and/or damage issues are usually at least somewhat murky. Insurance companies use this murkiness as an excuse to drag their feet. So, to put pressure on the insurance company and preserve the victim’s legal rights, most attorneys file legal paperwork rather quickly.
Informal settlement negotiations usually intensify at this point. If the case isn’t settled as the trial date approaches, most Davidson County judges refer matters to mediation. A third-party mediator helps the parties find common ground and resolve their disputes. If both sides negotiate in good faith, mediation usually works.
Getting the Help That You Need
If you are someone who has suffered burn injuries as a result of someone else’s negligence, you’ve probably had to deal with lost wages in addition to the pain you’ve recently suffered. Allow our law firm to provide the legal assistance that you need to get the financial compensation that you deserve.
Whether you’ve suffered burns due to a house fire, chemical exposure, electrical burns, thermal burns, or some other type of burn injury, your confidential or sensitive information is safe with one of our personal injury lawyers. We’ll work hard to get you the financial compensation that will help you and your family during an incredibly difficult time. If you’ve suffered a burn injury, you’ll find that the attorney-client relationship at Mitch Grissim & Associates is one where the client’s needs always come first.
You’ll want to seek out a Nashville burn injury lawyer because of the pain and suffering specific to the type of injury. If you’ve suffered a burn injury as a result of someone else’s negligence, a lawyer who specializes in personal injury cases will have the expertise needed to handle your personal injury case. Simply reach out to us for a free consultation.
Reach Out to a Diligent Davidson County Lawyer
Burn injury victims are entitled to significant compensation. For a free consultation with an experienced personal injury attorney in Nashville, contact Mitch Grissim & Associates. You can reach us by phone at 615-255-9999 or contact us via email. Virtual, home, and hospital visits are available.