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Burn Injuries

Rockford Burn Injury Lawyer

Burn injuries are some of the most painful experiences that you can have when involved in an accident. Bad burns can be life-threatening, and even if they are not that severe, they’ll still do significant damage and lead to a long rehabilitation process. If you were harmed by a fire or other incident that resulted from the negligent actions of another party, turn to Rockford personal injury lawyer Paul M. Marriett right away for legal assistance.

What Can Lead to Burn Injuries? 

Thanks to advances in both materials and technology, fires are not as common as they once were. That doesn’t mean they don’t happen, however, and it’s still possible to be caught up in an accident that involves a fire or other situation that leads to burn injuries. According to the American Burn Association, there were an estimated 486,000 documented burn injury matters treated nationwide at hospitals in our country based on a previously conducted CDC study. With 40,000 people hospitalized due to the severe nature of their burn injury.

  • Car Accidents – any vehicle with a tank of gas or diesel is a potential fire hazard in a crash. One of the most important things to do after a severe car crash is to move free of the vehicles as soon as it is safe to do so, to avoid burns from a potential fire that may break out. If you are involved in a car accident that ends in a fire, you might have multiple types of injuries, including burns, broken bones, head or spine trauma, and more.
  • Residential Fires – it’s possible for a fire to break out in residential structures like single-family homes, apartment buildings, townhomes, etc. These can be particularly dangerous if they happen when residents are sleeping and may be slow to react. Determining the cause of this type of fire is important because it can help the injured party determine who to pursue for damages (more on that later).
  • Fires On The Job – in some work settings, there is a danger of fire based on the industrial or manufacturing activity that is going on. Employers have a responsibility to keep workers safe and provide the right precautions to steer clear of this outcome.
  • Hot Beverage Spills – nearly everyone is aware of the multimillion-dollar McDonald’s case concerning a spill of a hot beverage on a customer. Sometimes beverage and water warmers will have incorrect settings or be faulty and result in someone being served a beverage that is considerably hotter than what is expected or regulated within the food service industry. If you have been served a hot beverage that has resulted in a burn injury, we may be able to help.

Many different situations can lead to fire or other resultant burn injury, especially if a particular party is being negligent in their actions. Don’t assume you have to deal with the aftermath of your burn injuries all alone with no financial compensation for what you have been through. Depending on the facts of the case, you may be entitled to damages that will make it easier to get your life back on track.

How Burn Injuries Impact Your Life

It might be the potential scars from a burn injury that you think about first in the aftermath of this event. Those can be serious, and it may require ongoing attention to reduce their visibility, but burn damage is far more than just cosmetic. There are also very serious health issues that can arise after you’ve been badly burned, and it’s important not to overlook those problems, as well.

You might find that your nerves in the area that was badly burned never recover, and they may not work at all. It’s also possible to deal with muscle and bone issues that lead to lengthy and costly rehabilitation work over the years to come. Depending on the nature of the fire that you experienced, respiratory issues are another problem to watch for, as inhaling a large volume of smoke during the process of trying to escape the fire can damage your lungs. Work closely with your medical team and be sure to ask questions about anything that is bothering you to make sure all potential issues are addressed and treated.

Seeking Damages from the Right Party 

When looking for compensation for your injuries, there is just one question that matters – who was responsible for these burns? If any other party acted negligently, and the burns were a direct result of that negligence, they may be held financially responsible. The damages you fight for could wind up coming in the form of a settlement, or they might be awarded in a judgment if the other party fights this case all the way to the end.

It will be a key responsibility of your personal injury lawyer to determine what party or parties should be pursued for damages. Going after the right party is essential, as you’ll only stand a chance of success in court if the other party was truly to blame for what happened. Doing plenty of research into the facts of the case, in addition to looking at the history of other similar cases, will allow your representation to pick out the right parties to target with legal action.

Act Quickly

The most important thing you can do right after experiencing burn injuries is to get medical care. Once your medical needs have been addressed and you have a plan to rehab and get back to good health, you then need to think about the financial implications of this event. There might be a path to take legal action and fight for damages that will help pay for your many expenses, and your pain and suffering associated with your burn injury.

Contact A Burn Injury Lawyer For Help

The Law Office of Paul M. Marriett would be happy to speak with you in a free consultation to learn more about your situation and help you understand the types of compensation that may be available. Reach out today to a Rockford personal injury attorney to learn more, you can call or text message us 24/7/365 at 815-391-0089, reach us securely through our home page, or email Paul directly at for assistance.

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