Rockford, Illinois Burn Injury Lawyers

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Burn Injuries are Devastating

Reach out if you’ve suffered ANY burn injuries from someone’s neglect.

Burn injuries have some of the most severe consequences. A burn is an excruciating and long-lasting pain. The most severe form of physical and emotional trauma. Treatment for burn injuries can be expensive. They can easy reach and exceed hundreds of thousands of dollars.

It’s a very long recovery that includes skin grafts and other reconstructive procedures. A long physical and mental recovery, accompanied with the potential of life-long scaring.

Seeking Compensation for Burn Injuries

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To get compensation, injured parties must show that they have sustained damages. These damages can be either compensatory damages (economic or non-economic) or punitive damages.

Economic damages are measurable and include medical expenses and lost wages. Non-economic damages include physical and mental pain and suffering. Punitive damages intended to punish for conduct that goes beyond simple negligence. For example – a complete disregard of one’s health and safety may be grounds for punitive damages. This decision requires a jury.

Burns on the Job

Many burn injuries happen to individuals while on the job. The employer was negligent in failing to meet the duty of care to employees. Failure to provide a safe work environment free from ill-maintained equipment and machinery. Or a co-worker’s failure to follow safety procedures was the direct cause of another’s burn injuries.

Workplace Burn Accidents

Burn injuries sustained in a workplace may entitle the worker to workers’ compensation benefits. Workers’ compensation benefits are different as compared to a lawsuit claiming negligence. Illinois law protects employees who have suffered injuries on the job.

Burns from Automotive Accidents

Burn injuries are also sustained in auto accidents. A person at fault for causing a car accident may be held responsible for any burns, or personal injuries. Expect these types of personal injury lawsuits to involve aggressive insurance companies. They will seek to limit the amount of compensation you could receive.

Burns from Defective Machines

These types of lawsuits are also known as Product Liability Lawsuits. Burn injuries caused by neglected or defective equipment or machines.

Product manufacturers can be liable if their products’ defects link back to burn injuries. Product liability claims include: (1) failure to warn of known defects(2) design defects(3) manufacturing defects.If a company doesn’t disclose a known danger that can lead to a burn injury, that company might be liable for damages.

Types and Degrees of Burn Injuries

Burn injuries differ based on the cause of the injury and are categorized by type and degree. 

Types of Burns

  • Thermal Burns — These burns result when skin cells begin dying from an increase in temperature of the skin, such as a fire.
  • Electrical Burns — These burns are the direct result of exposure to an electrical current.
  • Cold Burns — Frostbite is a “cold burn” that results from the death of skin cells upon freezing. Many frostbite injuries or cold burns lead to amputation.
  • Friction Burns — These burns happen when an object rubs off one’s skin. Such burns are often associated with motorcycle or bicycle accidents. A person gets thrown or tossed on a roadway, and suffers what many call “road rash.”
  • Chemical Burns — These burns result from contact with acids, solvents, or detergents.
  • Radiation Burns — These burns result from exposure to the sun (sunburn), x-rays, or radiation therapy.

The severity of burn injuries is measured in degrees. The greater the degree, the more severe the burn injury.

Degree of Burns

  • First-Degree Burns — A person sustains first-degree burns when the outer layer of skin is affected. Such as a mild to moderate sunburn. The damage to one’s skin involves mild pain and redness but does not involve blistering or permanent scarring.
  • Second-Degree Burns — A person sustains second-degree burns when both the outer layer of skin and the dermis are damaged. Besides pain and redness, second-degree burns may lead to swelling and blistering. A second-degree burn may be superficial, whereby only a part of the dermis suffers damage. Or a second-degree burn may be deeper (“partial-thickness burn”), resulting in scarring and skin discoloration.
  • Third-Degree Burn — A person sustains a third-degree burn, also known as a “full-thickness burn,” when the two top layers of skin are destroyed. Rather than being red, a third-degree burn appears white, black, or yellow, and because third-degree burns damage nerve endings, a burn injury victim may not feel the extent of the burns.
  • Fourth-Degree Burns — A person sustains fourth-degree burns, which can be life-threatening when all layers of one’s skin are destroyed. As well as damage to one’s muscles, tendons, and even one’s bones.

Most people know what a first-degree burn feels like, and when a first-degree burn injury can be painful, one can only imagine how painful and debilitating second, third, and fourth-degree burns can be.

Types of Accidents and Incidents Associated with Burn Injuries in Illinois

Burn injuries can be the result of one’s conduct, such as being out in the sun too long or touching a hot surface), but some burn injuries are caused by negligent behavior as well as defective products. Examples of the various types of accidents and incidents that can lead to burn injuries include, but may not be limited to, the following:

  • Automobile accidents
  • House fires;
  • Exposure to steam or other hot substances (which often occur in the workplace);
  • Extended exposure to cold in the case of frostbite; 
  • Faulty wiring that results in a dangerous electrical current or fire;
  • Poorly maintained equipment and machinery that has an exposed flame source; and
  • Failure of a smoke detector or alarm to alert one of an impending fire, which may be a type of product defect.

Burn Accident Responsibility Can Be Shared

While accidents can happen, most accidents are the direct result of negligent behavior. Most burn injury claims involve allegations that another person or party is at fault for causing the injuries. In some cases, the injured person may have contributed to the cause of the burn injuries. Because fault and negligence can be assessed across multiple parties, it is best to work alongside an Illinois Burn Injury Lawyer when considering legal action.

The Importance of Time Limitations on Filing Burn Injury Claims in Illinois

The statute of limitations for lawsuits involving burn injuries will vary based on the type of lawsuit at issue. Under Illinois law, most statutes of limitations involving injuries are consistent, providing an injured person two years to file a lawsuit. 

Per 735 ILCS 5/13-202, a burn injury victim has two years from the date the cause of action accrues to file a personal injury lawsuit. The accrual date, in most cases, is the date the injuries are suffered. Under 735 ILCS 5/13-213, a burn injury victim has two years from the date he or she became aware that his or her burn injuries were caused by a defective product to file a product liability lawsuit. The date at issue — in most cases — is the date burn injuries are sustained. 

However, with product liability lawsuits, the date one becomes aware that his or her burn injuries are linked to a defective product may come days, weeks, or even months after the injuries are sustained. In such cases, the statute of limitations begins to run at that later “discovery” date.

Wrongful Death Burn Accident Time Limits

When a burn injury victim’s injuries are fatal, a surviving spouse, adult child, or another legal representative may choose to file a wrongful death lawsuit. According to 740 ILCS 180/1, the legal representative must file the wrongful death lawsuit no more than two years after the date of the injury victim’s death, regardless of whether the lawsuit involves negligent conduct or allegedly defective products.

Workers’ Comp Time Limis

Under Illinois workers’ compensation law, 820 ILCS 305/1, a worker who sustains burn injuries on the job has three years from the date the injuries are sustained to file a workers’ compensation claim seeking benefits for lost wages and medical expenses. It is important to understand that filing a workers’ compensation claim under Illinois law does not preclude an injured party from seeking compensation by filing a lawsuit when valid grounds exist to do so.

Should you Hire Burn Injury Lawyer: Marriett & Murati?

No Fees Unless We Win

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Lawyers earn attorneys’ fees either on a fee-for-service basis or a contingency-fee-basis. With personal injury matters, injury victims do not foot the bill of a lawsuit. Rather, if an injury victim’s case is successful, the lawyer or firm will recover attorneys’ fees and reimbursement of case costs by deducting the fees and costs from the injury victim’s award of compensation. In doing so, injury victims do not have to worry about legal fees if they do not win their case through a settlement or plaintiff’s verdict at trial.

All burn injury victims in Illinois should consider how an Illinois Burn Injury Lawyer can significantly help increase the chances of obtaining compensation.

Hire the Lawyers That Fight – Hire Marriett & Murati

At the Rockford Personal Injury Lawyers: Marriett & Murati, our office is uniquely situated to handle burn injury cases. We keep a trim caseload and have the time and resources to adequately investigate, and prepare a burn case to seek maximum compensation for a victim, and/or a victim’s family. From doing onsite investigations, talking to witnesses, and building a case for trial from the very beginning we have a system in place to help maximize the recovery for our clients. For a FREE, honest, no hassle consultation about you, or your loved one’s burn injury case feel free to call, text, or email us 24/7/365 at 815-315-4967.