Burn Accident Attorneys in Aurora, Colorado
Each year in the United States, 1.1 million burn injuries require medical attention according to the American Burn Association. Suffering injuries as a result of a burn accident can be life-altering. You may be emotionally and financially strained, and physically struggling to return to your everyday life. If your burns were the result of someone else’s carelessness or negligence, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries.
The attorneys at the Gama Law Firm have over 60 years of combined experience in personal injury cases. We can provide the guidance and advocacy you need to seek compensation for your injuries and damages. Contact us today for a free consultation. We are proud to serve clients in Aurora, Denver, and surrounding communities throughout Colorado.
Understanding Burn Accidents
Generally, burns are classified into three types:
First-degree burns damage the outer layer (epidermis) of the skin. May cause reddening and pain.
Second-degree burns damage the outside layer as well as the layer beneath (dermis). May result in reddening, pain, swelling, and blistering.
Third-degree burns damage or potentially destroy the deepest layer of skin and tissues underneath. The skin may be charred and/or numb.
Burns that are so deep that they affect the bones, muscles, and nerves are sometimes called Fourth-degree burns. Because of the damage to the nerves, victims may not have feeling in the burned area.
Common causes of severe burns include:
The workplace (machinery, tools)
A defective product
A restaurant or hotel
A site with a faulty or inadequate fire alarm system
Vehicle crashes that result in an explosion or fire
Recovering from a burn accident can be an intense and lengthy process involving intravenous (IV) antibiotics to prevent infection, IV fluids to replace fluids lost when the skin was burned, surgery or skin grafting, and the use of synthetic skin.
Unfortunately, even after undergoing extensive treatment, victims may be left with lifetime scars that affect their emotional and physical well-being.
Personal Injury Cases in Colorado
Negligence occurs when one party owes another party a duty of care but fails to meet that requirement. For example, if you expect an establishment to have an adequate fire alarm system to warn you of a fire, but when a fire occurs you are burned due to a defective alarm system, then that establishment did not uphold their duty to you, which was to give you reasonable warning of a fire so that you can evacuate.
While negligence is a common law principle, states may differ on how they award damages as a result of negligence.
In Colorado, damages are awarded based on contributory negligence which can diminish the amount of damages that you will be able to collect. Contributory negligence takes into account the percentage of liability of the parties involved in the accident or injury. If you were more at fault for your accident than the opposing party, then you may not be able to recover any damages. Additionally, the damages you can recover will be reduced according to your share of fault in the accident. For example, if you are awarded $100,000 in damages but it was determined that you are 25% responsible for your accident, you would receive $75,000.
Compensation for personal injury cases in Colorado may include:
medical bills (past, present, and future)
lost earning capacity
pain and suffering
loss of enjoyment of life
loss of consortium
An experienced Colorado personal injury attorney can assess your case and help to determine fair compensation.
Why You Should Hire a Personal Injury Attorney
A burn accident can result in serious injuries that affect the victim for a lifetime. An experienced personal injury attorney can help to hold the responsible party liable and help seek compensation for injuries and damages. Oftentimes, insurance companies will offer a settlement that doesn’t take into account future expenses and non-economic damages such as pain and suffering. Knowledgeable legal counsel can fight for justice.
The attorney’s at Gama Law Firm have been successfully representing clients in their personal injury claims for years. We will review your case, carry out a comprehensive investigation, gather all necessary evidence and documentation, establish fault, determine case value, and negotiate a fair financial settlement with the insurance company. Our attorneys provide the guidance and advocacy you need.
Burn Accident Attorneys in Aurora, Colorado
If you were burned in an accident that resulted from another party’s negligence, call Gama Law Firm today for a free one-on-one consultation. Our attorneys will review your case and determine how best to proceed with your injury claims. We will fight vigorously to protect your rights and help you pursue your rightful compensation. We proudly represent personal injury victims throughout Aurora, Denver, Parker, Centennial, and Castle Pines, Colorado.