Burn injuries can vary significantly—from mild inconveniences to life-altering wounds. While smoking and cooking are the top two causes of residential home fires that could lead to burn injuries, people are also seriously injured and sometimes killed by car fires, electrical fires, scalding by hot liquids, chemical burns, and more. When these incidents occur due to another person’s reckless actions, a dedicated catastrophic injury attorney might be able to help you move forward.
If you have sustained burns through no fault of your own, contact our office immediately. As Orlando burn injury lawyers, we can help you navigate the complexities of the law and recover compensation for the discomfort and trauma you have been forced to experience.
Not all burn injuries stem from fire or heat. While the cause of these burns can vary, their impact on a person’s body is similar. A compassionate burn injury attorney in Orlando could help pursue damages for any of the following types of wounds.
The most common type of burn injury, thermal burns, results from contact with hot surfaces or substances. These burns could result from fire or hot objects like a cooking surface. Hot liquids or steam could also cause thermal burns.
Some chemicals, detergents, and solvents are strong enough that they can damage human skin upon contact. Similar to thermal burns, chemical burns will destroy skin tissue. The severity of the burn will depend on how corrosive the chemical is, the length of contact, its concentration strength, and other factors.
Extreme cold can have the same effect on the skin as extreme heat. This type of injury—also referred to as frostbite—involves damage to skin cells caused by freezing temperatures. This can happen after lengthy exposure to cold weather or upon contact with an extremely cold object.
Radiation burns result from damage caused by x-rays and other types of radiation that are invisible to the eye. These injuries can include sunburns and damage caused by cancer radiation therapy.
The statute of limitations for filing a burn injury claim in Orlando is four years and begins on the day the injury occurs. There are significant consequences that come with filing after the statute expires. In some cases, the defendant will seek an immediate dismissal. If the courts dismiss the case with prejudice, the individual will be blocked from ever filing suit for this incident again. This is true even if there is a viable claim for negligence.
Some exceptions, however, could result in pausing the statute of limitations. The most common of these involve a person who was injured while under the age of 18. A burn injury attorney in Orlando could provide more insight into when the statute of limitations might expire in a person’s specific circumstances and if any exceptions might apply.
Burn injuries are extremely painful and often disfiguring. Even after multiple skin grafting surgeries, you may have scars that last a lifetime. These wounds can also lead to chronic life-long pain and costly expenses that leave you asking who will pay the medical bills? How will you support yourself if you are too injured to work? Will you ever be able to return to your old life?
If your burns were caused by carelessness or negligence, take the first step and contact an Orlando burn injury lawyer. The attorneys of The Umansky Law Firm will give you the information you want and the help you need during this challenging time. Call us today for a free consultation, or chat with us live 24/7 on our website.
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