While some burn injuries can be minor and resolve on their own without medical intervention, others can be extremely serious and may even penetrate deep into the skin or cover large portions of the body. In addition to significant physical pain and permanent scarring, burn victims and their loved ones may also experience extensive financial losses due to emergency medical bills, missed time at work, and ongoing rehabilitative treatments.
Any burn injury which stems from someone else’s negligent behaviour and that requires medical treatment may form the basis of a successful catastrophic injury claim. With guidance and support from a qualified Collingwood burn injury lawyer, you may be able to recover compensation for your or your loved one’s losses.
In general, there are three categories medical professionals use to characterize the severity of burn injuries, with higher degrees indicating more serious damage. For instance, a first-degree burn only impacts the outer layer of skin (i.e. the epidermis) and rarely requires medical attention.
Second-degree burns are more severe, as they penetrate both the outermost layer of the skin and the layer beneath it, called the dermis. They are characterized by red and white splotches, blistering, and significant physical pain. Particularly deep second-degree burns may result in permanent scarring.
Third-degree burns penetrate deep enough to cause nerve damage, which means they may not be as painful as first- and second-degree burns despite being more dangerous. Third-degree heat-related injuries almost always result in significant scarring and loss of sensation, and particularly widespread or severe burns are often fatal.
While you may be able to file an insurance claim for any medical care needed to treat a burn injury, a Collingwood lawyer can help you deal with coverage providers and offer insight on the claims process for accident benefits. Otherwise, one of our elite trial lawyers could help you file a civil lawsuit to recover any damages you or your loved one has suffered which are not covered by your insurance policy.
Civil cases require you to demonstrate that your or your loved one’s burn injuries meet the severity threshold and that they stemmed directly from the defendant’s negligence. However, defendants in burn injury cases sometimes accuse the injured party of being partially responsible for their own damages, which can severely limit the amount of compensation they are eligible to receive.
Under the Ontario Negligence Act, a plaintiff may be assigned a percentage of liability if the courts determine that they contributed to their own damages. The court could then reduce their recoverable compensation by their percentage of blame for the accident. Representation from a local lawyer could therefore be crucial for refuting allegations of contributory negligence and maximize your recoverable damages.
Burn injuries can be extremely minor or catastrophic, depending on the circumstances of the accident. If you recently suffered a heat-related condition because of another person’s negligence, discussing your legal options with a Collingwood burn injury lawyer may be a good idea. To schedule an initial consultation, call Rastin Law today.