Who is Responsible for a Severe Burn Injury
Every day, people in Waco are victims of burn injuries. Burn injuries can happen almost anywhere, and they have the potential to impact a victim’s life forever. They can require extensive medical treatment that leads to a pile of medical bills. When someone else is responsible for your injury, they should be liable for those expenses.
If you or a loved one has suffered burn injuries due to another’s negligence, you deserve justice. A burn injury lawyer in Waco Texas can review your case to help you fight for proper compensation. The Texas personal injury lawyers at Carabin Shaw have decades of experience representing burn victims in their fight for justice after suffering due to another’s negligence.Liable Parties in a Burn Injury
When an accident causes burn injuries in Waco, there are a number of potentially liable parties depending on the circumstances of the case. Who is responsible for a severe burn injury depends on what happened in your accident. Below are the most commonly responsible parties in a burn accident:
- Landlord - If your accident happens at your home or apartment, it’s possible that your landlord can be found responsible. Landlords are required by law to meet certain standards of safety when it comes to maintaining your home. In Waco, like the rest of Texas, landlords must install smoke detectors within 10 feet of bedrooms and ensure they remain functional.
- Parts manufacturer - When a malfunctioning product causes an accident, someone involved in its production can be responsible, but who depends on what part of the process caused the accident. For example, if a faulty part caused the accident, the manufacturer could be held liable. If a design flaw caused the accident, the product designers could be at fault. To know who to hold accountable, speak with an attorney.
- Employer - Sometimes, workplace accidents happen. When they do, your employer can be responsible. Usually, employers offer workers’ compensation. If your employer has workers’ comp, you can only recover damages through workers’ comp and cannot sue your employer. However, if your employer does not have workers’ comp, you can sue them for compensation. Additionally, if another employee was responsible for your accident, you can sue them for compensation.
- Other driver - One common cause of burn injuries are car accidents. Gasoline from gas tanks can leak and catch fire, leaving victims trapped in a car liable to sustain burn injuries. When another driver’s negligence causes a car accident that leads to your burn injuries, they can be sued for compensation.
No matter who was at fault for your burn injuries, talk to Waco attorneys about your options for pursuing compensation.Proving Negligence
To win compensation, you and your lawyer will have to prove negligence, which requires illustrating the following four key elements:
- The defendant owed you a duty of care
- The defendant breached that duty of care (negligence)
- The defendant’s negligence was the direct cause of your accident and injuries
- The injuries you’ve suffered due to the defendant’s negligence resulted in damages
In a burn injury case, you can earn both economic and non-economic damages. The following are the types of damages you may be entitled to after suffering a burn injury:
- Medical bills
- Loss of income
- Property damage
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of consortium
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Funerary costs
To know what damages apply to your case, talk to a burn injury lawyer in Waco Texas.Our Attorneys are Here for You and Your Family
If you or a loved one has suffered burn injuries because of another’s negligence, you deserve justice. Our Waco attorneys can be there for you. The Texas personal injury lawyers at Carabin Shaw can listen to the unique circumstances of your case and build a plan of action that’s right for you.Free Case Review
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