A burn injury can be one of the most painful injuries anyone can endure. Severe burns can be caused by any number of factors, and if you suspect that your injury was caused by someone or something’s negligent or wrongful conduct, you need to find burn injury lawyers who can get you the compensation you deserve. Making the right decision could well affect the outcome of your case and the course of your life.
Types of Burn Injury Cases
Finding and retaining the best burn injury lawyers depends greatly on how your burn injuries were sustained. Most burn injuries are incurred by construction workers as a result of an explosion and they are entitled to workers compensation benefits. But the explosion could have been caused by someone other than their employer such as from leaking gas or chemicals under the control of another contractor or someone not associated with the work in progress. In the home, a faulty stove or leaking gas can also lead to a deadly explosion and cause serious burn injuries to anyone in the vicinity. Cases like these are product defect cases and require the skill and knowledge of an attorney who has successfully handled product defect cases.
Fires can break out in apartments or office buildings and the residents can be harmed from not being alerted in time because of a defective smoke alarm, which could also be a product defect case, or from the failure of the property owner or those under his control or supervision to have installed smoke alarms or to regularly inspect them for repair. A case like this may be a premises liability case in which an attorney who handles such cases may be more appropriate.
Other types of cases handled by burn accident lawyers involve flammable clothing, liquids or chemical fires. An automobile accident could lead to a fire in which an automobile accident lawyer or any other attorney proficient in personal injury could competently handle since auto accidents are the most prevalent type of accident case. Other factors like a faulty gas tank may mean a product defect, or a defective highway design might implicate a municipality.
Find the Right Attorney For You
Burn accident lawyers are personal injury attorneys. There are many firms that handle injury cases along with their main areas of practice, which could be criminal law, trusts and estates, or business law. Although your own attorney who practices something other than injury law may wish to represent you, it is best if you retain a law firm that practices exclusively personal injury.
Generally, the best burn injury lawyers are found by a referral either from another attorney or from a friend or family member who had a similar case and felt well-represented. If available, another legal professional whose judgment you trust is often the best source.
If friends or family or another attorney for a referral is not available, you can research the burn injury lawyers online or in the yellow pages. Potential attorneys can be checked out online by going your state’s bar association website, and by perusing Martindale-Hubbell, a legal directory that lists most if not all attorneys admitted in the US.
Finally, make an appointment and interview the prospective attorney by asking about his or her trial experience and/or record of handling burn cases like yours. Meet the support staff and other attorneys who may be working on your case. If you are impressed with their approach, experience, professional attitude, their responses to your questions, and are upfront about fees and costs, then you may have found the right burn injury lawyers for you.