Michigan Burn Injury Lawyer
Accidents resulting in serious burn injuries can have devastating consequences for the injured person. Depending on the severity of the burn, patients may require extended hospital care, numerous surgeries, and prolonged physical therapy in their recovery process. Burn injuries are also very unique with long-lasting emotional outcomes for the survivor and their family. Because of these unique circumstances and the extensive treatments required, burn injury survivors should consult with an experienced Michigan burn injury lawyer as quickly as possible following their accident to protect their rights. In almost every case, it is imperative to have a fire origin and cause expert to investigate the scene immediately and preserve and document evidence. Attorneys for burn injury survivors help obtain these resources and expedite the process in order to alleviate this pressure from recovering survivors and their family.
Representing Burn Injury Survivors
In the video below, attorney Steve Weston describes his role as a Michigan burn injury lawyer. With more than 30 years of experience, he is a vital resource, becoming part of his client’s recovery team, to advocate on their behalf.
Steve also describes a few of the types of burn injury lawsuits our firm handles on a routine basis – from flammable vapors and propane equipment failure to electrical explosions and scald burns. While the cause of these events often varies, many times it’s due to the failure of consumer products, negligent handling or installation of flammable equipment or systems, or the result of a motor vehicle accident. And while the causes of these injuries vary widely, the damages and resources needed are also unique to each situation, person, and family.
Familiarity with the Fire Investigation Process
At Sinas Dramis. we are intimately familiar with the complicated and involved process surrounding burn injury cases. With this knowledge and experience, we are successfully able to conduct an appropriate fire investigation. We understand it is imperative to get a top-level origin and cause investigator on the scene as soon as possible after an explosion or fire—whether involving a building or a vehicle. Preservation of the scene and the evidence is crucial in order to successfully investigate and then bring a claim on behalf of persons burned in the explosion or fire. Other experts, including a metallurgist, materials engineer, electrical engineer and/or a mechanical engineer may also need to be brought into these cases. These decisions and investigative steps need to be accomplished as soon as possible after a fire or explosion. By hiring a Michigan burn injury lawyer, survivors help ensure the preservation of this process and retention and protection of evidence.
Below are a few of the firm’s results obtained on behalf of burn injury survivors.
$710,000 Settlement for a man who suffered the loss of an eye, burn injuries, facial lacerations, and facial fractures when the e-cigarette he was using blew up due to a defective battery.
$250,000 Underinsured motorist claim on behalf of our client who was rear-ended and the at-fault driver's insurance was far too insufficient to compensate for the plaintiff's injuries, which included significant gasoline chemical burns.
$120,000 Policy limit settlement on behalf of a woman and her two children who suffered significant burn injuries when the fuel tank for the vehicle they were passengers in overflowed while the driver was pumping gas and caught fire.
More personal injury settlements and verdicts here.
Understanding the Scope of Burn Injuries and the Short-Term and Long-Term Needs of Survivors
To best advocate for the needs of each survivor specifically, an attorney needs to first understand the severity and complexity of the injuries, and the immediate and long-term medical, emotional, and family support needed.
The Lawyer as Part of the Burn Team
As a burn injury law firm, we recognize the importance of knowing about and understanding the goals of the burn treatment team and the ways we can help facilitate and support their great work. We participate actively with the burn team and frequently advocate for services and appropriate therapies prescribed by the team—but not always agreed to by the health or auto no-fault insurance company involved. We also support our clients’ compliance with treatments, such as pressure garment therapy, that is often difficult for our client to endure.
As an active participant of the burn team, we are better able to understand particular physical, social, and psycho-emotional struggles each client faces. This, in turn, allows us to help with planning for the recovery and rehabilitation process that often takes years. Developing a close personal and supportive relationship with our clients is important, rewarding, and allows us to tell their story with conviction and passion.
As the recovery process begins and continues, patient compliance with their treatment and recovery plan is very important. Attending all of the painful physical and occupational therapy sessions, consistent use of compression garments as prescribed, and attending counseling are some examples of the treatments that are difficult and frequent. Yet, compliance with these treatments often has an impact on the extent of a successful recovery. We work to encourage and, where needed, facilitate our clients’ ability to follow their course of treatments.
Burn Injury Treatment, Rehabilitation, and Resources
Treatment and Rehabilitation of Burn Injuries
Burn injury treatments vary greatly, depending on the nature, extent, and severity of your burns. The recovery process requires extensive rehabilitation and often painful and frequent therapies. This treatment requires extensive, continual care, which often impacts the patient’s emotional well-being. In the above video, Steve Weston also describes the emotional impact associated with this care. These emotional outcomes require additional resources, such as supportive care and counseling.
Many burn injuries require increased isolation from the outside world. Because burn injuries expose the interior of the body, the survivor is more susceptible to infection. This can cause additional complications in recovery. The use of sterile bandages helps prevent infection and keeps the survivor’s internal core temperature elevated. Medical care professionals also need to make sure that the survivor stays hydrated and administer antibiotics and pain-relieving medications. These are just a few examples of the many treatments burn injury survivors may require.
Resources for Burn Injury Survivors and Families
State resources for survivors of burn injuries include the University of Michigan’s Trauma Burn Center and Detroit Receiving Hospital’s Burn Center – both of which provide excellent medical care to Michigan burn survivors. Additionally, the Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors, located in Grand Rapids, is dedicated to the mission of “recover, renew, return.” The organization aims to help survivors recover their pre-injury lives and offers programs, support, and resources. Additionally, the organization organizes the World Burn Congress, which brings survivors of burn injuries, medical care providers, and support and resource groups together in one conference, for networking and personal growth opportunities.
Nationally, the American Burn Association and the American Trauma Society work to educate burn survivors and the general public about the treatment of burn injuries, how these injuries can be prevented, and the resources available to survivors of burn injuries.
Attorneys for Burn Injury Survivors
Burn injuries are serious. If you or a loved one has suffered a burn injury as the result of someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to bring a claim against the negligent party. Regardless of whether your burn injury was the result of an accident, flammable vapors, or an explosion of some sort, burn injury lawsuits are typically filed under the legal theory of negligence. Under this theory, burn survivors must prove their injury was directly caused by the negligence or wrongdoing of another. This can further complicate burn accident lawsuits in that multiple parties could be responsible for injuries. The attorneys for burn injury survivors at Sinas Dramis Law Firm have the knowledge, experience, and compassion you need. We’ll advocate for and protect your rights to compensation and resources to move forward. Contact us today at 866.758.0031 to discuss your case.