Injuries Due to Fire
The attorneys at McDermott-Hickey have experience representing victims of burn injuries.
We understand the difficulties that arise after an individual suffers a burn injury. Following an accident, a burn injury victim may face costly medical bills and burdensome insurance paperwork.
Our attorneys can help recover compensation for your injuries and deal directly with insurance companies on your behalf, while you focus on recovering from your injuries. McDermott-Hickey has a history of success handling burn injury cases and can help ensure that you receive proper compensation.
If you or a loved suffered burn injury, complete the form on this page for a free, no-obligation case review. Ohio law limits the time in which a burn injury claim may be filed, so it is important that you act so to get started.
How We Handle Ohio Burn Injury Claims
Your burn injury attorney will determine if you have a valid claim for damages under Ohio law. In handling your case, your attorney may:
- Gather and secure all relevant evidence, including fire department reports, police records, and photographs of the scene of the accident
- Review medical records and reports prepared by your treating physicians
- Work with medical experts to evaluate the extent of your injuries and the costs associated with any necessary future medical procedures or rehabilitation services
- Retain safety inspectors, electricians, or accident investigators to help establish the cause or causes of the accident and determine who may be held liable for your injuries
Personal Injury Burn Settlements
In some cases, we are able to secure a settlement before a burn injury lawsuit goes to trial. Far too often, insurance companies in Ohio offer inadequate settlements that do not fully compensate a burn injury victim for all the damages he or she has suffered. Your attorney may negotiate with the insurance company on your behalf to help ensure you receive proper compensation. If settlement negotiations do not result in an adequate settlement offer, our burn injury attorneys have the capabilities and resources to take your case to trial.
Compensation for Your Burn Injury
Our office may be able to help you obtain compensation for your injuries. The following types of damages may be available to a burn injury victim:
- Economic Damages: The law in Ohio allows a burn injury victim to receive compensation for all medical expenses incurred as a result of the accident. This includes compensation for all future medical costs and rehabilitation expenses that are required for your recovery. If you have missed work as a result of the burn injury, you may be able to receive compensation for the money you could have earned, had you not been injured. In the event that you are no longer able to perform the essential functions of your job, you may also be able to claim damages for your diminished earning capacity.
- Non-Economic Damages: In many burn injury lawsuits, victims are awarded damages for pain and suffering. Damages for pain and suffering are intended to compensate a burn injury victim for the physical pain and mental anguish that was caused by the accident. A burn injury victim may also be entitled to financial compensation for any disfigurement that may have occurred as a result of a burn injury.
- Punitive Damages: In cases involving particularly reckless conduct, the court may award punitive damages to a burn injury victim. Punitive damages are designed to punish the person liable for the incident and demonstrate that others should refrain from engaging in similar behavior.
Type of Burn Injury Lawsuits
- Our attorneys handle the following types of burn injury lawsuits:
- Automobile accidents
- Structural fires, including fires in houses, apartment buildings, and offices
- Chemical spills
- Defective or negligently installed fire alarms and smoke detectors
- Electrical fires Construction accidents
- Acts of arson Explosions
- Thermal burns
- Fires caused by defective products, including defective hot water heaters and furnaces
- Burns from hot liquids
- Wrongful death cases
In addition, our attorneys have experience representing individuals who have suffered burn injuries at work. For workplace burn injuries, your attorney may be able to file a claim with the Ohio workers’ compensation system. Under workers’ compensation, employees may recover benefits for injuries that occur in the workplace regardless of whether the accident was the fault of the employer or the employee.
If a third party is liable for a workplace injury in Ohio, such as a sub-contractor or the manufacturer of a defective product, your attorney may also be able to seek damages against the third party through a burn injury lawsuit.