A burn injury can be very traumatic because it can leave you with deep emotional and physical scars that can permanently impact the quality of your life. If you have been burned in an accident that was caused by the negligent actions of a property manager, a product designer, or others, you may be able to recover damages for your losses. And if your burn injuries happened in a workplace accident, you may recover workers’ compensation benefits.
Have you suffered a burn injury? It is important for you to meet with the experienced attorneys at the Law Offices of Craig L. Cook as soon as possible. Our attorneys are dedicated to helping the victims of burn accidents that were caused by the recklessness or negligence of other people or entities.
Types of Burn Injury Claims
Burn injury accidents can happen almost anywhere. When you are burned, it is important for you to determine what caused the injury. Some of the most common types of burn accident claims handled by the attorneys at the Law Offices of Craig L. Cook include the following:
- Apartment building fires
- Fires occurring in motor vehicle accidents
- Fires resulting from defective products
- Burn injuries to people who are trapped inside by locked fire exits
- Electrical fires
- Scalding injuries from boiling liquids
- Chemical burns
No matter where you have been burned, our lawyers will investigate to determine the cause of the fire or accident that resulted in your injuries.
Fires from Car and Truck Accidents
Some motor vehicle accidents cause the vehicles to burst into flames. The victims may be trapped inside of their vehicles and may die. Others who are pulled to safety may suffer severe burns. If you were burned in a car crash because of the negligent actions of another driver, the attorneys at the Law Offices of Craig L. Cook will advocate for you to recover the maximum compensation for your losses.
Fires in Apartment Buildings
Apartment complex fires can be especially deadly, injuring or killing multiple residents. If you live in an apartment, you may be burned because of the negligent actions of the property manager or of your neighbors even if you practice fire safety. Property managers and building owners are responsible for ensuring that their buildings adhere to building codes so that they can minimize the risks of apartment fires. All apartments must have hard-wired smoke detectors installed that can revert to battery power in case that there is a power outage. Likewise, the placement of smoke detectors is important. You should have smoke detectors that are located close enough to your kitchen that they will alert you if a fire starts there.
Building owners should also make certain that the wiring in their buildings is up to code and reasonably maintained. There should be several fire exits in every apartment building, and the fire escapes should be clear of debris. Our attorneys will review the circumstances of your apartment complex fire to determine how it started and whether your neighbor, the property manager, or the building owner were responsible.
Fires at Work
Workplace fires are unfortunately common. People may be burned by a malfunction of equipment or tools that are defective. Explosions may also happen at work. People who work around electricity may be injured by electrical fires. Employees who are injured while they are working may recover workers’ compensation benefits to pay for their medical care, rehabilitation, counseling, and prosthetic devices. They may also recover disability benefits to replace a percentage of their prior incomes if they are left facing temporary or permanent disabilities and are unable to return to their jobs.
Why Burns Are So Serious and Painful
Your skin is your body’s largest organ, and it is densely packed with nerves. When you are burned, the nerves send pain signals to your brain. If you suffer advanced-stage burns such as third-degree burns that impact all of the layers of your skin, or fourth-degree burns that also involve your underlying muscle and bones, your burn injuries may also require you to undergo multiple painful skin grafts. In addition, you may need several cosmetic surgeries due to severe scarring. Burn injuries can be very serious because they can lead to shock and infections that can cause death. When you have been seriously burned, you may expect to spend months in the hospital and in rehabilitation while you recover.
Contact the Law Offices of Craig L. Cook
Suffering severe burns in a fire that was caused by the negligence or recklessness of others may cause substantial losses. The experienced lawyers at the Law Offices of Craig L. Cook will work to recover the compensation to which you are entitled. Contact us today online, or call us at 479-783-8000 to schedule a free, confidential consultation.