Whether thermal, chemical or electrical in nature, suffering a burn is not only painful in the moment but over the long-term as well. In fact, pain associated with burn trauma is of considerable significance to burn victims long after the initial injury and associated hospitalization. From skin grafts to ongoing inflammation and tissue damage, the effects of such a devastating injury can be progressive. That’s what makes it so hard to predict the length of treatment. Burn injuries, therefore, are the most uncertain, as they can pose long-term physical and emotional scars that demand compensation.
Obtaining legal representation is essential in securing fair compensation. We offer these top questions you should ask your burn injury attorney.
Do I Have a Case?
This can be difficult to answer without a thorough consultation. But generally, your lawyer can determine if you should move forward with a lawsuit after hearing the details and outlining the strengths and weaknesses of your case. They will need some key pieces of information, such as:
- What is the severity of the burn? This can be determined by medical records and consultations with your doctor.
- Was the injury the result of someone else’s negligence?
- Are your injuries such that damages can be recovered?
Remember, even if your burn injury lawyer determines that you indeed have a case, it can still be difficult to pinpoint exactly what you are entitled to. However, typically, you would be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, lost wages for the time spent out of work, and possibly pain and suffering due to the significant aftermath of a burn injury.
Have You Handled Similar Cases?
Burn injury lawyers typically operate under the umbrella of personal injury lawyers. Personal injury law includes anything from motorcycle and motor vehicle accidents to dog bites and slips and falls. That’s why it’s important to ask your attorney if he or she sees a lot of burn injury cases on a regular basis. You want someone with the experience and skill necessary to go toe to toe with the insurance companies to get you the compensation you deserve – compensation that may be unique to this type of case. Don’ be afraid to ask about their experience and years in the business. It is in your best interests to hire a qualified, experienced burn injury attorney!
What is Your Case Strategy?
All lawyers have a proven strategy for winning cases and reaching settlements. Some are extremely aggressive and leave nothing to chance, while others prefer to take a more laid back, methodical approach. Some want to set the wheels in motion immediately, others prefer to gather more background information, and still others will tell you an immediate settlement is the best way to go. The strategy that best suits you will be a matter of personal opinion. Find out what their strategy is, the pros and cons, and how this strategy has worked to their advantage in the past.
How Long Will the Process Take?
This is never a cut and dried answer. It can take months or years to come to a conclusion in your case. Many factors will play into this, such as whether you’re looking at a settlement or a court case, the amount of damages you’re seeking, the complexity of your case, and whether extensive investigations need to take place. There are filing deadlines, proceedings, hearings, investigations, reports and much more to go through. Your burn injury attorney can give you a ball park timeframe but at the beginning, it can be nearly impossible to tell with certainty how long it will take from start to finish.
Contact Kuzyk Law
Here at Kuzyk Law, our burn injury lawyers will evaluate your case, identify the parties responsible, fully investigate the burn injury, find evidence that will help prove your case, file all insurance-related paperwork, assist you in obtaining support, and handle all aspects of your lawsuit, including depositions, discoveries, motions and a trial if necessary. Call us in Lancaster now for your free no-obligation consultation at 661-945-6969.