Recover Full Compensation for a Burn Injury
Most victims of serious burn injuries face a long, difficult path to healing. Our Albuquerque, New Mexico, law firm handles personal injury cases for burn victims, and we understand the physical and emotional pain they go through. We fight aggressively for full and just compensation for those who have suffered because of someone else’s careless or negligent act. Will Ferguson & Associates only represents plaintiffs, and we work strictly on contingency, so our clients are not charged any initial legal fees. We urge clients to leave all insurance and legal matters to us and focus on your health and well-being. Please contact our office today to schedule a free consultation.
About Burn Injury Accidents
Burn injuries result in the hospitalization of about 40,000 Americans each year, according to the American Burn Association. About 43 percent of these burns are caused by exposure to flames, such as in a house fire or motor vehicle crash. Other burn injuries arise from contact with a scalding liquid or hot object or may result from electrical or chemical accidents.
Among hospitalized patients, more than 96 percent survive their burn injuries, but the treatment and the rehabilitative process can be grueling. For many, this catastrophic injury will require painful, long-term medical intervention, and the burns will leave permanent, sometimes disfiguring scars. Professional counseling and the support of family members can help victims cope with this process in order to face their potentially altered future.
In medical terms, a burn is classified by the depth and degree of injury. First-degree burns are minor, affecting just the top layer of skin. Fourth-degree burns are generally not survivable, and these cases often leave grieving families with potentially actionable wrongful death claims.
Common burn injuries seen in personal injury cases are:
- Second-degree burns: This multi-layer skin burn can be serious, depending upon the extent of the body affected. The recovery process is painful and can take several weeks or longer. Skin grafting is recommended in some cases.
- Third-degree burns: This injury is very serious, with damage extending beyond the skin to underlying tissue and organs. Long-term hospitalization will most likely be needed, and repeated surgical procedures may be used to help minimize scarring. Complications such as infection and blood loss are common, and some victims will even lose their lives to this injury.
Compensation for Negligent Accidents
Many accidents resulting in burn injury can be attributed to negligence. In a car or truck accident, the at-fault driver may have been distracted, fatigued, or even under the influence of alcohol. In New Mexico, victims are entitled to collect for damages even if the blame for the accident is shared, but the degree of liability does affect the total award. It is important to investigate the incident thoroughly. At the law firm of Will Ferguson & Associates, our attorneys know exactly how to proceed in these cases, casting a wide net to collect crucial evidence.
Our firm also handles workplace accidents where someone other than the employer is at fault, and product liability cases. Many house fires and industrial accidents are caused by faulty equipment or electrical wiring problems. There may be negligence on the part of the manufacturer, repair company, contractor, or other parties. With decades of experience, we are the largest personal injury law firm in the state, and we have the resources to take on any opponent, including multi-national companies. We handle cases big and small and have a reputation for winning outstanding settlements and verdicts for our clients.
Our team is dedicated to helping each client personally, focusing on details and client needs. Please contact us today to speak to a lawyer or schedule a consultation.