Hallandale Beach Burn Injury Lawyer
Hallandale Beach-as with other communities in Broward County-has a forty-year inspection program for buildings. Accordingly, every building in the city must undergo a structural and electrical system inspection at 40 years, with ongoing inspections after that. While the necessity of these inspections likely brings to mind the 2021 collapse of the condo in Surfside, many other reasons exist to thoroughly inspect older buildings, including a risk of fire that can result from an aging or malfunctioning electrical system.
Fires that result from faulty or poorly maintained electrical systems constitute just one of the many hazards Hallandale Beach residents face that can result in burn injuries. Below, we discuss some other causes. If you suffered a burn injury in Hallandale Beach because of someone else’s carelessness or recklessness, you can seek compensation for your injury. An experienced Hallandale Beach Burn Injury Lawyer from the Law Offices of Jared Spingarn can assist you in this process.
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Table of Contents
- About Hallandale Beach Burn Injuries
- Seeking Compensation for Your Burn Injury
- Our Hallandale Beach Burn Injury Lawyer Can Help You
About Hallandale Beach Burn Injuries
A community assessment of Hallandale Beach notes that the city faces a medium risk for structure fires when compared to similarly sized communities. Hallandale Beach also faces a medium risk of fire-related deaths and injuries. Hallandale Beach sees about 15 structure fires a year, with the three stations of the Hallandale Beach Fire Department responsible for covering nearly 15,000 structures.
More than 480,000 structure fires occur in the U.S. each year, and they account for 37 percent of all fires combated by fire departments across the country. Eighty percent of all civilian fire deaths result from structure fires, with nearly 3,000 deaths associated with structure fires annually. These fires also account for nearly 14,000 injuries and $12.3 billion in direct costs for property damage.
In addition to fires, common sources of burn include:
- Burns from other heat sources, including hot surfaces or steam.
- Burns resulting from electrical current.
- Burns resulting from contact by the skin with caustic chemicals.
Causes of Burns
The careless and reckless actions of others can result in burn injuries in a variety of ways. Some accidents that can cause burn injuries include:
- Motor vehicle accidents. Gasoline and other fluids used in vehicles can result in burns when the fluids come in contact with an ignition source. Burns can also result from the skin’s contact with chemicals or heat.
- Premises liability. Commercial and residential property owners must ensure that their properties remain clear of hazards that could injure guests. Burns can occur in a kitchen, or any place with electrical power, because of faulty electrical wiring that causes a fire or electrocution when working with or around the wiring.
- Product liability. Manufacturers of products sold to consumers can bear liability for the expenses and impacts of injuries caused if the product catches fire or becomes abnormally hot because of a product defect.
- Medical errors. Many types of surgical equipment use heat or electricity. Failure to perform these procedures properly or with a high degree of care can result in the patient suffering a burn injury from the equipment.
Burn Severity Levels
Doctors categorize burns into severity levels, known as degrees. The degrees of burns include:
- First-degree burns: These constitute the mildest burns an individual can suffer, affecting only the outer layer of skin. The skin usually remains intact but may appear red or hot to the touch. First-degree burns often prove painful and may present small blisters in the area of the burn.
- Second-degree burns: These are slightly more serious and painful than first-degree burns, involving both the outer layers of skin-called the epidermis-and the inner layer of skin, known as the dermis. The skin will become very red and painful, and second-degree burns often result in blisters. If the burn becomes larger than two to three inches in diameter or involves sensitive areas, such as the hands, feet, face, groin, or a joint, medical treatment may prove necessary to reduce the risk of infection or scarring.
- Third-degree burns: These constitute serious injuries. An injured individual can experience severe third-degree burns, involving both layers of the skin and supportive tissue beneath. Third-degree burns carry a high risk of complications, including permanent tissue damages, extensive scarring that can also result in a loss of mobility if it occurs on jointed areas, risk of dangerous fluid loss, hypothermia, and potential for life-threatening infections. The skin involved in a third-degree burn often appears white, red, or charred, and skin texture may become leathery.
- Fourth-degree burns: Like third-degree burns, fourth-degree burns involve all layers of skin and the tissue beneath. However, these burns also can include damage to the muscles and bones.
We should also note that the severity level of the burn might change after a doctor has thoroughly evaluated the injury due to the potential for the damage to travel deeper into the skin tissues. Burns covering at least 10 percent of a child’s body or 15-20 percent of an adult’s body constitute major injuries requiring hospitalization.
How Doctors Treat Serious Burns
According to the American Burn Association, around 40,000 individuals will require hospitalization for burn injuries each year in the U.S., with three-quarters of these individuals obtaining care for their injury through a specialized burn center. Nearly 130 burn treatment centers exist throughout the U.S., with each seeing about 200 patients a year. Approximately 4,500 acute care hospitals see about three burn patients annually.
While first-degree and smaller second-degree burns may heal with home care, larger or more serious burns generally require medical treatment and hospitalization. Additionally, all burn injuries occurring from an electric shock or chemicals must receive a medical evaluation, as either of these injuries can produce other damages to the body.
Some procedures involved in medically treating a burn injury include:
- Ensuring that the patient has an open airway, particularly if the burn injury occurred in a fire, as smoke inhalation poses a high risk of damage to the respiratory system.
- Once medical professionals have cleared the patient’s airway, they will then treat the patient for associated shock from the injury. This includes providing the patient with fluids, monitoring urine output, and ensuring that the patient has received a recent tetanus shot.
- Cleaning and dressing the wound with special solutions designed to prevent infection, reduce the rate of scarring, and foster the growth of new skin.
- Controlling pain, which occurs more commonly in second-degree burned areas than third- or fourth-degree areas, as deeper burns damage the nerve endings that allow the body to feel pain. Medical professionals will also ensure that the patient receives proper nutrition and maintains adequate fluid levels.
The types of healthcare providers often involved in the treatment of a serious burn include:
- Plastic surgeons
- Orthopedic surgeons
- Infection specialists
- Physical therapists
- Occupational therapists
- Respiratory therapists
- Social workers
The Complications Arising From Hallandale Beach Burn Injuries
While the availability of topical antibacterial products has reduced the infection risk associated with burns dramatically in recent years, infection remains the biggest concern in burn treatment. Doctors will carefully monitor the wound for signs of infection while the patient receives treatment in the burn center.
Other complications include:
- Post-burn seizures resulting from an imbalance of electrolytes. This most often occurs in children.
- Keloids, which involve the development of a fibrous mass of scar tissue that can impair mobility if occurring on jointed areas.
- Respiratory complications, including aspiration, bacterial pneumonia, or pulmonary edema.
Seeking Compensation for Your Burn Injury
If you experienced a burn injury in Hallandale Beach that someone else’s carelessness or recklessness caused, you can seek compensation for your injuries for the expenses and psychological impacts you have experienced.
In Florida, injured individuals must file their burn injury lawsuits within four years of the accident. However, some circumstances may extend that deadline, such as claims involving individuals who suffered injuries as children and whose parents did not seek compensation on their behalf before their eighteenth birthday.
The Type of Compensation You Can Receive
Burn injury claimants in Hallandale Beach can seek to recover both economic and non-economic damages. In the legal arena, recovering damages means receiving payment to compensate for harm. Economic damages refer to compensation that you can receive for your expenses, while non-economic damages refer to compensation for your psychological impacts.
Some common expenses and impacts to appear on damage claims in burn injury cases include:
- All necessary medical expenses, including the expense of receiving treatment at a specialized burn center.
- Wage loss resulting from being too injured to work or missing work to attend burn-related medical appointments.
- Loss of future earning capacity, if your burn results in disabilities that render you can no longer earn the same income as before the accident.
- Property damage you sustained in the accident, such as damage to your vehicle from a car accident or replacement of personal belongings that a structure fire destroyed.
- Physical pain and suffering related to the injury and the particularly painful and intense medical treatments commonly experienced by burn injury patients.
- Emotional distress.
- Loss of the enjoyment of life.
Proving Liability in a Hallandale Beach Burn Accident
Liability involves legal responsibility. Following an accident, you want to determine who caused it to get that individual’s insurance coverage to pay compensation.
To prove liability in your Hallandale Beach burn accident, you must prove all of the following elements of negligence:
- The at-fault party owed you a duty of care. Duty of care simply refers to the actions that a reasonable person would take in a given circumstance to avoid harming another person or property.
- The at-fault party breached the duty of care. The breach refers to the actions that the at-fault party took that contradicted the duty of care owed at the time.
- The breach resulted in the accident that caused you to suffer a burn injury and associated expenses and impacts.
Hallandale Beach Burn Injury FAQ
Suffering severe burn injuries can leave you with many questions about your rights. You may need to know more about whether you can file a personal injury claim for your burn injuries, how much compensation you can expect, and more. Take a look at the common FAQ regarding burn injuries below to get a better idea of how your claim might proceed, or call The Law Offices of Jared Spingarn today to discuss your claim with a Hallandale Beach burn injury attorney1. How do you know you have grounds for a burn injury claim in Hallandale Beach?
Your lawyer will ask several critical questions to determine whether you have grounds for a burn injury claim.
- Did someone else’s negligence cause your injuries?
- Did the party whose negligence caused your injuries have a duty of care or responsibility to help reduce the risk of injury?
- Did you suffer burns in the accident?
To have grounds for a burn injury claim, you will need to show that you suffered burns in the incident, not just that you had the potential to suffer burns. Your attorney can help go over the details of your accident and determine who may bear liability for your injuries.
2. Who has to pay my medical bills after a burn injury in Hallandale Beach?
Hallandale Beach offers several medical care facilities, including Aventura Hospital and Medical Center, and Progressive Medical Center. You might also choose to visit a facility like Memorial Primary Care or MD Now Urgent Care for immediate treatment for your burns.
However, no matter where you receive treatment, you will likely experience one common denominator: significant medical bills, from bills from your emergency room or urgent care visit to bills for long-term treatment for severe burn injuries.
Figuring out how to pay those medical bills can challenge you in the middle of an often long and difficult recovery. Since you know that someone else’s negligence caused your burns, does the liable party have to pay your medical bills?
While a personal injury claim can provide you with the funds you need to pay many of the medical bills associated with your burns, that does not mean that the party that caused your accident will have to pay your medical bills directly. Instead, in most cases, you will need to make arrangements with your care provider to ensure that you pay your medical bills promptly.
You do, however, have some options that can make it easier to deal with the rising cost of medical bills after your accident. We might help you implement them.
Talk to your health insurance company.
Your health insurance company can offer a great deal of vital coverage for the injuries you sustained in your accident. As you manage your treatment plan with your care provider, talk to your insurance company about details like in-network providers and the coverage you may have for vital types of care, including in-home care or long-term care, especially if you know you will need to spend considerable time in a burn unit.
Negotiate with your care providers.
Many medical care providers, including hospitals, will help you negotiate down high medical bills to a reasonable amount. You can call the medical provider yourself and ask about the programs offered to victims who have sustained severe injuries or have your lawyer negotiate on your behalf. Contact The Law Offices of Jared Spingarn today to see what we can do for you.
3. Do burn injury claims in Hallandale Beach include compensation for pain and suffering?
Burns, regardless of whether you suffer heat burns, chemical burns, or electrical burns, often cause severe physical pain. You may also suffer immense emotional anguish, especially if you have severe scarring after your accident. Can you claim compensation for the pain and suffering caused by your burns?
In many cases, yes. Talk to your attorney about the suffering you have faced from your Hallandale beach burn accident to learn more about how to include pain and suffering as part of your claim, which may help you maximize the compensation you can ultimately recover for your injuries.
4. How long do I have to file a burn injury claim in Hallandale Beach?
Following a serious burn injury, you may have a lot of things that you have to deal with, including a long road to recovery. It may take time before you feel ready to start moving forward with a burn injury claim, especially if you end up spending a lot of time in a burn unit. However, you must start your claim before Florida’s statute of limitations runs out.
Florida law provides four years for the victims of most serious accidents to file a personal injury claim, including a burn injury claim. However, several exceptions may exist to the statute of limitations, including cases in which a minor has sustained severe burn injuries, so make sure you talk to a lawyer about your right to file a claim.
However, you should not allow the statute of limitations to run down more than necessary as you consider your burn injury claim. Ideally, you should get in touch with a lawyer as soon as possible to learn more about your rights, protect your right to compensation, and start moving forward with a burn injury claim.
The sooner you start working with a lawyer, the easier the lawyer may find it to locate vital evidence about your injuries and your accident, which may make it easier to prove who caused your accident and that, therefore, you deserve compensation for your burns.
5. How long does it take to receive compensation for burns in Hallandale Beach?
Expect it to take time to process your burn injury claim and receive the compensation you deserve.
First and foremost, both your attorney and the other party’s insurance company will need time to investigate the accident, determine what happened and who bears liability, and put together the facts about the incident so that you can improve your chances of recovering the compensation you might deserve. Second, your attorney may advise that you take time to recover before you start moving forward with your burn injury claim.
Burns can prove very complex, and the healing process may involve setbacks and complications, especially for serious burns. Often, burn injury victims have to have repeat procedures, including multiple skin grafts, to improve recovery.
You may also not know what long-term scarring will look like until some time after the accident. Since much of your burn injury claim’s value will depend on the extent of your medical bills, and you will want to make sure that your claim includes treatment for all of your injuries, you may not want to move forward with your claim until you have a good idea of what your eventual recovery will look like and how much your final medical expenses will cost.
Once you have put together your claim, including listing all of your medical costs, you may need to plan to negotiate with the insurance company. Frequently, the negotiation process turns out longer than anticipated. Burn injuries can prove costly, which means the insurance company may fight back on providing a fair and reasonable settlement offer. The more rounds of negotiation you have to go through, the more it may increase the time to receive a settlement for your injuries.
6. What should I do if I receive a settlement offer from the insurance company after my Hallandale Beach burn accident?
Many injury victims assume that a settlement offer from the insurance company will fairly reflect the compensation they deserve for the injuries they have sustained. You may assume that the insurance company has some sliding scale that will help evaluate the medical expenses usually associated with a specific type of injury. Even if it does not reflect all of your medical expenses, surely it will come close-and a fast settlement offer would mean that you could have compensation in your hands fast, rather than having to wait for it to arrive.
Unfortunately, insurance companies often fail to provide fair settlement offers to the victims of serious burn accidents. In fact, an initial settlement offer may include only a small percentage of the medical bills you will ultimately face. You may not even know what those bills will look like, so the insurance company certainly cannot put together a reasonable estimate of what compensation you might deserve, long-term, for your injuries.
Before accepting a settlement offer, make sure you talk to a lawyer about the compensation you should expect from a Hallandale Beach burn incident. If you receive a settlement offer, ask for time to look it over. You do not have to accept an offer on the spot, nor should you feel pressured to accept an offer that does not work for you. You can continue to negotiate to reach a fair settlement agreement, and, in many cases, an attorney can help fight to get you the compensation you really deserve. At The Law Offices of Jared Spingarn, we are here to help.
7. Will I need to go to court to settle a Hallandale Beach burn injury claim?
Most often, the insurance companies involved in personal injury claims want to settle out of court, if at all possible. Going to court to settle an insurance claim can mean an extended process and considerably higher legal fees for the insurance company while reaching a settlement agreement usually works in the insurance company’s interests.
However, in some cases, you may need to go to court to settle your claim. You might, for example, have to go to court if the insurance company chooses to dispute liability or if the insurance company chooses to dispute the actual extent of your injuries. Working with an attorney can make it easier to handle a court appearance if it does have to happen.
8. Do I really need an attorney to help handle my Hallandale Beach burn injury claim?
Yes. Any time you suffer injuries in an accident due to someone else’s negligence, working with an attorney can offer a great deal of support to your claim. Insurance companies often take an attorney more seriously than they take you alone. An attorney may also have a better understanding of Florida personal injury law that can help maximize the compensation you may ultimately recover for your burn injuries.
An attorney may also find it easier to access information about the accident, including evidence that may prove critical to establishing who caused your injuries.
9. How much does hiring a burn injury attorney in Hallandale Beach cost?
The cost of a burn injury lawyer often feels prohibitive to many injury victims. In reality, however, failing to hire a personal injury attorney to help you deal with your claim can cost you more than your legal fees.
Frequently, we can help our clients recover considerably more in compensation than they could recover on their own, even once they consider their legal fees. We aim to provide our clients with considerable support to help them fight for the compensation they really deserve for serious injuries.
At The Law Offices of Jared Spingarn, we understand all the challenges that go into recovering from severe injuries, including the frequent financial strain. We will start with a free consultation, during which we will go over the conditions that led to your burns and the severity of the burns you suffered.
We can provide you with some basic advice about your next steps during that consultation. If we accept your case, we often accept clients on a contingent fee basis: instead of paying upfront for the legal assistance you need, you can pay for your legal fees out of a percentage of the compensation we help you recover. This can make affording a lawyer during a difficult time much more practical for many injury victims. Contact us today to get started.
Our Hallandale Beach Burn Injury Lawyer Can Help You
An experienced Hallandale Beach burn injury attorney from the Law Offices of Jared Spingarn can pursue compensation for your burn injury.
These services include:
- A free case evaluation where you can get answers to your legal questions, learn more about the personal injury claims process, and determine whether you wish to retain our firm.
- Determination of liable parties and accessible insurance resources in your case.
- Establishing a value to your case based on the expenses and impacts you have incurred because of your injury.
- Settlement negotiations with the at-fault party’s insurance provider.
- In lieu of a fair settlement offer, timely filing of a lawsuit within the statutory deadline.
- The collection and organization of the evidence and witness testimony needed to prove your claim in court.
- Litigation services, including making opening and closing arguments, presenting evidence, and examining witnesses.
- Assistance collecting your settlement or award.
Let our Hallandale Beach burn injury lawyer help you make sense of your legal options for pursuing compensation for your injury. Contact us for a free case evaluation, during which you can discuss the details of your accident and injuries, ask questions about your legal rights, and determine your eligibility to pursue compensation for the full cost of your injuries.
You won’t face any obligation to retain our services after your free case evaluation. Rather, this initial step provides you with an opportunity to learn more about the claims process without having to pay or promise anything.
Call us now at (866) HIRE-JARED or shoot us a message through our contact form, and we’ll start with your free claim consultation and see what we can do to help you.
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