Our lawyers are here to answer your questions about burn lawsuits. The Pritzker Hageman burn injury lawyers, led by Eric Hageman, have won multiple settlements over $10 million for clients who suffered third-degree burns on over 50% of their bodies.
My spouse was severely burned and is in a coma. Do I need to hire a lawyer for a burn injury lawsuit?
If your husband or wife is severely burned and in a medically induced coma, you can hire a lawyer and take legal action on your spouse’s behalf. However, we have handled cases where our law firm was not contacted until the spouse was out of the coma and able to voice an opinion. We would recommend you hire a lawyer as soon as possible, and below are three reasons why:
- Our law firm’s independent investigation cannot start until our firm is retained, which could result in evidence being lost or damaged.
- The company or companies responsible for the fire or explosion will have their lawyers working on the case within hours and it is in your family’s best interest to have your lawyers keeping track of what the company lawyers, management, and staff are doing.
- If your spouse was not the only person injured, it may beneficial for you to take action quickly because there may be a limited amount of insurance money available for settlement payouts.
- Laws called “statutes of limitations” (SOL), which vary by state, may limit the amount of time you have to file a claim. An experienced burn injury lawyer can help you find out what the SOL for your case is.
You can contact the Pritzker Hageman burn injury lawyers for a free consultation using the form below. Find out if you have a burn lawsuit and can seek justice and compensation.
Our burn injury lawyers have helped people like you who were burned because of the negligence of a gas company, employer, driver, etc. We know you have questions, and we can help you get answers. Contact us for a review of your case.
Can my child sue for burns?
If your child has burn injuries and there is evidence that a company or person is responsible, you can sue on your child’s behalf. Money won for your child can be used for current and future expenses, and excess amounts obtained for pain and suffering compensation can be placed in a trust for your child with you or another responsible adult as the trustee.
You and your spouse may also have claims (the right to sue) for lost wages and other damages.
The Pritzker Hageman burn injury lawyers have won millions for our clients, including $10 million for a man who was burned in an explosion and $6 million for a family with a wrongful death claim. Our law firm was named one of the 2022 “Best Law Firms in America” by U.S. News.
“It’s crucial to do an independent investigation in any explosion case, so we work closely with experienced investigators to determine the actual cause of an explosion. In doing so, we have found liability for things such as failure to comply with safety regulations, product defects, and failure to protect against a phenomenon known as odor fade.” –Attorney Eric Hageman
The elements of a burn injury lawsuit depend on the facts. Most of them are based on negligence, which involves four elements, as follows:
- Duty of care under the law
- Breach of duty of care
- Harm from breach (wrongful death or personal injury)
- Harm resulted in loss that needs to be compensated
Each of the above elements must be proven by a preponderance of the evidence, meaning more likely than not. If the burn injury resulted in death, the burn injury lawsuit becomes a wrongful death case.
Claims for a lawsuit generally include strict liability, negligence, and breach of warranty (contract law). As an example of negligence, in one of our law firm’s multimillion-dollar cases, the owner of an apartment building did not repair smoke alarms in the building. Owners of apartment buildings have a duty to maintain the building, including smoke alarms. Two occupants of one apartment died, and two others in the same apartment were injured.
Use of Expert Witnesses to Win Burn Injury Lawsuits
These lawsuits can require the expert testimony of medical doctors, biomedical professionals, and engineers. Our lawyers have access to the best experts in the United States. They are used to build a winning case and to testify if the case goes to trial.
Our lawyers understand the science behind burn injury cases and have successfully used complex, science-based testimony of expert witnesses in court, in pre-trial motions, and during negotiation settlements. This is an important part of our winning strategy. Contact a lawyer at Pritzker Hageman for a free consultation regarding a burn injury lawsuit. Please note that these cases are not class action suits. They are individual personal injury or wrongful death suits.