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Fire Accidents and Burn Injuries

Injuries resulting from fires are often preventable. In many instances, the injuries that occur from a fire are the result of another party’s negligence, and you may be entitled to compensation. Second- and third-degree burns are serious injuries, and recovery can require multiple surgeries and significant amounts of time in recovery.

Medical expenses pile up and the person who suffered the injury is often unable to work during their recovery. In the most severe cases, where loss of life is involved, no amount of money can compensate for the emotional trauma of losing a loved one.

A lawyer experienced in dealing with fire accidents understands the extensive medical treatment and potential long-term care these catastrophic or serious injuries require and can help you navigate the process of recovery. Get in touch with a Las Vegas personal injury lawyer from De Castroverde Accident & Injury Lawyers. We help fire accident and burn victims recover compensation and seek justice against negligent parties.

Important Facts About Fires and Burn Injuries

Burn InjuriesAccording to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), a fire starts in a building in the United States once per minute. The U.S. Fire Administration reports that there were 14.6 injuries and 2.9 deaths per every 1,000 fires in the state of Nevada in 2019. The report also shows that there were 43.8 injuries and 8.5 deaths per 1,000 residential fires. That’s higher than the national average number of deaths.

In June 2022, Las Vegas experienced the largest fire in occupied buildings in 25 years. Thankfully, there were no reports of serious injuries. But nearly 100 occupants were at risk of injury, and dozens more firefighters and emergency responders’ lives were at stake, too.

Types of Burn Injuries

As catastrophic injuries, burns can cause life-altering physical damages, tremendous emotional pain, and extensive financial burdens. Burn injuries create such powerful consequences that the need for full and fair compensation is often vital to ensuring that victims receive the care their injuries require. The damages produced by burn injuries will depend on several factors, including how the burn was caused, where the burn is located on the body, and how extensive the damage is.

Typically, medical professionals classify burns into four categories. Second-, third-, and fourth-degree burns cause the most serious damages and frequently result in the need for emergency treatment and/or long periods of recovery. These may also cause lifelong scarring and disfigurement.

When burns are caused by substances or sources other than fire, such as chemicals or electrical equipment, specialized treatment is often a necessity. Some types of burns we help victims seek justice for include:

  • Thermal burns, which are those caused by a heat source, like fire
  • Radiation burns, which are those caused by extended time in a UV source, like the sun or an X-ray
  • Chemical burns, which are caused by skin contact with acids, solvents, and other strong chemicals
  • Electrical burns, which are caused by skin contact with exposed electrical currents

Complications from Burn Injuries

The most serious burns have the potential to cause damage to more than just a victim’s skin. In fact, burns can significantly damage muscle tissues, bones, and organs, and can lead to life-threatening infections, respiratory distress, and other adverse health consequences. The limitations created by these injuries can detract from a victim’s quality of life, which in turn can greatly affect their emotional well-being.

Some of the most common complications from burns include:

  • Heart conditions like arrhythmia (from electrical burns)
  • Fluid buildup and long-term swelling
  • Organ failure
  • Low blood pressure
  • Amputation to combat spreading infection or remove a severely damaged limb
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Depression
  • Repetitive surgical procedures

Families who remain by the side of their injured loved one also frequently experience emotional damages.

Recover Compensation for Your Fire Accident Injuries

You can file insurance claims and legal claims to recover compensation to pay for the damages you’ve incurred from your fire or burn accident. We can help you recover damages like:

  • Current and future medical expenses
  • Lost income and benefits during recovery
  • Diminished earning capacity due to disability
  • Loss of household income support
  • Pain and suffering
  • Scarring and disfigurement
  • PTSD
  • Loss of quality of life

We can’t give you a specific estimate of how much compensation you can get for your fire or burn injury accident since there are many factors that can influence how much you may be entitled to, such as:

  • How old you are at the time of the accident
  • The degree and severity of your injuries
  • How the fire accident occurred
  • Who was at fault for the accident
  • How many liable parties there are

A Las Vegas personal injury lawyer from our firm can help you determine the best method for seeking compensation. We can file insurance claims and negotiate a settlement, or we can file a lawsuit and prove your case in court.

You Have a Limited Time to Act

The Nevada statute of limitations on personal injury and wrongful death cases is two years, according to NRS § 11.190(4)(e). That means you have just two years from the date of the fire accident or two years from the date of your loved one’s accidental death to file a lawsuit to recover compensation from liable parties.

How We Prove Negligence in a Fire or Burn Accident Case

At De Castroverde Accident & Injury Lawyers, we’re dedicated to helping fire and burn accident victims and their families get the justice they deserve. We will work hard to investigate the cause of your accident and determine the negligence that led to your injuries. To prove negligence, we must show that:

  • The other party owed you a duty of care
  • The other party acted or failed to act reasonably in that situation
  • Their negligent actions or inaction led to the accident
  • The accident caused your injuries and subsequent damages

Fire Accident and Burn Injury Lawyers at De Castroverde Accident & Injury Lawyers

In every case our firm handles, our Las Vegas burn injury lawyers go above and beyond in our efforts to maximize the recovery of the injured victims we represent. Given the extensive physical, emotional, and financial damages experienced by burn injury victims, however, the need to maximize compensation becomes our primary objective.

From conducting investigations into the circumstances surrounding your injury to fighting on your behalf during settlement negotiations or trial, our firm leaves no resource or modicum of effort untapped when fighting for the compensation you need. Having recovered millions of dollars for the victims we have represented throughout the years, we are confident in our abilities to clearly establish liability and deliver the results our clients require.

De Castroverde Accident & Injury Lawyers and our team of Las Vegas personal injury attorneys have successfully represented clients that have suffered severe injuries from preventable fires and accidents. There is no cost for an initial consultation and zero fees unless we win your case. Contact us for a free consultation today!

References:

  1. https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/diseases/12063-burns
  2. https://www.urmc.rochester.edu/encyclopedia/content.aspx?ContentTypeID=90&ContentID=P09575
  3. https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/conditions-and-diseases/burns
  4. https://www.phoenix.gov/fire/safety-information/fire-safety/burns
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Although you can file your insurance claim on your own, the other party’s insurance company is likely to offer you a settlement that is below the true value of your claim.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is the Cost of Injuries in Nevada?

    On average, unintentional personal injury leads to more than $19,000 in medical expenses for victims in Nevada. However, more serious accidents can lead to much more disastrous consequences and significantly higher medical bills. While medical bills and lost wages are easy to quantify, provided all the paperwork is in order, the loss of quality of life can be a more difficult thing on which to place a dollar figure.

  • What Are Non-Economic Damages?

    Quality of life can mean many different things; driving a car, exercising or even doing household chores can all be included here. If you are in an accident, the injuries sustained can have a permanent effect on your ability to do the things you used to do every day. These are known as non-economic damages.

    Emotional anguish, loss of consortium, or even the inability to cook dinner for your children fall under this umbrella. If you led an active lifestyle and can no longer play sports in any way, then compensation can be sought for the loss of what once was a normal life for you. If your children lose the guidance and support they once had from you, then your family can seek compensation for that as well.

    An experienced attorney can fight on your behalf for fair compensation when non-economic damages are apparent. Broken bones and lacerations will heal, but the lasting damages can remain long after the cast has come off. Therefore, your personal injury lawyer will wait until you have achieved maximum recovery to file the claim. That way undiscovered injuries caused by the accident will reveal themselves in full, thereby allowing you to be compensated for them.

What Our Clients Say About Us.

They made the entire process seamless for me. I got rear ended in a 4-car collision on the freeway and had to go through a lot of treatments for almost a year after the accident. The entire team at De Castroverde Accident & Injury Lawyers helped me get the treatments I needed and took all the pressure off me so I could focus on healing myself. I would highly recommend them to anyone! They cared about my health and making sure I got what I needed to recover. I am very satisfied with their service and will go back to them if I ever need their services again. Thank you so much!Johnna B

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