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A Columbia burn injury lawyer from Louthian Law Firm, P.A., may be able to help you recover compensation and get justice if you or a loved one suffered serious burns. In many cases, burns occur because of another party’s negligence. This is true in many building fires, car accidents, and other incidents. Our team can help you hold the negligent party legally responsible, and you could receive compensation for your medical bills and more.
Louthian Law Firm, P.A., offers free case assessments from our Colombia location. You can discuss your injuries and the circumstances that led to them with a team member for free today. Our Columbia personal injury lawyers will answer questions, offer advice about your legal options, and explain how our attorneys may be able to help. Contact us now online or on the phone (803) 454-1200 to get started.
While everyone, young or old, is at risk of a burn injury, the CDC indicates that men are more likely than women to experience these types of injuries. In fact, males account for 64 percent of the total costs related to fire and burn injuries.
The American Burn Association reports that 44 percent of patients admitted to burn injury centers in 2010 were injured by fire. Scalding injuries caused 33 percent of the injuries of patients admitted to burn centers, while 4 percent had suffered an electrical burn and 3 percent had suffered a chemical burn.
Injuries due to fire, electrical injuries, chemical injuries and other burns can occur in a variety of situations.
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Columbia is home to one of the few comprehensive burn centers in the region and the only one in South Carolina. The South Carolina Burn Center at MUSC Health, or its companion pediatric care unit, is where you will likely receive care after a serious burn injury in South Carolina. This facility provides a wide range of minimally invasive, cutting-edge treatments and rehabilitation options for those who need them.
However, burn injuries are among the most expensive to treat and recover from. The risk of infection is high, so patients with serious burns require constant monitoring, regular surgeries and debridement, possibly a series of skin grafts, and significant rehabilitation and therapy. The cost of care can easily reach six figures in a few hours or days.
Our team understands how much stress these medical bills can put on a family. When you consider missing work and the additional expenses and losses, many people feel forced to put their financial worries ahead of their health. We do not believe this is right when your injuries occurred due to no fault of yours. This is why we fight to help our clients recover compensation for their injuries and related damages.
This frequently includes:
When injuries are catastrophic in nature, such as those that leave the victim with a lasting disability, we may be able to seek compensation for money spent to ensure the person can access their home and live more independently.
For example, if a victim lost one or both legs because of their burn injuries, they may require a wheelchair and ramp. Other home renovations may also be necessary. Save all your receipts from these projects, and we may be able to seek reimbursement.
Unfortunately, not all burn injuries are survivable. Lung injuries, deep thickness burns over a large portion of the body, and infections all frequently lead to fatalities in a burn unit.
If someone’s negligence caused the burns, South Carolina law allows the administrator or executor of the estate to take legal action on the family’s behalf.
Our attorneys file these wrongful death actions regularly and know how to navigate the process, show negligence and liability, and recover compensation for our clients when possible. We may be able to help your family secure compensation for lost income, medical bills, funeral and burial costs, non-economic damages, and more. We can review your legal options with you for free today.
The burn injury attorneys from Louthian Law Firm, P.A., understand how to use South Carolina law to hold negligent parties liable for the harm they cause, including burn injuries, pain and suffering, and financial hardships. The applicable laws depend greatly on the circumstances of what happened and how their actions caused your injuries.
Property owners and occupiers tasked with property maintenance must keep their property free from significant hazards that could cause injuries.
This includes ensuring there are:
When someone suffers a burn injury because of a hazard on the property, we need to gather evidence to show what occurred. The property owner is likely liable under case law, Sojourner v. Autozone Inc et al. Their corporate liability or homeowners policy may pay for the victim’s damages.
In traffic accidents, it is usually the at-fault driver who is legally liable for injuries and damages. In these events, we need to have evidence to show that the driver violated a traffic law by acting carelessly or recklessly, and this caused the crash. We can then file a claim based on that driver’s auto liability policy to recover compensation.
Most serious burn injuries occur because of negligence.
There are four elements necessary to prove negligence:
Some of the evidence available in a burn injury case depends on the type of incident that caused it. Our lawyers know the evidence that may be available regardless of how your injuries occurred. We can gather this evidence, document what happened, and use what we learn to support our claim for fair and just compensation in the case.
The Louthian Law Firm, P.A.’s burn injury attorneys can handle your Columbia accident case with no upfront expenses for your family. We are a contingency fee firm and take legal action for our clients without them sacrificing what money they have to pay a retainer. Our attorney’s fees come from the payout we recover for you.
If we do not win your case, we do not get paid.
When we handle a Columbia burn injury case for a client, there are two ways we may recover compensation:
Most successful cases settle outside of court, although some go to trial. Even when we file suit against the liable party, a settlement is more likely. Our team handles all aspects of this process, allowing clients to participate as much or as little as they want. We want your health and well-being to be your top priority during this time, so we can manage the case while providing you with regular updates.
We support every claim we file with evidence, building a strong case and demanding just compensation based on the damages and injuries our client incurred. We negotiate for a fair settlement when possible. If the insurer will not budge or there are other concerns, we may recommend suing in a Richland County civil court and asking a jury to award compensation.
Our attorneys can discuss the pros and cons of a lawsuit with you if this is necessary in your case. It often encourages the insurer to increase its settlement offer, and we can still settle without moving further into the legal process or preparing for trial. If we go to trial, our team will ensure you know what to expect and feel comfortable with any appearances you need to make in the courtroom.
There are deadlines that apply to suing the liable party in a Columbia burn injury case.
According to South Carolina law, this generally includes:
However, this is not the primary concern for our attorneys at Louthian Law Firm, P.A.
Instead, we worry about the strength of the case we can build and the time we have to work on a claim if you wait too long to contact us. Evidence can disappear quickly in these cases.
We like to get started as soon as a client contacts us, so we have plenty of time to investigate, build a case, and negotiate with the liable party’s insurer before we decide if we need to sue.
Speak to a team member from Louthian Law Firm, P.A., about your Columbia, SC, burn injuries today for free. Our team provides these complimentary initial conversations about what happened, the injuries you suffered, and the expenses you endured. We can assess your case and help you decide what to do next. We may represent you and help you recover compensation for your medical bills, missed income, and more.
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