There is no way to estimate the average settlement value for a burn injury claim in Phoenix because the amount a victim may receive after a burn depends on the severity of their injury and the circumstances surrounding their case.
Arizona is an at-fault state, meaning that the victim must prove the liability of the other party in order to pursue compensation.
Potential Settlement Amounts
According to the American Burn Association, there are on average 500,000 burn injuries require medical treatment every year in the United States. Some of these injuries are severe enough that they result in burn injury lawsuits and claims.
This does not mean, though, that everyone will receive such a large settlement. The individual facts of your case will determine the amount of the award you may receive.
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The severity of your burn will likely play a key role in determining the potential settlement amount.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) classifies burns into three categories:
- First-degree burns: These moderate types of burns affect the top layer of skin, causing swelling and redness.
- Second-degree burns: This is when there is notable damage to the top two layers of skin, causing blisters, swelling, and deep redness.
- Third-degree burns: The most severe type of burn, this penetrates the entire thickness of the skin and can permanently damage tissue. This type of injury requires immediate medical attention.
A medical professional can provide you with more information on how to effectively treat these injuries.
Receiving an Insurance Award
After a burn injury, the liable individual or their insurance company may offer you an immediate settlement to prevent your case from going to court. You may want to speak with a legal professional first, though, so that you understand all your options when deciding whether to accept an offer.
Your potential settlement amount may be based on the following:
- The degree of the burn
- Physical harm to the body
- Level of permanent scarring
- The location of the burn
- Amount of therapy required
- The type of medical care needed
- Level of psychological harm
Awards will consider the cost of the medical bills you have accumulated so far, as well as any future expenses that may develop. Additionally, you may be able to collect losses that cover pain and suffering, lost wages, and reduced earning capacity based on the details of your claim.
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Care Required in the Future
Depending on the type of burn you suffered will affect your prescribed medical treatment. Sometimes, you may need specialized intervention to aid in your recovery.
This type of care may include:
- Skin grafts: where skin from another part of the body is grafted to the healthy skin around the damaged area.
- Physical therapy: where the victim may undergo a series of exercises to try to regain a full range of motion after skin and tissues are damaged by burns.
- Cosmetic surgery: where the victim may need reconstructive or cosmetic surgery to reduce the appearance of scars or to rebuild facial features, such as an ear or nose.
- Care for infections: where a burn injury can lead to a serious infection that may require days or weeks of hospitalization with heavy doses of medication.
It is important to keep records of all medical treatment, doctor visits, and other costs related to your burn, as this will prove helpful when pursuing compensation.
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Help With Your Settlement
While recovering, you may be unsure of how to proceed with your claim. This is where a personal injury lawyer can help. A legal team can aid in establishing the causation for your accident and the damages that were incurred as well as filing the necessary documents needed to prove your case.
Fighting for Fair Compensation
The average settlement value for a burn injury claim is ultimately determined by the circumstances surrounding the accident. In the state of Arizona, the law does not place a set amount on the compensation you can pursue for any injury.
Zanes Law knows how to defend the rights of our clients. We cannot guarantee a certain amount of compensation for your case, but we can negotiate on your behalf to reach a fair settlement.
The statute of limitations for filing a personal injury claim in Arizona is two years from the date of the accident. However, depending on the details of your injury, this timeline can vary. A member of our team can help explain how the statute of limitations applies to your case. We work on a contingency-fee basis, so we do not accept any payment until you agree to a settlement. Call Zanes Law today in Phoenix at (602) 999-9999 for a free consultation.