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Protecting The Rights of Phoenix Burn Accident Victims

Burn injuries are among the most serious injuries a person can suffer, and they can occur anywhere a flammable or hot object exists. Doug Zanes and his team of burn injury lawyers know how severe and life-changing burn injuries can be. In Phoenix, these types of injuries are commonly associated with car and truck accidents. Even in the absence of an actual fire in a vehicle, it’s common for people to receive chemical burns from airbags. These can create permanent scarring. Burns are one of the most common types of injuries in auto accidents, and a good burn injury attorney knows how to handle cases of this nature.

The burn injury lawyers at Zanes Law handle lawsuits involving:

  • Apartment building fires
  • Workplace injuries
  • Truck accidents and tanker explosions
  • Motor vehicle accidents
  • Electrical cord fires
  • Defective products
  • Locked fire exits
  • Scalding water and pipes
  • Electrical accidents
  • Fires in public venues

What Kinds of Burn Injuries Qualify for a Personal Injury Claim in Phoenix?

There is more than one type of burn that might occur when you’re at work or involved in an accident in Phoenix. It is important for your attorney to be experienced in handling burn cases and to understand that burn victims are often left with both physical and psychological injuries. Burn victims typically have to deal with overwhelming medical bills, lost wages, and permanent pain and suffering. If someone else’s negligence causes a burn injury, the burn victim might be able to receive compensation for those losses.

Insurance company adjusters, landlords, employers, and product manufacturers will always place saving money above fairly compensating burn injury victims. It is therefore important that you contact an experienced burn injury lawyer as soon as possible after an accident.  Although there are many types of burn injuries, the following are examples of some of the most common:

  • Chemical burns
  • Electrical burns
  • Thermal burns
  • Radiation burns
  • Inhalation problems

If you are not familiar with these different types of burns, you should become familiar with them. A chemical burn might occur if you are involved in an accident in which dangerous chemicals come into contact with your skin. Electrical burns can occur when you experience a construction accident in which high voltage electricity leaves entry and exit wounds on your body.

Inhalation injuries might not be visible, but they have the potential to cause more damage to your body than any physical burn. Inhaling smoke or dangerous chemicals not only makes it difficult for you to breathe but can also seriously injure your internal organs. Toxic fumes are not uncommon when chemicals burn, and inhaling them is extremely dangerous.

Thermal burns occur when you are exposed to extreme heat, such as if you are in the middle of a fire or are near hot metal, water, or steam. Finally, radiation burns occur when you’re exposed to ultraviolet light. This might happen anywhere nuclear radiation occurs, in a toxic tanning bed, or during treatment for medical problems in the hospital.

Apartment Building Fires in Phoenix

Many Phoenix burn injury victims who are entitled to compensation were burned in apartment building fires. Apartment fires often begin in the kitchen. In fact, cooking is the leading cause of home fires and injuries, according to a National Fire Protection Association report analyzing fires from 2010-2014. The report says that cooking equipment is responsible for 46 percent of all home structure fires, 44 percent of fire injuries in the home, and 19 percent of fire fatalities in the home.

Heating, candles, and smoking are also major causes of home and apartment fires. Heating equipment was involved in one out of every five fire deaths at home, according to the NFPA. The culprits can include portable and fixed space heaters, such as wood stoves. Smoking is a leading cause of home fire deaths. The NFPA says that two-thirds of those fatalities result from fires starting in furniture, mattresses, and bedding. Electrical wiring and lighting equipment installation also contribute to home fires. Sixteen percent of fire fatalities and nine percent of fire injuries in the home stem from electrical work, according to the NFPA.

Landlords have an obligation to ensure that their tenants are safe from injury and wrongful death due to fires. When landlords don’t follow the law and people get hurt or die, fire injury lawyers help tenants hold them accountable.

Phoenix Business Owner Burn Liability

Entrepreneurs in Arizona who open their property to the public for business purposes have a duty to make sure that the premises are reasonably safe. An Arizona business owner cannot shift this responsibility to a third party like a landscaper, electrician, or pool maintenance company, even if that third party created the condition that caused the burns.  Some examples of situations in which a business owner would be held accountable for a customer’s injury include the following:

  • A hotel or fitness center owner is responsible for a hot tub that severely burns a patron, even if the company that was supposed to maintain the hot tub caused the problem.
  • A restaurant or bar owner can be held responsible for an injury resulting from a fireplace or firepit, even if the patron slipped and fell into the fire while walking past it. Someone could make the argument that the property was not reasonably safe because there had been similar incidents of people falling into pits in other restaurants, and the pit should have been reasonably protected.

Burn Injury Treatment in Phoenix

It’s easy to seek medical care if you’re seriously burned and have no choice in the matter. But it’s not uncommon for people to leave the scene of an accident with a small or seemingly insignificant burn and not to seek medical care for it. Do not assume your minor burn is not worth medical attention. Always seek medical care following an accident, especially if you worry you might have internal injuries. Even if you’re not suffering from external burns, you could suffer from smoke inhalation or other injuries that you simply cannot see or feel at the moment.

Burn victims can suffer from psychological damage as well as physical damage. It’s typical for burn victims to find they have issues in many areas of their lives following an accident. It’s imperative you call an Arizona burn accident attorney following a burn injury.

Seeking Damages for Burn Injuries in Phoenix

Every burn is dangerous, and you might suffer lifelong health problems as a result of one. In Arizona, a burn accident attorney can help you seek damages for various types of reasons. A burn accident lawyer knows that damages can include far more than just physical harm. Being involved in any kind of fire or burn situation can have serious, lifelong psychological effects on your mind and body. The changes in your life can be devastating.

You might not be able to return to work at all. Or you might not be able to return to your specific line of work and make the same amount of money you earned prior to your injury. You might incur expensive medical bills or require lifelong medical treatment. You might need special equipment if your burns are bad enough, and you might even suffer from loss of consortium. There is no limit to the kind of damages you might suffer when you are injured because of burns. You deserve compensation to help you with the problems you face in the aftermath of your injury.

A burn can cause exceptional financial crisis, and you don’t need to suffer the rest of your life because someone else was negligent and caused an accident that burned you. It is easy for you to discover your rights when you contact a Phoenix, Arizona, burn injury lawyer to discuss your case. Your attorney can help you decipher legal paperwork from your employer, decide if you have a case, and determine whether or not you should proceed.

Your life might be forever changed, but you can seek damages that will help you live your life with more comfort and better treatment. It’s not easy to live with a serious burn injury, but you shouldn’t have to suffer the added financial stress that follows one. You have rights, and it’s time to enact them by calling a burn accident attorney at Zanes Law.

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