Burn Injury Lawyers in Portland
A burn injury is one of the most devastating injuries you can suffer during an accident. Often, victims who suffer burn injuries experience traumatic effects, including intense pain, physical scarring, deformation, and emotional and psychological distress. At Rizk Law, our Portland burn injury lawyers have in-depth knowledge of the types of burn injuries and how they can affect your health. We also understand that burn victims and their loved ones may be considering taking legal action against the party responsible for their condition. Since 2001, we have dedicated ourselves to helping accident victims in Portland pursue the justice and compensation they deserve after being injured in an accident caused by another’s negligence. Our compassionate personal injury lawyers in Portland are qualified to handle a wide-range of cases and will help you explore every legal option that may be available to you.
We will review your claim to help you determine if you have a case against the at-fault party. After an accident, the last thing victims should be concerned with is how to pay for an attorney. For this reason, we provide our services on a contingency fee basis. This means we will represent you at no upfront cost and only require payment if we recover compensation on your behalf. Contact us as soon as possible to schedule a free, no obligation consultation.
Call 503.245.5677 to find out if you have a case.
Types of Burn Injuries
Suffering a burn injury can be horrific and can result in permanent impairment or physical scarring. According to Johns Hopkins Medicine, burn injuries can be classified into four categories based on the severity of the victim’s symptoms. These include:
- First degree: Symptoms may include reddened skin with no blistering on the affected burn site.
- Second degree: The victim suffers blisters and some thickening of the skin on the affected burn site.
- Third degree: The victim experiences widespread thickness on the affected burn site and a white, leathery appearance on the skin.
- Fourth degree: The burn injury extends beyond the victim’s outer skin and causes damage to his or her tendons and bones. The victim may require amputation of the affected limb.
In 2016, approximately 40,000 people in the U.S. were admitted to hospitals and burn centers to receive medical treatment for burn injuries, according to the American Burn Association. The symptoms and lasting effects of a burn injury may depend on the source of the victim’s burn, such as:
- Scalding burns: The source of the burn injury can be traced to water or steam.
- Thermal burns: The victim’s burn injury was caused by a heat source, such as an open fire or heat lamp.
- Chemical burns: The victim was burned after coming into physical contact with a chemical source in the form of liquids, solids or gasses.
- Radiation burns: The victim’s burn injury was caused by exposure to radiation, such as tanning booths, or radiation treatment.
- Electrical burns: The victim was burned by an electrical source, such as exposed or faulty wiring or a defective electrical device.
After suffering a burn injury, victims should immediately seek medical attention. The effects of each burn injury are unique and may require extensive medical treatment.
Once you have been treated by a health care provider, consider contacting Rizk Law’s burn injury lawyers in Portland. We can examine the facts behind your burn injury to determine if another party may be held liable for your pain and suffering.
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Accidents that Cause Burn Injuries
A burn injury can have a lasting, devastating impact on the victim and his or her loved ones.
All too often, accidents that result in the victim suffering a burn injury are preventable. Some of the most frequently-occurring accidents that cause burn injuries include:
In 2016, approximately 204,000 vehicle fires occurred in the U.S., according to the U.S. Fire Administration. During an auto accident caused by negligence, victims may suffer a burn injury as a result of:
- Airbag deployment
- Exposure to hot metal or debris
- Contact with an electric source or electric current
- Car fires or explosions
- Exposure to dangerous chemicals
Property owners have an obligation to ensure guests and visitors entering their property are safe from known or potential hazards. This includes unsafe conditions that may burn guests or visitors, such as:
- Exposed wiring
- Open heat sources
- Faulty equipment
- Dangerous chemicals
Property owners must take steps to correct fire hazards on the premises, or adequately warn others about the hazard. If you or your loved one suffered a burn injury due to a property owner’s negligence, a Portland premises liability lawyer can help you determine if you have a case.
Consumers are at risk of suffering a burn injury due to defective products or ones that lack adequate safety measures to prevent burn injuries. Manufacturers or designers of products can be held liable if the product poses an unreasonable risk of harm to its users or lacks proper safety warnings.
Burn victims may consider contacting a defective product lawyer in Portland to discuss their possible options for recovering compensation from a negligent manufacturer.
Although employers in the U.S. are required to follow fire safety standards implemented by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, occupational hazards remain one of the leading causes of burn injuries.
Employees who are required to work around open heat sources, electrical equipment or dangerous chemicals are at risk of suffering occupational burn injuries. If an employee's injury is caused by a third party's failure to provide required safety guards or another form or negligence, the third party may be held liable for the worker’s burn injury.
Rizk Law’s Portland burn injury lawyers are qualified to represent victims who have suffered burns in several types of accidents. During your free, no obligation consultation, we will review the cause of your burn and determine the parties that can be held liable for your damages.
Call 503.245.5677 if you were burned in an accident.
Compensation for a Burn Injury
Victims who suffer severe burn injuries often incur significant financial losses after the accident. This may include the cost of medical treatment to heal their injury or the income they lost while recovering.
To recover from the losses and pain and suffering you or your loved one experienced as a result of the at-fault party’s negligence, you may be entitled to pursue compensation. By filing a personal injury claim, you may be entitled to receive compensation for:
- Past and future medical treatment
- Corrective surgery
- Loss of income
- Loss of ability to earn an income
- Cost of a caregiver
- Medical assistive equipment
- Hospital stays
- Doctors’ and medical specialists’ appointments
Some accident victims may be entitled to additional damages that can only be obtained by filing a personal injury lawsuit against the at-fault party. This includes:
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Loss of reputation
- Emotional distress
- Loss of consortium
Oregon’s Statute of Limitations for Personal Injury Cases
Oregon has a two-year statute of limitations for personal injury cases, including victims who suffer a burn injury, according to Ore. Rev. Stat. § 12.110(1).
The two-year statute of limitations begins on the date you first acquired your burn injury. You must take legal action against the at-fault party within the two years after the accident. If you fail to file a lawsuit within the statute of limitations, your case will likely be dismissed and you cannot receive compensation.
Although you have two years to bring your case, there may be several time-consuming factors that you need to consider. This includes undergoing medical treatment to heal your burn injury and determining the cost of your treatment. Additionally, your Portland burn injury attorney will need to investigate the cause of your burn injury and build a case to hold the at-fault party liable.
To ensure that you and your attorney are prepared for your burn injury case, do not hesitate to contact us as soon as possible.
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Proving Liability in a Burn Injury Case
To recover compensation after an accident, you will need to show the other party is liable for your injuries. This will require you to prove your burn injury resulted from an accident caused by the at-fault party’s negligence.
However, proving liability in an accident can be difficult. An experienced Portland burn injury attorney will need to establish that four elements existed in your claim at the time of the accident. These four elements of negligence are:
- Duty of care: The other party was obligated to act in a way that helped ensure your safety.
- Breach of duty: The other party failed to ensure your safety by acting, or refraining from acting, in a way that deviated from the behavior of a reasonably prudent person.
- Causation: A causal link can be established that shows the at-fault party’s breach of duty directly or indirectly caused the accident that resulted in your injury.
- Damages: You suffered compensable damages as a result of the at-fault party’s breach of duty. Compensable damages include the financial, physical and emotional losses you suffered after the accident, such as the cost of medical treatment and loss of income.
During you free, no obligation consultation, a Portland burn injury lawyer will carefully examine your claim for the four elements of negligence. If we find the other party is at fault for your burn injury, we will help you pursue the maximum amount of compensation you are entitled.
Contributory Negligence in Oregon
In some cases, the victim may share liability with the at-fault party in causing the accident that resulted in the victim’s injury. When this applies to a personal injury case, Oregon uses the rule of contributory negligence to determine the degree of each party’s liability.
Ore. Rev. Stat. § 31.600 states each party involved in an accident will be assigned a percentage that represents their degree of negligence in causing the accident. The maximum value of the victim’s claim will then be reduced by the percentage he or she is assigned.
For example, you may be found to be 30 percent at fault for causing your own burn injury. If you are pursuing $10,000 in damages, the value of your claim will be reduced by $3,000. The new maximum amount of compensation you may receive would be $7,000. However, if you are found to be more than 50 percent at fault for the accident, you cannot receive any amount of compensation from the other party.
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It is important that victims of negligence understand their rights after an accident. This includes holding the at-fault party liable for the accident and pursuing compensation for your injuries, financial losses, and pain and suffering.
To find out if you have a case against the person, corporation or entity that caused your burn injury, contact Rizk Law as soon as possible. We provide free, confidential consultations where we can help you determine your legal options for recovering compensation after an accident.
Our Portland burn injury lawyers work on a contingency fee basis, which means you do not owe us upfront legal fees for representing your claim. You only need to pay us if we recover compensation for you. There is no risk in contacting us to discuss your claim.
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