Investigating A Burn Injury In Arkansas
Is It Important To Quickly Investigate An Accident Which Results In A Burn Injury? And What Are You Looking For In Those Investigations?
If you are involved in an accident that results in a brain injury, it’s crucial to investigate your accident quickly. A burn injury case would be no different. As your attorneys, launching a quick investigation is vital if your accident involved a semi-truck. In addition, if a trucking company is involved, they are skilled and prepared to defend themselves as much as possible from a negligence claim against one of their drivers.
As your attorney, the first thing we will want to inspect will be the truck itself. We don’t want the at-fault company to change anything about their commercial truck that hit you.
Sometimes, trucking companies will immediately send the truck to repair or scrap. We want to preserve the evidence and be able to send experts out on your behalf to go and take a look at that truck. Sometimes we hire an Accident Reconstructionist.
An Accident Reconstructionist is an expert in calculating how an accident happened. They may find that the semi-truck driver was negligent and caused that accident. Therefore, it’s imperative that we, as your attorneys, investigate the accident quickly.
You must retain an attorney with the resources and connections available to investigate what happened. It’s not super simple to navigate if it’s not something you work with every day as personal injury attorneys do.
Anyone severely injured in an accident or who suffered burns should consult a personal injury attorney as soon as possible. This way, your attorney can start investigating on your behalf to begin building a case so that you can recover your damages.
Will My Attorney Need To Retain Any Experts To Prove Liability And Damages Even Though My Injuries Are Obvious?
You may need experts to prove liability or damages, even if it’s an obvious injury like a burn. So, for example, you may need an Accident Reconstructionist to verify how the accident happened.
The Accident Reconstructionist will be able to demonstrate the following:
- That the other driver was at fault for causing the accident
- Establish precisely what the at-fault driver did that was negligent and caused the accident.
The Accident Reconstructionist evaluates everything to prove liability. But, we may need to hire a medical expert who can testify to the nature and extent of the burns you suffered, especially if you suffered permanent disfigurement.
Suppose you have scarring that you’ll live with for the rest of your life or need future medical procedures such as scar revision surgery. In this case, your attorney must hire a medical expert to determine what that procedure would look like and how many separate surgeries it may take to revise your scars.
How Is Compensation In Burn Injury Cases Calculated? Will Future Surgeries Or Medical Care Be Included In A Settlement Offer?
In any personal injury case, burn injury cases included, your compensation is directly correlated to your damages. Damages can be broken down broadly into economic and non-economic damages.
Economic damages include the following:
- The cost of your medical treatment
- Your lost wages if you could not work for a while after the accident
- Any future medical treatment
Non-economic damages will include the nature and extent of the pain and suffering caused by the accident. Whenever we’re trying to determine the extent of your pain and suffering, we think about how severe your injuries are.
In burn cases, pictures are significant throughout your treatment, when you were first injured, and during the healing process. Taking photos of your burns after the accident is crucial. Those pictures will help show a jury how bad your injuries were and help prove the pain and suffering element of your damages.
With the guidance of a skilled attorney for Personal Injury Law Cases, you can rest knowing that Thurman and Flanagin will make it look easy.
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