An experienced Pasadena burn injury lawyer can help you collect the compensation you deserve for your injuries so that you can move forward with your life. Burn injury victims may be entitled to receive the following compensation:
- Past and Future Medical Expenses.
- Past and Future Income.
- Loss of Earning Capacity.
- Pain and Suffering.
- Emotional Distress.
- Loss of Enjoyment of Life.
- Loss of Consortium.
When determining liability, it’s important to consider how the burn happened and where it is located on your body. Burn injuries occur in various situations and settings, including at work, home, or while using a defective product. Establishing how the burn happened can help determine who is liable, as well as degree of liability. In burn injury lawsuits, the burden of proof falls on the plaintiff. The plaintiff must prove the burn was caused by the defendant’s negligence.
If the defendant is a manufacturing company rather than an individual, the defendant can usually pay a much higher settlement. And if the burn is located on a visible part of the plaintiff’s body, such as on his or her face, a victim will experience more embarrassment, emotional distress, and loss of enjoyment of life. The amount awarded to a plaintiff for pain and suffering will depend largely on where the burn is located on his or her body.
There are instances where the defendant who caused the burn injury acted with intent or gross negligence. In these cases, the burn victim may be entitled to punitive damages. Punitive damages are separate from actual damages, which are intended to compensate the victim for his or her medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, etc.
Punitive damages are different because they’re intended to punish a person or company for their misbehavior. The actual amount of punitive damages will vary greatly according to each case and the defendant’s assets.