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Burn Injuries

Being burned in an accident leaves physical, emotional scars. We're here to help you recover

Many types of accidents can result in burn injuries. Household fires are one example; even a small kitchen fire that causes no property damage can injure people around the stove. Burn injuries also happen during recreational activities involving gas-powered motor sports, such as riding an ATV or operating a personal watercraft or snowmobile. Household chores involving gasoline-powered tools, such as snow blowers, chainsaws and lawn mowers, may lead to severe injury. Auto accidents frequently result in burns, as do some workplace and industrial accidents.

Burns cause extreme pain and can lead to permanent disfigurement. It's not uncommon for burn victims to need skin grafts and other medical procedures. The risk of complications such as infection is always high. Moreover, being burned is an intensely traumatic experience that can leave a victim with serious psychological injuries.

At the Law Offices of James Morris, we represent victims of burn injuries including the following:

The medical expenses and other losses associated with a burn can be quite high, and insurance companies are constantly looking for ways to settle for less money than you need. An insurer might try to argue that you were responsible for the injury. They might ignore certain types of damages and try to pressure you to accept a smaller settlement.

Our experienced attorneys have the resources and motivation to stand up to the insurance companies and get you all the damages to which you're legally entitled after a burn accident. We'll thoroughly review the circumstances of your accident and explore every possible avenue of compensation. In negotiations with insurance companies, we'll take a hard line and use all of our resources to bring you justice.

Moving on after a severe injury such as a burn is never easy, but with effective legal representation, you can get the compensation you need to set things right. Contact us today to schedule your free case evaluation. Call (800) 477-9044.

Chemical Burns

Certain substances can cause severe damage to the skin, eyes and other parts of the body. Many of these chemicals are found in the workplace or in homes, even in places where children can potentially be exposed. Chemical burns to the eyes can lead to loss of sight and other permanent injuries. In the case of some powerful chemicals, direct contact isn't necessary; even exposure to fumes can be enough to cause damage.

As with a house fire involving kitchen grease or oils, using water to treat a chemical burn may aggravate the situation. Before using any cleaner or solvent, be sure you read the warning label completely and follow the recommended steps in case of exposure to skin or eyes.

When dangerous chemicals are not properly cleaned up, stored in unsecured areas or used without proper warnings of their risk, people can be seriously hurt due to others' negligence. Our attorneys will review the circumstances surrounding your chemical burn and see if you have a personal injury case.

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House Fires

House fires can be intensely traumatic in addition to causing serious physical injuries. Victims of a fire that resulted from another's negligence may not only suffer severe burn injuries and emotional distress but also lose their possessions. Guests may lose property, such as their cars. Children are especially susceptible to being overcome or made ill by fumes and smoke, even when the open flame from the fire is not in their immediate presence.

When determining liability for a house fire, courts will look at steps taken to allow residents and occupants safe escape from the fire. This includes adequate smoke detection devices and passable access to stairways. In some cases, the owner of the home may be liable. In others, a builder or home service provider may be to blame for the fire. An experienced attorney from our firm can investigate your house fire and find a way to get you the compensation you need.

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Water Scalding Injuries

Not all burn injuries involve fire. Scalding injuries from hot water and other liquids, such as coffee or tea, can cause severe damage requiring skin grafts and other medical procedures. The temperature for domestic hot tap water must not exceed 120┬░ Fahrenheit, according to the International Plumbing Code, known as the IPC Standard.

Because a malfunction may occur suddenly in a water-heating system, users may have no reason to suspect they are at risk of a severe injury. This can be particularly true when the injured party is a child, who may not be able to recognize tell-tale signs like steam rising from tap water that indicates scalding temperatures.

Liability for a water-scalding case may fall on a home or business owner for ignoring the IPC standard, failing to maintain the water heating system or failing to warn of the dangers of hot water. Depending on the circumstances, you may have a product liability claim against the manufacturer of the water heater. A careful review of documentation conducted by one of our experienced attorneys will help you obtain the financial compensation you deserve.

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