Serious burn injuries may result from many different types of accidents, including car and truck crashes, motorcycle crashes, cruise ship accidents, offshore injuries, aviation accidents, train crashes, slip and falls, and accidents resulting from defective products. Regardless of how the events unfolded, burn injury victims often have staggering medical expenses, high levels of pain and suffering, and permanent disabilities that undermine their future earning capacity. If you or a loved one has been a victim of a fire or a similar incident, the Lafayette burn injury lawyers at Broussard & David can assist you. We have accumulated substantial experience in seeking maximum compensation for people who have been hurt due to the negligent conduct of others.Pursuing Compensation for Serious Burn Injuries
To prove that a defendant has been negligent requires that the plaintiff show that the defendant failed to exercise a reasonable amount of care under the circumstances. There are four elements in a negligence case: duty, breach of duty, causation, and damages. Depending on the circumstances surrounding the accident, there may be other, specific elements that must be proven in addition to these main elements. In many cases, the plaintiff’s proof will be a combination of witness testimony, physical evidence, and testimony from experts such as doctors, engineers, accident reconstruction experts, or vocational rehabilitation specialists. A seasoned personal injury lawyer can help a plaintiff investigate the facts of their accident and build a strong negligence case against the responsible party.
Sometimes all of the fault for an accident lies squarely on a defendant, but this is not always so. A plaintiff’s actions also may have contributed to an accident. Louisiana uses the system of pure comparative fault, in which the plaintiff may recover damages regardless of their fault, but only in an amount proportional to the defendant’s fault.
While the pure comparative fault system seems fair in theory, it may still drastically affect a plaintiff’s monetary recovery. For example, if a burn injury accident leaves a plaintiff with damages of $750,000 for past and future medical expenses, lost earnings, and pain and suffering, but the jury finds that the plaintiff was 40% at fault for the accident, the plaintiff may only recover $450,000. Because of this, it is important that someone who has suffered a burn injury due to another party’s negligence contact an assertive, thorough personal injury lawyer who will leave no stone unturned in proving the full extent of the defendant’s negligence and all of the economic and non-economic damages that the plaintiff has already suffered and will continue to suffer due to the accident.Enlist a Burn Injury Lawyer in Lafayette
In order to recover damages for injuries suffered in an accident, a victim must file a claim against the responsible person, business, or governmental entity within the time period set forth in the Louisiana statute of limitations. This makes it important to avoid any delay in getting started. To talk to a knowledgeable Lafayette burn injury attorney about your case, call Broussard & David today at (888) 337-2323 or contact us online. We represent victims in New Orleans, Baton Rouge, New Iberia, Eunice, Lake Charles, and Alexandria, as well as other communities in Lafayette, Orleans, East Baton Rouge, Iberia, St. Landry, Calcasieu, and Rapides Parishes. Whether you need a car accident attorney or guidance with another type of personal injury claim, we are ready to assist you.