What Should Victims Know About Fire And Burn Cases

by Terry Bryant

There is no set legal process for managing fire and burn cases, but these claims often involve large settlements, due to the nature of the injury. Second and third-degree burns are some of the worst injuries to deal with because they often result in chronic pain, loss of mobility, disfigurement and a general loss of quality of life. All of these factors are considerations when seeking a settlement.

More than anything, the court will consider what responsibility the defendant had to the victim regarding their safety. At work, employees expect to have a safe place to do their jobs. When fire and burn cases are the result of a workplace hazard, the victim will be able to get some benefits through workers’ compensation. This compensation is often paltry, though, compared to what a victim will have to pay for treatment and long term support. If the employer or a third party was negligent at the time of the injury, and this negligence was a contributing factor, the victim may be able to pursue a civil case for additional restitution.

If the fire and subsequent burn were the result of a defective product, the victim would need to prove that the burn was caused by the product and that the product was defective.