Atlanta Burn Injury Attorney
Burn injuries can cause a lifetime of disabling difficulty. Many people with serious burns face chronic pain, loss of motion, and other permanent disabilities that render them incapable of working.
When a tragic incident like this happens, it’s important that the burn victims are able to cover their ongoing medical costs and still make ends meet. If the incident that caused the burns was someone else’s fault, it’s important to secure the services of a qualified Atlanta burn injury attorney like the lawyers at Stokes & Kopitsky, P.A.
Burn Accident Statistics
Statistically speaking, fire-related deaths in private residences are the third leading cause of death from home accidents. 450,000+ burn injuries are reported each year in the United States. In 2014, there was one fire-related death every 2 hours and 41 minutes.
Thousands of burn patients die each year, and hundreds of thousands more sustain substantial or permanent disabilities resulting from their injury. Most U.S. fire deaths occurred in homes, and burn injuries are the leading cause of accidental death in the United States, after motor vehicle accidents.
They can be the most expensive injuries to treat, requiring immense costs for repeat hospital admissions, reconstructive surgery, or rehabilitation A burn injury covering 30% of total body area can cost up to $200,000 in initial hospitalization costs and physicians fees alone.
Common Causes of Burns
There has been a lot of news lately about sudden burn injuries from defective electronics. From personal transportation gadgets to smartphones, to e-cigarettes, electronic defects have caused a number of incidents leading to burn injuries. Besides product defects, other common causes of burn injuries include gas explosions, flammable clothing, burns from boiling or hot liquids, fires in cars, household and building fires, industrial accidents, and burns from chemicals and electrical or thermal sources. Whatever the cause of your accident, if it wasn’t your fault, you may deserve compensation for your injuries.
Product Liability Cases
As many burn injuries are caused by product defects, Georgia law permits you to file suit against the designer, manufacturer, supplier, distributor, or even vendor for negligence in allowing the product to get into your possession.
To demonstrate that the manufacturer is responsible for your injury under the Official Code of Georgia Annotated (OCGA) §51-1-11 you must prove that the defendant was, in fact, the manufacturer, that they created a defective product which was defective when it left their control, and that it was that defect that caused your injury.
Unlike other cases, proof of negligence is not strictly necessary. Manufacturers and sellers have a duty to maintain quality control over their products and to warn customers of any potential danger. Failure to do so can hold them liable for any injuries that result from the use of the product.
Atlanta Burn Injury Attorneys
At Stokes & Kopitsky, P.A., we have more than three decades’ worth of experience in helping victims of burn injuries. To date, we’ve recovered over $75 million in settlements and damages in both personal injury cases and product liability suits.
If you or a loved one has suffered a debilitating injury from fire or burns, we can help to walk you through the process of getting compensated, step by step. Just get in touch for a free consultation without any obligation on your part, and learn how we can help you. Call us at 404-892-0011 or contact us online today.