As with any personal injury claim, the value of your case will be dependant on the severity of your injuries, in addition to other contributing factors. The biggest factors being the severity of your burn, the intentions/negligence of the defendant, and the amount the defendant can pay. In comparison to other injuries in a personal injury claim, burn injuries are typically much higher in value due to the pain and permanent damage.
What Are the Details of Your Accident?
How and why the injury occurred is extremely important for your burn injury case. The how is important because the defendant’s liability (how liable they are, and how bad the situation looks for them) can impact the amount the judge is ready to award. Due to the fact that burn injuries can take place in many locations due to many reasons, finding out where the accident took place is equally important to the judge.
If the defendant acted maliciously or showed extreme negligence, you may also be able to receive punitive damages. Punitive damages are used as a way to “serve justice” to the defendant and to help ensure they don’t make the same mistake twice. These damages are a crucial part of holding the negligent party accountable for their actions, and for helping the injured receive the compensation they deserve.
Loss of Wages
If your injuries have caused you to miss work, you may be eligible to receive compensation for your loss of income. Lost wages are calculated based off of your prior pay stubs. If your injuries cause you to miss 4 months of work, you will have the ability to seek compensation for that length. The most common question we get asked here at The Stewart Law Firm about the loss of income is:
“Will I receive my full salary, or will it be a percentage of my normal earnings?”
Every case is different and there is no definitive answer. For more information on your case and what you can expect, call The Stewart Law Firm today at (512)271-5112 to schedule your free consultation.