Fort Lauderdale
Burn Injury Attorney

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If you suffered burns in an accident someone else caused, you could be entitled to financial compensation for the harm you suffered. A severe burn injury may need expensive medical care and cause permanent disability and scarring that affects your ability to work and care for yourself. You should not have to shoulder the consequences of an injury that was not your fault. Let a Fort Lauderdale burn injury lawyer with Phillips | Tadros, P.A., fight for the financial recovery and justice you deserve.

With nearly four decades of combined legal experience, our attorneys know what it takes to get our clients the full and fair compensation they deserve. We have a track record of success that includes millions of dollars in settlements and verdicts and a reputation for winning complex and high-risk injury suits that other law firms won’t touch. Attorneys throughout Florida and the U.S. refer specialty cases to us or partner with us for our courtroom experience.

Get started with Phillips | Tadros, P.A., today by contacting us for a free consultation with a burn injury lawyer in Fort Lauderdale.

What Are the Common Causes of Burn Injuries in Fort Lauderdale?

Some of the most common causes of burn injuries in the cases we handle include:

  • Car accidents, including those that involve Uber/Lyft/rideshare vehicles, which can cause burn injuries if vehicles catch on fire after a crash or if car occupants are ejected from the vehicle and hit the pavement or ground
  • Trucking accidents, which can cause burns from post-crash vehicle fires or burns from the truck’s cargo, including flammable or radioactive cargo
  • Motorcycle accidents, with riders suffering burns from contact with hot engine surfaces or road rash
  • Premises liability accidents, which may result in burns when dangerous or defective conditions of the property lead to a fire or cause a person to come into contact with hot surfaces, caustic chemicals, or live electrical wires
  • Workplace accidents, which may cause burn injuries from fires, explosions, electrocutions, or chemical spills

Types and Degrees of Burns

Burn injuries are typically classified by their degree based on their severity. These degrees are as follows:

  • First-Degree Burns – The mildest form of burn injury, in which the top layer of skin (epidermis) is damaged, causing the skin to turn red and become painful, with blistering occurring on rare occasions.
  • Second-Degree Burns – A burn that affects the epidermis and the dermis (the second layer of the skin), causing redness, swelling, and blistering.
  • Third-Degree Burns – The most severe form of burn injury that affects all layers of the skin as well as damaging underlying fat layers, tissues, and nerves. Third-degree burns can appear black, white, or red and can give the skin a leathery appearance.

Burn injuries that destroy deeper tissue, including muscle, tendons, ligaments, and bone, are sometimes called “fourth-degree” burns, though this is not a medical designation.

Burns types are also classified by the cause of the burn. Common burn injury types include:

  • Thermal burns, or burns caused by exposure to a heat source such as a fire or a hot appliance
  • Chemical burns, or burns caused by contact with acidic or caustic chemicals
  • Friction burns, or burns caused by rubbing against a rough surface, such as a “road rash” injury caused by sliding along the road surface
  • Radiation burns, or burns caused by exposure to highly radioactive sources
  • Electrical burns, or burns caused by electric shock or electrocution

Treatment for Burn Injuries

Treatment options for a burn injury will depend on the injury’s severity and underlying cause. Most first-degree and second-degree burn injuries can be treated at home with basic first aid, including:

  • Wound dressings
  • Burn creams to promote healing and keep the skin moist
  • Antibiotic creams to prevent secondary infections
  • Over-the-counter medication for pain and discomfort

More serious second-degree burns and third-degree burns typically need specialized medical care. Treatment options may include:

  • IV fluids to prevent dehydration
  • Water-based treatments like ultrasound mist therapy or debridement to clean wounds and stimulate healing
  • Antibiotics and antivirals to fight infections
  • Specialty wound dressings to prevent infection and facilitate healing
  • Surgery, including skin grafts, insertion of feeding tubes or breathing assistance, removal of destroyed or infected tissues or limbs, or scar revision or plastic surgery to improve the appearance and flexibility of scar tissue
  • Physical or occupational therapy to help stretch scarred skin to maintain flexibility of joints

Severe burn injuries that lead to permanent disability or scarring/disfigurement may also require mental health treatment to help a burn injury victim cope with conditions such as depression, anxiety, or PTSD.

What Our Fort Lauderdale Burn Injury Lawyers Can Do for Your Case

At Phillips | Tadros, P.A., our Fort Lauderdale burn injury lawyers can advocate on your behalf to get you the financial compensation you need, allowing you to focus your time and energy on your medical treatment and recovery. When you turn to us for help after suffering burn injuries in an accident, you can expect our firm to:

Investigate the circumstances of the accident that caused your burn injury to secure evidence we can use to prepare your case

Identify liable parties and applicable insurance coverage from which you can pursue compensation

Record your expenses and losses and work with medical and financial experts to estimate your future anticipated medical needs and losses

File insurance and legal claims against the party or parties responsible for your injuries

Negotiate aggressively with insurers and defense lawyers to try to reach a fair and full settlement of your burn injury claim so that you promptly receive the financial resources you need

Fight your case in court or at trial if pursuing litigation gives you the best chance of recovering the compensation and justice that you deserve

What Are the Medical Costs for Fort Lauderdale Burn Victims?

Medical costs for burn injuries can vary greatly depending on the severity of the injury and what specific treatments you receive, often ranging from the tens to the hundreds of thousands of dollars. Medical costs for burn victims can quickly increase when treatment involves inpatient care at a hospital or specialized burn or wound care facility. Treatments like surgeries and physical/occupational therapy courses can often cost tens of thousands of dollars. Medical support services like home health services can lead to additional expenses.

Attorney Tadros speaking with an injured client

Can I Get Compensation for My Burn Injury?

If you have suffered a burn injury through no fault of your own, you may be entitled to receive compensation for expenses and losses that you incur in recovering from your injury. This may include money for:

  • Costs of medical treatment and rehabilitation, including hospital or burn center care, surgeries, prescriptions, and physical/occupational therapy
  • Long-term care expenses, including home health services, to continue wound care at home or to assist with daily activities
  • Loss of wages or income if you miss work while recovering from a burn injury
  • Loss of future earnings and employment benefits if a burn injury permanently disables you from returning to work
  • Physical pain and anguish
  • Emotional distress
  • Loss of quality of life caused by permanent disability or visible scarring and disfigurement that impacts your ability to undertake activities

If a burn injury proves fatal, the surviving family members may be entitled to recover compensation in a wrongful death claim for:

  • Loss of a decedent’s companionship, care, guidance, advice, and protection
  • Loss of a decedent’s financial contributions and services to the family and household
  • Emotional pain and grief experienced by family members
  • Medical expenses to treat the fatal burn injury
  • Funeral and burial expenses

It’s important to understand that Florida gives you just four years from the date of an injury to file a burn injury lawsuit against any at-fault parties. This deadline is important even if you do not file a lawsuit, as your ability to threaten one is your principal leverage during settlement negotiations. And because legal claims and negotiations can take some time, it’s best to get started on your burn injury case as soon after the accident as possible.