Burn injuries vary widely in severity from superficial or relatively minor to higher degree burns that penetrate the skin and reach tissue, muscle and even bones. The more severe the burn, the more significant the impact on a person’s long-term health.
The Louisiana burn injury lawyers at Mansfield Melancon help people who have suffered burn injuries get the compensation they deserve. We let our clients focus on their physical recovery with the peace of mind that comes from knowing that we are working aggressively on their behalf. We are seasoned personal injury attorneys who have had significant success for clients in the courtroom and at the bargaining table.
Our firm is pleased to be able to offer clients a level of personal attention that sets us apart from other lawyers. We take the time to understand each client’s unique situation and needs. Our attorneys also make themselves directly available to clients around the clock. We can assure you that you will not have to go through a long line of administrative assistants and paralegals to talk with your lawyer at our firm.
Common Types of Burn Injury Accidents
Burns can occur in a number of different ways. Some of the most common burn injuries that we see at our firm involve the following types of accidents:
- Car, truck and motorcycle accidents
- Construction and workplace accidents
- Defective or malfunctioning consumer products
- Medical malpractice
- Nursing home neglect
A person who is injured in these and other types of accidents in Louisiana has the right to seek compensation from those responsible, whether it is a negligent truck driver or a doctor who provides inadequate medical service.
The compensation typically available in these cases is designed to put the injured person back in the position he or she was in before the accident. Such compensation includes money damages for current and future medical bills, as well as any missed wages and long-term reduction of an injured person’s earning capacity. It also often includes compensation for pain, suffering and emotional distress.
Proving Negligence in Burn Injury Cases
To obtain compensation in your case, you will have to prove that the person or entity responsible for the accident was negligent.
Negligence is a legal theory that makes people and entities liable for failing to live up to a “duty of care.” Drivers, for example, owe others on the road a duty to operate their vehicles in a reasonably safe manner. Doctors, similarly, are expected to provide a certain level of treatment based on their training and experience, while property owners are generally obligated to warn people about potential hazards on the premises.
You also have to show that the negligence directly caused you to be injured. Louisiana is a comparative negligence state, which means a person who is partly to blame for his or her own injuries can still get some compensation based on their proportion of fault.
Speak With a Louisiana Accident Lawyer Today
If you or a loved one has been involved in an accident, the Louisiana burn injury lawyers at Mansfield Melancon can help. Our attorneys guide clients through the legal process with experience and personal attention.
Our offices are conveniently located in New Orleans, Baton Rouge and Lafayette. Call us or contact us online to schedule a consultation with an attorney. You can reach us at our New Orleans location at 504-500-1108, our Baton Rouge location at 225-612-0800, or our Lafayette location at 337-409-0003.