In Georgia, burn injury settlements help offset the physical, emotional, and economic losses that victims incur.
Burns cause severe pain and can leave the victim facing months or years of treatment and rehabilitation.
Permanent scarring, disfigurement, and disability commonly accompany severe burns.
Seeking compensation is critical if your injuries occurred due to the negligence of another party.
A Georgia personal injury lawyer can help you fight for justice and fair financial compensation.
What Is the Average Burn Injury Settlement in Georgia?
In Georgia, burn lawsuit settlement values are based on victims’ injuries and prognosis. Because every victim is unique, we cannot accurately estimate what an average settlement might be.
However, you may be able to pursue compensation for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other economic and non-economic losses.
The best way to get an idea of your claim’s potential value is by talking to an experienced burn injury attorney.
Types of Burn Injuries
Burns typically fall into one of the following categories:
Radiation-related injuries are also considered a type of burn in some cases.
The categories of burn severity are as follows.
This describes damage to only the outer layer of skin, known as the epidermis. These injuries typically heal with at-home first-aid treatment.
This describes damage to the epidermis and the underlying layer of skin, the dermis. These injuries often require medical treatment. In some cases, victims require skin grafting.
This describes damage to the epidermis, dermis, and potentially nerve endings and underlying tissues. These injuries require emergency medical attention and, typically, skin grafts.
A Georgia personal injury lawyer can evaluate the details of your case and help you explore the potential of filing a first-, second-, or third-degree burn lawsuit or insurance claim.
Common Causes of Severe Burn Injuries
Victims can sustain catastrophic or life-threatening burn injuries in almost any situation. In Georgia, some of the most common causes of burn injuries include:
- Car accidents
- Truck accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Defective products
- Bus accidents
- Medical malpractice
- Premises accidents
- Vape products and e-cigarettes
Workplace accidents can result in thermal or chemical burns. Any type of motor vehicle collision can also lead to personal injuries involving thermal or friction burns. Personal care products such as hair dye and curling irons are commonly linked to chemical and electrical burns. Faulty structure wiring can cause electrical burns. Medical malpractice is a common cause of radiation burns.
No matter how you or a loved one sustained your injuries, talking to an attorney can help you determine the best way to approach your legal claim.
Georgia Statute of Limitations for Burn Injuries
The Georgia statute of limitations for burn injuries is two years. This means you must file a lawsuit no later than two years from the date you sustained burns. The two-year statute of limitations also applies to wrongful death resulting from burn injuries.
Georgia law makes an exception for loss-of-consortium claims. Loss of consortium refers to the loss of care and companionship the victim’s spouse suffers as a result of injuries. A burn victim’s spouse has four years to file this type of action.
You may qualify for some other exceptions to the statute of limitations. A personal injury attorney can provide more information based on the specific details of your case.
How a Georgia Burn Injury Lawyer Can Help
Having a burn injury lawyer on your side means you’ll have someone to fight for you. Your lawyer will handle all the legal aspects of your case, allowing you to focus on your recovery.
Contact the personal injury attorneys of Blasingame, Burch, Garrard & Ashley, P.C., today to discuss pursuing a legal claim or burn injury lawsuit. Call us at 706-354-4000 or contact us online now.