Charleston, West Virginia Burn Injury Attorney
One of the most devastating things a human can experience is a burn injury, which is why a compassionate West Virginia burn injury attorney at Tiano O’Dell, PLLC is here to help in the event you or a loved one sustains a horrific burn injury caused by the negligence of another. According to the World Health Organization, burn injuries occur when the skin or other tissue is damaged.
Common Burn Injury Sources
Causes of burn injuries include:
- Chemical contact
- Respiratory damage from smoke inhalation
- Other reactions and reasons
Burn injuries result from a myriad of causes, including fires, explosions, and contact with dangerous chemicals. If you were harmed in a burn injury that was caused by another’s negligence, you may seek compensation by hiring a seasoned Charleston personal injury lawyer and filing a claim. If a loved relative lost their life in a burn injury accident, you may seek compensation in a wrongful death lawsuit. Tiano O’Dell, PLLC is a premier plaintiff’s rights law firm located in Charleston and has helped thousands of clients obtain the financial compensation they deserve for their injuries throughout West Virginia. A free case consultation is available to discuss your case.
Burn Injury Statistics
The American Burn Association compiles burn injury data from various sources, including U.S. Vital Statistics. The following figures are worth noting:
- An estimated 450,000 burn injuries required hospital emergency room treatment (hospital outpatient clinics, urgent care centers and private doctor’s offices) in 2011.
- An estimated 3000 deaths resulted from residential fires.
- An estimated 500 deaths resulted from other causes, including:
Do You Need a Lawyer for Burn Injuries?
If you sustained burn injuries in an accident that was caused by another’s negligent, reckless or intentional conduct, it is essential to obtain effective and aggressive legal representation from an experienced and savvy burn injury attorney in Charleston. Tiano O’Dell, PLLC may utilize the professional services of forensics scientists, investigators, and engineers to conduct a thorough investigation of the events that caused your burn injuries. This evidence may be used in pretrial negotiations with insurance providers.
If a satisfactory settlement is not offered by the insurance company or other responsible party, our attorneys will not hesitate to take your case to trial for a verdict. As Top 100 Trial Lawyers, Charleston burn injury lawyers Tony O’Dell and William Tiano have the courtroom expertise to present your case in the most convincing manner possible.
Skin Grafts for Burn Victims
Burn injury victims commonly require extensive and ongoing skin grafting procedures. Skin grafting is the process of replacing damaged burn tissue with healthy tissue; healthy skin tissue is taken from other parts of the burn victim’s body. For example, damaged arm skin tissue may be replaced with healthy tissue from the victim’s leg. Skin grafts may serve two purposes:
- Functional skin grafts – replacing tissue to restore normal bodily function
- Cosmetic skin grafts – for cosmetic enhancement such as facial disfigurement
Skin grafts are extremely painful. Multiple skin grafts are often required in burn victims. Skin grafting is an extremely costly procedure that often requires long term hospitalization. Some burn victims require a lifetime of skin graft procedures. Children often require repeated skin graft procedures because of their continual growth.
Compensation for Burn Injuries
In addition to expensive medical treatment, burn victims endure severe physical and emotional pain. If your burn injury was caused by another person’s negligence, you may seek compensation in a personal injury lawsuit. Typically, compensation is sought for:
- Medical expenses – includes hospitalization, treatment, therapy, medication
- Lost income – starting from the time of the accident and projected until recovery
- Pain and suffering – burn victims usually experience incomprehensible pain and suffering
- Other compensation
If you were injured in a burn accident, it is essential to obtain qualified and aggressive legal representation from highly experienced and successful personal injury attorneys. Tiano O’Dell, PLLC is recognized as West Virginia Super Lawyers and Top 100 Trial Lawyers, distinctions that have been earned for dedicated and exceptional client service. They have recovered significant sums for thousands of clients in Charleston and throughout West Virginia. In most cases, settlements are agreed upon and a trial is not necessary. However, when the insurance company does not agree to a fair and generous settlement, we will not hesitate to take the case to court for a trial before a jury; juries tend to be most sympathetic to burn victims.
Free Case Evaluation with a West Virginia Burn Injury Attorney
The attorneys at Tiano O’Dell, PLLC have two primary goals: to help you obtain the compensation you deserve for your injuries, and to hold the wrongdoer accountable for his or her actions. Our Charleston-based law firm has earned the distinguished Super Lawyer rating for superior client service and professional achievement. We offer a complimentary case evaluation that will give you the opportunity to ask questions about your case. There are no fees involved unless we win your case. To schedule your free consultation call our office at (304) 720-6700.