Undoubtedly, burn injury lawsuits attract some national attention and usually because of a large jury verdict. Studies have shown that burn injury cases have the potential for extremely large awards for many different reasons.
A Jury Can Award Big Damages for Burn Cases
In one study, 8% of the awards for severe burn injuries were for $10 million or more. 11% of the jury awards for severe burn injuries were between three and $4 million.
Many burn injury cases are tried to a jury because of the disparity between the defense offer of settlement and a potential jury verdict.
Statisticians have covered and studied settlement negotiations, defense offers, and final demands upon the defendant by the lawyers representing the injured burn victim. In one study, the jury award was almost double the final offer in every category of burns.
The moral of this story is? Get an experienced trial lawyer for your case if you are a burn victim.
Some of Baumgartner Law Firm’s Notable Burn Injury Cases
The burn injury lawyers at Baumgartner Law Firm have won many million dollars plus cases for burn injury victims. The following are a few types of cases we have won:
Car Fire Cases
- Our burn injury lawyers have won many multi-million dollar cases against auto manufacturers and others after a car fire injury or death.
Apartment Fire Cases
- We have settled many cases for substantial compensation due to an apartment fire. Relating to smoke detector issues and other acts of negligence.
Scalding Burn Cases
- Our personal injury lawyers in Houston have won several seven figures in cases against landlords, daycare centers, and businesses after a severe burn.
Common Burn Injury Claims
Liability claims from burns can stem from many different causes. Some of the more common are:
- Business negligence
- Products liability
- Medical malpractice
- Car accidents causing a car fire
- Personal negligence
- Premises liability
- Daycare negligence
While mild burns tend to have the closest relationship between the settlement offer and the final jury verdict, the trend shows that defense interests undervalue more severe burn injuries.
Some burn injury cases involve extensive medical treatment that is extremely painful and disruptive to the victim. Skin grafts are unbelievably difficult to cope with, recover from, and take a long time to heal. Medical expenses in severe burn injury situations are high, and the physical or human damages are astronomical in many situations.
Burns Can Cause Permanent Disfigurement
Aside from the pain and suffering, burns often leave permanent scarring. Some of the burn injury cases we won included substantial disfigurement damages.
Pain and Suffering Damages Can Be Huge
Jurors can relate to the pain associated with a burn as everyone has touched a hot surface or suffered a mild burn in one way or another. Some of the largest personal injury verdicts in the United States have related to burn victims, such as the Ford Pinto case and General Motors’ sidesaddle gas tank claims.
Some recent Houston, TX explosions onshore and offshore have also tended to produce record settlements for the victims or their families. Death by fire is certainly a case with a high jury verdict potential.
Çontact, an Experienced Burn Injury Lawyer
For more than three decades, our burn injury lawyers have recovered many huge settlements in burn injury cases, from scalding burns of children, to fires, and other burns.
On-the-job injuries that produce severe or catastrophic burns have also tended to produce very high jury verdicts when the culprit was not a company covered by worker’s compensation and employed the burn victim.
In summary, burn injury lawsuits have historically produced significant numbers in negligence litigation nationwide. Settlement offers often are much less than the accompanying verdict, which may be attributed to insurers failing to value a burn injury case differently from other types of injuries.
If you are a family member who has suffered a burn at the hands of another and would like a consultation on your rights and options, don’t hesitate to contact the personal injury attorneys at Baumgartner Law Firm at (281) 587-1111.