Boca Raton Burn Injury Lawyer
Many of the most serious burn injuries happen in large vehicle collisions, like truck crashes. Diesel fuel burns at a different temperature from ordinary gasoline. Furthermore, large trucks often carry hundreds of gallons of diesel fuel. These massive vehicles usually weigh at least 80,000 pounds. The combination of hot fuel, lots of fuel, and massive force often causes catastrophic fireball wrecks. The resulting burns usually require extensive, and expensive, treatment at regional specialty burn centers.
Chemical burns, which are often related to work accidents, are almost as serious, especially if the victim has a pre-existing condition. These burns usually affect sensitive areas, like the insides of a victim’s ears, nose, or throat. Work-related temperature burns are common as well. These injuries are usually related to electric wires. These wires carry so much electricity that the contact heat is hotter than the sun’s surface temperature.
The experienced Boca Raton burn injury lawyers at Smith, Ball & Báez routinely handle these matters throughout the Sunshine State. We know all the rules in all local courts, both the written and unwritten ones. Furthermore, over the years, we have developed proven results that generate life-changing results. We’re confident that these methods will lead to the same result in your case.
Truck crash and most other personal injury cases are negligence cases. A Boca Raton burn injury lawyer must prove negligence, or a lack of care, by a preponderance of the evidence, or more likely than not.
Most people, including most drivers, have a duty of reasonable care. They must drive defensively and avoid accidents when possible. Truck drivers and other commercial operators usually have a higher duty of care. These drivers have almost no margin for error. Almost any mistake they make is a lack of care.
Evidence in a negligence case usually includes the police accident report or other official accident report, medical bills, and witness statements.
Sometimes, additional proof is necessary. Medical bills are a good example. Frequently, judges require proof that the medical bills were reasonably necessary. Additionally, past medical bills don’t establish the need for future medical treatment, which the tortfeasor (negligent actor) is legally responsible for.
Therefore, many attorneys partner with independent doctors in these situations. The expert testimony they provide paves the way for maximum compensation in a personal injury case.
Work injury cases are a bit different. Generally, no-fault workers’ compensation benefits are available in these situations. Victims don’t have to prove negligence, fault, or anything similar to obtain compensation for their lost wages and medical bills.
Comparative fault, which basically shifts blame for an accident from the tortfeasor to the victim , is probably the most common defense in negligence claims. In Florida, this defense typically only reduces the amount of compensation the tortfeasor must pay. Florida is a pure comparative fault state. Victims are entitled to a proportionate share of compensation even if they were 99 percent at fault for the injury.
Limited defenses are available in workers’ compensation matters. These insurance policies usually don’t pay benefits if the victim was under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of the injury, or if horseplay, a term with a very limited meeting, caused that injury.
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Injury victims are entitled to significant compensation. For a free consultation with an experienced burn injury lawyer in Boca Raton, contact Smith, Ball, Baez & Prather, Florida Injury Lawyers. Virtual, home, and hospital visits are available.