Boynton Beach Burn Injury Lawyers

The pain associated with a severe burn can be utterly debilitating. Unfortunately, the effects of such an injury can last well beyond the initial medical care. Scarring and disfigurement may be permanent, and they can have a profound impact on the victim's quality of life.

If you have suffered burns due to someone else's negligence, you may be entitled to compensation for both economic and non-economic damages. A burn injury lawyer from Donaldson & Weston can assess your situation, answer your questions, and help you determine the most strategic way to proceed.

We have assisted hundreds of clients in personal injury and wrongful death cases. Call 561-299-3999 to schedule a free consultation with one of our burn injury attorneys in Boynton Beach.

Can I Recover Compensation if I Was Partially Liable for My Injuries?

There are countless ways to sustain burn injuries. Some of the more common causes include motor-vehicle collisions, scalding liquids, chemical reactions, defective products, building fires, gas explosions, and electrocutions.

In many of these scenarios, it's possible for multiple parties to be liable. For example, if a driver is texting behind the wheel and crashes into someone who is speeding, both may shoulder some percentage of fault. And since the state of Florida follows a pure comparative negligence system, both may be entitled to compensation for at least a portion of the damages they incur.

In a pure comparative negligence system, the total amount of compensation an injured party may recover is simply reduced by his or her own percentage of fault. For instance, let's assume you are the motorist who was speeding in the scenario mentioned above and a jury determines you were 25 percent at fault. If you incurred $100,000 in damages, you would be entitled to recover up to $75,000, or 75 percent of the total damages.

Many other states are not as generous when compensating those who have been deemed partially liable for an accident. For example, Alabama, Maryland, North Carolina, and Virginia follow a pure contributory negligence system, which means plaintiffs cannot recover anything if they are even 1 percent at fault.

Many other states follow a modified comparative fault system, which allows liable parties to recover compensation as long as they are less than 50 or 51 percent at fault. Currently, 12 states follow a 50 percent bar rule, and 21 states have implemented a 51 percent bar rule.

Depending on the circumstances, being held partially liable for your burn injuries could greatly reduce the potential value of your claim. At Donaldson & Weston, we will do everything in our power to help you avoid and overcome any liability disputes that might arise. Not only can we compile evidence and interview eyewitnesses, but we can also bring in medical, financial, and accident reconstruction experts to assist with the investigation and provide testimony if necessary.

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