Richmond Virginia Burn Injury Attorneys
Personal Injury Attorneys Aggressively Defending Burn Injury Claims
Burn injuries can occur in a wide variety of ways. They can also cause a wide variety of consequences. While some mild burns may result in mere discomfort, severe burns can permanently disable a person. The costs of continuing medical care, rehabilitation, and lost wages can be staggering. In such cases, it is important that burn victims have legal advice, in order to best protect their legal rights. An experienced Richmond burn injury attorney can help guide injury victims through the claims process, and improve their access to the compensation to which they are legally entitled.
How Victims Are Compensated for Burn Injuries
In order to seek compensation for a burn injury, victims must file a claim against the person or company who is legally responsible (“liable”) for causing their injury. A liable party also has a legal obligation to compensate an injury victim for the losses he or she sustains as a result of the accident. Liability can be imposed upon an individual or a business entity. It can also be apportioned between two or more defendants who each contributed to the victim’s injuries. Once a claim has been filed, the insurance carrier will conduct an investigation to determine whether or not it agrees that the insured party was, in fact, liable for causing the accident. If so, the insurance carrier will accept liability, and proceed to determine the value of the victim’s claim. If not, the victim may have to make a case for liability to the investigator or negotiate a proportion of liability to which the insurance company will agree. If the insurance company refuses to accept any portion of liability, an injury victim may have to file a lawsuit and prove liability to a judge or jury.
Once the insurance company (or multiple insurance companies for multiple defendants) have agreed to liability, the claim will be assigned to a claims adjuster to value the claim. The value of a claim is a combination of different components, such as lost wages, pain and suffering, medical bills, and other financial losses which were the direct result of the defendant’s negligence. Claims adjusters receive extensive training from the insurance companies which employ them. They are trained to pay as little as possible on as few claims as possible. Subjective losses, such as pain and suffering, are difficult to quantify. Because of this, they are a common target for claims adjusters. Many injury victims are told that their pain does not support the value they seek—or even any value at all. It is therefore important that injury victims have experienced legal representation, so they may present the strongest possible case for the value of all components of their personal injury award.
Aggressive Representation of Burn Injury Claims
The experienced personal injury attorneys at Emroch & Kilduff specialize in handling burn injury claims. For decades, injury victims in and around the Richmond area have trusted them to protect their legal interests and help them access compensation for their injuries. Call (804) 358-1568 to schedule your free consultation with a personal injury attorney today.