In every burn injury case, we must prove a number of things.
The first thing we have to prove is what the law calls liability. Liability means that the other person or company caused the burn injury by committing a careless act or failing to act responsibly We can prove liability in a number of ways including eyewitness testimony, pictures and by using expert witnesses. We often hire an expert forensic engineer to prove that the injury would not have occurred otherwise had it not been for the negligence of the other person or company.
We also have to prove that you have what the law calls damages. Damages are harms and losses – both tangible and intangible. There are financial harms (past and future lost income, past and future medical costs), property (damaged equipment, personal property), pain and suffering and emotional damages. We can prove damages with documents and witness testimony showing the lost income and the medical bills. We can prove the pain and suffering by testimony of witnesses and showing the jury the actual pain and suffering you endure. We can prove emotional damages from the testimony of expert witnesses such as psychologists and psychiatrists.
I have special knowledge about burn injuries because I was a registered nurse working in the burn trauma intensive care unit at the University of Utah before I became an attorney. I am acutely aware of the damages that burn injuries can cause and perhaps more importantly I know how to prove the damages.
We also have to prove what the law calls causation. Causation simply means that the negligent act or failure to act caused your injuries. Oftentimes insurance companies will claim that some other reason apart from the other person’s negligence caused your injuries. Insurance companies will claim that you were hurt but not nearly as much as you are claiming. Our job, as your attorney, is to show the jury the link between the incident and your injuries. We do this through witness testimony and documents. Sometimes we hire experts to prove that the incident caused your injuries. This is all we need to determine if you have a case. We have to prove that the other person or company caused the burn injuries (liability), that you suffered harms and losses (damages) and that the incident caused your injuries (causation). That might be all we need to prove but in order to have a successful case there is one more very important thing we need.
The person who is responsible for your burn injuries must have money to pay. That usually means that the person or company causing the incident has good insurance coverage.
If you need help in your burn injury case we are ready to provide you the assistance you need. Remember – there is never any fee until we get money for you. Call us for a free consultation at 801-487-6454 or toll free at 800-953-4811. You can also fill out the e-mail form and we will contact you as soon as possible.