If you are injured through someone else’s negligence, our North Carolina burn injury lawyers want to help. At Henson Fuerst, we understand the challenges of balancing long-term physical and emotional scars, the financial hardship of rebuilding your life, and on-going medical treatment.
The burn recovery process can last years. Our experienced legal team will fight for the compensation you need, so you can focus on what’s most important—getting better.
After Your Burn Injury
Burn injuries are painful and can cause severe, long-term damage. If you have suffered a burn injury, your recovery should be the number one priority. Get the medical help you need immediately.
It’s also crucial to contact a fire and burn injury attorney as soon as possible. In a burn accident, gathering time-sensitive evidence is vital to your case’s success. Henson Fuerst has access to investigation resources, backed by years of experience in North Carolina personal injury law. We know how to handle fire and burn cases, and we can help protect your legal rights.
Investigating Your Injuries
Often, the only way to prove a burn injury case is for our North Carolina burn injury lawyers to gather important physical evidence from the fire scene before it’s removed or destroyed. It is critical to act swiftly because this evidence directly affects how a case is evaluated.
The North Carolina fire and burn injury lawyers at HensonFuerst have four main goals when handling fire and burn injury cases:
- Preserve Critical Evidence
We issue Preservation of Evidence Letters to potential defendants to ensure they don’t destroy evidence before we can inspect and examine it.
- Document Injuries
Because burn injuries can change rapidly, HensonFuerst will need to help document your injuries frequently with photos and video.
- Coordinate with Medical Providers
We’ll talk with your medical providers to gain insight into the treatment process, rehabilitation, and medical procedures being performed.
- Determine Cause
We consult fire accident reconstruction engineers to pinpoint the cause and origin of the fire, gather and analyze preserved evidence, test products and materials, and identify any responsible parties.
Preservation of Evidence Letters
After a serious burn injury, the clock starts ticking. Unfortunately, you can’t always trust insurance companies to preserve key evidence. They usually want to minimize a settlement payment by any means possible, and disposing of key evidence is their best weapon in winning the case.
With the help of professional fire accident reconstruction engineers, our North Carolina burn injury lawyers work quickly to ensure evidence is collected and kept safe.
Evidence We Need
In order to prevent improper destruction of evidence, our North Carolina fire injury attorneys send a written Preservation of Evidence Letter to the defendant(s), which outlines specific evidence they are required to maintain and keep. Examples of items we may demand to be preserved include:
- Fibers and materials that may have fueled the burn excessively
- Examples of products similar to the ones that caught on fire
- Product manuals and equipment information (if the burn involved a potentially defective product)
In most situations, the Preservation of Evidence Letter stops the destruction of evidence. If it does not, we may need to obtain a court order to halt any further damage.
The North Carolina burn injury lawyers at Henson Fuerst are prepared to use the fullest protection of the law to hold defendants accountable for illegal and improper destruction of evidence.
Burn Injury Reconstruction Engineers
Fire & Burn accident reconstruction engineers are independent and unbiased professionals who investigate serious burn or explosion injuries. These specialists are trained to analyze fire-related factors, such as:
- Combustibility (how easily an object burns)
- Explosive tendencies
- Fire retardancy (fire resistance)
- Flammability (how easily an object bursts into flame)
- Hazardous chemical reactions
- Temperature and burn rate
The analysis from fire accident reconstruction engineers can be used to explain the exact cause of a fire or explosion. Without this expert testimony, it might be difficult to prove who or what is at fault for the fire.
The North Carolina burn injury lawyers at Henson Fuerst will decide whether or not to use a fire accident reconstruction engineer for your claim depending on the likelihood of available insurance coverage, the severity of injuries, and the circumstances surrounding the incident.
Compensation for Damages
At Henson Fuerst, it’s our job to help pursue compensation for all damages the law allows you to recover. In the state of North Carolina, you may be entitled to recover compensation for:
- Medical bills (present and future)
- Lost wages (present and future)
- Any out-of-pocket expenses related to your injuries
- Physical pain and mental suffering (present and future)
Permanent Disability Compensation
Many serious burn victims are likely to have permanent scarring and disfigurement, which can make re-joining the workforce difficult due to physical limitations. Some fire injury victims have to make a vocational change, while others need to apply for permanent Social Security disability because they are permanently/semi-permanently unable to work.
If your fire injury requires a change in profession, the North Carolina burn injury lawyers at Henson Fuerst can perform a comprehensive evaluation of your vocational training needs with the help of unbiased vocational and rehabilitation experts, physical therapists, life care planners, and economists. This comprehensive evaluation will help the insurance company and/or jury correctly assess and decide on a fair compensation for your future needs regarding your permanent disability.
You Need HensonFuerst
If you or someone you know has suffered a burn injury, contact the North Carolina burn injury lawyers at Henson Fuerst today by calling (919) 781-1107 or by completing a free initial consultation form. Life doesn’t wait. You need Henson Fuerst.