What to Prove in a Burn Injury Lawsuit By John Macfarlane on June 28, 2023

burn victim’s arm being wrapped in bandagesIn burn injury cases, the burden of proof lies on the burn victim, meaning you must be able to provide evidence that the person you're suing is responsible for your injuries.

While our burn injury attorneys at Younker Hyde Macfarlane, PLLC, serving Salt Lake City, UT, and all of Utah can represent you, you must first build a compelling case. Here’s what you’ll need to prove in a burn injury lawsuit and how our attorneys can help:

1. You Were Owed a Duty of Care

You can file a case only if you were owed a certain duty of care at the time of your injury. For example, your employer is responsible for providing a reasonably safe environment, but if you sustained your burn injuries in the workplace, they could be held responsible for your injuries.

In your burn injury case, our attorneys can help you prove that a certain standard of care was expected, but not provided. 

2. This Duty Was Breached

The defendant was unable to provide the reasonable care expected of them. From not providing proper safety equipment to protect you from chemical burns to explosions due to faulty products, lawsuits can arise from a number of incidents.

Our attorneys can help prove negligence by identifying factors like hazardous working conditions, unsafe practices, or faulty equipment.

3. Someone Else Is Liable

Whether it's your employer, a negligent manufacturer, a property owner, or another entity, their duty of care resulted in your injuries; therefore, they are responsible for them.

Our team works with over 1,000 forensics experts, accident reconstruction analysts, medical experts, and more to establish liability in cases. We can help prove that the defendant's actions or inaction resulted in your burn injuries.

4. You Suffered Damages

Burns are serious injuries that can take years to heal and even cause life-changing disabilities like paralysis or blindness. Because of your injuries, you may have suffered damages like lost wages, medical bills, and pain and suffering.

With evidence like medical records and photographs, our attorneys can help prove the severity of your damages and get you compensated accordingly.

Evidence You Should Gather

You can start building your case immediately by collecting:

  • Pictures of your burns
  • Pictures of faulty equipment
  • Medical records
  • Medical appointment information
  • Documentation of what caused the incident
  • Insurance information
  • Witness testimonies

With our lawyers on your side, we can help you assemble evidence and build a compelling case.

Time Is of the Essence

We know there's a lot on your mind in the aftermath of a burn injury, but getting a lawyer on your side as soon as possible can help ensure the success of your case. You only have four years to file a personal injury claim in the state of Utah and our attorneys can get you started. We can also help you identify and collect key evidence from the scene of the injury before it’s lost. 

Secure Compensation for Your Burn Injury—Contact Us Today

If you’re suffering from a burn injury and are uncertain of your next steps or how much you could recover, let the attorneys at Younker Hyde Macfarlane, PLLC, help. Contact our office serving Utah to get started or call (801) 335-6467 with your personal injury claim. 

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At Younker Hyde Macfarlane, PLLC, our attorneys have decades of combined experience in complex cases. We represent clients in all types of personal injury cases, with a special focus on medical malpractice claims. Our firm is associated with the following professional organizations:

  • Utah Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Salt Lake County Bar Association
  • American Trial Lawyers Association

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