If you’re already dealing with a frustrating insurance process, we understand you may be hesitant to bring someone else into the mix. However, our team is here to make your life easier.

We start by taking the lead on your insurance claim, doing everything from submitting paperwork to preserving evidence to handling phone calls. During this process, we’ll educate you on what to expect and how we are handling your claim. You’ll have access to as much information as you want about your claim, or the option to let us take care of the details and share only major milestones and updates with you.

A trusted Washington, D.C. injury lawyer is also an asset when it comes to settlement negotiations. Insurance adjusters are trained to reduce the amount their companies have to pay claimants. They use their methods against individuals who don’t know what to expect or how to effectively fight back. Our lawyers are trained in maximizing your settlement, and we know how to build a case and leverage your position to improve your outcome.

Our skilled litigators can fight your claim in court if need be. Sometimes, the threat of a lawsuit will encourage an insurance adjuster to make a fair settlement offer; other times, we have to proceed to trial to get our clients the best results. Our team has taken the lead on complex cases and won significant verdicts for injured clients who weren’t getting fair offers from the insurance companies handling their claims.

Determining Liability in a Burn Accident

Even if you know a burn was not your fault, it may be difficult to establish who was responsible for the injury. Our firm’s experienced legal investigators can examine your case to determine where fault lies. Burn injury cases are often filed against parties that were not even present at the time of the accident, such as:

  • An electronics manufacturer that released an unsafe line of devices
  • The owner of a property that is not up to fire code
  • A maintenance technician who failed to install an appliance properly
  • A semi-truck designer who put the gas tank in a place that left it vulnerable in an accident
  • The distributor of a harsh household cleaner that did not include proper safety warnings
  • A construction company that failed to teach or enforce proper lockout/tagout procedures

Burn accident claims are unique in that they are often filed against unaware third parties. Lacking knowledge of an accident is not an excuse, however. Anyone whose actions contributed to the tragic accident should be held accountable.

Types of Burn Injuries We Can Help With

Most burns—around 86%—are thermal, meaning they involve fire or hot objects. These are the majority of the cases our firm handles. However, burns can also be caused by:

No matter the source or type of burn you suffered, we have the technical knowledge and experience to handle your case.

If you’re not sure whether your burn is severe enough to merit an accident case, contact Simeone & Miller and we can help you get the information you need, such as:

  • What type of treatment will I need?
  • Will I need to be transferred to a burn clinic or work with specialists?
  • Do you expect there will be long-term complications stemming from these injuries?

While a quick trip to Urgent Care can take care of minor burn injuries, costs can add up quickly for those who need extensive care or who work with specialists. If you’re not sure how to handle your expenses, an injury claim may be the solution.

Damages In a Burn Injury Claim

Whether you’re talking to an insurance adjuster or preparing to file an injury lawsuit, properly calculating your damages is essential to receiving the compensation you need and deserve. Because burn injuries are so serious, you will need to consider not only your present losses but also those that may come up in the future.

Simeone & Miller, LLP works with medical experts and life care planners to identify every element for which you may be able to request compensation. We can track expenses and gather evidence for damages like:

  • Medical bills
  • Future medical needs
  • Rehabilitation/physical therapy
  • Lost wages
  • Decreased earning potential
  • Accommodations/assistive devices
  • Household or daily aid
  • Renovation costs to make your home accessible

You’re also allowed to ask for non-monetary damages: losses that don’t come with a receipt or bill but impact your quality of life nonetheless. We know how to calculate:

  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress
  • Loss of enjoyment of life

The first settlement offer you receive from an insurance adjuster is likely to be much lower than the amount you need. This is especially true for patients with serious injuries. Insurers tend to exclude damages like future needs and loss of enjoyment of life when calculating a settlement. Don’t take them at their word when they claim you’re getting a fair offer—let us walk you through your damages to see how much your claim is worth.

Start Your Burn Injury Claim with a Lawyer from Simeone & Miller

Making sure injury victims receive the best possible care and treatment is a priority for the team at Simeone & Miller, LLP. We know how disruptive an accident can be to your life. It can make taking care of even simple day-to-day tasks difficult, not to mention the demands of fighting for the compensation you need to care for yourself and your loved ones. We’re here to bridge that gap so you can be confident about your future.

Our team has decades of experience to dedicate to your case and the determination to see it through to the end. Sometimes fighting for justice means taking on big opponents like insurance companies or national corporations. We have the resources and skills needed to face these challenges. If you have suffered a burn injury, reach out to a burn injury lawyer from our team to see how we can help you.

Simeone & Miller, LLP, based in Washington, D.C., provides personal injury and medical malpractice legal services across Maryland and Virginia. In Maryland, our services extend to Baltimore City, Prince George’s County, Montgomery County, Howard County, Anne Arundel County, and Frederick. In Virginia, we serve clients in Arlington County, Alexandria, Fairfax County, Fairfax City, Falls Church, Loudoun County, Prince William County, Manassas, and Manassas Park.