Recovering for Burn Injuries
Our Maritime Trial Lawyers Can Help
Serious burns are life-altering injuries, physically and mentally. The horrific nature of burn injuries coupled with the drawn-out, painful treatments and rehabilitation make life hard for burn victims and their families. Surrounded by water, maritime workers may think they are far away from burn-producing accidents, but the threat is very real, even at sea. Our firm has a history of success helping burn victims from maritime accidents obtain compensation for their injuries. In fact, our maritime and Jones Act attorneys achieved an $8 million settlement for a chief engineer who died due to burns over 100% of his body and a $4.5 million settlement for a merchant seaman who was out of work for two years because of severe burns.
Maritime workers are vulnerable to burns in maritime accidents from a multitude of sources, including:
- Engine and boiler room accidents
- Flammable cargo
- Corrosive chemicals
- Hot water and steam from pipes
- Explosions and fires
As with any injury, it is important that you hire an attorney to prove that the accident that caused your burn injuries was not your fault – you must be able to show that the injuries occurred because of someone else’s negligence or because of the unseaworthiness of the vessel. In many cases, the accident that leads to the burns may be as a result of:
- Failure to properly maintain and repair equipment
- Defective equipment
- Lack of safety procedures and equipment
- Failure to follow procedures
- Failure to follow regulations regarding use of equipment, chemicals and safety precautions and equipment
Latti & Anderson LLP can help determine what caused your burn injuries by properly investigating the accident, whether interviewing crew members, inspecting the accident scene or examining all documents on the vessel and at the company regarding the accident.
We Can Help Burn Victims
Severe burn injuries come with a host of medical, psychological and financial issues. Burn victims must often endure painful skin grafts and reconstructive surgeries. They are at risk of deadly infection. The psychological trauma of being burned can cause anxiety and even post-traumatic stress disorder. Burn victims often suffer depression because of the pain, disfigurement and limited mobility that often accompany severe burns. They may never be able to work again, and they may lose the ability to enjoy their lives and their families.
The maritime attorneys at Latti & Anderson LLP focus on helping burn victims obtain the resources they need to recover. We work with life care planners, medical specialists and rehabilitation experts to determine exactly what kind of treatment our client needs and how much that treatment will cost.
Our firm has more than 50 years of experience helping people who were injured at sea. We know maritime law thoroughly, and we can determine the best legal action to take after you have suffered burn injuries or chemical exposure. If you work at sea and suffered a burn injury, or even if you were on the water recreationally and suffered burns because of someone else’s negligent, reckless or intentional conduct, contact our maritime and Jones Act lawyers today to discuss your case. Our advice is free – call a lawyer today for an appointment. We represent clients nationwide.