Nashville Burn Injury Lawyer
Construction accidents often cause burn injuries. These injuries could be temperature burns or chemical burns. Large vehicle collisions also cause a number of burn injuries. These vehicles often weigh tens of thousands of pounds and carry large quantities of highly-flammable diesel fuel. These injuries usually require extensive, and expensive, treatment at specialty burn centers. Even after doctors finish their work, burns usually level permanent physical and emotional scars.
The compassionate Nashville burn injury lawyers at Mitch Grissim & Associates understand the intense pain and suffering these victims must endure. So, we work hard to obtain fair compensation for your injuries. This compensation usually includes money for economic losses, such as medical bills, and noneconomic losses, such as pain and suffering.
Proving a Negligence Claim
In most negligence claims, such as vehicle collision claims, a combination of witness statements, the police accident report, and medical bills serve as the primary evidence in a negligence claim. Proof is important because victim/plaintiffs must usually establish negligence by a preponderance of the evidence (more likely than not). A weak evidentiary claim usually doesn’t lead to maximum compensation and often falls victim to insurance company defenses.
The aforementioned large vehicle crashes often involve electronic evidence. Frequently, the physical damage is so catastrophic that emergency responders cannot determine precisely what happened. Most large vehicles have Event Data Recorders, which are similar to black box flight data recorders. Most EDRs measure and record information like:
- Vehicle speed,
- Steering angle.
- Engine RPM, and
- Brake application.
Frequently, our Nashville burn injury lawyers partner with accident reconstruction engineers in these matters. These professionals can take electronic bits of information and use them like a landscape painter uses the colors on a palette.
Construction accidents are sometimes a bit different. Usually, workers’ compensation applies to these injuries. So, victims do not need to prove negligence or fault. However, evidence is usually relevant to the amount of damages awarded in a workers’ compensation claim.
Resolving a Negligence Claim
All kinds of injury cases usually settle out of court. However, an attorney must prepare the case as if it will go all the way to trial. That’s the best way, and usually the only way, to obtain fair compensation.
Once medical treatment is at least substantially complete, most attorneys send demand letters to insurance companies. These letters demand compensation for the aforementioned losses in exchange for a liability waiver. If the case is clear-cut, insurance companies have a duty to quickly settle the matter.
But liability and/or damage issues are usually at least somewhat murky. Insurance companies use this murkiness as an excuse to drag their feet. So, to put pressure on the insurance company and preserve the victim’s legal rights, most attorneys file legal paperwork rather quickly.
Informal settlement negotiations usually intensify at this point. If the case isn’t settled as the trial date approaches, most Davidson County judges refer matters to mediation. A third-party mediator helps the parties find common ground and resolve their disputes. If both sides negotiate in good faith, mediation usually works.
Reach Out to a Diligent Davidson County Lawyer
Burn victims are entitled to significant compensation. For a free consultation with an experienced personal injury attorney in Nashville, contact Mitch Grissim & Associates. Virtual, home, and hospital visits are available.