Burn Injuries in Motorcycle Accidents

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Burn injuries are not only some of the most painful in the immediate aftermath of a motorcycle accident, but can leave permanent scars on victims, both physically and emotionally. When these serious burns are caused by another party’s negligent actions, they should be held legally liable for the costs of a victim’s recovery. Miami motorcycle accident lawyer Robert Dixon is dedicated to making sure victims of a motorcycle crash are properly compensated by those responsible for their harm. Burn injuries in motorcycle accidents may require extensive medical treatment in the form of grafts, surgery, and other painful procedures, after which a victim may still suffer from disfigurement. We understand that legal procedures should be the last thing on your mind as you go through such efforts to heal and are committed to handling your claims completely to obtain the best possible result on your behalf. The Law Offices of Robert Dixon offer compassionate and experienced legal representation for motorcycle accident victims throughout South Florida in Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach Counties. If you have questions regarding your legal rights and options after a collision, please contact our office today to schedule a free consultation with an attorney.

Burn Injuries in Motorcycle Accidents

Burn injuries range in severity. Some burns can also leave a lasting impact on a victim’s range of motion and ability to enjoy life like before. Burns are categorized by degree, with first degree burns having a rather mild effect on the skin, similar to a sunburn. Second degree burns affect the second layer under the skin, the dermis, and require additional treatment that could take weeks to heal. Third degree burns are the most severe, and can affect tissue, nerves and organs. These types of burns often require skin grafting but can still result in permanent scarring. Motorcycle accidents can result in all degrees of burns, for various reasons. One of the most common is a vehicle fire that occurs upon impact, where either part of the motorcycle or another car involved catches fire. Burns can also happen due to a motorcycle’s part becoming overheated and therefore burning a victim when touched.

Negligent Parties Responsible for Burn Injuries

Burn injuries in motorcycle accidents may be caused by the negligence of others, such as if a driver caused a collision by making a left turn in front of a motorcyclist who was approaching an intersection. When a motorist does not engage in actions that a reasonable and prudent person would on the road and causes harm to another, that motorist can be held accountable for his negligent acts. Additionally, if a motorcycle crash and resulting fire is due to a defective part or entire vehicle itself, the manufacturer is strictly liable for the burn injuries a victim sustains.

Finding the cause of a motorcycle crash and fire can take time, as different parts may need to be examined. For complex accidents, retaining an accident reconstruction specialist may be required to determine how a collision occurred. For these reasons, consulting a lawyer as soon as possible is advisable in the aftermath. Florida imposes a strict four-year statute of limitations in which plaintiffs must file personal injury claims. Victims who suffer burn injuries due to someone else’s negligence may be entitled to damages for past and future medical costs, as well as pain and suffering, lost income, any changes in earning capacity, or other expenses arising out of their injury.

Speak with a Miami Attorney About Your Case

Any insurance benefits available to burn victims are usually not nearly sufficient to cover the financial impact of such an injury. In these situations, legal action is vital in making up the difference and ensuring the proper parties are held accountable. Robert Dixon can help you file the necessary claims and is there for his clients at every step of the way, from investigating the cause of a collision to settlement negotiations, as well as providing zealous advocacy for litigation if necessary. The Law Offices of Robert Dixon is available to assist you and your family in the aftermath of a serious accident in Fort Lauderdale, Miami and West Palm Beach. Please call us at 877.499.4878 or contact us online to set up a free, no obligation consultation to find out more about our legal services.