The value of a burn injury case depends on many factors:
- Severity of the burn – Is it a first, second, third or fourth degree burn?
- Size of the burn – How large is the affected area? Will there be permanent scarring?
- Location – Where is the burn located? Is it on ones’ face or some other prominent part of their body? Does it interfere with aesthetic appearance, as well as their functioning; I.e., impacting their ability to be effective in the marketplace and socially? It is well documented that aesthetic appearance can heavily influence earning capacity. This should not be overlooked.
- Age and Relationship Status – Is the victim young or old? Single or married?
- Intent or Circumstance – Was the burn a result of malicious or reckless conduct, as opposed to an accident or negligence?
All of these factors are important in assessing the value of your case.
For more information on calculating damages from disfigurement caused by burn injuries, please see this article.
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