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Catastrophic Burn Injury Cases: Assessing Claims, Litigating, Negotiating Settlements

Recording of a 90-minute CLE webinar with Q&A

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Conducted on Tuesday, January 30, 2018

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This CLE course will provide guidance to personal injury attorneys for bringing or defending against catastrophic burn injury claims. Our panel will explain best practices for assessing a potential burn injury client, collecting and presenting medical records and materials, developing effective expert witness testimony, and leveraging other evidence to position a burn injury case for settlement or trial.


Burn injuries can result from intentional or accidental fires, hot liquids or steam, hot metals, radiation, chemicals, defective consumer products, and more. The degree of the burn and the area of the body affected help determine the severity of the injury, treatment options and, when a burn resulted from another person’s negligence, the potential damages the victim may recover.

Personal injury plaintiff and defense counsel in catastrophic burn injury cases face a wide range of legal issues, including evaluating the cause of the burn and potential theories of liability, proving or defending against liability and damages, evaluating or challenging the admissibility of medical evidence, working with medical experts, assessing insurance coverage, and much more.

Listen as our authoritative panel discusses considerations and best practices for personal injury plaintiff and defense counsel when pursuing or defending against catastrophic burn injury claims, from assessing claims through proving and defending damages.



  1. Assessing cases
    1. Interviewing clients
    2. Reviewing insurance coverage
  2. Proving or defending against liability
    1. Theories of liability
    2. Establishing or challenging causation
    3. Common defenses
  3. Evidentiary challenges
  4. Calculating damages
    1. Plaintiff strategies
    2. Defense strategies
  5. Negotiating with insurance adjusters


The panel will review these and other key issues:

  • What are the different theories of liability that are generally pursued in burn injury claims?
  • What evidentiary challenges do counsel face with burn injury claims?
  • What are some effective strategies for calculating or defending against damages in burn injury cases?


Schmid, David
David M. Schmid, Esq.

Stark & Stark

Mr. Schmid focuses his practice on cases involving serious and catastrophic injuries, with an emphasis on severe burn...  |  Read More

Solomon, Kenneth
Kenneth A. Solomon, PH.D., P.E., POST PH.D.

Chief Scientist and Technical Director

Dr. Solomon retired in December 1998 from the RAND Corporation where he served as a Senior Scientist for over 22 years....  |  Read More

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