Sadly, burn injuries are much more common than you might think. Burns can be the result of a fire, a chemical or acid burn, or contact with a hot object, hot liquid or oil. As is so often the case, this type of personal injury is often due to the fault of someone else.
Burn injuries are usually categorized by three different types:
- First degree burns injure the outer layer of skin only
- Second degree burns affect the first and second layers of the skin
- Third degree burns damage the deepest skin layers, and even the tissue underneath
Liquid and oil burns or scalds can come about in a range of different situations. If your employer fails to provide you with sufficient PPE (personal protective equipment) for the handling of hot oil and you sustain an injury as a result of their carelessness, you may have a strong personal injury case and could receive compensation to cover the costs of your medical treatment as well as any pain and suffering.
Chemical or acid burns are most commonly the result of a product defect, such as a defective battery or faulty container containing a corrosive cleaning product. If you handled the product correctly but ended up with a serious injury through no fault of your own, you may have a valid product liability case . Product manufacturers are legally obliged to keep consumers safe, and you should be able to trust in a product’s safety. If this is not the case, drawing attention to the defect could prevent other people becoming exposed to the same kind of risk. The only way to create a safe market for the little guy is to ensure that companies face consequences for putting consumers at risk.
Treatment for burns can range from simple first aid to invasive medical treatment such as removing damaged tissue, skin grafts or even cosmetic surgery. A burn victim may even need counseling to come to terms with their injuries and any long-term implications. The last thing a burn victim needs is to worry about the costs adding up. A personal injury settlement can help take care of the financial burden associated with this type of injury so you can focus on recovering and starting the next chapter of your life.
When dealing with burn injuries, your personal injury lawyer will take any scarring or other permanent disfigurement into account when negotiating your settlement. Personal injury cases for burns also consider the fact that burn injuries tend to be exceptionally painful and therefore traumatic. This could well impact the compensation for pain and suffering that we may be able to negotiate together.