Burn injuries can be some of the most serious and traumatic injuries anyone can face. Burn injuries can come from fires, scalding water, explosions, electricity, chemical burns, gas burns, or even from excess exposure to the sun. Some burn injuries are unfortunate accidents; however, many burn injuries can be traced to the negligence or recklessness of another person or corporation. When someone else is responsible for a dangerous burn, they should be held liable for the damage they cause. If you have suffered a burn injury, talk to the experienced Philadelphia burn injury attorneys.
Despite the burn hazards that surround us every day, many of us have grown comfortable around these potential dangers. Millions of people use a lighter to ignite cigarettes throughout the day while others use electronic cigarettes. At work, electricians and construction workers are surrounded by electrical dangers. Home cooks and professional chefs stand over boiling liquids or flaming gas burners to make a meal. While most people are careful with how they handle these burn hazards, the actions of other may place you in harm's way.
Causes of Burn Injuries
A defective e-cigarette can explode in a user's face causing a burn injury or go off in their pocket setting their clothes on fire. Improper maintenance at a nursing home may send scalding hot water down on a resident taking a bath. A contractor who does not follow all the safety regulations may have workers handling live wires they were told were off. A new employee at an industrial plant may not have been trained on the proper handling of chemicals, mixing the wrong ones that cause an explosion.
These are just some of the examples of ways you can be burned while doing nothing wrong, all because of the negligence or recklessness of another person or corporation. Burn injuries vary depending on the type of exposure, the length of exposure, susceptibilities of the victim, and many other factors. Burn injuries can cause a mild injury, while others can lead to permanent disability or even death.
After a burn injury, the victim may be left with expensive medical bills, be unable to return to work as normal, face continuing care, and be left with scars across their body. Through filing a personal injury lawsuit, your attorney can help you and your family seek compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, as well as pain and suffering.
Child and Infant Burn Injuries
Some of the most traumatic burn injuries involve children or infants. There are a number of reasons why children can suffer more severe burns than adults. Young children may not be able to communicate that they are suffering from scalding bath water, which may be misunderstood. Young children are also more curious about the world around them and do not appreciate the dangers surrounding them. This can lead them to place objects in electric sockets or pull down a pot handle from the stove, unaware that it is full of boiling liquid.
A child may also simply get carried away with normal childlike activities, like playing at the beach or a water park. Without a caregiver's attention, they may be risking hours of full sun exposure which can lead to severe sunburn injuries. Additionally, sleeping children may be left in a car without the parent or caregiver aware they have been left in a situation that can reach over 100 degrees in a matter of minutes.
Children also have smaller bodies, exposing a greater percentage of the surface area to possible burns. A pot of boiling water may cause burns to an adult's leg, but it could burn the majority of a small child's body.
Injuries to children can happen while at school, at home, under the care of a babysitter, during daycare, or even at a friend's house. Children may not have the ability to care for themselves, and the person in charge may be responsible for any harm that comes to the child. If a caregiver negligently left a child in a dangerous situation or failed to take reasonable precautions against injury, they may be liable for damages.
Philadelphia Burn Injury Lawyers
If you or a loved one was injured in a burn injury accident, you should talk to an experienced Philly personal injury attorney about getting compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Your personal injury attorney will help you through this difficult time, and make sure you have an advocate to fight for you. You should not have to suffer due to someone else's negligence. Do not hesitate to contact Gilman & Bedigian today for a free consultation.