The human body is particularly sensitive to high amounts of heat, and exposure to too much heat at one time could have long-term or even permanent damage. These injuries are known as “burn injuries,” and they come in a wide range of severities, ranging from mild injuries that almost always heal completely, to major burns that lead to deformation, permanent scarring, and possibly more serious damage to muscles and vital organs. If you’ve suffered a burn injury, be it at work on someone else’s property, or even as a result of a car accident, you may have options for legal recourse that you can explore with the assistance of a Martin County injury attorney.
On this blog, we’ll discuss these options and give you the information you need to know about burn injury claims before you get started on your case.
How Burn Injuries Occur
When most people think of burn injuries, they think of things like being exposed to a high heat source, fire, or flame. However, friction burns and abrasions, electrocution burns, as well as chemical reactions that cause permanent burn damage to human skin are also considered burn injuries. Burn injuries can happen in a wide variety of ways, however the approach to pursuing your rights as an injury victim is similar in each case.
Who is Liable?
Liability for burn injuries isn’t always straightforward. In some cases, determining who is at fault for the injury is simple, such as an employer who fails to place proper warnings on hot surfaces and doesn’t give their workers the necessary protective equipment. However, other cases are less clear, such as someone who suffers a burn as a result of a car accident. For example, if someone is burned in a car accident because of exposure to battery acid, who is at fault: the person who caused the accident, or the battery manufacturer who failed to properly seal the acid-filled cells?
Liability for burn injuries all comes down to one simple concept: negligence. Negligence is the term used to describe someone failing to adhere to the duty and standard of care that they owe someone else. For example, grocery store owners have a duty of care for their customers, and thus they must place warnings on hot surfaces that are used to keep hot foods at the appropriate temperature.
Here are the three elements of proof needed to demonstrate negligence:
- The defendant owed a standard of care to the plaintiff
- The defendant breached their duty of care they had to the plaintiff
- The plaintiff’s injuries were the direct result of this breach of care by the defendant
Liability is important because anyone who is shown to be liable for someone else’s injuries thus has a duty to compensate the injured party for their losses, and these losses can be extensive. Burn injury victims can require serious and often ongoing medical treatments, special care for the duration of their recovery, possible lost income from missed work, pain and suffering (burn injuries are often extremely painful), permanent disfigurement, and much more.
Do You Need an Attorney?
The big question many people ask when they’ve suffered a burn injury is whether or not they’ll need an attorney. There’s a pretty simple answer to this question: if you’ve suffered any form of a financial loss, such as missing work, paying for medical bills, and possibly even becoming temporarily or permanently disabled in any way as a direct result of your burn injury, then you shouldn’t hesitate to seek counsel from a Martin County injury lawyer as soon as possible.
Get qualified counsel after suffering a burn injury by calling Lauri J. Goldstein & Associates, PLLC! Dial (866) 675-4427 to request a case evaluation from our team today.