Can a Burn Injury be a Personal Injury Case?

Posted in Attorneys,Firm News,Personal Injury on November 2, 2016

“Personal injury” is an incredibly broad term. There are hundreds of cases that fall under that umbrella, one of which is burns.

For a burn to be classified as a personal injury lawsuit, a few simple questions have to be asked:

Where did the burn occur, and what were the circumstances surrounding it?

Did the burn occur while an individual was at the workplace? Was it at home while using a defective product about to fail? Was the fire caused by arson or other intentional harm? Was the fire due to negligence (such as leaving a box of flammable materials right next to a heat source)?

Doctor wrapping gauze around a burnt patient's wristThe answer to those simple questions will go a long way in determining what kind of case a plaintiff has. Normally, when any burn occurs through someone else’s fault, there’s a chance for a burn injury lawsuit, but the answers to the questions above can shed some light on the expected compensation for the case.

For example, a worker burned while on the job due to their own fault will not pay out anywhere near as much as a case where an employer was knowingly forcing employees to cut corners, leading up to a burn. Similarly, a case where a product’s battery explodes and causes burn damage due to it being used improperly, will not pay out anywhere near as much as a widespread, systematic series of catastrophic failures.

There are much more complex specifics that go in to each case, but if you are ever questioning whether you have a burn injury case or not, get in touch with a skilled personal injury attorney immediately. You may have legal options, and the sooner you can set down the road to healing, the better.


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