Burn injuries not only cause severe physical pain, but also leads to victims experiencing significant emotional trauma. In addition to a long and painful recovery, burn victims are commonly left with permanent scarring and disfigurement. People who suffer burn injuries are often hospitalized because of their injuries resulting in enormous medical bills.
A 2016 report by the American Burn Association reveals that almost 500,000 burn injuries require medical attention in the United States each year. Nearly 40,000 burn victims in the US are hospitalized every year, and approximately 3,000 people die annually due to smoke inhalation and burn injuries. Unfortunately, a number of burn injuries and related deaths every year are avoidable and the result of someone’s negligence.
Although burn injuries and the necessary medical treatment often leave victims with staggering medical bills, burn victims rarely get the compensation they deserve even when their injuries are the result of someone else’s negligence. In addition to the insurance companies attempting to limit their client’s liability, state laws may reduce the amount of compensation available for certain burn injuries, including work-related accidents.
While burn injuries can occur unexpectedly in almost any setting, they are often sustained in car accidents, kitchen fires, industrial explosions, workplace accidents, electrical mishaps, or a result of exposure to toxic chemicals. Below are four types of burns commonly sustained in accidents.
Burns are generally classified into four categories based on severity. The categories include:
In Massachusetts, burn injuries are sometimes the result of another individual’s negligent or reckless behavior. If that individual owed the victim a duty of care and their negligence or recklessness was the cause of the victim’s burn injuries, he/she may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost wages and future earning capacity, rehabilitation costs, and pain & suffering.
When a burn injury occurs in the workplace, the injured employee is eligible for workers’ compensation benefits and may file a complaint with the Department of Industrial Accidents as opposed to a civil personal injury lawsuit in one of the state trial courts. When a third party causes or contributes to the employee’s injuries, the victim may have a third-party liability claim in state court in addition to the workers’ compensation claim.
Burn injuries are among the most painful injuries one can sustain. In addition to the physical and emotional pain, there is a lengthy recovery that may include surgery, rehabilitation, and therapy, all resulting in expensive medical bills and related costs. If a burn victim’s injuries were caused by another’s negligence or recklessness, working with an experienced personal injury attorney is essential to make certain the victim receives the compensation he/she is entitled to.
If you are in Massachusetts and you or a loved one suffered burn injuries because of someone else’s negligence, contact Riccio Law today to schedule a free case evaluation. We will fight to get you the financial compensation you deserve.
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