Burn injuries can be one of the most devastating injuries a person can experience. Not only are burn injuries very painful but the worst burns can leave the victim with permanent scarring, and nerve damage and severe burn injuries can even kill.
Most of us have experienced a burn injury at one time or other during the activities of every day life. We all are in contact with objects that can easily burn us. The kitchen is probably the most dangerous place in the house as people often burn themselves while cooking either from hot pots and pans or from steam. Most kitchen burns are relatively minor and can be treated at home. However, severe burns need immediate medical attention as they can affect muscle tissue, bones and blood vessels.
Burn injuries, however, can be caused by other substances not just the ones one might generally think of. For example, you can get serious burns from sunlight, radiation and chemicals. There are other side effects of burn injuries than just to skin tissue. For example, smoke inhalation can cause to respiratory disease and problems.
Burn Injuries at work
If you are burned at work, your employer owes you a duty of care. This is especially important if your work involves dangerous materials that can imperil your health. It is the duty of your employer to insure that all equipment and tools are in good working order, that all chemicals are safely stored and handled and that employees have proper safety training and safety equipment.
Burn injuries in motor vehicle accidents
Motor vehicle accidents can also be the source of burn injuries. While the most common type of car accident injury is whiplash or broken bones, sometimes a motor vehicle will catch on fire due to a collision and the occupants of the vehicle will suffer burns.
Burn injuries in public venues
Sometimes freak accidents occur while people are out and about which result in a burn injuries. One example is when a restaurant server or flight attendant spills hot food or drink resulting in a burn injury.
Seeking compensation for a burn injury
If your burn injury was caused by the negligence of another party or because of a defective or faulty device, you may be entitled for compensation for your injury including lost wages, medical care and for pain and suffering. A knowledgeable and skilled personal injury attorney can help assess your case and work with you to make sure that your rights are protected.