Rights of Burn Injury Victims in Massachusetts

The American Burn Association reports that in a single year in the United States, there were nearly half a million medically treated burn injuries reported, as well as 40,000 hospitalizations related to burn injuries. While burn injuries may be less common than some other injury types, these injuries are no less devastating and debilitating. At The Law Offices of Alan Hildreth King & Associates, our experienced personal injury lawyers want you to know that if you have suffered a burn injury, you have rights. Please call our law firm today for a free consultation and the help you need. 

Burn Injury Types and Damages

Burn injuries can occur at home, at work, on private property, and as the result of an accident involving a motor vehicle, electronics, etc. Types of burn injuries include:

  • Thermal burns. Thermal burns are the most common type of burn injury and are caused by external heat sources, like flames. 
  • Electrical burns. Typically affecting those who work with or around electricity, electrical burns are burns caused by an electrical current.
  • Chemical burns. When certain chemicals, such as strong detergents or solvents, come in contact with the skin they cause severe external burn injuries.
  • Friction burns. These types of burns happen when friction creates intense heat that causes damage to the skin’s cells. 
  • Radiation burns. Perhaps the least common type of burn injury, a radiation burn can be caused by exposure to radiation. Sources of exposure might include cancer treatment and nuclear power plants. 

Any of the above burn types can be devastating depending on the location and severity of the burn. Burns–when extremely severe–can even be fatal. Serious burn injuries can also cause long-term disability and disfigurement, as well as result in numerous economic and noneconomic costs for a victim. 

Rights of a Burn Victim in MA and Legal Recourse 

When a person is involved in an accident that results in a thermal, electrical, chemical, friction, or radiation burn, they have the right to bring forth a claim for damages against the at-fault party. If the claim doesn’t result in a fair settlement, the victim may have a cause of action to file a lawsuit against the responsible person or entity. 

Liability for a Burn Injury

Liability for a burn injury will vary depending on the circumstances surrounding the burn. Examples of parties who may be held liable include–

  • A property owner who failed to maintain a property in a safe condition, resulting in a fire (i.e. failed to install smoke detectors, failed to remedy a known electrical defect, etc.);
  • The manufacturer of a dangerous chemical or a defective product that led to a burn injury;
  • An employer who failed to follow required safety regulations; or 
  • A third-party who caused an accident leading to burn injuries, such as a negligent motor vehicle driver who caused a crash. 

How Our Personal Injury Lawyers Can Help 

If you have suffered a serious burn injury, you deserve the help of an experienced burn injury attorney. When you call The Law Offices of Alan Hildreth King & Associates, our personal injury lawyers will start working on your case immediately. We offer free consultations, work on a contingent-fee basis, and have a reputation for excellence. Call now at (781) 284-2900 to get started.