Understanding Burn Injuries and Obtaining Compensation

Posted by Richard P. Hastings | Feb 17, 2015 | 0 Comments

Millions of people each year suffer some type of significant burn injury and hundreds more die as a result of their injuries. Burn injuries can have very serious, long lasting medical effects which can affect a person's appearance, their psychological well being and can cost the injured party tens of thousands of dollars in medical bills.

Burns can be caused in a number of different ways which would include:

– Gas explosions

– House fires and apartment fires resulting from someone's negligence

– Automobile, motorcycle, SUV rollover, truck or other motor vehicle accidents

– Defective appliances or smoke detectors

– Electric accidents

– Cooking accidents

– Exploding furnaces, stores, boilers or other appliances

– Chemical spills

– Workplace accidents

– Water heater malfunctions

– Industrial accidents or

– Electrocution

The most serious of all injuries is a third degree burn which penetrates all layers of the skin. Third degree burns may involve the permanent loss of skin and tissue and may cause permanent, ugly and disfiguring scarring as well as nerve damage. Burns can also be classified as a result of the cause of the burn which could include: heat or thermal burns caused by hot objects, steam or fire; chemical burns occur after a person comes in contact with a chemical in either a solid, liquid or gas state; an electrical burn caused by an electric source or lightning; radiation burns caused by radiation treatment, x-rays, tanning booths, sunlamps or the sun; and friction burns which occur through contact with roadways or other surfaces.

A person who has a serious burn injury as a result of the negligence of another may be entitled to compensation for:

– Past and future medical bills;

– Cosmetic and reconstructive surgery;

– Physical therapy;

– Occupational or vocational therapy;

– Psychological counseling;

– Pain and suffering;

– Scarring;

– Past and future cost of income; and

– Loss of consortium for a spouse.

If you or someone you know has received serious burns through the fault of another you need to seek the advice of a burn injury lawyer or personal injury attorney immediately.

About the Author

Richard P. Hastings

Attorney Hastings concentrates his practice on personal injury and litigation. Devoted to helping those who have suffered some type of wrong, Richard P. Hastings concentrates his law practice on personal injury law.


There are no comments for this post. Be the first and Add your Comment below.

Leave a Comment


Aenean lacinia bibendum nulla sed consectetur. Donec sed odio dui. Maecenas sed diam eget risus varius blandit sit amet non magna. Nulla vitae elit libero, a pharetra augue. Curabitur blandit tempus porttitor. Morbi leo risus, porta ac consectetur ac, vestibulum at eros. Cras justo odio, dapibus ac facilisis in, egestas.

Let Us Fight for You

Local Presence. Statewide Coverage.

When you choose Hastings, Cohan & Walsh, LLP you will receive the one-on-one attention and individualized support that you deserve. Our Connecticut personal injury attorneys will not treat you as just another case number nor will we hand your case off to a paralegal.

Unlike other law firms, we will personally handle each legal aspect of your case, walking with you every step of the way. We aim to provide the highest quality representation possible. We have extensive experience and training in a variety of aspects of personal injury law. We obtain the knowledge and skill-set necessary to maximize your compensation.

Ridgefield Office
Mon: 08:30am - 05:00pm
Tue: 08:30am - 05:00pm
Wed: 08:30am - 05:00pm
Thu: 08:30am - 05:00pm
Fri: 08:30am - 05:00pm