Boston Burn Injury Lawyer
Few injuries are more painful and expensive than a serious burn. Talk to a Boston burn injury lawyer and get the help you need to receive compensation.
Between 3,000 and 4,000 people die in the United States from burns each year, and more than 2,000,000 people are treated for burn injuries.
While most burns are caused by heat and fire, they can also be caused by chemicals, steam, explosions, electricity, and radiation. Whether they occur as a result of an accident, an unsafe workplace, or a faulty product, if someone else is responsible for your burns, you likely have a personal injury case. You may be able to get financial compensation for your injuries by enlisting the help of a Boston burn injury lawyer from Joel H. Schwartz, PC.
Burn Injury Causes
The American Burn Association reports the following breakdown for burn injuries that received medical treatment in 2015:
- 43 percent were due to fire
- 34 percent were due to scalding hot liquids
- 9 percent were due to contact with a hot surface
- 4 percent were due to electricity
- 3 percent were due to chemicals
- 7 percent were due to other causes
Make certain to inform your Boston burn injury lawyer of the exact nature of your burn. This is an important piece of your case that will indicate who was at fault.
Where Burns Happen
Accidents can happen anywhere and often occur at home—sometimes because of faulty wiring or hazardous products, like exploding cell phones or defective space heaters. They can also happen to car accident victims because of someone else’s reckless behavior on the road.
Below are the top places burns happen. A Boston burn injury lawyer from our office can let you know if your accident’s circumstances qualify as a personal injury situation.
- 73 percent occur in the home
- 8 percent occur on the job
- 5 percent happen on streets and highways
- 5 percent occur during sports and athletic activities
- 9 percent happen in other circumstances
How Burns Affect the Body
Burns can cause pain, swelling, blisters, and skin damage. They can cause scarring and permanent disfigurement when serious or when not cared for properly. Infection is always a risk when the skin barrier is compromised.
In more serious burns, muscles and tendons might suffer compromised motion. You may go into shock when badly burned as fluid drains from blood vessels. All of these examples outline how medical care is vital after a burn injury.
- First-Degree Burns – These are superficial burns such as most sunburns. Symptoms will include pain but not blisters. These burns are unlikely to qualify for financial compensation.
- Second-Degree Burns – More serious burns that are still largely superficial. Symptoms will include red, blistered skin and pain. These burns affect both the epidermis and dermis.
- Third-Degree Burns – These are also called full-thickness burns and may have a white appearance. Damage or complete damage will be done to all skin structures and may extend deep beneath the skin. Your Boston burn injury lawyer will be able to help you seek compensation for this level of burn if someone else was to blame.
- Fourth-Degree Burns – These are the most serious burn injuries and include serious damage done to underlying muscles, tendons, bones, and nerves.
The Cost of Burns
Some burns can cause permanent scarring and require reconstructive surgery or skin grafts. Not only do severe burn survivors deal with acute pain and ongoing treatment for their physical symptoms, the psychological toll of the incident’s trauma and possible disfigurement adds another facet to the long-term care survivors might need.
Your Boston burn injury lawyer will help you seek compensation for any financial losses and noneconomic damages that you suffer because of your burns:
- Physical therapy
- Skin grafts
- Reconstructive surgery
- Lost income due to time off from work
- Pain and suffering
- Psychological counseling
- Current and future medical bills
Contact a Boston Burn Injury Lawyer
If you’re uncertain of whether you can—or should—pursue a personal injury case for your burn injuries, call the Law Offices of Joel H. Schwartz, PC today for a free, commitment-free consultation. We take pride in having provided sound legal counsel to Boston residents for over fifty years and are happy to answer your questions.
Getting started is as easy as calling 1-800-660-2270. If you aren’t able to talk right now, you can also leave us a message with your case details through the contact form below. Someone from our office will get in touch with you later at your leisure.