Most people have experienced a burn injury in their lifetime. Whether they were scalded by a hot pot, shower, or perhaps they got sunburned at the beach, many people know what it feels like to be burned. But what about the times when a burn results in substantial injury? A severe burn can result in life-altering consequences.
There are many ways that a burn can occur and different causes range in injury severity. According to Russo, Russo & Slania, P.C., chemical hazards, electrical hazards, explosions, and malfunctioning equipment are some of the most common causes of more severe burns. According to the American Burn Association, there were 486,000 burn injuries receiving medical treatment:
These circumstances often place the liability another party, such as an employer or business owner. You can hold the liable party responsible for your suffering. If you are able to receive compensation, it could go toward one or more of these areas:
- Disfigurement, physical impairment, paralysis, disability, and general loss of enjoyment in life post-injury: Compensation for pain and suffering not only for what has occurred in the past, but the quality of your future life post-injury.
- Medical: Compensation for current and future medical bills including hospitalization, medical and/or cosmetic surgery, physical and/or occupational therapy, pain management and prescriptions, and ongoing medical care may all be covered.
- Loss of income: Compensation could be collected for past and future lost wages in relation to time spent away due to your injury. Financial assistance could also go toward being re-trained into a new occupation.
- Family loss: If the burn is severe enough to causes changes to the routine of your family, as in they are now required to perform services they wouldn’t have to do if the injury didn’t occur, they may be entitled to compensation for the interference.