If you or a family member have experienced a burn injury because of the negligence of another person or company, you may be entitled to receive compensation for your injuries. Here are a few things you need to know about burn injuries.
Causes of Burn Injuries in Northwest Indiana
A lot of folks think about fire when someone is burned but fire is only one cause of burns. Medically, a burn is damage to the skin, and can happen with extreme cold, extreme heat, or and or chemical exposure. Below are some of the common causes of burns: .
- Fire — common examples are injuries causes by barbecues, kitchen related burns, explosions, electrical fires, outdoor fires that grow out of control.
- Scalding — is an extreme temperature burning and Water is the most common scalding agent. Other substances that can scold include any hot liquid or molten metals.
- Electricity — exposure to electrical current can cause damage to the skin and muscle tissues by overheating and damaging the tissue.
- Extreme cold — frostbite and other injuries caused by extreme cold cause the same sort of damage to the skin and other soft tissue structures.
- Chemicals — common household examples are pool chlorination chemicals, hair treatment chemicals, metal cleaners and various acids; chemical burns are common in schools and workplaces where laboratory work is done, hair salons and on construction sites (electricity and acids for masonry work).
- Explosions — not as common as other causes of burns, but examples include fireworks, firearms, and car batteries. Explosions can cause heat and chemical-related burning.
Recovering Compensation for your Northwest Indiana Burn Injuries
The two most common theories of legal liability with respect to burn injuries are: (1) products liability; and (2) negligence. A typical product liability case could be a lighter that explodes, a gas can that has a defect that causes a burn because gas spilled all over the user or many other scenarios. The basis of a products claim is that manufacturer sold a product that is defective. The defect can be a one off or a defect in the design of the product.
The basis of a negligence claim is that the individual or company was careless in some manner that resulted in injury to another person. Under Indiana law, a negligence claim has requirements: the four elements are duty, breach of duty (negligence), causation and injury/damage. In general, every person owes a duty of care to every other person. Thus, if someone is not careful and starts a fire that causes injury, that person can be held liable for negligence.
Northwest Indiana Injury Attorney helping Burn Victims
For more information, call Guy DiMartino Law. Act quickly if you have suffered a burn injury, because it is important that your lawyer immediately gets out and preserves evidence that can be lost or destroyed within weeks.