Causes and Types of Burn Injuries

Our Seattle Burn Injury Lawyer Explains Your Legal Options

Picture of nurse treating burn injuryAll injuries are painful in some way. However, recovering from a burn injury can mean excruciating pain for months and even years. Burn injuries and disfigurement may also lead to psychological issues, such as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). If you’ve suffered from such an injury due to someone else’s negligence, then it’s time to contact a Seattle burn injury lawyer for assistance in filing a personal injury lawsuit. Burn injuries, especially serious ones, can very easily lead to millions of dollars in damages. Compensation from a lawsuit can help pay for the expenses you suffered.

Herschensohn Law PLLC can help you determine whether it would be possible to pursue compensation for a burn injury. Seattle burn injury lawyer Zach Herschensohn has experience with a variety of personal injury cases, including auto accidents, maritime injuries and workplace accidents. You can learn more about our history of successful cases on our website.

What Are the Different Types of Burn Injuries?

There are several types of burns you could suffer from, including scalding, chemical, and thermal. A scalding burn is typically caused by hot or boiling liquid. For example, if hot coffee is poured down your shirt at a restaurant, the establishment could be held responsible. One of the most famous personal injury cases, Liebeck v. McDonald’s Restaurants, involved this exact scenario.

A chemical burn is most common in the workplace, when potentially dangerous chemicals are present. When these chemicals don’t have warning labels, injured workers may choose to file a lawsuit against their employer for unsafe work practices.

A thermal burn is caused by fire, including flames from candles, lighters, stoves, and explosions. These are common in commercial truck accidents and general automobile accidents.

In all three cases, there could be a negligent party that should be held responsible for your pain and suffering, as well as your medical bills. Fortunately, a Seattle burn injury lawyer can help you hold them responsible.

Common Causes of Burn Injuries

Frequent causes of burn injuries include, but are not limited to:

  • Chemical accidents
  • Electrocutions
  • Apartment or hotel fires
  • Defective products
  • Workplace fires
  • Gas explosions
  • Car accidents

Building Your Burn Injury Case

As in all negligence cases, there are three things you must prove in order to win your burn injury lawsuit. First, you must prove the defendant had a certain duty of care or responsibility to keep you safe. Next, you must show this duty of care was broken. Finally, you must prove that your injuries were directly caused by this betrayal of care.

For example, if you suffered severe burns in an automobile accident caused by a distracted driver, you may hold that driver accountable for your burn injury. But if you tripped and fell while at the hospital, you may not hold the driver accountable for your broken wrist.

Location and Cause of Your Burn Injury

In order to determine the amount of compensation that will be made available to the plaintiff, the court must consider the extent to which the responsibly party can pay damages, how severe your burn is, and where the burn is located.

For example, you’re likely to get a higher settlement if your fingers were severely burned, as your hands as relatively important when it comes to working a day job. If the severe burn is on your thigh, however, you have a lower likelihood of seeing a record-breaking payout.

Across the board, burn injuries are some of the most severe and painful injuries in existence. This leads to an inevitably higher amount of compensation for victims. You could be compensated for current or future lost wages, future and past medical bills, other out-of-pocket expenses related to your injuries, and the pain and suffering your injury has caused.

Contact an Experienced Seattle Burn Injury Attorney for Representation

Have you or a loved one suffered burn injuries due to someone else’s negligence? It’s time to hold the responsible party accountable for their actions. Contact an experienced Seattle burn injury lawyer for assistance and representation at Herschensohn Law PLLC by calling (206) 588-4344.