Burn Injury Lawsuits
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What is a Burn Injury?
A burn injury usually refers to a skin injury caused by exposure to a flame, fire, or other source of high heat. Burn injuries can also include abrasions caused by fast-moving parts coming into contact with the skin (such as a rotor wheel). They can also include chemical burns as well as burns caused by light, lasers, or other high-frequency technology (especially with eye injuries). Burn injuries are a common form of work-related injury.
Who Can Be Held Liable for a Burn Injury?
Most burn injuries are based on a negligence theory of law. In order to prove negligence, it is necessary to prove a list of elements. These include elements of proof such as: the defendant owed a duty of care to the plaintiff; the defendant breached this duty of care; and the defendant’s breach was the actual, direct cause of the plaintiff’s injury.
In many cases, the party liable for a burn injury is the same party that manufactured or produced the equipment that caused the burn. An example of this is where a stove that was manufactured in a defective way that causes burns to a consumer.
Other parties that can be held liable may include: work supervisors, trainers, and instructors; health and safety inspectors; equipment monitors; and product retailers and distributors.
What are Some Legal Remedies for Burn Injury Claims?
Some legal remedies for burn injury lawsuits can include:
- A monetary damages award to reimburse the plaintiff for losses and costs (such as hospital bills)
- Payment of court fees and other costs
- An injunction requiring the defendant to change their practices or enforce better production standards
Of course, the legal remedies will vary with each individual burn injury lawsuit. Generally speaking, the remedies and damages must be appropriate and proportionate to the nature and severity of the injuries.
Do I Need a Lawyer for Help with a Burn Injury Lawsuit?
Burn injuries can involve some particularly severely injuries. You may need to hire a personal injury lawyer for advice, guidance, and representation if you need to file a lawsuit due to a burn injury. Your attorney can provide you with the legal expertise that is required during such proceedings.
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Last Modified: 12-28-2015 09:38 AM PST
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