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Can a Burn Injury be a Personal Injury Case?

“Personal injury” is an incredibly broad term. There are hundreds of cases that fall under that umbrella, one of which is burns.

For a burn to be classified as a personal injury lawsuit, a few simple questions have to be asked:

Where did the burn occur, and what were the circumstances surrounding it?

Did the burn occur while an individual was at the workplace? Was it at home while using a defective product about to fail? Was the fire caused by arson or other intentional harm? Was the fire due to negligence (such as leaving a box of flammable materials right next to a heat source)?

Doctor wrapping gauze around a burnt patient's wristThe answer to those simple questions will go a long way in determining what kind of case a plaintiff has. Normally, when any burn occurs through someone else’s fault, there’s a chance for a burn injury lawsuit, but the answers to the questions above can shed some light on the expected compensation for the case.

For example, a worker burned while on the job due to their own fault will not pay out anywhere near as much as a case where an employer was knowingly forcing employees to cut corners, leading up to a burn. Similarly, a case where a product’s battery explodes and causes burn damage due to it being used improperly, will not pay out anywhere near as much as a widespread, systematic series of catastrophic failures.

There are much more complex specifics that go in to each case, but if you are ever questioning whether you have a burn injury case or not, get in touch with a skilled personal injury attorney immediately. You may have legal options, and the sooner you can set down the road to healing, the better.