When it comes to burn injuries, it can be difficult to know where to start. No matter what kind of accident caused your burns—whether it was an explosion, a fire, or something else entirely—you may be wondering if you have a case with a burn injury attorney and what exactly you can claim for.
Read on to learn about the different types of burns to make sure you’re giving yourself the best chance of getting compensation.
What burn injuries can I claim?
There are many different types of burns, and each one can be treated differently.
Here’s a quick rundown of the different types of burn injuries you may be able to claim:
- Scalding by hot liquid – This can include burns caused by hot water or soup or spillage of hot food like coffee or soup. You can also claim for burns caused by steam or hot oil.
- Hot oil burns – You can claim for injuries caused by touching or spilling hot cooking oil.
- Chemical burns – You can claim if you’re injured through contact with chemicals such as bleach, paint stripper, and glue remover. These injuries are often severe and need immediate treatment at the hospital.
- Steam burns – You can claim if you’re burned after touching steam from a kettle or from an industrial process such as ironing clothes or washing dishes at work where there is no protection against steam burns and no way of controlling it properly (e.g., protective gloves).
- Heat and fire burns – This occurs when you’re exposed to extreme temperatures, such as from a fire.
- Electrical burns – This occurs when you come into contact with electricity that’s flowing through your body, or if you’re exposed to something like a lightning strike. It can also happen if you have something like a power surge in your home and the electricity goes through your body.
- Radiation burns – These are caused by exposure to high levels of radiation over a short period of time, like what happens during a nuclear explosion or exposure to high levels of ultraviolet light.
If you’ve been injured because of something someone did wrong (like not following health and safety rules) then you can make a personal injury claim. If this is the case, we recommend that you get legal advice before making a claim. This will help protect your rights and ensure the best possible outcome for your case.
Barbara Parson works at Los Angeles Product Liability. She has been involved with personal injury and burn injury lawsuits for the past twelve years and wants to share her knowledge with others.