A child burn injury is among the most frightening, painful and life-threatening type of child injury that a young accident victim can experience. Burn injuries carry a high risk for secondary infections and associated health concerns, including shock and respiratory impairment.
If your child sustained a burn injury due to someone else’s negligence, such as babysitter or daycare worker not watching your child, they may be liable for your child’s injuries and the resulting medical treatment. Speaking to a child injury lawyer can help you determine your legal rights and options as well as what steps to take to recover compensation for your child’s burn injury.
Child Burn Injury Statistics
Statistics indicate that fire and heat-related burn accidents cause thousands of serious and life-threatening child injuries each year in the United States:
o Annually, 3,000 child deaths can be attributed to burn injuries and associated complications
o Child burn injuries are the second leading cause of death for U.S. children
o About 40,000 child burn victims are hospitalized each year
Types of Child Burn Injuries
Fire is not the sole cause of burn injuries in children. A burn can originate in a number of ways, including thermal, light, electrical, friction and/or chemical sources. A child may suffer from a first-degree, second-degree or third-degree burn. A third-degree burn is the most severe, as it causes permanent damage to the deepest layer of skin and surrounding tissues.
These injuries can result in minor damage, long term injuries, or life-long scarring. If the burn injury was severe, your child may require skin grafts and other expensive medical treatments to restore the damaged areas. Depending on the location of the burn, other injuries and infections may result and lead to other serious conditions.
You and your family should not have to go into debt if your child’s burn injuries were caused by a reckless or negligent caretaker. An experienced burn injury lawyer can help you determine the long-term costs associated with your child’s burn injuries, along with the emotional toll these injuries have caused, when you file a personal injury lawsuit against the responsible party.
Filing a Personal Injury Lawsuit After a Child Burn Injury
If your child’s burn injuries were caused by the negligent or malicious acts of an individual, manufacturer, business or organization, you and your child might be eligible to file for a personal injury lawsuit.
A personal injury lawsuit can provide much-needed funds for:
o hospital and medical bills
o physical therapy
o emotional and trauma counseling
o future medical costs related to the burn injuries
o pain and suffering
A child burn injury can have a devastating effect on your child’s life. You and your family should contact a child injury lawyer that has experience in handling child burn injury cases to help you to determine issues of liability in your child’s personal injury case.