Burn victims often suffer two-fold, once from the initial pain and scarring, and secondly after the wounds heal and their body is left permanently changed. Because the skin is probably the least considered organ, it’s not uncommon for burn victims to be unaware of the future care they may require as a direct result of their injury.
Often damaged and burned skin is more susceptible to dehydration which can cause severe irritability and itchiness, but can also leave victims more prone to disease and infection. Sometimes burns can be so thick that they can create dense patches of dead and almost immoveable skin.
One of the non-life-threatening side effects of a burn injury is the change in the victim’s overall appearance. An image driven public can be less than empathetic, causing burn victims to feel unduly scrutinized and judged in society. This type of treatment can lead to severe emotional duress especially in children and younger victims.
Theories of law regarding burn cases
Negligence: Negligence is the failure to exercise the care that a reasonably prudent person would exercise in like circumstances. For example, a customer who is burned may have a negligence claim against the owner of the premises for failing to safeguard against such conditions that caused the burn.
Product liability. This area of law includes holding which manufacturers, distributors, and even suppliers responsible when someone is injured while adequately handling their product. This could include a poorly made handle on a saucepan that falls off and causes hot liquid to spill on a victim.
If you or someone you know has been burned as a direct result of a faulty product or someone else’s negligence, here is what you should do. First, gather any and all information you can. Take pictures of the area, obtain witnesses, and be sure to make a formal written complaint with the business. Second, it is important to have photographs that document the extent of your burns on day to day basis. Make sure to take identifiable pictures that show your face with the date depicted in the picture. Evidence like this goes a long way in helping you recover and obtain maximum compensation.
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