Choose An Experienced Massachusetts Burn Injury Lawyer
Each year, 2.4 million burn injuries are reported in Massachusetts and across the country. Many individuals suffer permanent scarring and handicap while others lose their lives to injuries.
Burn injuries can result from negligence, defective products, fires, hot liquid scalds, gas explosions, occupational accidents, laser treatments, electrical burns and other causes. Victims may require extensive physical rehabilitation, forcing them to stop working temporarily or permanently. Burn injuries can have a life-long impact. If you or a loved one has been injured, it is critical to find a skilled Boston attorney who can help you investigate and obtain monetary damages.
At Breakstone, White & Gluck of Boston, we have 100 years combined experience securing awards for personal injury and burn injury clients. We have the experience, expertise and resources to handle the most complex claims. To learn more about our success for clients, please visit our Case Results page.
Construction workers, roofers and truck drivers transporting flammable materials face a high risk for burn injuries. Construction workers operate equipment which may not be properly maintained and often work in confined spaces. Roofers face risks from the hot tar they use to adhere shingles. Employers have an obligation to ensure employees are working in safe conditions, including keeping equipment maintenance logs, not working too many hours and making sure the job site is safe.
Gas explosions result in serious injuries and death. Some of the most severe burn injuries occur because victims are trapped inside a building or equipment.
Natural gas explosions and propane gas explosions have been deadly in Massachusetts. The Merrimack Valley gas explosions of 2018 ultimately claimed two lives and caused more than a billion dollars of property damage to homes and businesses in Lawrence and Andover. Utility companies are responsible for maintaining their natural gas pipelines and equipment. As in Merrimack Valley, gas explosions can result when a company fails to maintain a pipeline. Utility companies have additional responsibilities to ensure public safety, including to investigate complaints promptly and manage sub-contractors. At Breakstone, White & Gluck, our lawyers have extensive experience representing those injured and killed by a utility company's negligent acts.
Young Children and Scalding Injuries
Scalding liquid - such as coffee or hot water - cause many burn injuries each year. Children are a frequent victim and the setting can be at home, in a daycare or a business.
Burn Injuries from Entrapment
Individuals injured or killed in fires may be entrapped by someone else's failure to care for a property or maintain adequate fire exits. This is a high risk in apartment complexes as landlords looking to increase profits may section off rooms. Massachusetts property owners have an obligation to maintain a safe environment, whether it is a workplace, nightclub, restaurant or apartment building. They - along with other parties - may be held liable if someone is injured and they were negligent.
Automobile Accident Burn Injuries
Drivers and passengers frequently suffer burn injuries in motor vehicle accidents. In addition, car fires and burn injuries can result from mechanical problems or manufacturer's defect. Because a car fire can leave extensive damage and serious injury, a thorough investigation is required to determine the source, even if it appears obvious.
Who is Liable in Case of Burn Injury?
When someone suffers a burn injury, they may be entitled to file a claim against the responsible party. This may be the person or company which started a fire or failed to maintain safe premises.
Claims can be brought against a number of parties, depending on the facts which come out of an investigation. When a fire occurs in a home, restaurant, nightclub or workplace, a property owner and those involved in property maintenance may be liable.
In addition to caring for the property, the owner has an obligation to keep all entrances accessible in case of emergency. Car fires and car explosions causing injury are typically covered under the driver's automobile insurance policy. In some cases, it may be necessary to file a lawsuit against the manufacturer or other contractors involved in the vehicle's maintenance and repair.
Choosing a Massachusetts Burn Injury LawyerIf you or a family member have a burn injury, the most important step is to seek medical care at a hospital or specialized burn treatment center.
Then, contact an experienced Massachusetts burn injury lawyer. Since 1992, Breakstone, White & Gluck has been successfully obtaining compensation for personal injury clients.
A Statute of Limitations applies in your case. Act immediately to protect your rights. Please call us at 617-723-7676, or toll free at 1-800-379-1244 for a free consultation.