Burn injuries are some of the most painful injuries and can be caused in a variety of ways: motor vehicle collisions, workplace accidents, fire, explosion, arson, intentional harm, faulty consumer products, steam, hot water, hot coffee or gross negligence. An example of gross negligence may be a consumer product that can be easily exposed to a flame but not being subjected to an industrial burn test before sale.
The severity of a burn is measured in degrees:
- 1st-degree burn – damage to the first layer of skin called epidermis
- 2nd-degree burn – damage to 1st and 2nd layer of skin dermis and the epidermis
- 3rd-degree burn – damage to the entire thickness of epidermis and dermis
- 4th-degree burn – damage has moved beyond dermis and epidermis
Higher settlements are awarded for burn injuries due to pain, disfigurement and permanent scarring. Serious burn injuries often require multiple surgeries or skin grafts to restore affected areas and may further worsen beyond the initial injury. The settlements for burn injuries take into account the severity of the burn, the area of the burn, how the injury occurred and the intent of the defendant who caused the burn and their capacity to pay. However, in the case of burn injuries being caused in a motor vehicle collision or workplace, different accountability may be considered.
The claim is calculated based on the medical expenses, loss of income and other impacts from the injury including emotional pain due to scarring or disfigurement. Workplace injuries resulting in burns may have different settlements based on the findings from the labour department; however, it is important for the victims to immediately contact a lawyer to receive settlement.
At Horowitz Injury Law, we advocate for you to recover the benefits and the compensation you deserve. We will help you to understand your rights, case elements, and other relevant matters in your claim to prepare for the outcome.
If you or a loved one has sustained burn injuries at the fault of someone else, contact Horowitz Injury Law at 416-925-4100 for a free consultation or visit our website at www.horowitzinjurylaw.com.