Accidents and Burn Injuries

You’re in the kitchen, stirring a pot of pasta on the stove, when the phone rings or your child bursts in to impatiently ask when dinner will be ready. While dealing with the distraction, you forget the stove is on and lean your hand against the surface . . . ouch! 

If this has happened to you, you’re not alone. Everyone has minor burn mishaps from time to time and luckily, the injuries are usually minor and easily treatable.  Other times, however, burn injuries are far worse than minor cooking mistakes.

Types of Burn Injuries

A burn is a type of injury that occurs when the skin and below tissues are damaged.  There are three main categories of burns:

  • First degree, the mildest type. First degree burns usually cause redness or slight swelling, but do not generally lead to scarring or blisters.
  • Second degree burns, which result from damage to the epidermis.
  • Third degree burns, which damages both the epidermis and the layer of skin below it. These kinds of burns can cause discoloration of the skin and might destroy nerve endings or hair follicles.

There are burns beyond third degree, which involve damage to bones, tendons, and ligaments. These kinds of injuries are generally fatal.

Burns and Accidents

Along with serious physical damage, burns can also lead to emotional injuries. For example, if someone suffers from facial burns, they could experience feelings of self-consciousness over their appearance. This could lead to a withdrawal from previously enjoyed activities or tensions with spouses, family members, or friends. This can also lead to mental health issues like depression and anxiety. Due to emotional suffering, burns can have an impact even as the initial physical pain begins to heal.

While many burns do result from simple accidents, they can also result from the reckless or negligent actions of others. Burns can be the result of car or motorcycle accidents, as the collision might expose victims to dangerous conditions like heated metal. In a workplace setting, employees could suffer burns due to chemical exposure, defective equipment, or improper safety procedures. Burns can also be the result of a defective product, like a tee shirt made out of flammable material.

When a burn injury is the result of a workplace issue, car accident, defective product, or anything else caused by another party’s negligence, the injured person might be able to find compensation for their injuries.

Who is Liable for a Burn Injury?

For someone to hold another person liable for their burn injury, they must prove that the other party’s negligence was responsible for their injury. For example, if a fast food restaurant knowingly heated their coffee to an excessive temperature, they might be liable for a patron’s burn injury. On the other hand, if someone was burned because they were not properly wearing an oven mitt, that would likely not be the responsibility of the oven mitt manufacturer.

Burn injuries have the potential to be painful, disfiguring, and life-changing, and when they occur as a result of someone else’s negligence, it’s important to seek compensation.


The attorneys at Perenich, Caulfield, Avril & Noyes represent those involved in car accidents, motorcycle accidents, bicycle accidents, pedestrian accidents, and other types of personal injury matters. Our firm is one of the oldest personal injury law firms in Tampa Bay. There are no attorneys’ fees or costs unless we prevail for you. Call our office 24 hours a day at 727-796-8282 or simply click here to schedule a free case consultation.

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