The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) released a Statewide Burn Surge Plan (BSP) in April 2017 to provide a framework for response to a mass casualty burn disaster. The plan noted that Minnesota is home to two American Burn Association (ABA)-verified Burn Centers, Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC) in Minneapolis and Regions Hospital in St. Paul.
According to the ABA, 486,000 people suffered burn injuries requiring medical treatment in 2016. Burn injuries often cause very long-lasting physical and psychological problems for victims.
If you or your loved one suffered serious burn injuries because of an accident caused by another party’s negligence in Minnesota, it is in your best interest to contact JD Haas & Associates as soon as possible. Call (952) 345-1025 to take advantage of a free consultation.
Types of Burn Injuries in Minnesota
In general, burns are categorized into four groups:
- Thermal Burns — Caused by external heat sources like fire, hot liquids, or heated metals.
- Chemical Burns — Caused by alkalies, chemical solvents, or other strong acids.
- Electrical Burns — Caused by electrical current.
- Radiation Burns — Caused by exposure to radiation sources (including ultraviolet rays).
According to the Mayo Clinic, burn injuries are further classified into three degrees:
- First-Degree Burn — Burns affecting only the outer layer of a person’s skin (the epidermis). Most people recover in days.
- Second-Degree Burn — Burn affecting both the epidermis and the second layer of skin, the dermis. Pain can be remarkably intense with second-degree burns, and some may result in scarring.
- Third-Degree Burn — Burns that reach all the way to the fat beneath the skin.
Burn injuries can be the result of any one of a number of accidents. The most common cause is perhaps an explosion, whether it occurs in connection to a car accident or an accident within a person’s home.
Liability for the significant costs of treating burn injuries will often be determined by the type of accident that the victim was involved in. While a car accident will usually make the negligent driver liable, accidents that occur in homes or other buildings could make property owners financially responsible.
All victims will want to make sure to quickly retain legal counsel for these types of cases, because it may be possible that several parties bear responsibility for a victim’s injuries. For example, if an explosion was the result of a defective part, then victims may have possible product liability claims.
Similarly, a maintenance company could be held liable for failure to make proper repairs. The bottom line remains that victims will want to make sure that hire experienced burn injury attorneys capable of conducting independent investigations to determine all possible negligent parties.
Find a Burn Injury Attorney in Minnesota
Did you or your loved one suffer severe burn injuries in Minnesota as the result of another party’s negligence? You should not delay in seeking legal counsel.
JD Haas & Associates represents clients In communities all over the Bloomington area. Our lawyers can review your case and discuss all of your legal options when you call (952) 345-1025 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation.