Burn Injuries: Learning from Others


Experience can be the best teacher. After all, experiencing something for ourselves is frequently the best way to remember what to do and how to do it. Many of life’s best lessons can be learned this way, and these valuable learning experiences stay with us for the rest of our lives. But there are some lessons we do not want to learn from experience. Having our children suffer a serious burn is one of those experiences we’d rather avoid.

Burns remain one of the most common of household injuries, especially among children. Children lack the necessary safety skills and knowledge to keep themselves safe. There are three kinds of common household burns. These types, and the most common causes, are:

  • Flame burns, which are most commonly caused by playing with matches or cigarette lighters, or from fireplaces
  • Scalds, which are most commonly caused by accidents in the kitchen or the bathtub
  • Electrical burns, which are most commonly caused by household outlets or household electronics

We must be very careful to teach our children how to be safe around household objects which can cause burns, and we must also do what we can to limit our children’s access to these items. Good parenting can drastically reduce the chances our child suffers a serious burn.

Unfortunately, good parenting alone cannot protect our children. There are too many dangers outside the home, or in other people’s homes. If you or your child has suffered a burn due to another’s negligence, it is important that you contact a qualified attorney. Negligence often goes unreported and unaddressed, and more people are injured if someone doesn’t stand up and do the right thing.