Electrical Burns Can Be Serious – Even Deadly
Electrical burns occur when an electric current passes through a child’s body. These burns can damage organs or tissues, or simply just burn the body. The most common causes deal with electrical outlets, electrical cords, power lines and batteries but they can also occur in conjunction with lightning events and poorly manufactured or distributed toys.
If your child was injured as the result of an electrical burn, it may have been due to a defective product or the negligence of someone who was supervising the child. In those cases, it may be appropriate to speak with an experienced child injury attorney to find out what your options are, especially if you are facing exorbitant medical costs as a result.
The child burn injury attorneys at The Law Offices of Gerald J Noonan have years of experience serving communities in Massachusetts in personal injury cases like these. We’ve dedicated ourselves to helping families obtain justice in these circumstances. Contact us today for a free consultation to discuss what some of your options are—we’re here to help.
Symptoms of Electrical Burns
Electrical burns can cause many of the same symptoms as other types of burns, and then some. They can be especially frightening because children who fall victim to them, in addition to having the burn on their skin, will sometimes also have an abnormally fast heartbeat, reddish or black urine, problems maintaining balance, dizziness and/or memory issues, seizures, trouble breathing, and may even bleed from their mouth.
In some cases the electrical burn might not even leave a mark on the skin. Experiencing a child electrical burn is nothing short of truly frightening, and yet they are somewhat common, especially given how curious young children are when it comes to electrical outlets and electricity in general.
Defective Products, Negligence & Liability
It is also important to note that these types of burns aren’t just the result of innocent exploration; there are a significant number of instances where toys have injured children and caused electrical burns, especially those toys that require being plugged in in order to operate. Like other burns, your child suffering from an electrical burn can be the result of an adult supervisor or caregiver who was behaving negligently (or intentionally), or as the result of a defective product (or one that lacked the proper warning labels), or a combination of both. In any of these circumstances, those involved in the injury, whether directly or indirectly, can be held liable for negligence and/or product liability. This includes anyone involved in the chain of distribution, such as the seller (i.e. not just the manufacturer).
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If your child has suffered as the result of an electrical burn, you likely have many questions. After your child has received proper medical care, it might make sense to sit down with an experienced attorney so that you know what your rights are.
At The Law Offices of Gerald J Noonan, our experienced child injury lawyers have decades of experience obtaining justice for families like yours, and we’re here to help. Contact us today for a free consultation, and we’ll sit down and discuss your options with you.
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