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Boston, Massachusetts Fire and Burn Injuries Attorneys

There are three types of burns:

  • First-degree burns damage only the outer layer of skin
  • Second-degree burns damage the outer layer and the layer underneath
  • Third-degree burns damage or destroy the deepest layer of skin and tissues underneath

Burns can cause swelling, blistering, scarring, and, in serious cases, shock and even death. They also can lead to infections because they damage your skin’s protective barrier. Victims of fire accidents can suffer severe physical and emotional trauma, often requiring lengthy hospitalizations and lengthy periods of recovery. If you or someone close to you has been injured in a fire accident caused by the negligence or wrongdoing of another, it is important to have an experienced personal injury attorney on your side.

Causes of burn injuries and fire-related deathsi-fireandburninjuries

During 2010 in Massachusetts, there were 32,680 fires causing 34 deaths and 366 injuries. Sixty nine percent of the fire victims died in their homes, and more than one-third of the victims were over the age of 65.

The most common causes of burn injuries include:

  • Faulty electrical wiring or heating systems
  • Defective appliances or machinery
  • Gas explosions
  • Chemical leaks
  • Improper use of flammable materials in buildings
  • Fires at apartments, hotels, and other commercial buildings, particularly when smoke and fire detectors are not properly installed or maintained
  • Workplace accidents
  • Motor vehicle accidents

We understand that burn injuries may cause severe pain and suffering, emotional trauma, scars, disfigurement, and other significant hardships. Burn injuries are especially painful and can leave victims with steep bills for medical treatment, physical therapy, and rehabilitation. We will do everything in our power to help you obtain full and fair compensation for the injuries you have sustained. We are committed to pursuing maximum compensation for your injuries, including all medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages, and other forms of available relief.

No legal fee unless we obtain compensation for you

In fire and burn injury cases, and in all personal injury cases, we are pleased to represent you on a contingent-fee basis. This means that you do not pay us for legal services unless we obtain a financial recovery for you.

For advice about your options if you suffer burns from a fire caused by someone’s negligence, contact Sankey Law Offices at our Boston, Mansfield, or Braintree office. We will help you receive compensation for your injuries, property damage, and lost wages.


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