Representing Victims of Burn Injury: Don’t Get Burned a Second Time
By Attorney Eric J. Parker
Parker Scheer LLP – Boston Trial Attorneys
Among all categories of traumatic injury, perhaps none involves more pain and a wider range of consequences for victims than that of severe burns. For this reason, when selecting a personal injury lawyer to represent you or a family member in connection with a claim involving serious burn injuries, it is essential that the attorney or law firm you select have significant experience in this complex area of personal injury litigation.
Burn injuries can result from a variety of causes, including explosions, fire, chemical contact, nuclear radiation, scalding liquids, and contact with high-voltage electric lines, to name a few. Aside from the more obvious consequences of burn injuries, which can include severe pain, infection, scarring, disfigurement, and loss of limbs, burn victims also report a broad range of psychological injuries. The ability of a personal injury attorney to identify all areas of physical and emotional harm suffered by the burn victim should be a key factor in your selection process.
Claims for burn injuries have causes as varied as the injuries themselves. Cases handled by Parker Scheer attorneys include adults and children burned or killed as a result of defective products, including electrical equipment explosions, defective citronella candles, exposed electrical wiring and unprotected heating radiators. Our Boston law firm also handled the case of an elderly nursing home resident that suffered severe burns resulting from the accidental spill of a commercial coffee urn.
In contrast with recoveries associated with other forms of traumatic injury, burn injuries frequently require lengthy recovery periods. For example, burn injury victims often suffer from secondary infection at both the burn site and donor (graft) sites, requiring additional in-patient hospitalization and antibiotic therapy, as well as long-term physical, occupational and vocational therapy. Burn victims also report myriad emotional problems resulting from their burn injuries and treatment, including chronic pain-induced depression, facial and body-wide scarring and disfigurement, night terrors and other sleep disorders.
When choosing an lawyer in Massachusetts to represent you or a family member in connection with a claim for burn-related injuries, be sure they have significant hands-on experience in burn-related injury litigation.
For more information about burn injury claims that have been successfully resolved by Parker Scheer LLP, contact us.
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About Attorney Eric J. Parker
Eric J. Parker is the Managing Partner and co-founder of the Boston-based trial firm Parker Scheer LLP, with offices in Massachusetts and Nevada. Mr. Parker has 20 years of active experience as one of Massachusetts’ leading civil trial lawyers, and holds the highest peer-review rating awarded to any attorney for professional skill and ethics. Mr. Parker is a member of the American Association for Justice (formerly the Association of Trial Lawyers of America), as well as the American, Massachusetts, and Boston Bar Associations. Mr. Parker is an elected member of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA; Elected Vice President, Massachusetts Chapter, January 2007), and is a certified member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum. In 2007, Mr. Parker was appointed to the Editorial Board of Massachusetts Lawyer Weekly, the leading weekly legal newspaper serving the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Mr. Parker has been named a Massachusetts Super Lawyer by the publishers of Boston Magazine, every year since the distinction was first created. Mr. Parker’s legal practice focuses on plaintiff-oriented tort litigation, including product liability, motor vehicle tort, medical and dental malpractice, premises liability claims, workplace sexual harassment and assault, aviation-related injuries, and wrongful death. Mr. Parker is a Graduate of Vassar College and received his Juris Doctor degree from Suffolk University Law School. In addition to his legal practice, Mr. Parker is also an FAA Certified Private Pilot, and was a founding member of the Board of Trustees of the Media And Technology Charter High School (MATCH) located in Boston (Chairman 2001-2005), the goal of which is to provide inner city high school students with a successful college education.