Scalding causes largest share of burn injuries in Massachusetts

Suffering from a severe burn can prove to be absolutely life changing. In addition to the initial pain from the injury, individuals dealing with severely burned skin often have to go through the process of grafting. While burn injury treatment can be successful, scars from this type of injury may never disappear.

Generally speaking, there may be a tendency to associate most burn injuries with fires. While this is certainly a way many people are burned, a recent release from Massachusetts public safety officials notes that the most common burn injury in the state is actually hot-liquid burns sustained by children under the age of 5.

Scalding injuries can be caused by a variety of substances, including hot beverages, boiling water, hot oil and steam. The Massachusetts Burn Injury Reporting System indicates that 46 percent of burn injuries in 2012 involved scalding liquids injuring young children.

Unfortunately, many of these injuries are caused by hot liquids falling off of a countertop or stovetop, but there are a number of other scenarios in which scalding injuries might be caused. For example, those who work in the food-service industry are frequently exposed to hot liquids and oil. If a person suffers an on-the-job burn injury, it may be possible to seek workers’ compensation as they would after other types of workplace accidents.

In the immediate wake of a severe burn injury, seeking treatment is obviously the top priority. The reality, however, is that medical expenses can add up very fast. In order to ease the burden of medical bills and focus on getting better, it may be helpful to see what legal options are available to burn victims.

Source:, “Hot liquid scalds is the leading cause of burns,” Feb. 1, 2014