Burn Injuries to Children


Over the years our firm has handled a variety of legal cases involving serious burn injuries to children. These cases can be extremely tragic and some of the cases we have handled have involved the death of young children due to defective products inside a home which caught on fire. We have handled burn cases where children were injured in automobile accidents, where they were injured in motels, where they were injured and burned as a result of medical malpractice, where they were injured by defective unsafe clothing which caught on fire all too readily and/or sustained chemical burns due to unsafe products. In short, there are many different contexts in which a burn injury can occur involving a child and, of course, safety is always paramount when it comes to these types of situations. Regrettably, many products are flammable and are defective and unsafe which can result in serious injury or wrongful death.

According to the United States Fire Administration, each year, there are approximately 3,700 deaths and close to 20,000 fire related injuries. Many legal cases involving burn injuries to children are entirely preventable. As stated, such cases can arise because of a defective space heater, for example, in a closed, confined area which catches on fire and causes serious injury or wrongful death to a child that is unable to escape the fire. If electrical or mechanical equipment is improperly installed or maintained, a fire can result and children oftentimes are the victims of such preventable negligence.

For those lucky enough to survive a fire, the treatment of a burn injury can be extremely expensive, not to mention extremely painful and emotionally traumatic. Some burn victims are horribly burned and the consequences of preventable negligence can last a lifetime. Obviously, specialists have to be involved in the care of burn wounds and when children are involved, these injuries can be heartbreaking and life altering. Thus, in the context of a preventable burn injury to a child, resort to the legal process may be necessary in order to provide for a lifetime of medical care associated with the injury.

If there is a defective product or some other act of negligence which results in the injury to the child, a burn injury victim through his or her parents may be entitled to compensation for the medical expenses and the pain and suffering attendant to a burn injury ordeal. Because most plaintiff lawyers work on a contingent fee basis, typically such cases can be handled without the client having to pay up front for legal representation. Sometimes the immediate cause of an unexplained fire may be unknown and parents may not even know they have a products liability claim or claims for an unsafe condition caused by the negligence of a third party. This is why, in some cases, parents may wish to confer with legal counsel when in doubt.

If you or any member of your family is the victim of a burn injury and need representation by a firm who has handled burn injuries to both children and adults, please feel free to call on of our attorneys at our toll free number 1-800-228-9159.

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About Richard Hendrix

Richard W. Hendrix is a former state and federal prosecutor who has more than 30 years of experience in complex civil and criminal litigation. He has also served as a mediator in Alternative Dispute Resolutions (ADR).

Since joining Finch McCranie in 1985, Mr. Hendrix has built an extensive litigation practice focusing on wrongful death and serious personal injury cases as well as federal white collar criminal defense cases. He has successfully represented injured parties in personal injury cases throughout the state of Georgia. Mr. Hendrix has also effectively defended business and individuals, including a former US Congressman, against indictments and grand jury investigations. In 2006 and 2008-2012, he was selected to Georgia Super Lawyers.

He is admitted to practice in Georgia and South Carolina. Mr. Hendrix is licensed to appear before the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia and the District of South Carolina as well as the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, Fifth Circuit, and Eleventh Circuit.

From 1979-1985, Mr. Hendrix served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia. He was also Associate Independent Counsel for the investigation of the Department of Housing and Urban Development from 1991-1992.

Mr. Hendrix graduated with cum laude honors from Davidson College and he received his law degree from Emory University. Since 1992, Mr. Hendrix has been an Adjunct Professor of Litigation at Georgia State University College of Law. He is also a Master of the Bench with the Lamar American Inn of Court where he works to enhance the professional, ethics and skills of the legal community.

Mr. Hendrix has also authored numerous articles including: “High Speed Police Chases and Injured Innocent By-Standers,” The Verdict (Summer, 2015) “Tolling the Statute of Limitations in Tort Cases for Victims of a Crime,” The Verdict (Fall, 2007); “A Refresher On the Federal Tort Claims Act,” The Verdict (Winter, 1999); “Rule 16 and the Jencks Act: A Need for Legal Reform,” Calendar Call (Winter, 1996); “Corporate Criminal Liability: The Need for Effective Compliance Programs,” South Carolina Lawyer (March/April, 1993); “Crossing State Lines in Wrongful Death Actions: Traps for the Unwary,” The Verdict (Fall, 1990); and “White Collar Crime: New Tools for Prosecution,” The Atlanta Lawyer (Summer, 1986)