Burns to children can be potentially very upsetting to everyone concerned. Children don’t always know how dangerous hot things can be. For example they wouldn’t know they shouldn’t touch a boiling hot kettle. They may not realise a saucepan sitting on a stove would be boiling hot either. This could cause significant burns if they pulled the handle down on themselves.
In reality there are a number of situations that could potentially occur where burns to children could result. While parents will do all they can to provide safe situations for their children to be in, there are situations they may not be able to do anything about. For example a café might offer to heat a child’s bottle in the microwave, even though this can be potentially dangerous and lead to a bottle that is too hot to use.
How serious can burns to children be?
As with adults, children can suffer burns that range from the very minor to the very severe. Minor burns can be treated at home but more serious ones should be seen by a doctor. In some cases more serious burns will lead to scarring. This could potentially cause problems later on if the child still has a lot of growing to do.
It is definitely worth assessing who might be to blame for the burn occurring in the first place as well. Here at Accident Advice Helpline there have been several instances where parents have got in touch after someone else caused their child to suffer one or more burns. Negligence may not always be to blame but each individual situation is different.
Burns don’t just occur from hot food or water
It is common enough to assume most burns occur as a result of coming into contact with these sources. However in some cases it is possible to receive burns from electrical outlets or other similar items. For example if your child gets hold of an electrical cord that is not properly maintained or frayed, this could incur an electrical burn.
In any case you should consider whether you might have cause to claim compensation on behalf of your child if they have suffered burns within the last three years. Accident Advice Helpline will provide you with the answers – just call us today for free on 0800 689 0500 to start things rolling in the right direction.
Date Published: June 18, 2015
Author: David Brown