In 1984 Michael Jackson was filming a Pepsi commercial when the closing pyrotechnics display went off too early, while Jackson was still on the stage. As his head caught fire, the flames singed the hair off the crown of Jackson’s head. He suffered 2nd degree burns on his face and scalp.
This incident illustrates several aspects of serious burns, from the speed at which serious damage can be accidentally inflicted to the pain that often lingers long after the tissue has healed. Since Michael Jackson’s death in 2009 many identify this incident as a turning point in Jackson’s career, based on theories that he became addicted to pain killers as a result of this accident.
Although most of us aren’t filming commercials with pyrotechnic special effects, there are countless opportunities to become burned or scalded in day-to-day life. Common occurrences include:
- House Fires
- Motor Vehicle Fires
- Scalding Hot Liquids Spilled or Splashed
- Chemical & Thermal Burns
- Workplace and Construction Site Accidents
- Boating Collisions or Engine Fires
- Accidents Aboard a Cruise Ship
Serious burns can be internal or external and also result from less ordinary events, such as:
- Serious Industrial Accidents
- Gasoline Spills & Explosions
- Electrical Burns
- Inhaling Smoke or Toxic Chemicals
- Injuries Due to Product Defects
Connecting your accident to the responsible party is central to pleading your catastrophic injury case. By identifying and working with subject-matter experts—including critical care surgeons, burn reconstruction specialists and psychiatrists—Lipcon, Margulies, Alsina & Winkleman’s personal injury attorneys have developed highly effective methods for representing victims of catastrophic burns.
Take advantage of our expertise in this area of the law, whether the incident happened on land or at sea. Arrange for your free legal consultation by calling us at 877-233-1238.