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Chicago child and mother receive personal injuries in South Side fire

A local boy – only five years old – and his mother received critical personal injuries in a Chicago fire that started in the boy’s home on the South Side of the city of Chicago in the West Englewood neighborhood. The child was rescued by Chicago firefighters and taken to Comer Children’s Hospital with severe burns and smoke inhalation. He is in critical condition and was transferred to the University of Chicago Medical Center’s burn unit. His mother’s condition has since stabilized. A Chicago police officer was also treated for smoke inhalation injuries. The family reported that they had no idea what started the fire.

Burn injuries always make Chicago injury lawyers question what could have been done to prevent the injuries. According to the American Burn Association, 1.1 million burn injuries require medical attention yearly. Seriously burned patients, like the Chicago child, often need expert medical attention to deal with the long-term physical and psychological affects of their burn injuries. Our Chicago burn injury lawyers understand that goals after such injuries are to make sure that the suffering is not exacerbated by lost wages or unpaid medical bills. We have successfully handled numerous burn injury cases and recovered millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements for our clients, including a $2.3 million settlement for a family whose two young children suffered severe burns and whose third child was killed in a fire that broke out in a Chicago Housing Authority building.

Read more about the child victim’s Chicago burn injuries at Chicago Tribune.