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2 Boy Scouts have to live with scars after severe burn injuries

When one's children are in the care of an organization, one would expect that they will be safe. Organizers of events for children are responsible for providing proper supervision to prevent incidents that could cause injuries. Texas parents of boys who are members of the Boy Scouts may be interested in the fate of two boys in another state who recently landed in the hospital after suffering burn injuries that may leave them with the scars for life.

Not many details were available, but it was reported that one 11-year old and one 15-year old Boy Scout were attending a craft project presented by the organization. Fire officials said the boys were using aluminum cans to build a small camp stove. While under adult supervision, the boys mixed flammable chemicals to fuel the stove. It was apparently during this process that an explosion or flash fire occurred.

The boys were rushed to an area hospital but were subsequently flown to a burn center. It was reported that their injuries were classified as second-degree burn injuries. According to fire officials, the upper torsos, faces, necks and extremities of the boys were burned, and they described the affected areas as 36 percent to 42 percent of their upper bodies.

Although no charges were apparently filed at the time, the parents of the boys have the right to pursue compensation for medical expenses. Severe burn injuries may require extensive treatment including skin grafts to reduce scars, and the financial implications can be devastating. Whenever a person suffers injuries that occurred as the result of another party's negligence in Texas, a personal injury claim may be filed in a Texas civil court. A successfully presented claim may lead to compensation for past and future medical expenses that were brought about by the incident.

Source: wbtv.com, "Boys burned after making 'homemade sterno' during Boy Scouts outing", April 2, 2015

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