Here are five useful tips to make sure that you preserve you legal claim to compensation after you suffer a burn injury when being exposed to or using a common device, such as pressure cooker, iron, etc:
1. Take pictures of your burns right after the incident, and then continue taking photos of the burned area every month or so, so that later you can show not only how bad the injury was but also how long it took to heal. If relevant, also take pictures of the device that caused your burn injury and the scene of the incident.
2. If you have residual scarring that's likely to be visible for years or forever, see a plastic surgeon and have him assess the need and the cost of any possible procedure to remove the scarring.
3. Keep a diary of all the ways in which your burn injury affected your life - from physical pain and difficulty sleeping to being self conscious about the marks on your body.
4. Do not throw away the device that caused your injury or any manuals/paperwork that came with it. This is particularly important in burn cases involving kitchen appliances, irons, etc.
5. If there are any witnesses to your burn injury, makes sure you get their contact information, so that you or your lawyer can later contact them and secure their statement about the events they witnessed. Witness statements are particularly important in cases where the defendants disputes that the incident even took place, let alone any responsibility for the burn injuries suffered.