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An Introduction to Burn Injuries and National Burn Awareness Week

Everyone has suffered a burn injury at some point in their life. Generally, while painful, the burns suffered are relatively minor, perhaps resulting in a blister that will heal within a few days. However, in more severe cases, burns can result in infection, permanent scarring, deep tissue damage, nerve damage, and even death.

In support of the National Burn Awareness Week, Thomas J. Henry will be running an online awareness campaign featuring blogs on types of burn injuries, treatment, and prevention.

What is National Burn Awareness Week?

National Burn Awareness Week is observed during the first full week of February and is an opportunity for safety experts to educate the public on burn awareness, prevention, and methods of treatment.

While fire safety and burn prevention campaigns are generally something we associate with children and parents, adults without children should not exclude themselves as every demographic can benefit from the information presented.

Over the course of the week, our blog will include entries meant to raise awareness and help prevent life-altering burn injuries. Among items that will be covered are the different types of burn injuries, the different severities, at-risk demographics, and different methods of treatment and prevention.

Why is National Burn Awareness Week Important?

As mentioned above, we have all suffered a burn injury at some point in our life. What many of us often fail to realize is just how lucky we are that our injuries were minor.

Serious burn injuries result in more than just physical pain. The traumas of a serious burn injury combined with the scarring and disfigurement that can result from such an incident take an emotional and psychological toll as well.

Combine that with the fact that serious burn injuries are much more prevalent than many of us may believe, and you’ll begin to understand why National Burn Awareness Week is observed.

How Common Are Serous Burn Injuries?

  • According to the American Burn Association, about 450,000 patients receive hospital treatment for burns every year. Keep in mind that this excludes burn injuries treated in clinics, private medical offices, or community health centers.
  • Roughly 3,400 deaths occur due to burn injuries per year.
  • According to the Centers for Disease control and Prevention, burns and fires are the 3rd leading cause of death in the home.
  • Scalding is most common in children under 4 years old responsible for 200,000 injuries per year.
  • 50% of scalds result from spilled food and drinks, and the other 50% are typically from hot tap water; irons; stoves; and heaters.
  • 250,000 children per year under 17 seek medical attention for burn injuries
  • Approximately 15,000 children require hospital treatment after burn injuries
  • Roughly 1,100 children per year die from fires and burn injuries
  • Out of the 3,400 U.S burn injury deaths per year:
    • 2,550 deaths are due to residential fires
    • 300 of the deaths are due to vehicle crashes
    • 550 of the deaths are due to multiple other causes such as scalding, flames, smoke inhalation, and electricity

Have You Suffered a Serious Burn Injury?

If you or a loved one have been the victim of a severe burn injury, contact Thomas J. Henry immediately. Our experience burn injury lawyers are available to assist you. If you sustained your burn injury due to the negligence of an individual or company, you may be entitled to collect damages for medical costs, lost wages from missing work, future earnings, and more. We will handle your case with care and ensure that you are in the best position to achieve the real results you deserve.

Our firm has offices in Corpus ChristiSan Antonio, Austin, and Houston, serving clients across Texas and nationwide. Contact us today for a free case review.


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