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Burn Injuries

Fire, Explosion, Electrical, and Chemical Burn Accidents

According to the American Burn Association, nearly 500,000 people are treated for burn injuries every year. Victims of burns are often left with serious injuries that require painful and expensive medical treatment. Burns can cause swelling, blistering, infection, scarring, and in serious cases death.

Burn injuries come in many different forms and can be caused in several different ways. Depending on the severity and the cause, burn injuries can either be treated at home or require immediate emergency medical attention. Common causes of burn injuries include:

  • Fire or flames
  • Explosions
  • Scalding liquid
  • Hot surfaces
  • Electrical shock
  • Chemicals
  • Radiation

LIABILITY FOR BURN INJURIES

Burn injuries can occur almost anywhere and can be caused by a multitude of factors, including:

If your burn injury was caused by negligence on the part of an individual or company, you may choose to hire an attorney to help recover damages including past and future medical expenses, pain and suffering, and lost wages.

CLASSIFICATION OF BURN INJURIES

There are three classifications of burns: first, second, and third degree. Treatment for burn injuries is determined by the type of burn, severity of tissue damage, size of burn, and area of the body affected.

  • First-degree burns damage only the outer layer of skin, causing redness, swelling, and minor pain. These burns usually clear up in under a week. Sunburns are examples of first-degree burns.
  • Second-degree burns damage the outer layer and the layer underneath, causing red and white splotches, swelling, and blisters. Pain can be severe, and if the burn is deep, scarring may occur.
  • Third-degree burns cause damage into the fat layer below the skin, leaving the area white or black and causing nerve damage and numbness to the area.

Medical treatment should be sought after if you develop large blisters, signs of an infection, or significant scarring. Chemical, electrical, or burns that inhibit your ability to breathe are signs that medical attention is required. When in doubt, seek medical attention immediately.

BURN INJURY STATISTICS

The following information regarding burn injuries is provided by the American Burn Association (ABA):

  • In 2016, 486,000 people suffered burn injuries requiring medical attention.
    • 40,000 had burn injuries requiring hospitalization.
  • Over 60 percent of those hospitalized for a burn injury were sent to a burn center.
  • 3,275 people died due to fire or smoke inhalation.
    • Residential fires — 2,745 deaths
    • Vehicle crash fires — 310 deaths
    • Other sources — 220 deaths
  • Of those admitted into burn centers, 73 percent of burns occurred at home and eight percent were occupational.
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