Suffered Serious Burn Injuries?
Everyone has suffered a burn before. Usually it’s a minor burn, like a sun burn for Northwest folks who are not used to a lot of sunshine. But serious burn injuries are a whole other matter. In fact, they are traumatic. Burn accident victims suffer chronic pain, infections, scarring and in some cases, even amputation. If you are a burn injury victim whose injuries were caused by someone else’s negligence, you need an experienced burn injury lawyer.
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Common Causes of Burn Injuries
Over half a million citizens go to our nation’s emergency rooms with burn injuries every year. According to the American Burn Association (ABA), in the United States, 94% of burn victims do survive their burn accidents. However, they also suffer excruciating pain, long-lasting physical and emotional challenges.
Why are there so many burn victims in our country? According to the ABA, here’s the breakdown on the causes of burn injuries:
- 46 % – direct contact with fire or flames
- 32% – scald burns caused by steam, boiling water, spilled coffee, etc.
- 10% – suffer chemical burns due to acids, lye, paint thinner, and gasoline
- 8 % — contact with hot objects like pans, glass baking dishes, and tanning bed sunburns
- 4% — electrical burns
The ABA does not report on domestic violence, but burns caused by abusers are one of the most extreme and life-changing events. Sadly, abusers are known to use cigarettes, acid, and gasoline, to hurt their victims with. Also abusers are oftentimes arsonists, setting their partner’s homes on fire.
What You Should Know About the Different Kinds of Burns
Most people do not know that there are many kinds of burns, and many ways to sustain serious burn injuries. It’s one thing if you cause your own burn. It’s wholly another matter if you are seriously burned due to someone else’s negligence.
Some important things to know about the different kinds of burns include the following:
Thermal burns happen when you are exposed to high levels of fiery heat. For example, some victims are burned in a house fire set by an arsonist, or caused by a landlord’s negligence.
There are four levels of thermal burns: 1st degree, 2nd degree, 3rd degree and 4th degree. A first-degree burn is minor and heals with time. But the remaining three burn levels require immediate medical care. This is because thermal burns travel through each layer of the body – skin, muscle and bone. They cause scarring, infection and even loss of limb or life.
Electric burns are incredibly and undeniably dangerous. Electricity flows through the whole body in milliseconds! The unwitting victim suffers electrical burns throughout the whole body almost immediately. In truth, electrical burns cause catastrophic injuries, even loss of life. Most electrical burns are caused by faulty wiring or defective products like household appliances or power tools. Some electrical burns are caused by lightning strikes.
Yes, extreme cold causes serious burns. Extreme cold causes the skin to freeze, which results in serious body damage. Cold burns are commonly known as frostbite, and, when severe enough, frostbite causes loss of limbs.
Everyday household chemicals as well as workplace hazardous chemicals cause extreme burn damages and injuries. For example, bleach causes a chemical burn when contacts your skin, or your lungs if you breathe in the fumes. Always wash chemicals off your skin, as soon as it comes into contact with your body. If you do not get the chemical off quickly, it causes severe damage, such as vision loss, if it gets in your eyes.
Many people forget that friction causes serious burn injuries. Road rash is a leading example of severe friction burn. Serious road rash leads to scarring, infection, limb loss, and loss of life.
Sun burns are, in fact, radiation burns. While sunburns are usually accidental burn injuries, x-ray radiation burns are not. X-ray radiation burns are caused by someone’s negligence. For example, a cancer patient whose treated with x-ray therapies can be severely burned and deeply scarred. This is human negligence, because the patient was not properly monitored by the x-ray technician. This is considered medical malpractice.
Compensation For Your Burn Injury
As you can see, there are a broad range of burn injuries. Some are minor while others are completely devastating and life-changing. Claims compensation will depend on the kind of burn you suffer, and the severity of your burn injury accident.
One thing to know: if your burn accident happened due to someone else’s negligence, you are eligible for compensation for the following damages:
- Cost of past and future medical treatment and rehabilitation
- Lost wages during your treatment and recovery
- Disfigurement due to scarring or loss of limbs
- Inability to return to gainful employment
- Physical pain and mental anguish
In addition, if the party responsible for your burn injury acted in a particularly reckless fashion, the court may award you punitive damages as well.
No Coverage, No Fee – Contact Premier Law Group Burn Injury Attorneys
Premier Law Group burn injury attorneys never charge a fee for our services until we achieve fair compensation for you, our client. We know that burn injuries morph into other catastrophic illnesses and injuries. They continue to hurt victims for years to come. That’s why we help you find the best medical care to guide you through recovery. We focus on gathering accident details and data, to give you the time and energy to focus on your health. Our goal is to get you fair compensation from the people who caused your injuries.
Don’t sign off on an insurance claim until you talk with us. Focus on healing, and let your lawyer collect evidence and handle the claim details.
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