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The American Burn Association estimates that as much as 450,000 burn victims get rushed to the emergency room every year. A whopping 3,400 cases of these burns are fatal.

You might receive compensation for your injuries if you or a loved one is a victim of any kind of burn. Before then, though, it is essential to know a few things about burn injuries.

Anyone can be a victim of burn injuries as long as chemicals, heat, specific liquids, and gases are involved. The following statistics give an overall snapshot of the real impact of burn injuries.

  • Children under the age of 10 are most commonly burned after getting scalded by hot water or food. These pediatric scalding burns occur as much as 200,000 times a year.
  • Every year, at least 250,000 children require urgent treatment and medication for burn injuries. Out of this number, 15,000 remain hospitalized while 1,100 die.
  • Out of the 3400 annual injury deaths in the US, 2550 are caused by house fires, while motor vehicle accidents cause 300 deaths. The other 550 cases are attributed to other causes.
  • Men are more likely to be burned. They account for as much as 64% or $4.8 billion of all medically treated burns in the US. By contrast, women account for just 36% or $2.7 billion.
  • Fatal burns cost as much as $3 billion every year, in treatment.

What Causes Burn Injuries?

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CDC, claims that fires or flames cause 44 % of burns. Fires and fire-related injuries stand out as the third most common cause of home deaths in the US. On average, a fire critically injures someone every 30 minutes. It kills someone every 2.5 hours. Further statistics reveal that:

  • Scalds from hot liquids cause 33 % of all burn injuries
  • 9% of burns can be directly attributed to direct contact with a heat source
  • 3% are chemical burns
  • 4% of all wounds can be attributed to electrical causes
  • 7% can result from other causes

As burn injury attorneys at Felice & Ehrlich, we have worked with thousands of victims of burns caused by:

  • Explosions
  • Chemical burns
  • Fires
  • Electrical burns
  • Defective products
  • Motorcycle accidents
  • Car accidents
  • Natural gas accidents
  • Arson

Dial (561) 250-0319 today so we can assist you in filing a suit and fighting for compensation.

Types of Burns and Treatments

The kind of burn inflicted on an individual depends on to main factors – time and temperature. Although your internal organs may suffer damage from a wound, they are often categorized by the extent of damage caused to the skin.

Categorization can be first degree, second degree, or third degree. Note too that sometimes degrees of burn can be referred to as either full-thickness burns or partial-thickness burns.

  • First Degree Burns – They are also referred to as partial-thickness burns. They are known to cause red, non-blistered skin and slight swelling. They heal in a few days and can be easily cared for at home unless there is a severe risk of infection.
  • Second Degree Burns – The other name for these burns is partial-thickness burns. They are caused when more than the first skin layer is damaged. They are often accompanied by blisters that can easily burst on their own. They take up to 3 weeks or even longer to heal.
  • Third Degree Burns –They are also referred to as full-thickness burns. The burns damage all skin layers and can even hurt internal organs and bones. Treating third-degree burns is costly as the burns also damage nerves to an extent where the victim can’t feel pain or any other sensation.

Burn Injury Complications

Burns can easily result in chronic scarring or even disfigurement. If not treated on time, a victim can suffer blood loss, tetanus, infections, shock, and in some cases, death.

Chemical and electrical burns are particularly severe because they can damage internal organs without any external symptoms.

Do not put up with the pain and trauma alone. Contact Felice & Ehrlich attorneys today so we can help you file a suit and get compensated.

Why Hire a Burn Injury Attorney?

Compensation after suffering a burn injury depends on many factors. For instance, if you were burned at work, you will most likely be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits. You can also file a suit against your employer.

If you were burned while visiting another establishment like a retail store, school, or restaurant, you might be able to sue the owner or the management. Such suits often involve negligence. This means you will have to prove that the establishment owner had a duty of care towards you but breached that duty, in the event you got hurt.

At Felice & Ehrlich, our attorneys have decades of experience helping victims of first, second, and third-degree burns. Contact us today at (561) 444-8822, to help you begin the process of seeking monetary compensation for lost wages, pain, suffering, and medical expenses.

 

 

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