Burn injuries are among the most common injuries, but a majority of them is minor and treatable at home. These are mostly injuries sustained while cooking or even lighting a cigarette. However, some injuries are serious.
According to the American Burn Association, 450,000 people got burn injuries severe enough to require medical treatment in the US in 2013. There are 127 burn centers were more than 60% of these injuries were treated. The 4,500 hospitals that supplied acute care report less than 3 admissions a year. Among these are the 2,550 deaths from residential fires, 400 from electric shock and hot objects or liquids, 150 from non-residential fires, and 300 from vehicular accidents. Some of these deaths are attributed to smoke inhalation rather than burn injuries.
The most common causes of serious burns are explosions and fires. As pointed out on the website of Pohl & Berk, LLP, these may be due to the negligence of a third party such as a defective mechanism in a gas container or a vehicle defect. However, this can be hard to prove without help.
Burn victims often succumb to complications arising from their injuries. While third degree burns (involvement of all skin layers as well as the blood stream, bone and major organs) carry higher risks of complications, even first- and second-degree burn victims are also at risk. According to the website of Madison, WI personal injury attorneys, it is not right that anyone is put at even the slightest risk of harm because of the recklessness of another. Other complications of burn injuries can include:
- Sepsis (blood poisoning)
- Hypothermia (low body temperatures)
- Hypovolemia (low blood volume)
These complications can lead to shock and eventual death. Even if death does not occur, burn victims often face a lifetime of physical and emotional problems.
If you have been seriously injured because of the actions of a third party, you are entitled to damages. Consult with an experienced personal injury lawyer in your area to help you through this difficult process.Read More