Burn injuries result in more than 450,000 emergency room visits each year in the country, according to United States Vital Statistics. Additionally, after receiving emergency treatment, approximately 45,000 patients will require treatment at burn centers or be admitted to long-term care facilities. An average of 3,500 burn victims do not survive their injuries. When a burn injury is caused by the negligence of another person or company, a burn injury attorney can help injured parties recover compensation for their damages.
For more information, contact Attorney Group today. Our consultations are free, confidential and without any obligation on your part. We can help answer your questions, and if you choose to pursue a claim we can connect you with an affiliated attorney who can assist you throughout the legal process.
What are the Causes of Burn Injuries?
According to the Mayo Clinic, many things can cause burns, including:
- Hot liquid or steam
- Hot metal, glass or other objects
- Electrical currents
- Radiation from X-rays or radiation therapy to treat cancer
- Sunlight or ultraviolet light from a sunlamp or tanning bed
- Chemicals such as strong acids, lye, paint thinner or gasoline
While most burn injury victims survive, many will face medical intervention, long-term rehabilitation, loss of physical ability, permanent disfigurement, and brain damage. Recovery from this type of brain injury, whereby the brain is deprived of oxygen, is not generally possible. Such an injury may place an immense burden on both the victims and their family members.
Burn victims and their families can be helped by a burn injury attorney when an accident resulting in burns was caused by the negligence of another person or company.
How a Burn Injury Attorney Can Help
When negligence results in injury, an injured party suffers loss in various ways. The law allows an injured party to pursue damages to recover those losses. Common types of damages recoverable in a personal injury case include:
- Medical expenses
- Pain and suffering
- Lost wages
- Loss of ability to earn
- Scarring and disfigurement
The families of those who have died may be eligible to recover money for funeral expenses and the pain that comes with losing a loved one.
If the actions causing injury are malicious or so reckless that intent to harm can be inferred, the responsible party can be liable for punitive damages to punish wrongful conduct and deter similar conduct in the future.
Victims of negligence and their families are encouraged to seek the counsel of a burn injury attorney to learn more about their rights and remedies.
For more information, contact Attorney Group. After you contact us, an attorney will follow up to answer questions that you might have. There is no cost or obligation to speak with us, and any information you provide will be kept confidential.
Please note that the law limits the time you have to pursue a claim or file a lawsuit for an injury. If you think you have a case, you should not delay taking action.