Burn Injuries

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Questions Regarding Personal Injury Cases And Negligence?

Many people who suffer burns are entitled to bring personal injury or negligence claims. To learn answers to questions commonly asked about personal injury or negligence cases, please click here.

Many burn injuries are sustained in a plant, refinery, or other industrial facility. To learn answers to questions commonly asked about plant, refinery, or other industrial facility cases, please click here.

Fires

According to the American Burn Association, there are nearly a half million burn injuries every year. Nearly 50,000 people require hospitalization yearly as a result of fires.

Between 3,000 and 4,000 people die in fires every year. Most die in residential fires, but hundreds die in vehicle crash fires or in industrial explosions.

Aside from physical and emotional scars, complications from burns include:

  • Blood loss
  • Depression and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Infections including tetanus
  • Hypothermia – dangerously low body temperature
  • Hypovolemia – too much blood loss
  • Shock

Causes of Fire

Common causes of fire include:

  • Appliances
  • Chemicals and gases
  • Consumer products such as surge protectors, extension cords, and consumer electronics
  • Electrical wiring and components
  • Equipment failure, especially work-related heavy machinery and electrical equipment
  • Explosions

Chemical Burns

When most people think of burns, they think of fire. But exposure to certain chemicals and substances can also result in severe burn injuries. This frequently occurs in the context of work injuries.

Common sources of chemical burns include:

  • Ammonia
  • Bleach
  • Car battery acid
  • Chlorine
  • Cleaning products
  • Dimethyl sulfate
  • Hydrochloric acid
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Hydrofluoric acid
  • Lye
  • Lime
  • Silver nitrate
  • Sulfuric acid
  • Sulfur mustard

Chemical burns can result in several symptoms, including:

  • Arrhythmia
  • Blood pressure drops
  • Cough or shortness of breath
  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • Heart attack
  • Stroke

Burn Classification

Burns are classified by degree:

  • First Degree – only the outer layer of skin (epidermis) is affected. It is usually red and very painful; healing may occur in days or weeks; the skin dies and peels away; the injured party may be hospitalized for pain and fluid imbalance.
  • Second Degree – epidermis and dermis involved; pink or red; painful; appears wet; wound blanches (turns white) when touched; may be loss of sensation; skin grafting may be required; takes weeks, months, or longer to heal.
  • Third Degree – all layers of skin are destroyed; tissue below skin is affected; areas will appear black or white; will be dry not wet; will not blanch; injury too severe to feel immediate pain.
  • Fourth Degree – burn extends into muscle and bone.

Burn Treatments

Treatment for burns depends on their extent and nature, but may include:

  • Counseling
  • Life care including admission to nursing home or other care facility
  • Medicine
  • Physical therapy
  • Rehabilitation
  • Surgery including skin grafts

All Burn Injuries Are Serious

Burn injuries almost always result in serious injury or death.

If your burn injury was caused by the negligence of another person or a company, you may be entitled to compensation.

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