Burn Injuries are some of the most horrific injuries that occur in the United States. A burn injury can happen in the home, in the workplace and anywhere there are flammable liquids or explosive materials. According to the CDC deaths from fires and burns rank third among fatal home injuries. Fire and burn injuries total $1 billion dollars a year in hospitalization costs. Children under the age of four, elderly individuals and poor people are the three groups that are most likely to die from burn injuries. Sadly, most of these injuries could have been prevented.
There are five major types of burn Injuries:
• Thermal burn injury
• Chemical burn injury
• Radiation burn injury
• Inhalation burn injury
• Electrical burn injury
All burn injuries are not alike. The type of burn injury affects both tissue damage and recovery rates. If you have suffered from a burn injury it is critical to identify the type of burn injury. Many burns actually have Class Action Lawsuit case histories. Your burn is likely not the first.
Thermal burns are the largest group of household burns. Thermal burn injuries are caused by hot surfaces, combustible materials, direct flames, explosions, hot steam or boiling liquids. Thermal burns occur over 115 degrees. Both the level of heat and the duration of exposure determine the severity of the burn. Several successful Class Action Lawsuits have been filed against manufacturers related to thermal burn injuries.
Chemical burns are also common in the home and in industrial settings. A chemical burn is caused by contact with strong acids or alkaloid agents. In the home, bleach, Liquid Plumber and lye commonly cause chemical burns. Industrial chemical burns can be caused by any number of industrial chemical leaks or explosions. Safety gear and rules should be in place to prevent accidents. Unfortunately, companies are sometimes negligent. Anyone who has suffered from a chemical burn at work should look into filing a Personal Injury Lawsuit.
Radiation burns can be caused by excessive exposure to X-rays or UV light. Medical equipment operators are the most likely candidates to suffer from radiation burns. Radiation burns can also be caused by laser treatments, tanning beds, and cancer treatments. There have been cases where radiation burn Personal Injury Lawsuits have helped to change safety standards and take dangerous radiation equipment off the market.
Inhalation burns are commonly related to fires and explosions. In an inhalation burn injury hot air, steam, smoke or systemic toxins cause internal damage to the trachea, mucus membranes, lungs and air passages. Systemic toxins can also cause permanent brain damage.
Electrical burn injuries are caused from coming into contact with electrical currents. Electrical burns cause both internal and external injuries. Oral burns in young children who bite on electrical cords and internal muscle spasms are the two most common types of electrical burns. Electrical burn muscle spasms can cause both cardiac arrest and lung collapse. High voltage can cause severe skin burns, seizures, comas and permanent neurological damage.
Most burn injuries are preventable. Often these “accidents” are a result of negligence by an employer, builder, property owner or a manufacturer.
If you have suffered a burn injury in any of the following ways you may have a Personal Injury Lawsuit:
• Children playing with fire/matches burn injury
• Car/boat accident burn injury
• Defective products burn injury
• Defective heaters burn injury (room & space)
• Inadequate electrical wiring burn injury (homes & apartments)
• Fireworks burn injury
• Fires in structures burn injury
• Gas explosions burn injury
• Workplace accident burn injury
• Flammable liquids burn injury
• Flammable clothing burn injury
• Electrocution & electrical malfunctions burn injury
If you or a family member has suffered from a burn injury, you may be able to file a Personal Injury Lawsuit or become part of a Class Action Lawsuit. Burn injuries are common among the most vulnerable people in our society. Not only may you receive compensation for your pain and suffering, you may also help prevent unnecessary burn injuries from occurring in the future. By filling out our contact form and contacting one of our attorneys, you can not only help yourself, you may also help prevent some of these horrific accidents.
AttorneyOne.com is a free nationwide legal referral service. We are not a law firm. We help consumers find the best representation for their legal needs. If you or a loved one are in need of legal assistance concerning Accidents you should get a lawyer on your side immediately. You will pay no attorney fees unless you win your case. Email up to 10 Accidents law firms in one click; by filling out the simple Free Case Evaluation form. For additional info on Accidents use the practice area links on the far right.
AttorneyOne.com is a free nationwide legal referral service. We are not a law firm. We help consumers find the best representation for their legal needs.
If you or a loved one are in need of legal assistance concerning Accidents you should get a lawyer on your side immediately. You will pay no attorney fees unless you win your case.
Email up to 10 Accidents law firms in one click; by filling out the simple Free Case Evaluation form.
For additional info on Accidents use the practice area links on the far right.