The American Burn Injury Association says that burns remain a leading cause of accidental death in the U.S. They also say 486,000 people went to emergency rooms for non-fatal burns between 2010 and 2014.
In certain situations, burn injuries are completely preventable had it not been for someone else's negligence. The attorneys at Kelleher Law can help with these situations. To find out if you have a claim, please call us at 833-546-3675. We have offices in Naples and Fort Myers, Florida.
Types of Burn Injury
Burns range in severity from first degree to fourth degree. Fourth-degree burns are the most severe. They penetrate all the way through the skin, burning muscle, bone and possibly organs. Third-degree burns affect deep layers of skin and usually require hospitalization. First and second-degree burns are the least severe and may or may not require medical care.
A severe burn can be caused by a fire, explosion or chemical spill, or from something that scalds the skin. The following are some of the most common causes in the claims we handle:
The most familiar are thermal burns, which occur when flames burn the skin. But burns can also be the result of workplace chemical accidents or explosions.
Burn Injury Effects
Burns have potentially severe outcomes, beyond the initial injury:
- Sensation loss
- Muscle damage
- Organ damage
As a result, you may require extensive medical attention. You may be in a lot of pain, possibly long-term. And in addition to the physical harm of the burn, you may be dealing with feelings of anxiety, depression and stress related to the event. Scarring and disfigurement are common, and can influence a burn victim's quality of life forever.
Tips for Burn Prevention
If you haven't yet suffered a burn injury but are interested in preventing such an event, here are tips for preventing burns:
- Install a smoke alarm on every level of your home
- Install smoke alarms near bedrooms
- Test smoke alarms monthly
- Never leave the stove unattended when it is in use
- Follow all workplace safety rules – report accidents to your supervisor immediately
- Check your vehicle for recalls at https://www.nhtsa.gov/recalls - vehicle defects are sometimes related to fire danger
Unfortunately, even when you display the utmost care and caution, a burn injury may occur because of someone else's action or inaction. When that happens, call our personal injury attorneys to find out if you may be eligible to recover compensation.
Free Burn Injury Claim Evaluation
Surgery, skin grafts and other invasive medical care is common after a severe burn. These are all things we can pursue compensation for, as well as for other things.
For a free consultation, please call Kelleher Law at 833-546-3675. With offices in Naples and Fort Myers, we proudly fight on behalf of burn injury victims from across the state of Florida.