There are very few injuries more painful and serious than burns. Severe burns are often fatal and those who survive have a long, excruciating, and expensive road to recovery. Burn injuries often occur when a victim comes into contact with flame, corrosive chemicals, hot objects, scalding fluids, radiation, or electricity. While burn injuries can be caused by unawareness on the victim's part, most burns are often due to the negligence of some other party. Burn victims are often left with physical and psychological scars requiring years of hospitalization, doctor's visits, and physical therapy, all of which can disrupt their work, home, and family life and cause significant financial problems for years down the road.
If you or someone you love is the victim of a burn injury caused by someone else's neglect or recklessness, you may be eligible for compensation to cover your medical bills, lost time from work, and pain and suffering.
According to The American Burn Association National Burn Repository, in 2011, burn injuries receiving medical treatment totaled 450,000, including 3,500 burn deaths from residential fires and 500 from other sources, such as vehicle crashes, contact with electricity, or chemicals/hot liquids. Many of these cases are instigated by some party other than the victim, thus giving the victim a good chance at being able to take their case to court and receive the compensation they deserve.
Groups at Increased Risk of Fire-Related Injuries and Deaths Include:
- hildren 4 and under (CDC 2010; Flynn 2010)
- Older adults aged 65 and older (CDC 2010; Flynn 2010)
- African Americans and Native Americans (CDC 2010; Flynn 2010)
- The poorest Americans (Istre 2001; Flynn 2010)
- Persons living in rural areas (Ahrens 2003; Flynn 2010)
- Persons living in manufactured homes or substandard housing (Runyan 1992; Parker 1993)
Fire and Burn Injuries Represent 1% of the Incidence of Injuries and 2% of the Total Costs of Injuries, or $7.5 Billion Each Year (Finkelstein Et Al. 2006)
- Males account for $4.8 billion (64%) of the total costs of fire/burn injuries
- Females account for $2.7 billion (36%) of the total costs of fire/burn injuries
- Fatal fire and burn injuries cost $3 billion, representing 2% of the total costs of all fatal injuries
- Hospitalized fire and burn injuries total $1 billion, or 1% of the total cost of all hospitalized injuries
- Non-hospitalized fire and burn injuries cost $3 billion, or 2% of the total cost of all non-hospitalized injuries
If you have been involved in an accident and have been badly burned, it is important that you call an experienced personal injury lawyer. Grabb and Durando Personal Injury Attorneys specialize in such cases and bring compassion and determination to each and every case. Call Grabb & Durando. Our attorneys will fight for your rights and help ensure that you get the compensation that you deserve.
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