Burn injuries are often catastrophic injuries which results in life-altering burns and scars as well as physical and emotional damage. Burns sustained may be so severe that they require multiple surgeries (plastic surgery and reconstruction), extensive physical therapy and rehabilitation, months off of work, ongoing counseling, and years of recuperation. Burns are often the most expensive type of injuries to treat and often depend on the degree of the burn (first-degree, second-degree, third-degree), etc. Burn patient’s average length of stay in a hospital is 24 days—longer for severe patients—and initial hospital costs can run into the hundreds of thousands of dollars.
According to the National Institute of Health, burns can be caused by dry heat (like fire), wet heat (such as steam or hot liquids), radiation, friction, heated objects, the sun, electricity, or chemicals. Thermal burns are the most common type. Thermal burns occur when hot metals, scalding liquids, steam, or flames come in contact with your skin. These are frequently the result of fires, automobile accidents, playing with matches, improperly stored gasoline, space heaters, and electrical malfunctions. Other causes include unsafe handling of firecrackers and kitchen accidents.
The American Burn Association reports that 450,000 burn injury victims received treatment in 2012 with 3,400 fire and burn deaths per year. This total includes 2,550 deaths from residential fires, 300 from vehicle crash fires, and 550 from other sources (approximately 150 deaths from flame burns or smoke inhalation in non-residential fires, 400 from contact with electricity, scalding liquids or hot objects).
Some of the burn injury cases that are attorneys handle include:
In one burn case, our attorneys represented a roofer whose tar kettle suddenly and unexpectedly malfunctioned and sprayed his neck and arms with 500 degree tar. His case had been turned down by several attorneys who told him that his lawsuit was barred by worker’s compensation immunity. Our investigation proved that the repair company, that had cleaned the kettle days before the accident, had failed to attach an important safety spring, and that oversight caused our client’s life changing injuries. Just days before the trial was to begin, the repair company settled the case for $1,250,000.
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We have handled many personal injury, wrongful death and catastrophic injury cases including traumatic brain injury andspinal cord injury cases and have achieved numerous multimillion-dollar verdicts and settlements on behalf of our clients including those that happened due to negligence in the workplace or construction site. Our consultations with burn accident clients are free. If we take your case, we are only paid fees and costs of suit if we succeed in winning a recovery for you. We advance the costs of your case, too, so there’s no cost to you of bringing your lawsuit or claim.
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