The occurrence of burn injuries are more common then you might think in personal injury cases.
According to the National Hospital Discharge Survey, over 60% of the estimated U.S. acute hospitalizations related to burn injury were admitted to 128 burn centers. Such centers now average over 200 annual admissions for burn injury and skin disorders requiring similar treatment. The other 4,500 U.S. acute care hospitals average less than 3 burn admissions per year.
According to the American Burn Association, in 2013 alone there were 450,000 burn victims requiring emergency treatment.
Burn injuries are caused by fires from negligent electrical wiring, defective products used at construction sites, explosions, toxic chemical exposure and gasoline fires caused by high-speed car, truck, and motorcycle accidents.
According to the Mayo Clinic, there are three classifications of burns:
This minor burn affects only the outer layer of the skin (epidermis). It may cause redness, swelling, and pain. It usually heals with first-aid measures within several days to a week. Sunburn is a classic example.
This type of burn affects both the epidermis and the second layer of skin (dermis). It may cause red, white or splotchy skin, pain, and swelling. And the wound often looks wet or moist. Blisters may develop, and pain can be severe. Deep second-degree burns can cause scarring.
This burn reaches into the fat layer beneath the skin. Burned areas may be charred black or white. The skin may look waxy or leathery. Third-degree burns can destroy nerves, causing numbness. A person with this type of burn may also have difficulty breathing or experience smoke inhalation or carbon monoxide poisoning.
Given the life-changing injuries burn victims face, prosecuting such cases requires an experienced personal injury attorney who is familiar with developing life-plan studies and has a high level of medical knowledge in the treatment and recovery options available to burn victims.