I Suffered Burn Injuries…Now What?
- Dan T. Matrafajlo
- Fri May 2015
- Burn Injury,
Injuries resulting from a fire or burn accident can be traumatic and leave victims physically and emotionally devastated, as well as facing overwhelming medical expenses. If you or a loved one has suffered a fire or burn injury as a result of the negligent actions of another individual, you should consult with an attorney who will support you in seeking just compensation for your losses and damages.
According to the American Burn Association, approximately 450,000 individuals seek emergency room treatment for burns each year in the United States. This astounding statistics does not account for treatment sought by burn victims in hospital clinics, private medical offices and community health centers. Approximately 3,400 of these burn injuries result in death each year. Perhaps this is why the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) accounts burns and fires as the third leading cause of death in the United States.
Treating a burn injury can be very expensive. The CDC reports that on average fatal burn and fire injuries cost approximately $3 billion, accounting for 2 percent of the total cost of fatal injuries. Burn and first hospitalization accounts for $1 billions. The CDC also states that non-hospitalized burn injuries account for 2 percent of non-hospitalized injury costs, totaling approximately $3 billion.
Common Causes of Burn Injuries
There are many reasons for how and why victims get burned. When a burn injury is caused by the negligence or recklessness of another party, the victim may be entitled to compensation. Common causes of such negligent burn accidents include:
- Scalds – caused by boiling water or other liquids, such as tea and coffee
- Thermal burns – caused by flames and other hot objects
- Electrical burns – caused by defective products, such as a toaster
- Chemical burns – caused by chemicals and volatile combination of chemicals
- Burns from explosions – caused by car accidents, industrial or construction site accidents or accidents occurring in the home
If you or a loved one has suffered a serious burn injury in an accident that was caused by the negligent actions of another individual, you should protect your legal rights and immediately consult with an attorney who specifically handles these types of cases.
If you or a loved one has been seriously burned in an accident caused by the negligent or reckless actions of another individual, it is imperative that you immediately seek the advice of an experienced burn injury attorney to help you seek the full compensation and legal justice that you and your loved ones deserve. For more information or to schedule a complimentary consultation with a New Jersey personal injury lawyer, please call the Law Offices of Dan T. Matrafajlo at (908) 248-4404.