In the United States, more than two million burn injuries are reported every year. Of those hospitalized, twenty thousand have major burn injury covering at least twenty five percent of their body. Approximately twelve thousand victims who suffer from burn injury die, and one million more suffer from permanent disabilities caused by burn injuries.
Just after car accidents, burn injury is the next leading cause of accidental deaths in the United States. Furthermore, there is a high prevalence of burn injuries in the workplace, most of which are in the food service sector. There are also a significant chemical burns in the workplace, mostly in the manufacturing industries.
Burn injury is one of the most expensive injuries to treat. For instance, a burn covering thirty percent of body area can cost more than $300,000 to treat. For extensive burn injury, there are additional significant costs, including repeat hospital admissions for reconstruction and for rehabilitation.
A burn injury can be caused by any heat source, by electricity, by radiation, or by chemicals. Burn injuries are commonly seen in workplace accidents and motor vehicle and trucking accidents. If you sustained burn injuries at home or on the job, McAleer Law’s burn injury lawyers can help.
Burns are classified depending on how deep they penetrate the skin:
- First-degree burns affect only the top layer of the skin.
- Second-degree burns cause damage both the outer layer of skin (epidermis) and the dermis. These burns often cause blistering and may surgical repair such as skin grafts.
- Third-degree burns destroy the top two layers of the skin and may also disrupt the nerves, bones, and muscles. Third-degree burns are the most severe and usually require skin grafts and rehabilitative care.
Victims of burn injuries that have been caused by the negligence of others may file an injury lawsuit seeking to recover damages from the at fault party. Because burn injuries can be incredibly expensive to treat and often leave the victim with permanent and disfiguring scarring, jury verdicts and settlements in burn injury cases are often large.
If you have a burn injury that was caused by another’s negligence, you may seek damages for:
- Medical expenses
- Lost income
- Significant pain and suffering damages
If you’ve been burned, contact the expert Atlanta injury attorney at McALeer Law to discuss your legal rights.