Common Causes of Burn Injuries

Common Causes of Burn InjuriesAccidents that produce burns can involve some of the most painful and disabling injuries a person can experience. In the aftermath of a severe burn injury, you may face rehabilitation costs, medical bills, as well as pain management and medication costs that pileup with seemingly no way to pay off in a reasonable period of time.

Burn injuries are quite common. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) statistics reveal that each year some 1.1 million Americans receive a serious burn injury. Approximately 50,000 of these injuries lead to hospitalization.

Common sources for burn injuries

There are three typical categories of burn injuries. These include electrical burns, chemical burns, and thermal burns resulting from direct heat contact.

According to statistics from the American Burn Association (ABA) the top five causes of burn injuries are due to:

  • Fire or an open flame: 43 percent
  • Hot liquid (scalding): 34 percent
  • Hot objects (thermal): 9 percent
  • Electrical currents: 4 percent
  • Contact with chemicals: 3 percent

Other causes account for 7 percent of burn injuries.

Of the types of burn injuries mentioned above, contact with fire or an open flame and scalding injuries due to contact with hot liquid are the two most common, accounting for some 77 percent of all burn incidents.

Specific types of burns can also be caused as a result of involvement with, or exposure to, defective products, explosions, toxins, fireworks, improperly labeled products, sunburn, workplace activities, abrasion or friction.

Liability for your burn injuries

In order to have a successful liability case for compensation resulting from a burn injury, you must be able to prove negligence. Such negligence involves the other party failing to take reasonable care in fulfilling a duty they owed to you – in this case, to implement precautions to protect your safety. You must prove this duty existed and that the party breached their duty by veering from a required standard of care they should have provided.

In addition, you and your attorney will need to prove there is a causal connection between your burn injuries and the defendant’s failure to carry out their legal responsibilities.

Lastly, you must show that you have sustained actual damages.

Compensation for your burn injuries

As a burn injury victim, you may be able to access economic and noneconomic damages. Compensation may be provided for past damages as well as likely future damages as a result of your injury. Some damages that may be grounds for obtaining compensation include:

  • Medical bills
  • Emergency room fees
  • Medication costs
  • Rehabilitation costs
  • Lost wages
  • Pain-and-suffering
  • Reduced future earning capacity
  • Disfigurement/disability

At Yeboah Law Group, we understand how devastating a burn injury can be to your health and other aspects of your life, including financially. Our burn injury attorneys have the resources and experience to fight for your right to obtain compensation for your losses when another party is at fault for your suffering. To schedule a free, initial consultation, call our law firm today at 1-800-TELL-SAM or send us a message through our contact form.

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