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Key Things You Must Know About Burn Injuries
Posted on Sep 26, 2017 in Burn Injury
You will be surprised to know that fire accidents are among the leading causes of domestic deaths as well as industrial deaths in the United States. Close to 180,000 deaths due to fire are reported each year. It is older people and young children that are most vulnerable to injuries due to scalding and burns.
Burns and scalds can be sustained in virtually any setting. The most commonly reported domestic incidents are due to fires from portable stoves, short circuits, butane grills, and scalding due to hot steam. Burn can also occur due to defective products as well as workplace irregularities.
It is needless to say that burns and scalds are very painful and can take several weeks to heal. If the burns are very severe, the treatment will be more complicated and expensive. Listed below are a few things you must be aware of while filing a claim if you or someone you know of, has sustained grievous burn injuries.
- Burns and Scalds
Most burns are associated with hot steam and fire, but there can be cases involving extreme cold, electricity, radiation, friction, sunlight, and even harmful chemicals. Depending on the extent of the inflicted burns, they are classified into 1st, 2nd, and 3rd degree burns.
Only the top layer of the skin is affected in a first degree burn and the burn site heals very soon. In second degree burns, the top layer is completely burnt and the deeper layers are affected too. It can be quite painful and takes time to heal. Blistering is quite common in second degree burns and the skin sometimes looks wet.
In third degree burns, protective layers of the skin as well underlying ligaments, tendons and tissues apart from muscles get burnt. Since nerves are generally destroyed, the patient may not feel much pain in the area, but healing is very slow and scarring is unavoidable. The doctor may need to use skin grafts to remedy permanent scarring.
The kind of treatment you receive and rate of recovery entirely depends on the part of the body that is affected. In many cases, a burnt limb has no cure and may also need to be amputated. Burns often call for extensive plastic surgeries.
A compensation claim for burn injuries takes into account the medical expenses incurred, the physical and mental trauma of the survivor, and punitive damages. A fair claim can help stabilize the victim’s life greatly.
- Who Can File Fire Injury Claim?
Just about anybody who has suffered burns due to the carelessness of an organization or another person can file a burn injury claim to obtain compensation. These lawsuits generally invoice accidents at schools, hospitals, work places, road accidents, and even mishaps in public places.
- Workplace Accidents
Your employer is responsible to provide a safe and healthy workspace that does not put you or other employees at any sort of risk. This holds good for all professions and not just those in high-risk jobs such as construction, mining, and oil exploration where fires do occur. You stand the risk of suffering from burn injuries, even from a faulty kettle at your office.
If your burns are the result of negligence of your employer due to poorly maintained equipment, you can make a burn injury claim. Even if a loose carpet caused you to slip while carrying a hot object and resulted in burns, you can sue your employee and receive fair compensation.
A burn injury claim can be filed if you have sustained burns due to the negligence or carelessness of another party and a fair settlement can give you financial stability to restart your life. Contact one of our reliable personal injury attorneys at Rosenberg, Minc, Falkoff, & Wolff of RMFW Law at 212 697 9280 for help in filing a burn injury claim.
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