There are obviously countless ways in which to get injured. But a category
of injuries that does not receive as much attention and discussion as
it should is injuries from burns. While burn injuries are often survivable,
they are among the most painful and disfiguring injuries a person can suffer.
Burn injuries are also more common than most people realize. According
to estimates by the
American Burn Association, there were approximately 450,000 burn injuries that received medical
treatment in 2013. Of these victims, about 40,000 were hospitalized.
It should come as little surprise that individuals are most likely to be
burned in the home. After examining data on admissions to burn centers
between 2003 and 2012, the American Burn Association found that 72 percent
of patients had suffered burns at home.
It’s important to note, however, that even if you were burned at
home, it may have been due to someone else’s negligence. Common
- Scalding injuries from a defective water heater
- Burn injuries caused by an defective product that overheated and caught fire
- Contact burns caused by an overheating product that did not catch fire
yet was dangerously hot
- Electrical burns caused by faulty wiring in an apartment building or other
- Burns suffered as the result of malfunctioning smoke detectors or fire
alarms in a rented property
These are just a few of the many ways that victims can be burned in their
own homes as a result of someone else’s negligence. If you or a
loved one has been seriously burned and you’d like to pursue legal
action, it is important to determine the cause of the burns and who may
have been responsible. If you’d like to learn more, please visit the
burns page on our website.
Also, please check back later this week as we continue our discussion about