Nearly half a million Americans race to the hospital every year for a burn injury, according to data from the American Burn Association. Roughly 3,400 of these victims die as a result of their injuries. Tragically, fires and burn injuries are the third-leading cause of death in the home. About 80 percent of all of these injuries actually take place either at home or at work – with men suffering injuries on the job while women and children are much more likely to get hurt at home.
If you or a family member has had an accident that has led to a serious burn injury, call Burg Simpson Arizona at 602-777-7000 so you can talk to a Phoenix personal injury attorney. You can also fill out our Free Case Evaluation form.
Medical professionals classify burns by degrees, in increasing order of severity:
- First-degree burns are the mildest. The wound appears to be slightly red and is generally accompanied by slight pain. This is an injury to just the epidermis.
- Second-degree burns are “partial thickness burns” that are much more severe, extending beneath the epidermis, and damaging the dermis as well. Second-degree burns often fill up with a clear fluid that swells and blister. Obviously, these injuries are much more painful.
- Third-degree burns are “full thickness burns,” and can be life-threatening. These burns have burrowed into deeper skin tissue and can result in white or charred skin. Destroyed nerve endings can also result in numbness at the wound site.
Because of high infection rates of burn injuries, treatment and recovery can take months. While most burn victims survive, they are often left with serious scarring, skin grafts, and even disabilities. If you have been hurt in an accident that left you with a devastating burn injury, reach out to a Phoenix injury attorney today. Call Burg Simpson Arizona at 602-777-7000.
Serious burn injuries are typically a result of:
- Direct contact with fire, which accounts for more than 40 percent of all hospital admissions for burn injuries.
- Scalding is most often caused by hot tap water at home. Surprisingly, these burns lead to more deaths and hospitalizations than any other liquid burns.
- Thermal injuries occur as a result of contact with a hot solid material, such as an iron or a stovetop.
- Electrical burns kill about 1,000 people every year. About a quarter of these injuries are caused by lightning strikes.
- Chemical burns, or caustic burns, are caused by contact with a common – and dangerous – household liquids, such as battery acid or bleach, for example. This type of burn accounts for anywhere between 2 percent to 6 percent of burn center admissions.
If you or a loved one has been badly burned in an accident at home, call a Phoenix accident lawyer at 602-777-7000 today.
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Seeking medical treatment after you or a family member has been badly burned is obviously a top priority after an accident. But if someone’s negligence caused that injury, it is also critical that you speak to an Arizona injury lawyer who is experienced with these types of cases. Reach out to Burg Simpson’s Arizona office at 602-777-7000 or fill out our Free Case Evaluation Form Here.