Burn injuries occur more often than most people realize. Approximately 40,000 Americans are hospitalized each year for the treatment of severe burns and 25,000 are admitted to specialized burn centers, according to the American Burn Association. A burn injury can bring about significant pain and emotional trauma and requires extensive medical care and treatment to help prevent permanent scarring and disfigurement. Becoming more familiar with some common causes of burn injuries is a helpful preventative measure to keep you and your loved ones safe.
- Flammable products – include clothing, materials, or furniture that can cause burn injury under certain circumstances or due to a lack of proper warning labeling on the product.
- Electrocution – causes burns on internal organs and tissues from an electrical current passing through the body either through an electrical outlet or another electricity source.
- House fires – occur as a result of cooking accidents, smoking or children playing with fire or flammable items. An estimated 3,500 people are killed each year because of residential fires in the United States.
- Electrical wiring – is responsible for sudden burns or fires that can begin and spread within seconds.
- Motor vehicle collisions – often lead to severe burn injuries due to gas tanks exploding or hot vehicle components or fluids coming in contact with vehicle occupants.
- Workplace/Construction accidents – can cause burn injuries resulting from unsafe working environments or improper employee training.
- Explosion accidents – typically relate to workplace hazards where workers are exposed to flammable or pressurized materials (i.e. tanks, pipelines).
- Chemical/Toxin exposure – is extremely hazardous in causing burn injury in that no heat source is necessary and there is often little or no warning due to most chemicals being odorless, invisible, and/or tasteless.
- Hot water scalding – affects people of all ages in the home or workforce when hot fluids or gases are mishandled or when water or steam temperatures are greater than a person realizes.
Individuals who have endured burn injuries as a result of another person’s negligence have valid legal rights that deserve to be protected. The New Jersey burn injury lawyers at Lependorf & Silverstein help burn injury victims hold negligent parties responsible so that compensation can be obtained for medical treatment, loss of wages, pain and suffering, and more. To find out how our experienced personal injury attorneys can assist you, please call 609-240- 0040 for a free consultation.