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Whether a burn is the result of heat, cold, electricity, chemicals, friction or radiation, if it was caused by another party's negligence, you should contact an experienced personal injury lawyer right away. Of course, how bad a particular burn is, categorized by "degree." For example, a first-degree burn is typically considered superficial, while fourth-degree burn not only causes significant injury to the skin, but also causes damage to the bone, and muscles or tendons.
By far, the greatest number of burn cases are caused by fire; those cases number in the tens of millions each year in the United States, and cause hundreds of thousands of deaths. Annually, about 486,000 people receive medical treatment for their burn injuries. The vast majority of fires are preventable and, therefore, due to another party's negligence. Most injuries and deaths caused by home fires, are avoidable simply by making sure working smoke detectors are available, and indoor sprinklers systems in commercial space and apartment buildings. In 2014, the number of fire/smoke inhalation fatalities totaled 3,275, according to the NFPA. According to Stanfordchildrens.org, most deadly home fires start in a living or sleeping area.
Treatment of burns may range from a single visit to the primary care physician or emergency room, to long term care at a burn treatment center. Naturally, pain and suffering is commensurate with the length and type of treatment, as well the type of burn(s) diagnosed. If your burns occurred while at work and are the result of someone else's negligence, click here for more information on worker's compensation cases.
The experiences of most personal injury lawyers (regarding burn cases) is limited to burns caused by the deployment of air bags. It's imperative that you call to discuss your case with an experienced attorney to discuss your options. D.C., Maryland, and Virginia attorney Roger Gelb and his firm have represented over 10,000 clients and have recovered in excess of $100,000,000.00 (one hundred millions dollars) since its founding in 1954. Contact us today for a free consultation.