Getting a burn injury can be very serious, that’s why it’s important to make sure you do everything you can to prevent such an injury from occurring. There are over two million treatments for burns each year in the US alone, and according to the National Institute of Health over 3,000 people die each year from a burn related injury.
In this article we’re going to cover what you need to know in order to prevent a burn injury, what are the most common burn injuries to have a personal injury case for, and the long term effects of a burn injury. A lot of times burn injuries can be easily avoided, if proper education and preventative action was taken.
Who is most at risk for a burn injury?
Aside from any other portion of the population, children and the elderly are most at risk towards sustaining a burn injury. They are more prone to be in accident type situations where they wouldn’t be able to escape as fast, such as a fire that happens in a kitchen.
The skin of the young and elderly is also more susceptible to long term burn injury, as their skin isn’t as resilient.
What types of burn injuries are more likely to have a case?
Lawyers happen to see a lot of burn injury related cases. Most of these cases come from heat overexposure, that’s usually the result of steam, fire, or hot liquids. Some burn injuries happen when working a job that’s in a less than desirable setting. However, aside from heat some burn injuries can be caused from an exposure to certain chemicals, or even from electricity.
In the end, a case can only transpire if there is a party at fault for the burn related incident.
What are the long-term effects of a burn?
A burn can have long-term effects that are more than just physical. For instance, there can be emotional pain and suffering, and even fear to return to the situation in which the burn happened. This can be extremely detrimental if the injury was sustained while at work.
There can also be long lasting physical effects too, such as scarring, pain and even swelling. One of the biggest concerns after a burn has been sustained is the massive risk of infection. Since the skin has been severely damaged, it doesn’t act as a repellent to germs and other pathogens. So, it is extremely necessary to be very careful when a burn injury occurs. When you’re in the weakened state the last thing you want is for an infection to occur.
I hope this article has been effective and you have a greater understanding as to how you can prevent burns from happening in your life to you, and to those you love. If a burn does occur and the fault wan’t your own, you may actually have a enough to warrant a personal injury case, however it’s always smart to consult with a personal injury lawyer before you move forward.
Originally posted 2014-01-03 16:56:58.