Burn injury has been on the rise in recent years, now registering as the 2nd leading cause of accidental death in the United States behind car accidents. A burn injury is best treated when handled by specialized burn centers as opposed to hospitals. Prior to 1950, there were only 10 such burn injury treatment centers in the United States; today there are more than 200.
A burn injury can be caused by heat, electricity, chemicals or radiation. Heat burns such as those associated with fire, boiling water/oil or steam are most common. Radiation burns such as those associated with sunburn are also extremely common.
The severity of a given burn injury is determined by a variety of factors, some of which include:
Critical burn injuries require immediate medical attention in order to prevent patient death. When in combination with other injuries such as broken bones or profuse bleeding, moderate burn injuries can also be viewed as critical.
Burn injuries are typically thought to be of one of three classifications: first degree, second degree or third degree. In actuality, there are six degrees of burn injury classification.
Accidental burn injuries are often linked with auto accidents. Like other serious personal injuries (brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, paralysis), burn injuries can result from defective automotive designs and poor crashworthiness.
Fuel fed fire burn injuries often occur in the immediate aftermath of a car accident. As per crashworthiness, automobile manufacturers are required to go to extreme lengths to ensure that fuel tanks and fuel system designs can withstand the forces of auto accidents. As many as 1,000 people suffer deaths as a result of fuel fed fire burn injuries each year in the United States. Those injured as a result are often able to file a personal injury lawsuit against the automobile manufacturer because of the defect. Personal injury attorneys such as those of Justice Lawyers can help to determine whether or not burn injuries caused in auto accidents warrant compensation. Contact the law offices of Justice Lawyers in Pensacola, Florida today to get more information.
The attorneys of the Law Office of Justice Lawyers are personal injury lawyers in Pensacola who protect victims of auto accidents, personal injury, wrongful death, defective drugs, consumer fraud, insurance fraud, product defects and defective medical devices, such as Guidant and Medtronic Pacemakers, and potentially harmful drugs, such as Ortho Evra. When you think of the top personal injury lawyers or car accident lawyers in Pensacola, think of Justice Lawyers.