Serving the Buffalo Niagara Region
If you or a family member has ever suffered a burn injury, you know how painful, lengthy and expensive the recovery process can be. What you might not know is how often severe burn accident claims are filed and how many different kinds of burn injury accidents do commonly take place.
Burn Injury Statistics
According to the Burn Survivor Resource Center, severe burn injuries are, surprisingly, second only to motor vehicle accidents as a cause of accidental death in the U.S. Of the 2.4 million burns reported each year 75,000 require hospitalization, 20,000 of the victims suffer burns covering at least 1/4th of their body, and 8,000 to 12,000 eventually die from their injuries.
One of the most unfortunate facts about burn injuries is that at least 50% of them are due to accidents that could have been prevented. This means that many of the burn injuries that take place in the Buffalo Niagara Region are caused by negligent behavior. This negligent behavior could be on the part of the victim or it could be on the part of another party involved in the accident in some capacity. When the latter occurs, the victim is entitled to sue for damages to cover current and future medical bills, current and future lost wages, and pain and suffering.
Causes of Severe Burns
Severe burns can be caused by a number of things, including:
- Car or truck accidents
- Gas explosions
- House fires
- Outdoor fire accidents
- Defective candles, lighters or matches
- Scalding water in a bathtub
- Scaling liquids on the stove
- Hot appliances
- Chemical spills
- Electrical equipment
- Mechanical equipment failure
Due to the wide range of burn-related accidents, the negligent party in a burn accident claim could be many different entities. For example, the cause of a preventable burn injury could be an arsonist, the victim’s employer, the manufacturer of a defective product or the driver at fault in a car accident, to name just a few. For this reason, if you think that you or a loved one may have been injured in a burn accident due to another party’s negligence, it is important to seek legal council.
To find out if you are entitled to sue for damages suffered due to a burn accident we invite you to contact the personal injury attorneys at our law firm today. We will listen to the details surrounding your case and determine the best course of legal action to take.