Did you suffer a burn injury caused by another party’s negligence? Find out common causes of accidents leading to burns and the serious burns you may suffer.

What Are Common Causes of Accidents Leading to Burn Injuries?

Although just about all burns are painful, some are so severe that they cause disability. When a person suffers a serious burn due to a business’ or person’s negligence, the trauma of the injury can be even worse. Catastrophic burn injuries can change a person’s life and cause intense mental, physical, and emotional pain. Fortunately, accident victims may be entitled to compensation for their injuries from the negligent party.

What Accidents Cause Burn Injuries?

Many different types of accidents can result in a victim being burned and having to file a claim with the negligent party’s insurance company. Common accidents caused by negligence include:

  • Car accidents. Car fires are a leading cause of burn injuries. When a negligent driver causes a collision, the fuel tank of one of the vehicles can ignite and start a fire. Negligent maintenance and defective manufacture of a vehicle part are other causes of deadly car fires.
  • Defective products. When products, like appliances, computers, or machinery are defective, they can catch on fire and cause catastrophic burn injuries. The victims may have a product liability claim if this was the cause of his injuries.
  • Workplace accidents. Many workers are injured in horrific fires if toxic chemicals ignite or the building where they work catches on fire due to faulty wiring or other defective conditions.
  • Chemical accidents. When workers and others are exposed to harmful chemicals or toxic substances, they could be seriously burned if the hazardous substances ignite.
  • Electric shock. Workers who are exposed to electrical currents or others who come in contact with electricity can suffer life-threatening electrical burns or be electrocuted.

What Are the Classifications of Burns?

Burn injuries are classified based on the severity of the burn. Some accidents can cause varying degrees of burn injuries to different parts of a person’s body. The three classifications of these injuries include:

  • First degree. A first degree burn is the least serious burn and only damages the outer layer of skin. Redness, swelling, and pain are a few of the symptoms.
  • Second degree. This type of burn affects both the outer and second layer of a person’s skin. It can cause red and splotchy skin, swelling, pain, and blisters. Second degree burns can result in permanent scarring.
  • Third degree burn. A third degree burn is the most serious type of burn and can reach the fat layer underneath the layers of skin. Besides causing permanent scarring and disfigurement, it can cause nerve damage and difficulty breathing—sometimes life-threatening.

Medical Treatment for Burns Is Expensive

Burn victims need many expensive medical treatments, which can start with hospitalization, breathing assistance treatments, and tube feeding in severe cases. Other treatments can include pain medications, ointments, prescription medications to fight infection, multiple skin grafts, physical therapy, plastic surgery, and more. Accident victims can be off work for months or longer while they recover from their injuries and may become permanently disabled.

Did you suffer a burn injury caused by another party’s negligence? You may be entitled to compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. However, you may have to fight for the compensation you deserve. To learn how our experienced personal injury attorneys can help, call our office today to schedule a free consultation.


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