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Top Causes of Long Beach Burn Injuries

By Joseph Low on June 9, 2016

According to the American Burn Association (ABA) each year, an estimated 1.1 million burn injuries require medical attention. A serious burn injury can seriously affect you for the rest of your life in many ways. Not only can it cause chronic long-term pain, it can also result in scarring and deformity as well as severe emotional trauma.

Top Causes of Serious Burn Injuries

The main cause of serious burns is building fires. These can cause serious thermal burns due to contact with flames, hot surfaces and hot liquids. The severity of thermal burns is associated with a number of factors, including: the circumstances surrounding the fire, the victim’s response to the fire and the role that clothes play in the injury.

As well as injuries caused by heat sources, such as fire, causes of burns can include:

• Chemical burns: Chemical burns occur when the skin, internal organs, or eyes come into contact with dangerous chemicals such as: car battery acid, bleach, ammonia, industrial chemicals, and drain cleaner. Chemical burns can cause deep tissue damage and disfigurement.
• Electrical accident burns: This type of injury can occur when part of the body comes into direct contact with a supply of electricity. Sources include: electrical outlets, power lines, batteries, household appliances, industrial machines, and lightning.
• Hot liquid scalding: Scalding burns can be caused by direct contact with boiling liquid or steam. Hot liquids and steam can cause life-threatening injuries.
• Fumes: Chemicals which contain flammable fumes pose a serious risk of ignition. Such products include: gasoline, paint thinner, aerosols, industrial chemicals, and propane.

Financial Compensation for Burn Injuries

If your burn injury was caused due to negligence or wrong doing of another party, you may be able to seek financial compensation for damages and losses related to your burn injuries, such as:

• Present and future medical bills
• Rehabilitation and physical therapy
• Pain and suffering (both physical and emotional)
• Loss of wages
• Loss of future earning potential
• Necessary modifications to your home and car (such as wheelchair ramps)
• Wrongful death (if the burn injury resulted in the death of a loved one

If you or a loved one has suffered a burn injury due to someone else’s negligence or wrongdoing, you need to talk to an experienced lawyer. The Law Firm of Joseph H. Low IV is experienced in tackling challenging cases. Contact us today to discuss how you may be able to claim for loss and damages caused by a catastrophic burn injury. We can be reached at (888) 454-5569.

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