Common Causes of Burn Injuries

Burns are some of the most painful, dangerous, and terrifying injuries you can endure, and they are all too common to personal injury claims. If someone else’s negligence causes you to suffer a burn injury, seek the legal guidance of an experienced California burn injury attorney today. 

Burn Injuries Are Complicated Injuries

Burn injuries are serious injuries that are slow to heal and can lead to life-threatening complications, including serious infections that can be difficult to control. Further, burn injuries can damage far more than just your outer skin. If the burn is deep, it can affect your underlying muscles, tendons, and even your bones. In fact, different kinds of burns can have varying kinds of health consequences, including damaging your nerves and/or blood vessels, interfering with the regulation of your overall body temperature, compromising your immune system, and even affecting your mental health. 

The Basic Kinds of Burns

Serious burns come in all the following categories:

  • Thermal burns, which are the most common form of burn and are caused by exposure to intense heat
  • Chemical burns, which are generally caused by exposure to corrosive substances
  • Friction burns, which refer to the kind of burns that are common to what is known as road rash (when a victim of a traffic accident is dragged across the road)
  • Inhalation burns, which refer to burns that are caused by the inhalation of smoke, particulate matter, and/or harmful gasses
  • Cosmetic burns, which refer to the dangerous reactions that are sometimes caused by cosmetic products
  • Radiation burns, which are often the result of medical procedures and treatments
  • Electrical burns, which are caused by electricity passing through the body and are common injuries on construction sites
  • Surgical burns, which are generally associated with burns caused by surgical tools that emit electrical sparks or thermal burns that occur during electrosurgery 

Common Causes

These wide-ranging types of burns can be caused by a wide range of accidents that include all the following:

  • Traffic accidents of every kind, such as car, truck, scooter, bus, train, pedestrian, rideshare, cable car, and bike accidents
  • Boating accidents
  • Premises liability claims
  • Accidents on the job

The Statistics

Burn injuries are far too common, and the American Burn Association (ABA) shares the following sobering statistics culled from accidents across the nation in 2016:

  • There were about 486,000 burn injuries that required medical treatment. 
  • There were 3,275 fatalities caused by fire and/or smoke inhalation.
  • There were 40,000 hospitalizations related to burn injuries. 

Don’t Delay Consulting with an Experienced California Burn Injury Attorney

The distinguished California burn injury attorneys at the Law Offices of Scott Righthand focus our practice on helping clients like you recover their full range of physical, financial, and emotional losses – in support of their most complete recoveries. Our compassionate legal team is here for you too, so please don’t hesitate to reach out and learn more by contacting us and scheduling a free consultation and case evaluation today.

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Date Of Posting

27 December,2021

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