It is estimated that over one million burn injuries occur each year in the United States, many thousands of these occurring in Washington State. According to the Center for Disease Control fire and burns are the fifth leading cause of accidental or preventable death. Approximately 50% of all burns are suffered by children under the age of four years according to the Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation.
Burns are often caused by an explosion, fire, hot liquids, chemicals, electricity or sun light. Burns may result from an accident caused by another person's negligence. This may include premises liability, defective equipment, defective or dangerous products, negligent security or common law negligence.
Injuries suffered from burns are classified in three ways:
- 1st degree burns - affect only the outer layer - the epidermis - of skin and it is the most common type of burn injury. Symptoms are pain, swelling and blisters and there are no blisters. A sun burn is usually classified as a first degree burn.
- 2nd degree burns - affect the superficial (papillary) skin. With a second degree burn, the skin will be red; there will be a lot of pain and blisters that contain clear fluid.
- 3rd or 4th degree burns - affect the skin and underlying tissues and sometimes the fascia, bone and muscle. While there is no pain with these burns, they the most severe and often cause extensive scarring. They can require lengthy hospitalizations and long recovery times with multiple surgeries.
Burns may result in serious personal injury, pain and suffering, and disfigurement. Injuries from burns may result in extensive medical bills, wage losses, and economic losses. Damages may include future losses and compensation for permanent injuries.
Victims of burns need specialized legal representation. If you or a member of your family has suffered from injuries as a result of burns, contact The Farber Law Group. We are experienced in representing the victims of injuries resulting from burns and helping victims recover compensation for their injuries.
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