The National Institute of Health tells us that more than two million people in the U.S. receive treatment for burns annually. While young children, senior citizens and disabled people are most at risk for injury, everyone suffers a burn at one time or another. However, when someone receives injury in this way as a result of negligence, legal assistance is in order for the victim.
Common types of burns
There are many ways you could suffer burns at home, at work or even in a public place. Outside of fire itself, three of the most common injuries are chemical, heat and electrical burns:
- Chemical burns can be caused by ordinary products, such as bleach, car battery acid, pool chlorination products and even denture cleaners.
- Heat or thermal burns are produced by fire, hot objects, or liquids and steam.
- Electrical burns, which might come from a lightning strike as well as contact with household current, can cause serious damage to internal tissues.
When to seek medical care
First-degree burns affect the first skin layer, but second- or third-degree burns injure deeper layers of skin and even the tissue beneath. Fourth-degree burns are serious enough to injure muscles, blood vessels, nerves and bones. Seeking medical help for the latter goes without saying, but you should also call 911 if a burn victim has difficulty breathing, is having seizures or arrhythmias, seems confused, or has lost consciousness.
The need for legal help
There are many causes of burn injuries. Handling a defective product or by handling faulty wiring could result in a burn. When you’re at a restaurant, coffee that is too hot could scald you. If you believe that negligence was responsible for your injury, you may deserve compensation. Reach out to an experienced personal injury attorney who will stand up for your rights and aggressively pursue the best outcome possible for your case.