Burn Injury Lawyer New Jersey
Burn Injuries can be life-altering. They may be horribly painful, and could leave behind permanent Scars or Disfigurement. Treatment such as surgical skin grafts and physical therapy can cause extensive pain and discomfort. Burns can be caused by fire, such as post-crash, fuel-fed fires in automobile or tractor-trailer crashes, by electricity, or by excessive friction. Burn injuries can also occur in the workplace, where exposure to chemicals such as acid can cause severe injuries, or take the form of scalding injuries to children in the home where cookware or other appliances malfunction.
Burns are classified into four categories which depend on the severity of tissue damage they cause. They can be partial-thickness such as first or second-degree or full thickness such as third-degree or fourth degree. These more serious burns can involve destruction or damage to the underlying muscles, tissues, and internal structures of the body. Also, inhalation burns can cause extensive and often irreparable damage to lungs and breathing structures of the human body. In addition to the painful physical injuries caused by serious burns, they often leave their victims to face severe psychological trauma and emotional distress.
The American Burn Association compiled research about burn injuries from 2003 through 2012, finding that the number of burn injuries annually requiring some type of medical treatment is 486,000. Based on these studies, about 40,000 people are hospitalized every year for serious burn injuries, and over 3240 people will die from fire or smoke inhalation.
Burn injuries are the second leading cause of accidental death in the United States behind automobile collisions. Recovery from serious burns can last 6 to 24 months, and secondary infection is the leading cause of death following a serious burn.
Our New Jersey Personal Injury Lawyers have helped victims of all types of burn injuries, including those caused by hot liquids such as coffee and other beverages, faulty wiring, flammable fabrics, on-the-job exposed wires such as those found on a Construction Site, and defectively installed or maintained power lines that have fallen. Also, poor maintenance of fire prevention systems in homes or workplaces can lead to disaster, causing lifelong suffering, or the tragic loss of a loved one from a fire which might have been prevented, had the system provided adequate warnings or fire-fighting actions, such as activation of sprinklers.
New Jersey Burn Injury Lawyer
Many of these injuries could have been avoided by a property owner installing smoke alarms, an employer such as a construction company providing a safer work environment or a manufacturer recalling or fixing a faulty product.
Our New Jersey burn injury lawyers understand that the cause of the burn must be fully investigated, and often the source of the malfunctioning equipment must be obtained and preserved quickly to prevent alteration or destruction. Our team also compassionately understands the hurdles facing a burn victim as they embark on their journey toward recovery. We help the victim plan for the immediate and long-term effects of different types of burn injuries.
Our team will work with fire investigation specialists and esteemed physicians and medical staff from several local burn centers who specialize in the treatment and recovery from burn injuries. This will ensure a full understanding of your specific burn injury as we seek to hold those responsible for these very painful injuries. If you or a loved one were a victim and received burns, call our office today, the consultation is always free.
This content was written on behalf of Greg Prosmushkin.