Burn injury victims suffer through some of the most catastrophic and disfiguring injuries imaginable. The severely burned have to deal with significant physical pain and discomfort. Months of hospital care and years of rehabilitation may be necessary for their physical recovery.
In addition to physical pain, the victims of severe burns must overcome the psychological and emotional trauma associated with life long disability and disfigurement. Extensive counseling is often necessary to deal with such psychological trauma.
The financial pressure of mounting medical bills and expenses can cause additional stress and worry for the burn injury victim and their family.
The American Burn Association estimates that there were approximately 450,000 burn injuries that required medical treatment in 2013. Of the 450,000 burns requiring medical treatment, approximately 3,400 burn injuries resulted in death. This total includes 2,550 deaths from residential fires, 300 from vehicle crash fires, and 550 from other sources (approximately 150 deaths from flame burns or smoke inhalation in non-residential fires, 400 from contact with electricity, scalding liquids or hot objects).
40,000 of the approximate 450,000 burn injuries required hospitalization. Over 60% of the estimated U.S. acute hospitalizations related to burn injury were admitted to 127 burn centers. Burn centers average over 200 annual admissions for burn injury and skin disorders requiring similar treatment. The other 4,500 U.S. acute care hospitals average less than 3 burn admissions per year.
Burn injuries may be caused by the following:
Burn injury cases can be very complex and require the skill of highly experienced attorneys. Experts are often needed to determine the cause and origin of the fire that led to the victim’s injuries. Likewise, medical experts are needed to determine the scope and cost of the likely necessary medical care the burn injury victim will need in the future.
If you or a loved one have suffered a burn injury, learn about your legal rights from an experienced New Orleans, Louisiana burn injury attorney by calling 504-581-4892 or by filling out our free, no obligation case review form.