In 2012, about 450,000 people suffered from burn injuries in the U.S. that required medical treatment, according to the American Burn Association. While approximately 3,400 people died last year in the U.S. as a result of their severe burn injuries, about 40,000 individuals had to be hospitalized due to their burn injuries (and about 75 percent of these hospitalizations were in hospital burn centers).
Although the majority of burn injuries reported occurred within people’s homes, a large portion of these injuries also reportedly took place at work or as a result of vehicle fires.
Burn injuries can be among the most serious types of injuries people sustain because, in the worst cases (i.e. cases of third- or fourth-degree burns), they can:
- Spread all over the body
- Reach the deeper layers of skin, muscle and possibly internal organs
- Cause permanent scarring, disfigurement and possibly even permanent disabilities
Causes of Burn Injuries
Some causes of burn injuries in which the negligence or recklessness of another person (or party) may be involved include (but are not limited to):
- Car accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Truck accidents
- Work accidents
- Construction accidents
- Exposure to chemicals or hazardous materials.
Don't Suffer in Silence
If you or a loved one sustained severe burns in the workplace or as a result of someone else's negligence, Brown & Brown, LLP is ready to help. Call us in St. Louis at 314-333-3333 / 573-333-3333, or in Fairview Heights, Illinois, at 618-888-8888.
Your initial consultation is free. We try personal injury cases on a contingency basis, meaning you don't pay if we don't win.