Our St. Louis burn injury lawyers know these are among the most painful events a person can sustain. For this reason, we believe burn injuries can be some of the most valuable personal injury cases. The immense pain and suffering people endure lasts months. The physical scarring from a severe burn can last a lifetime.
The severity of a burn is classified as either first, second or third degree, depending how deep the burn penetrates into the skin. The skin is made up of three layers, the epidermis, the dermis and the subcutaneous.
A first degree burn is one that only burns through the epidermis layer. A second degree burns extend through the epidermis and the dermis. Finally, third degree burns, the most severe of all burns, injure all layers of the skin (epidermis, dermis and subcutaneous) and damage tissue and sometimes bone underneath the skin. Often, victims of burns are left with scars and are sometimes permanently disfigured. In some severe burns, infection can cause death.
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) reported over 450,000 people received care for burns in 2011. Nearly 40,000 of these people required hospitalization. Of these, almost 3000 were from home fires. Over 300 were from car crashes. One fatality from fires happens every three hours in the United States. Men are twice as likely to be admitted to a burn injury center than a woman. In 2013, over 300 children died nationwide from fires. Almost all of those were from house fires. Half of them were under the age of 4.
People with severe burns are often hospitalized for months. Beyond the tissue damage, burn victims are especially vulnerable to infection during their recovery. This often means long costly stays in the intensive care unit.
To treat severe burns, doctors often take good skin from other parts of a person’s body and transplant it to the area of the injury. This is called skin grafting. These procedures are very painful and are only done with the most severe burns.
Once a burn injury is fully healed, there are plastic surgery options available.
The single most important way to prevent burn injuries and death is to safeguard your home. This is where most burn injuries occur. Most of the time children are involved. First, change your smoke detector batteries at least yearly. Second, make sure there are windows in every sleeping area. Third, do not burn fires or kerosene lanterns at night. Fourth, do not use electric blankets when you are asleep. Fifth, do not smoke indoor if you are prone to falling asleep without warning. Sixth, ensure your hot water heater setting is not excessively high, especially on older units. Seventh, do not play with fireworks. Eighth, do not leave matches or lighters accessible to children. If you follow these simple rules, you can dramatically decrease the likelihood of a house fire and in turn a severe burn injury.
Our attorneys have a tremendous amount of experience handling severe burn cases. We can evaluate what your burn injury case is worth and will attempt to recover all your damages. Contact us today and speak to an experienced personal injury lawyer about your case for free.
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