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The Most Common Causes of Burn Injuries

Jan 16, 2018 | By , on Personal Injury.

Burn injuries are among the most serious injuries that victims can endure. Burn injuries can be painful to treat and can result in permanent disfigurement, with the immediate and lasting consequences of the injury dependent upon the degree of burn suffered. While first degree burns are the least serious of burn injuries, the epidermis will still be affected, the skin can blister and permanent scarring can happen. Burns become progressively more severe, with many people not surviving fourth degree burns.

If you have been harmed by burn injuries or if your loved one has been killed as a result of burns, it is important to understand your legal rights. If the burns happened at work, you may be entitled to workers compensation benefits. If the burns occurred outside of work due to negligence or wrongdoing, you may be entitled to make a personal injury claim for compensation.

Miami burn injury attorneys can help you to decide on an appropriate course of action to obtain benefits or compensation you deserve if you were burned, so give us a call today to find out how we can help you.

Common Causes of Burn Injuries

According to research published in the medical journal The BMJ, most burns happen due to flame injuries when fires start. The second most common common cause of burn injuries is scalding injuries. Burns by electrocution and chemical burns are also burn injury causes, but are less common than burns resulting from fire or scalding.

Burns caused by fire can occur for many different reasons including:

  • Defective products, such a grill that malfunctions and causes flames to touch the skin or a defective car part that causes the vehicle to start on fire. Product manufacturers could be held accountable in circumstances where a product causes burn injuries due to a problem or defect when the product is used as intended.
  • Auto accidents, in which fires start and endanger vehicle occupants. When cars collide with freight trucks carrying potentially dangerous material, fires are especially likely. However, fires can start after any collision and those trapped inside of vehicles because of damage to the cars in collisions are often at major risk. The driver whose actions caused the crash to occur can be held responsible in these circumstances.
  • Workplace injuries, which can occur for many reasons including faulty wiring, accidents with chemicals, and workplace explosions. While employers typically cannot be sued, workers’ compensation benefits can provide injured workers with coverage for medical care.
  • Problems in the home: Water heaters that are too hot and cause scalding, faulty appliances, and wiring problems are among the top reasons for burns that occur in homes. Product manufacturers or landlords could be held accountable for burn injuries that occur in the home.

Miami burn injury attorneys can provide help in determining if someone was at fault for your burn injuries and can provide assistance in holding any responsible person or company accountable for harming you. To find out more about how our compassionate and knowledgeable legal team can help if you’ve been burned, give us a call today.

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