Burn injuries happen far more often than people may realize. They are almost commonplace among Americans, in regards to how frequently they occur. In fact, according to the American Burn Association, there are approximately 1.1 million burn injuries every year. While some of these injuries can be self-inflicted, there are many cases where these injuries occur as a result of somebody else’s negligence to protect your safety. Whether it be on the job or on vacation in a hotel, burn injuries are serious. If you or someone you love has suffered from a burn injury, it may be in your best interest to contact Cohen & Cohen, P.C., a trusted and experienced law firm serving the Washington DC, Virginia, Maryland, and the surrounding areas, which specializes in burn injuries.
What causes a burn injury?
There are several ways a burn injury can occur. All burn injuries, however, typically involve skin cells dying and various disfigurement to the skin area affected. It can cause serious scarring, which usually either darkens or lightens the skin pigment, and toughen the area burned. Some of the most common causes of a burn injury include (but are certainly not limited to):
- Product defects
- Fire or flame
- Hot surfaces
- Hot liquid or steam
- Exposure to chemicals
- Hot metal
- Electrical shock
Regardless of the cause, burn injuries can cause serious damage. Whether it leave semi-permanent or permanent damages, burn injuries almost always require intense medical care whether it be hospitalizations, repeated doctor’s visits, physical therapy, surgeries, cosmetic care, and even lost time at your workplace. The American Burn Association also estimates that annually there are approximately 40,000 burn injuries that cause for hospitalization, 30,000 of which went straight to intensive burn care.
These visits, depending on the treatment, can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars for proper medical care and treatment. This figure does not even account for the extended medical and cosmetic care that may be required to care for the physical damage. In the worst cases, the consequences of the burn injury are permanent. Treating these injuries can be extremely costly. It should come as no surprise that the American medical system is expensive, and burn injuries are no exception.
Why should I hire a burn injury lawyer?
Largely all burn injuries cause emotional trauma. In addition to the emotional burden of the injury, no single person should have to worry about the complicated legal paperwork and looming economic obstacle that a burn injury poses. An expert burn injury lawyer can help in these cases to help make dealing with your injury as smooth as possible, and make sure to fight alongside you to ensure you get the fair compensation you deserve. If your burn is a result of somebody else’s negligence, you likely have a case to bring to court. If you or someone you know has suffered from a burn injury, do not hesitate to reach out to Cohen & Cohen, P.C. and we will more than happily set you with a skilled burn injury lawyer on our team.