Brief Overview of Burn Injuries & Fire Awareness
The week of October 8 – October 14 is Fire Safety Week. Being fire aware is essential to preventing painful injuries and property damage. That is why our New Orleans personal injury attorneys put together the following overview to help educate and increase awareness about the most common causes of burn injuries and where fires are most likely to occur to help you avoid them.
Different types of burn injuries:
- Flame or Fire
- Chemical burns
- Electrical burns
- Radiation burns
Common places these type of burn injuries take place:
- At home
- At work
- On a roadway
- At a recreational venue
Those who endure any sort of pain or suffering as a result of a fire that can be partially or fully attributed to another’s negligence will greatly benefit from the assistance of our New Orleans burn injury lawyer.
Fire awareness is critically important to help prevent a burn injury. Whether you are at work or home, it’s important to be aware of potential causes of fires and when to seek medical attention if you or a loved one is burned.
Potential causes of fires and burns are as follows:
- Lit cigarettes
- Faulty sockets
- Also, frayed wires
- Unattended cooking
- Lastly, unmarked buried wires
You should seek immediate medical attention if any burns are more than superficial (similar to a sun burn) and/or cover more than 15 percent of the body. These types of burns are usually categorized as second-degree burn and higher. You should also seek immediate medical attention for all chemical burns. Not doing so can result in infections and other serious health complications.
Burn Injury Statistics of Note
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports fires and burns are the third leading cause of death within homes. These percentage may seem high as most people assume the odds of a burn injury are low. The little-known truth is nearly half a million individuals visit hospital and emergency rooms for burn treatment every single year.
The following are statistics regarding burn injuries:
- More than 3,000 perish each year as a result of burn injuries.
- Also, approximately ⅓ of burn center admissions for scalding injuries are attributed to moist or wet heat.
- Scalding is the most common burn injury for toddlers.
- Lastly, approximately ½ of scalds result from spilled drinks and foods that are heated to an unsafe temperature.
Contact a New Orleans Burn Injury Lawyer
If you have even the slightest suspicion another person or institution is partially or wholly at fault for your burn, you need a legal practitioner in your corner. At Mike Brandner Injury Attorneys, our lawyers are skilled strategist that know how to get results.
You may be eligible to receive compensation for:
- Medical expenses;
- Also, mental anguish;
- Disability & Physical impairments;
- Pain and suffering; and,
- Lastly, loss of income.
Connect with a New Orleans burn injury lawyer today at our Louisiana law firm. We will review your case, develop a sound legal strategy, and also, seek compensation for your medical bills, lost time at work, and pain and suffering. Call us to schedule a free consultation. Our regular business hours range from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., however you call us 24/7.
The information on this blog is for general information purposes only. Nothing herein should be taken as legal advice for any individual case or situation. This information is not intended to create, and receipt or viewing does not constitute an attorney-client relationship.