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Most people have experienced minor burns, which are one of the most common household injuries. Whether it’s picking up a plate that was too hot or scalding our tongue on a hot liquid, the experience sends pain shooting through our body. But unfortunately for many, burn injuries can be much more severe.
Nearly 450,000 people receive hospital or emergency medical treatment for burns every year in the US, according to the American Burn Association. Burns and fires are the third leading cause of fatalities in the home, with a fire-related death (home, motor vehicle or work) occurring every 169 minutes. Whilst, not all burn injuries are fatal, burn injuries can cause deep tissue damage and scarring. Burn injuries can lead to months, even years, of expensive treatment and recovery. In some extreme cases burn victims will be unable to work for a living again.
If you or a member of your family have sustained a burn injury due to a motor vehicle accident, workplace incident, or other accident, Canton burn injury lawyers at Kisling, Nestico & Redick have years of experience dealing with burn-related injuries and can help you navigate the complexities of the legal system and insurance companies in Ohio. Call us today at (330) 488-1234 or use our online contact form to reach out.
Common Causes of Burn Injuries
There are many causes of burn injuries but the most common are fires in the home, workplace burns (such as chemical burns) and motor vehicle accidents.
Residential Fires – Residential fires can start in a variety of ways, including:
- Faulty or overheated space heaters or portable heaters
- Faulty electrical wiring
- Overloaded outlets
- Light fixtures, for example, installing a bulb with a wattage that is too high
- Defective household appliances
- Smoking or unattended candles
Motor Vehicle Accidents – From collisions and the vehicle(s) catching fire, sometimes trapping the victim inside.
Chemical Burns – Can take place in the workplace or home. According to the United States Department of Labor, skin exposure to chemicals in the workplace is a significant problem in the US. Lack of proper training whilst handling chemicals or improper safety precautions can cause accidental discharge which can not only involve liquid contact, but also vapor and air. Chemical burns can result in serious and long-lasting injuries. Immediate treatment is critical for chemical burns.
Thermal Burn Injuries – Often take place in the workplace, but can happen in your home through contact with hot objects such as an iron or oven.
Electrical Burn Injuries – Occur from direct contact with electricity. Electrical current enters and travels through the body. Burn injuries are usually deep as the electricity travels below the skin and into the tissue, sometimes even burning the muscle and bone.
In Ohio alone, there are multiple burn-care facilities that specialize in the treatment of severe burns. These include Ohio State University’s Wexner Medical Center which treats over 700 adult patients for burns caused by electricity, lightning, chemicals, and smoke inhalation and the Akron Children’s’ Hospital Burn Center, which provides specialized care for burn victims of all ages.
Types of Burn Injuries
The different degrees of burns are classified as follows:
- First-Degree Burns: a superficial burn, mild damage which occurs to the top layer of skin (epidermis). Usually, they don’t require medical treatment, but cooling the burned area is advised.
- Second-Degree Burns: damage to the epidermis as well as the lower layer of skin. Often there are skin blisters and the burn injury will take some weeks to heal. Cooling the burned area using burn creams or aloe vera can help soothe the skin and promote healing.
- Third-Degree Burns: classified as a severe burn and all of layers of the skin are damaged. Fat, nerves, muscles, and even bone may be burned. Pain is likely to be extreme. Burn treatment is extensive and will result in scarring.
- Fourth-Degree Burns: involves all the layers of skin, deep tissue, and bone and can be deadly. All feeling has gone as the nerve endings are destroyed. Treatment can often result in amputation of the burned part.
Seeking Compensation after a Burn Injury
If you are involved in a burn injury due to someone else’s actions or negligence, you may be able to file a personal injury claim. As with any personal injury lawsuit, to gain compensation, a victim must prove that external negligence from another person or entity is at fault. Our KNR Canton burn injury lawyers can guide you through every step of understanding the legal process. Reach out to us via our online contact form to see how we can help and support you through the recovery of your car accident injuries.
Our Canton Burn Injury Lawyers Can Help You
Our skilled burn injury attorneys at Kisling, Nestico & Redick can help you seek compensation for any burn injury and after-effects you may be suffering. With multiple offices throughout Ohio, our team is available to help guide you through your personal injury claim and seek compensation. Our diverse team of lawyers has skills in numerous other legal areas including wrongful death, truck accidents, work injuries, and motorcycle accidents.