Burns can lead to pain, disfigurement, extensive treatment, and a lifetime of effects. If you suffered a serious burn injury and believe that someone else caused your accident, speak with a personal injury attorney right away.
Burn injuries are some of the most painful injuries sustained in dangerous accidents. These injuries can often result from accidents caused by other parties, including individuals or companies. When serious, a burn injury can lead to a lifetime of health complications and, in many cases, to permanent disfigurement. If someone else’s negligence causes you to suffer a burn injury, seek the professional legal counsel of an experienced personal injury attorney today.
The Most Common Basic Causes of Burn Injuries
When we think about burns, our thoughts naturally go to fires, but burns can have wide-ranging causes, including – according to the Mayo Clinic – all of the following:
- Fires, which are common to traffic accidents involving immense impact
- Electrical currents, which are most closely associated with accidents on construction sites
- Steam or hot liquid, which can escape in construction and manufacturing work
- Dangerous chemicals, such as paint thinners, strong acids, or gasoline, which are often the cause of burns on the job in manufacturing, factory, and construction work
- Hot metal, glass, or other surfaces, which are a common byproduct of traffic accidents
Burn injuries are often the result of the negligence of others. Consider the following examples:
- The impact, heat, and general upheaval of traffic accidents that are caused by driver negligence leave everyone involved in these accidents especially vulnerable to serious burn injuries – whether by fire or by contact with hot surfaces during the course of the accident.
- Construction work is one of the most dangerous jobs out there, and there are plenty of opportunities to suffer burn injuries in the course of such work, including when construction companies fail to safely contain electricity and to adequately warn employees of its presence, or when they fail to appropriately and safely address dangerous chemicals.
- Commercial properties, such as hotels, that fail to employ adequate fire alarms, explicit emergency exit instructions, and/or appropriate fire precautions (including sprinkler systems), leave their guests at increased risk of serious burn injuries.
Signs that a Burn is an Emergency
Burns are serious injuries, but the Mayo Clinic shares that the following symptoms and signs are indicative of a medical emergency:
- The burn in question covers the victim’s feet, hands, face, groin, buttocks, a major joint, or a large portion of his or her body
- The burn affects the victim’s underlying layers of skin – or even affects deeper tissues
- The burn leaves the victim’s skin looking leathery and/or charred (with patches of white, black, and/or brown)
- The burn victim has difficulty breathing
- Burns that are caused by either electricity or chemicals
Don’t Wait to Consult with a Trusted Personal Injury Attorney
If you’ve suffered a burn on the job or as a result of someone else’s negligence, the practiced personal injury attorneys at Blackburn & Green can help you seek fair resolution to your claim. We’re here to help, so please don’t wait to contact us online or call us at 1-800-444-1112 for more information today.