Causes of Burn Injuries
Burn injuries result from a number of different causes and can vary in severity. The American Burn Association estimates that 500,000 Americans receive medical treatment annually for burn injuries, and about 4,000 die every year.
The most common causes of burn injuries include the following:
Fire. According to the American Burn Association, fires cause nearly half of all burn injuries at 46%.
Fires occur thousands of time a year. Negligence resulting in household fires from smoking, cooking accidents or unsafe use of wood stoves or heaters is among the most common causes of accidental household fires.
Defective products can also increase the risk of fires. Defective products are ones that do not function as they should, creating unreasonably dangerous situations and exposing the consumer to physical harm. Car fires, for instance, may be the result of a poorly designed or manufactured product within the car.
Gas Explosion. Injuries that occur from gas explosions can be extremely severe. Gas explosions result from a gas leak, such as natural or propane gas, in the presence of an ignition source. It commonly causes post car collision fires.
Electrical Burn. The American Burn Association reported that electrical burns make up 4% of burn center admissions. They happen when an electrical current passes through the body from an electrical source. The effects range from minor without permanent injury to tissue damage to instantly fatal.
Chemical Burn Injury. Chemical burns in the United States make up for 3% of all burn center admissions. They can occur as the result of an accident or assault either at home or at work, but most chemical burn accidents occur in the workplace. Chemicals responsible for most serious injuries include acids and strong bases such as alkaloids.
Workplace Accidents. Industrial accidents injure thousands of people a year, both workers and people living near industrial plants alike. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration in 1970 regulates workplace conditions to promote a safe working environment. Among the regulations is a ban on smoking at or in the vicinity of operations which are considered fire hazards.
Welders are also at a higher risk of injury. Injuries are caused by UV radiation, which can burn the eyes and the skin. Flash burns are injuries that occur when one is exposed to bright UV light from welding.
Smoke Inhalation. Smoke inhalation can lead to serious medical complications and even death. The number one cause of death related to indoor fires is from smoke inhalation; fifty to eighty percent of fire deaths are a result from smoke inhalation. It occurs when one inhales hot gaseous products of combustion.
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If you are a burn injury victim and you suspect you have a claim against a party for negligence, dangerous premises or failure to implement preventative measures, York Law Firm is here to help. Wendy C. York and her team of legal experts have the legal expertise to help you get the compensation to which you are entitled. We will use every available resource to hold the responsible party accountable.