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Effects of a Burn Injury
The effects of burns differ depending on the temperature of the heat and the duration of exposure. The severity of the burn, however, depends primarily on how deep the injury is and how much area has been burned. Deeper burns damage more layers of the skin and will require more extensive treatment. They heal more slowly, are extremely painful and can have emotional effects such as depression.
Additionally, burn injuries are expensive to treat. The medical care costs alone for third degree burns can exceed $200,000, often requiring long-term hospital care, doctors’ visits, physical therapy and counseling.
Costs Associated with a Burn Injury
Residential fires are becoming more prevalent in the United States. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that in 2007, on average, someone died every 153 minutes from residential fires; every 30 minutes, someone was injured. They also found that fires in residential properties accounted for a whopping $6 billion in property damage. Additionally, fire and burn injuries cost approximately $7.5 billion each year: $3.3 billion in non-hospitalized fire and burn injuries, $3.1 billion in fatal fire and burn injuries, and $1.1 billion in hospitalization costs.
On an individual level, burn injuries are one of the most expensive catastrophic injuries to treat. Even though there is no concrete data on this subject, expensive medical treatment such as skin grafts, lengthy hospital visits and specialized care can easily cause treatment to exceed two hundred thousand dollars. The cost of rehabilitation, which may last the victim’s entire lifetime, also adds to this amount.
Contact York Law Firm
York Law Firm understands the financial burden that accompanies severe burn injuries. We know that it is more important than ever to make sure you are compensated for your injury, especially during these hard economic times. That is why we offer our legal services: to represent people who cannot represent themselves. It is our mission to make sure all of our clients are properly compensated for their injuries, and that the responsible party is held accountable. We invite you to contact one of our experienced burn injury attorneys for a case evaluation.