The American Burn Association reports that approximately 450,000 Americans seek medical treatment for serious burn injuries each year. These burns occur during car accidents, (whether from road rash, airbags, vehicle fire, etc.), after exposure to chemicals, in a fire, and even during a fun family BBQ. The results can be devastating, we can help.
A family cookout, a fondue party, or a Thanksgiving meal featuring all the trimmings with a turkey or two, fried to perfection. These are lovely outings where family and friends - young and old celebrate and enjoy each other’s company. Unfortunately, they are also frequently the site of burn accidents, usually caused by someone’s failure to use reasonable care in the cooking and/or serving process.
The National Fire Protection Association says two out of every five home fires involve cooking equipment, including fryers, fondue pots, or grills. Unattended food accounts for one in three fires, and half of these originate from highly flammable grease, fat, or oil. If the remnants aren’t disposed of properly or grease catches fire, the ensuing chaos can lead to containers of oil, hot pans, or flaming potholders accidentally being dropped, thrown, or splattered on nearby family and friends. The results can be life-altering.
In the case of a burn, it is vital to remove the source and seek medical attention as soon as possible in order to minimize the injury. Serious burn injuries can originate from a wide variety of sources including:
The onset of burn symptoms is typically immediate and results in excruciating pain, disfigurement, and/or difficulty breathing. Exposure to chemicals burns often includes more subtle internal symptoms that can cause long-term medical issues like emphysema, cancer, or even death.
Burn symptoms can include:
In addition to other serious health conditions, burns can leave the victim disfigured, in chronic pain, with contractures, and sometimes even require amputations. Whether a medical necessity or for the cosmetic benefit it is common for serious burn injuries to require multiple surgeries on the road to recovery. Beyond the obvious physical pain, burn victims and their families are at a heightened risk for emotional pain and mental anguish, including PTSD.
Depending on the circumstances and cause of the burn, you may be entitled to:
Further, you may receive compensation from the at-fault party for your:
The parties potentially liable for your injuries and damages could be:
Unfortunately, insurance companies often undervalue the damages incurred by burn victims, which is why it is vital to hire an attorney to assist you with your claim. If you or a loved one have the misfortune of suffering a serious burn as a result of a collision, kitchen mishap, chemicals, or violent attack, call Rubenstein Law today. We can help you understand your options and maximize your compensation. Remote and virtual appointments are available. No costs or fees unless or until you win money.