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Almost everyone has suffered a minor burn injury during the routine activities of life — cooking, drinking coffee, working on the lawn on a hot day. But for thousands of people each year in South Carolina and across the country, burns are more than just minor annoyances. In fact, the American Burn Association reports that around 450,000 people in the U.S. received some type of medical attention as a result of suffering a burn during 2010. Of those who sought medical help, 45,000 were hospitalized as a result of the burn and 3,500 died.
The cost of these burn injuries, including medical treatment and lost productivity, is astronomical. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimates the total loss caused by burn injuries at $7.5 billion every single year. This only scratches the surface on the real loss caused by burns. A much greater impact is felt in the devastation of family members who lose loved ones and the pain and suffering of those who suffer a burn and who need extensive medical treatment to recover.
The majority of burn injuries and deaths are preventable, and many burn injuries can be traced to another person’s carelessness. If you’ve suffered burn injuries because of someone else’s negligence, our South Carolina burn injury lawyers can help. Contact the Louthian Law Firm today toll free at 888-926-0051 or locally at 888-662-0434 for a free evaluation of your case. You can also fill out our online contact form. There is no fee unless you recover on your claim.
While everyone, young or old, is at risk of a burn injury, the CDC indicates that men are more likely than women to experience these types of injuries. In fact, males account for 64 percent of the total costs related to fire and burn injuries.
The American Burn Association reports that 44 percent of patients admitted to burn injury centers in 2010 were injured by fire. Scalding injuries caused 33 percent of the injuries of patients admitted to burn centers, while 4 percent had suffered an electrical burn and 3 percent had suffered a chemical burn.
Injuries due to fire, electrical injuries, chemical injuries and other burns can occur in a variety of situations. Some examples include:
Whatever the cause, the extent of the damage will depend upon how severe the burn is and how deeply it penetrates. According to the Mayo Clinic:
If you or a loved one suffers second, third or fourth-degree burns, the consequences can be devastating. In addition to significant pain, the burn injury can also cause scarring and disfigurement. Multiple surgeries, including skin grafts, may be necessary to try to repair the damage.
Our skin protects us from infection, regulates our body temperature and keeps internal organs hydrated. Burn victims who have lost significant skin often must spend months dealing with the results of that loss, which include permanent organ and body chemistry damage, as well as extreme temperature sensitivity that might not ever go away. And, of course, burns hurt — one burn specialist told Time magazine that not even morphine can take away the pain entirely.
The nonphysical consequences of burns can also radically alter victims’ lives. They may be emotionally traumatized by the experience that led to the burn. If they sustained serious, disfiguring burn scars, they may be further traumatized by radical changes in how other people relate to them and how they see themselves. Victims may feel too afraid, ashamed or angry to go back to normal activities, even work and school.
If you or someone you care about is a victim of serious burns caused by someone else’s carelessness, you may be entitled to financial compensation for past and future medical bills, lost wages, physical disability, reduced mental health, disfigurement and emotional pain and suffering. If you’re considering a burn injury lawsuit, it’s important to talk with an attorney with significant experience in South Carolina personal injury law.
The Louthian Law Firm has been trying — and winning — severe personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits in South Carolina since 1959. We’re committed to providing excellent, personalized service and the best results for our clients. To speak with a Columbia burn injury attorney today, call us toll free at 888-662-0434 or locally at 803-454-1200 for a free evaluation of your case. You can also fill out our online contact form.