Fire and Burn Injuries
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Catastrophic injuries from fires include serious burns. A fire-related injury requires a quick response. Often, an individual injured by fire may succumb to a fatal infection. Even with top medical care, someone who has been burned in an accident may cope with permanent scarring and disfigurement and major disruptions in life.
Victims of a fire that resulted from another's negligence may not only suffer severe burn injuries and emotional distress, but they may lose nearly all their possessions. Guests may lose property, such as their cars.
When determining liability, courts will look at the steps taken to allow residents and occupants to safely escape from a fire. This includes adequate smoke detection devices and passable access to stairways. Children are especially susceptible to being overcome or made ill by fumes and smoke, even when the open flame from the fire is not in their immediate presence.
Examples of Burn Injuries
No matter how a burn injury occurs, these types of injuries are always painful and may result in disfigurement, lengthy rehabilitation and possibly even death, resulting in a wrongful death lawsuit.
The following are some different types of burn injuries:
- Injury from fire or flame occurs as a result of contact with a heat source or fire. This can produce a thermal burn. A car accident or explosion at a factory may cause a thermal burn.
- Chemical burns may be the result of contact with a dangerous product, or inhalation of fumes.
- Scalding injuries may occur due to contact with extremely hot water coming from a tap. Business owners and landlords have a responsibility to maintain a safe water heater temperature (less than 120 degrees Fahrenheit). These types of injuries may result in a premises liability suit.
- Electrical burns can occur when a current passes through a body. This type of injury may be the result of a defective product. It also can occur at the workplace as a result of third-party negligence.
Burn injuries can range by degrees
Burn injuries range in degree, depending on severity:
- First degree - Less serious burns that may include minor pain and redness of the skin
- Second degree - Burns causing blisters and superficial destruction of the dermis
- Third degree - Burns that extend into the deeper tissue, causing destruction of both the epidermis and the dermis
- Fourth degree - Deep tissue burns that completely destroy the skin and sometimes damage muscle, fascia or bone