Burn injuries, frequently recognized as one of the more dangerous injuries a person can suffer from, are an all too common occurrence. According to the American Burn Association, each year there are one million burn injuries in the U.S. and an estimated 45,000 hospitalizations from the injuries. An estimated half of these hospitalizations are admitted to the 125 specialized burn treatment centers across the country. Child burn injury victims alarmingly comprise one-third of these cases.
In order to prevent a serious burn injury, it is important for Illinois residents to be aware of the common causes of this type of injury. Burnsurvivor.com offers the following information:
- Defective products – Many products are recalled each year because they pose a threat of burn-related injuries to consumers.
- Flammable and hot liquids – Scalds from hot liquid, which are particularly dangerous for children, are responsible for thousands of emergency room visits each year. Flammable liquids, such as gasoline or solvents, can be a serious source of burn injury as well.
- Building fires – Annually, fires kill more Americans than all natural disasters combined, and workplace fires also contribute to a large number of fatalities, making building fires a genuine threat.
- Gas explosions – Gas, fire, and explosion cases may result from numerous causes, but a person is much more likely to be injured or involved in an explosion when using propane gas rather than natural gas.
- Chemical and thermal burns – Thermal burns are the most common type of burn resulting from exposure to steam, flames, hot surfaces, or liquids. Chemical burns occur when the skin is in contact with strong acids or alkalids; severity of the injury will depend on how long the skin is exposed.
- Motor vehicle fires – Often not recognized as a part of the national fire problem, every one out of five fires involves a motor vehicle.
A burn injury can be extremely painful for the victim and may require extensive treatment and rehabilitation. If you have suffered from a burn injury caused by the negligence of another party, the burn injury lawyers in Illinois with the Bradley Law Firm will work diligently to get you the compensation you deserve. Call (312) 252-1488 to schedule a free consultation.