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Burn Injuries in Florida

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Burn accidents can produce some of the most excruciating and disabling injuries possible. If you or a loved one has suffered a burn injury as a result of someone else’s negligence, one of our experienced personal injury attorneys in the Clermont, Florida area can help you seek the compensation you need to pay the staggering medical bills, rehabilitation service costs, and pain management medications – among other damages – that become a daily part of many burn victims’ lives.

Burn Injury Facts

Nearly 1.1 million Americans seek treatment for serious burn injuries each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. About 50,000 of these burn victims require hospitalization and approximately 4,500 burn victims die from their injuries, and an additional 10,000 people may die each year from burn-related infections and other complications. The risk of dying from a burn-related injury or infection raises significantly when the victim has burns over more than 25 percent of his or her body.

Burn Survival Rate

The rate of survival for burn victims is quite good – about 97 percent, according to the American Burn Association. This means though that nearly all of the country’s burn victims will face a costly recovery, and some will never recover to the point of being able to return to gainful employment or live the same kind of life they had intended prior to suffering the burn.

Burn Injury Liability in Florida

There are several types of liability the court will consider when determining whether another party is responsible for a burn victim’s injuries. Workers’ compensation liability typically applies when an employee suffers an injury on employer property or as the result of the employee’s work-related duties, regardless of whose fault the injury was. When a product is defective and causes a burn as the result of poor design, manufacturing, or poor marketing, the product maker can be held liable. Burns that occurred on another party’s property could fall under premises liability.

Common Types of Burn Injuries in Florida

Burn injuries typically fall into one of three categories: thermal burns caused by direct heat contact, chemical burns and electrical burns. Burns can be the result of a number of different kinds of accidents. Some of the most common types of burn injuries stem from:

  • Fires;
  • Chemical burns;
  • Hot liquids;
  • Explosions;
  • Electrical burns;
  • Toxin exposure;
  • Defective products;
  • Fireworks;
  • Improperly labeled products;
  • Sunburns;
  • Workplace burns;
  • Abrasive or friction burn.

Of these types of burn injuries, direct contact with flames and heat, and scalding injuries caused by contact with wet heat sources are the most common, accounting for more than 70 percent of all burns combined. Scalding injuries are by far the most common type of burn suffered by children.

Consult an Experienced Personal Injury Attorney in Florida

No matter what type of burn you have suffered or the severity of your injuries – from a first to a third degree burn – one of our experienced personal injury lawyers in the Clermont area can assist you in seeking the compensation you deserve. Contact the Scoma Law Firm for help today.

Resources:

cdc.gov/masstrauma/factsheets/public/burns.pdf

ameriburn.org/resources_factsheet.php

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