PA Burn Injury Attorney
Burn injuries can be excruciatingly painful and cause immense suffering, in addition to scars, long term medical problems, and mental distress. If you or a loved one has sustained a burn, and it occurred because of another party’s own negligence, compensation may be available. As a leading PA burn injury attorney, McEldrew Young Purtell is ready to stand up for you and defend your rights. We will investigate what happened and determine who is at fault. Rest assured, it is our goal to recover maximum damages for every burn injury victim.
Burn Injuries in the U.S.
The following data has been released by the American Burn Association:
- In 2016, there were 486,000 people who suffered from a burn and required medical treatment
- Of these, 40,000 required hospitalization
- 30,000 people required treatment at a special burn center
- Of all hospital admissions, 43% of the burns were a result of a fire, 34% were from steam or liquid, 9% contact, 4% electrical, 3% chemical, and the remaining 7% from another source.
- At least 73% of the burns occurred at home, 8% at work, and 5% on a road
As a PA burn injury attorney, we have handled cases involving various types of burns. However, some are more common than others, including:
Thermal Burns – These burns can happen when hot liquids, steam, fire, or heat braises, touches, scolds, or gets too close to the skin. Thermal burns are one of the most common types of burns, especially for people who are working around very hot items. As a PA burn injury attorney, we have helped restaurant workers, factory workers, and chefs (amongst others) with a case involving thermal burns.
Chemical Burns – Any substance with a high pH level can burn the skin if exposed to it. Some of these substances are so harmful that the skin can erode down to the muscle or bone. If it is not neutralized, it will continue to burn the area of the skin. Truck drivers, engineers, scientists, and chemical plant workers may be prone to chemical burns.
Electrical Burns – If the body is exposed to an open current, and no ground exists, a shock may result. Electricians and anyone who works around electrical lines are at most risk for these burns.
Burn injuries often need months, or even years, to heal. In serious cases, burns will cause scars and sometimes a limb, eyesight, hearing, taste, or hair. It is also common for a burn injury victim, particularly those who suffer from third or fourth degree burns, to be at risk for:
- Heavy scarring
- Organ failure
Treating burns not only takes time, but is also very costly. As a PA burn injury attorney, we will help to recover monetary compensation for:
- Hospital care
- Reconstructive surgery
- Skin grafting
- Physical therapy
- Future medical care
- In-home care
- Lost wages/lost income
- Loss of consortium
- Pain and suffering
In general, burn injuries will cost at least twice as much as standard injuries. For this reason, it is important to turn to a PA burn injury attorney for help. Call McEldrew Young Purtell now.