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If you have suffered burns due to someone's negligence, it's in your best interest to contact an attorney who has handled burn injury cases. Severe burn injuries are not only painful, but they can also lead to even more devastating permanent conditions, limitations, and emotional trauma. 

What Are Common Types Of Burns?

Burns happen in different ways. Some of the most common types of burns are: 

  • Thermal burns – This type of burn occurs when the skin's temperature is raised by being exposed to heat sources, like fire or hot metal. 
  • Chemical burns – These burns occur when a strong acid or alkali contacts the eyes or skin. 
  • Radiation burns – Radiation burns happen when there is prolonged exposure to a source of radiation, like the sun's ultraviolet rays or x-rays. 
  • Friction burns – These burns occur when the skin is scraped off or rubbed by a hard surface, like asphalt or concrete. 
  • Inhalation burns – Inhalation burns happen due to breathing in hot and polluted air from a fire. 
  • Electrical burns – Electrical burns happen when an electrical current runs through the body. 
  • Scald burns – These burns occur when there is exposure to very hot water or steam. 

All types of burns can happen as the result of an accident. However, negligence on someone's part can also be the cause for any of the above. When that is the case, you may be able to file a personal injury or premises liability claim. 

What Are The Long-term Effects Of Burn Injuries? 

When you suffer severe burn injuries, there's a high likelihood that you will go on to sustain serious, costly, and long-term health issues as well. Some of the complications that serious burn injuries can cause are: 

  • Scarring or disfigurement – Often, the skin will become discolored and scarred following a serious burn. This may cause permanent disfigurement. 
  • Nerve damage – When your skin is severely burned, your nerve endings that control physical sensation are damaged or destroyed. This can cause sensitivity to touch, burning sensations, and numbness that is permanent. 
  • Loss of physical function or mobility – If a burn injury is severe enough that it reaches muscle or bone, it can cause loss of physical function and mobility in the areas affected. 
  • Loss of limbs – Limbs severely damaged by burn injuries may have to be amputated to control pain and limit infection. 
  • Increased risk of cancer – Burn injuries can weaken your immunity, leading to an increased risk of various types of cancer. 
  • Organ damage – When the body suffers severe burns, it triggers an inflammatory response to heal itself. Sometimes, the body will overreact by reducing the amount of oxygen flowing to organs, leading to damage. 
  • Inability to work – If burn injuries leave you permanently disabled and out of work, the loss of income may make it too difficult to pay for ongoing medical treatment.
  • Psychological trauma – Experiencing a burn injury can cause psychological and emotional problems such as anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, flashbacks, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). 

What Are The Most Common Causes Of Burn Injuries?

According to the American Burn Association (ABA), there are more than 450,000 serious burn injuries in the U.S. every year. Here are the most common causes of burn injuries: 

  • Fires – Fires and open flames are the most common cause of burn injuries in the U.S. If you were burned in a fire on someone else's premises, you might be able to hold the property owner or landlord liable for your injuries. 
  • Defective products – If a product overheats, sparks, or combusts and you are burned, you may be able to file a liability case. 
  • Auto collisions – Car and truck accidents have a high risk of fire and explosion, smoke inhalation, and heat exposure. If you suffer from burns in a car wreck that was another driver's fault, you may be entitled to compensation. 
  • Workplace fires – If you are injured in a fire or explosion at your workplace, you are entitled to receive worker's compensation benefits. However, if a third party has contributed to your burn injuries, you can also hold them individually accountable. 

Why Choose Ross Feller Casey For Your Burn Injury Case?

At Ross Feller Casey, we understand that the pain and suffering you go through following a burn injury can only be made worse by lost income, medical debt, loss of companionship, and the upheaval of your entire life. You may also be dealing with your employer or insurance companies trying to get out of paying you what you deserve. We want to protect your rights and fight for the financial compensation you are entitled to. 

Ross Feller Casey, one of the nation’s top catastrophic personal injury law firms, has the resources and expertise to help you with your burn injury claim. Our attorneys have helped burn victims like you prove negligence, win cases, and get paid large settlements and verdicts. Contact our office today for a free initial case evaluation. We handle cases on contingency, which means you owe nothing until we win your case. 

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