The American Burn Association says that nearly half a million Americans require treatment for personal injuries involving burns each year. Nearly 4,500 of those injuries turn out to be fatal. Burn injuries are the second leading cause of accidental deaths in the U.S.
Fires claim the lives of more Americans in one year than all natural disasters combined. Not only to burn injuries typically cause physical disfigurement and excruciating pain, victims typically struggle to overcome the emotional and psychological damages.
Victims of burn injuries may have been involved in accidents like house fires, automobile fires, gas fires, chemical and toxic substance contact, electrical and industrial accidents, or defective products. Burn injures can be complex and affect various parts of the body including the muscles, nerves, blood vessels, bones, bodily fluids, body temperature, and skin. Such injuries can also cause more serious conditions such as kidney damage, stomach and bowel system shutdown, infections, shock, stress ulcers, and circulatory system collapse. North Carolina burn victims have access to two burn centers.
The medical costs incurred from burn injuries can be steep. Burn victims can require extensive hospital stays and surgeries in addition to years of doctor check-ups, physical therapy, drug prescriptions, and sometimes psychological treatment. There are several factors that can contribute to the severity of a burn injury, particularly the source, the regions of the body affected, the degree, the surface area, and the victim’s physical and mental condition. When our North Carolina personal injury lawyers represent a case for a burn victim, we consider all of these factors when we fight for compensation.