Burn Injury

Need a burn injury attorney in Fresno, or other major Central Valley Counties such as Madera, Kern, Merced, Tulare, or Kings? If you can’t locate an aggressive burn injury lawyer you’re not alone. Burn injuries are common everywhere, and are understood by doctors and experienced personal injury attorneys to be a major health care obstacle, more serious than many other injuries.

     Burn injuries are recognized by medical professionals and most doctors as a major problem because of the lifelong emotional and physical effects. Finding experienced burn injury attorneys is not as easy as it seems. Finding a good burn injury doctor who knows  how to treat a burn injury is also no walk in the park.

Get the Best Legal and Medical Care for Your California Burn Case

     In the 50′s there were fewer than ten hospitals in the United States specializing in these types of injuries. Recently, there have been majoradvancements in comprehending the problems associated with burn injuries and there are now approximately two hundred burn care centers in the United States. The Law Office of Ronald D. Smith could help you find an experienced medical professional to help you get the best medical treatment for your serious injuries like scaring, melted skin, nerve damage and even inability to sweat.

California Burn Statistics Indicate Most Burns are Preventable

     Statistics prove that at least fifty percent of all burn injuries are preventable. One of every thirteen building fire deaths in the United States was caused or created by a child. Children playing with fire/matches, as an example, account for more than one-third of preschool children burn injury deaths by fire. The following information is for your burn injury education:

     In the United States, approximately two point four million burns are reported and compiled every year. Approximately 650,000 burn injuries are treated by hospital; 75,000 people are hospitalized. Of those burn victims hospitalized, 20,000 have major injuries involving at least 25% of their total body areas. Between 8,000 and 12,000 patients with burn burn injuries die, and approximately one million will incur significant or permanent disabilities and/or disfiguration resulting from his or her burn injury. (Journal of Burn Care & Rehabilitation, May/June 1992)

     (Note: These statistics are for the United States only and only consider burn injuries that are actually reported by hospitals and burn victims. Many burn injuries, for which people seek relief, go unreported, such as sunburn injuries, scalds from a caustic liquid, match and lighter burns, curling iron burns, from coffee, tea, and clothing irons, etc.)

  • Children, newborn to approximately two years of age, are often admitted to the hospital for emergency burns. The kitchen is the most common area in the home where burn injuries occur for children newborn to four. The next most common burn injury location is in the bathroom.

  • Burn Injuries are close to car collisions as the leading cause of accidental deaths in the United States.

  • 41,000 heat burn injuries culminated in about four lost days of employment work per person. The most recent figures are: 16,500 retail burns; 9,500 manufacturing job burn injuries; 8,600 service industry burn injuries (such as food service).

  • 15,700 significant chemical burns culminated in about two lost days of work per person. Those averages are: 5,800 manufacturing burn injuries (such as chemical producers); 3,200 service industry burns; 2,600 retail industry burns and burn injuries.

  • People ages five to seventy four, get most burn injuries outside the home, with the next most common burn injury area being the kitchen.

  • From ages 75 and above, kitchen burn injury in the home is the most common area for burn injury to occur. Outdoor injury fire accidents are the next most common burn injury locations.

  • Burn injuries and fires are the most common causes of accidental types of death in the U.S. home for children fourteen years of age and under and the third leading cause of accidental death entirely, for adults.

  • Scalds are the major nexus of burn injury deaths in the home for children from birth to age four and are forty percent of the burn injuries for children up to age 14.

  • The U.S. National Burn Information Exchange claims that people older than sixty have an increased risk of burn injury. Their burn injury risk is higher than any other time since youth. Their average burn injury is more significant than for any other burn victim age group.

  • The most typical burn injury accidents for older adults, are from flame or scalding, lighting trash fires or a furnace, bathing or falling asleep while smoking.

  • The U.S. National Fire Protection Agency claims that the one age class more likely than not to be killed in a house fire is seventy five years and above. High-voltage electric injuries account for approximately 3% of hospital admissions for burn

  • Burn injury is one of the most expensive catastrophic injuries to treat. For example, a burn of 30% of total body area can cost more than $200,000 in initial hospital bills. For extensive burn injury, there are additional significant costs which will include costs for repeat admission for reconstruction and for rehabilitation.