Each year, millions of people report burn injuries. Several thousand of those burn victims will die, and almost half suffer significant or permanent disabilities.
Burn injuries may be caused by contact with flames, hot liquids, steam, or other intense heat. Radiation burns are caused by contact with ultraviolet light or nuclear radiation. Chemical burns are caused by alkali or acid. Specific causes of burns include:
* Inhalation of dangerous fumes such as chlorine
* Defective smoke detectors
* Chemicals at work and in the home such as drain cleaners
* Defective appliances, including grills, water heaters and furnaces
* Industrial products
* Scalding from spilled foods and liquids
Many victims of burn injuries face a difficult road to recovery, usually requiring extensive rehabilitation and treatment. Some burn victims require skin grafts. Others require skin replacement (a temporary alternative to a skin graft), therapy, and reconstructive surgery.
A Statute of Limitations restricts the time in which to file a personal injury lawsuit. If you or a loved one have been the victim of a burn injury that was caused by negligence, it is important to consult with a qualified personal injury lawyer as soon as possible.
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