When we think of getting a burn, you may automatically assume it was something you have done to cause the injury. For example, your skin is splashed with hot oil while you’re cooking dinner or touching the metal of your car door as it sits baking in the summer heat.
But some burns are caused by someone else’s negligence. And often, these injuries can be severe, even life-threatening. It can take years to heal from severe burns and cost hundreds of thousands in medical bills. If someone caused your injuries, know that you have the right to pursue legal action against the negligent party.
With a combined experience of more than 40 years, the Pennsylvania burn injury lawyers at Fellerman & Ciarimboli have been fighting for the injured across Philadelphia and Northeastern Pennsylvania. We understand the pain and frustration your family is facing at this time. That’s why our attorneys will not rest until you and your family receive compensation for these injuries.
Burn Injuries: What You Should Know
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 356,000 people receive medical treatment for a burn injury in 2015. The National Burn Association further states that more than 60 percent of the estimated U.S. hospitalizations related to burn injuries were sent to 128 burn centers. U.S. burn centers have treated on average 200 people annually for burn injuries and skin disorders requiring similar treatment.
Burn injuries range from a simple reddening of the skin to causing your skin to become thick and leathery. Depending on the grade, burn injuries can lead to infection, loss of blood, and shock. A burn victim can face years of surgery, physical therapy, rehabilitation, and depending on the severity of the burn, lifelong care.
Who Can Be Held Responsible for My Burn Injury?
When someone’s negligence has led to your injuries, you do have the right to sue. Not only can the person be held responsible, but a company or organization. A burn injury lawsuit is generally one of the following types:
- Negligence from a person, company, or employer
- A defect in a product
- Premises liability, such as in a building fire