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Atlanta, Georgia Injury Attorneys - Burn Injuries

When someone causes you to suffer a burn injury, that person or entity can be held legally responsible and made to compensate you for your loss. The Atlanta, Georgia Injury Attorneys at Sammons & Carpenter, P.C. can help with your burn injury case. Give us a call or use our online contact form to schedule your free case evaluation today.

Burn Injuries from Accidents
The American Burn Injury Association indicated that around 450,000 people sought medical assistance for burn injuries in 2011. Around 45,000 of those who sought help had to be hospitalized and 3,500 died from their burn injuries.

The burn injuries experienced by these thousands of U.S. residents may have been caused by many different things including:
  • Explosions in the workplace. Hazardous materials and faulty machinery are top causes of workplace explosions.
  • Electrical shorts. Shorts can happen anywhere, including both at home and at work.  Faulty wiring or badly-designed products and materials can result in electrical shorts.
  • Car accidents and vehicle fires. The National Fire Protection Association indicated that 12 percent of all civilian deaths in the United States resulted from vehicle fires between 2003 and 2007. Each hour, there were an average of 31 vehicle fires.
  • House fires. House fires have many different causes including poor construction standards or negligent maintenance.
  • Apartment and hotel fires. The National Fire Protection Association indicated that there were 95,500 apartment structure fires in 2011 that resulted in 415 fatalities and 4,425 injures.
  • Exposure to chemicals including bleach and other dangerous household products.
  • Exposure to radiation.  This can occur in a medical setting, at work, or as a result of companies not managing their radioactive material correctly.
  • Gas explosions. Gas explosions are common at workplaces but can unfortunately happen anywhere as a result of the aging infrastructure in the United States. Gas lines can rupture and can cause explosions as the pipes get older, but explosions can also be caused when people do digging work or underground work without learning where the gas lines are. Gas grills and other appliances and household items that use gas can also result in explosions.
  • Scalding. Children and the elderly are especially susceptible to being burned as a result of being scalded by hot water, hot food or other hot items. According to the Electrical Safety Foundation, there are more than 100,000 visits to emergency rooms each year due to scalding.
In many of these situations that can cause burn injuries, the accident or incident leading to the injury happens as a result of someone’s negligence or carelessness. The person who caused the burn injury can be responsible for the consequences.

Types of Burn Injuries
Burn injuries are classified by degrees, with first degree injuries being the least severe and fifth and sixth degree burn injuries almost always being fatal.

When you suffer a first-degree burn injury, you may experience some discomfort and redness but the burn will not penetrate beyond the top layer of skin. Going to the hospital usually isn’t necessary unless the burn covers a large area or you begin experiencing significant pain or problems related to the burn.

Second, third, fourth, fifth and sixth degree burns all involve deeper damage caused by the fire, with damage to nerves, muscles and internal body systems. Burn injuries can be fatal or can result in scarring and disfigurement that never goes away. There is also significant pain associated with burn injuries and you may need multiple skin graft surgeries to try to recover.

An Atlanta, Georgia Injury Lawyer Can Help
If you or a loved one suffered a burn injury, the person responsible should pay for all costs including compensating you for the pain you endure. Economic losses related to missed work and medical bills should be paid in full and if the burn injury is fatal then the surviving family members are entitled to wrongful death damages.

Proving that someone else caused your burn injury can be complex, but you owe it to yourself to take legal action and get the money you need to protect your interests. At Sammons & Carpenter, P.C, our experienced Atlanta, Georgia Injury Attorneys can represent and advocate for you so you will get the maximum in compensation possible under Georgia’s personal injury laws. Give us a call at (404) 991-5950 or contact us online to learn more about how we can help burn injury victims to get justice.  

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