Burn Injuries – Causes and Complications
Fires can cause widespread destruction to people and property. These fires may be caused by faulty wiring, chemicals, cooking mishaps, or car accidents.
If you or a loved one has suffered an injury from a fire accident and someone else was even partially responsible, you may be able to hold them accountable. With the help of Oracle Law Group, compensation for your losses may be possible.
Causes of Burn Injuries
- Gas Tank Explosion: Often gas tank explosions are a result of defective manufacturing. Surviving such an explosion can lead to severe emotional trauma and scarring, including disfigurement.
- Industrial Fire or Industrial Explosion: This kind of explosion can be especially dangerous. In an industrial explosion in West, Texas, 15 people were killed and more than 160 were injured.
- Home Fire and Apartment Fire: Deaths from fires and burns are the third leading cause of fatal home injury. About 85% of all U.S. fire deaths occur in homes. Cooking is the primary cause of residential fires.
- Chemical Fire: This type of fire can cause burns that need immediate medical assistance. Grease fires are in the same class as chemical fires and are common in the home. Cooking oil requires using a high temperature and can be dangerous when not monitored carefully. Oil, fat and grease (51%) are the leading types of material ignited in unconfined cooking fires in residential buildings.
- Electrical Fire: Electrical burns occur when an individual gets in contact with an electrical source, such as a grounded appliance. The severity of the burn varies by the amount of time the victim was in contact with the electrical current, the type of current, and the direction the current passed through the body.
- Electrical Power Line Burn: More than 50% of electrical injuries are the result of power line contact.
- Complications Resulting from Burns
- Infection: Burns leave skin exposed and vulnerable to infection, which will increase your risk of sepsis. Sepsis is an infection that travels through the bloodstream and rapidly affects your entire body that can cause shock or even total organ failure.
- Low Blood Volume: Burns can damage blood vessels and create fluid loss. Severe blood and fluid loss could prevent the heart from getting enough blood to the body.
- Hypothermia: The skin helps regulate body temperature, so if a large portion is damaged, the individual will lose body heat and be at risk of hypothermia.
- Breathing Problems: If you are burned in a fire, breathing in the smoke can burn airways and cause breathing difficulties. Smoke inhalation may cause respiratory failure. Most victims of fires die from smoke or toxic gases and not from burns.
- Scarring: Burns may cause scars and keloids, which are caused by overgrowth of scar tissue.
- Bone and Joint Problems: Burns can limit the movement of bones and joints by causing contractures—when skin, muscles or tendons shorten and tighten, permanently pulling joints out of position
How Beauchamp Law Can Help You
The Phoenix burn injury attorneys at Oracle Law Group understand that nothing can make up for the physical and emotional pain a burn victim has felt, but want to help with the recovery of monetary compensation you deserve. When an accident is not your fault, it is important to have the responsible party pay for your medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. The burn injury attorneys at Beauchamp Law will always keep you apprised of what is happening with your case so you can make educated, informed decisions when necessary.
We have a licensed attorney who is also a registered nurse, bringing compassion and warmth to our legal services. Don’t trust just any personal injury attorney. Beauchamp Law burn injury attorneys pride themselves on being hands-on and working hard for every client. We understand that this is a stressful time in your life, so we will try to alleviate some of that stress by keeping you apprised of what is happening with your case so you can make informed, educated decisions when necessary. You pay zero fees unless you recover.
We serve clients in Phoenix, Chandler, Gilbert, Glendale, Mesa, Scottsdale and other cities throughout the State of Arizona.
Call us today to schedule your complimentary consultation with an attorney: (480) 704-0777