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How burn injuries are affecting Americans today

Burn injuries are among some of the most painful and debilitating conditions humans can suffer from. It is therefore imperative that victims of burn injuries are given adequate medical care, are able to negligent parties responsible for their injuries in order to secure proper compensation and are given access to new treatments designed to improve their conditions whenever possible.

According to the U.S. Vital Statistics, approximately 450,000 Americans are forced to seek treatment for burn injuries on an annual basis. Of those burn injury victims, approximately 3,400 will die from their injuries. Many victims suffer burn injuries as a result of car crashes, work-related accidents and electrocution incidents. Surprisingly however, the vast majority of burn victims suffer their injuries as a result of residential fires. In these cases, victims may be able to sue property owners, defective product manufacturers and municipalities which may have contributed to the harm suffered.

The U.S. Vital Statistics also indicates that approximately seven out of every ten individuals admitted to hospital burn centers are male. However, even children suffer severe burns at times due to a myriad of potential factors.

Burn injuries are serious and affect a greater portion of the population than many Americans realize. If you or a loved one has suffered a burn injury and you have questions about your potential legal options, please do not hesitate to contact an experienced personal injury attorney. A skilled attorney may be able to help you hold negligent parties accountable for your harm and aid you in ensuring that you receive compensation you are owed as a result.

Source: American Burn Association, “Burn Incidence and Treatment in the United States: 2012 Fact Sheet

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