Accidents resulting in burn injuries can be tremendously painful and may leave behind permanent scars or even result in disfigurement.
Excision, skin grafts, and physical therapy for burn patients can present long days and extensive pain and discomfort. Personal injury claims associated with burns often represent victims who have been burned as a result of another person’s negligence.
A burn is an injury or physical to the flesh, tissue, or skin caused by fire, electricity, or excessive friction.
A burn can also be caused by chemicals (acid) or radiation. Based on the severity of tissue damage, burns are classified as first or second degree (also called partial-thickness burns), third degree (full-thickness burns), or fourth degree.
Burn Prevention – Smoke Detector Statistics
• Over 70% of fire-related deaths in the home are caused by smoke and toxic gas inhalation, not from actual flames.
• Install and test smoke alarms regularly. Studies have proven that smoke alarms save lives. Recent surveys revealed that only 3 out of 4 homes had at least one working smoke detector.
• Installing just one functional smoke alarm in a home reduces the chance of a residential fire-related fatality by 50%.
Smoke Detector Guidelines
• Good: Install and maintain one smoke alarm in/near the kitchen in each home or apartment.
• Better: Install one smoke alarm on each floor of any multi-level home, and in one-story home with a basement.
• Best: Install one smoke alarm on each floor in addition to placing one smoke alarm in each bedroom within the home.