More than a million Americans suffer from burn injuries each year. Close to 500,000 of those injuries require medical treatment and more than 4,000 result in death, according to the American Burn Association. From fires in the home to workplace explosions, severe burn injuries affect the lives of thousands of Americans. However, if someone else’s negligence caused your burns, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills and other damages.
The burn injury attorneys at Koonz, McKenney, Johnson, DePaolis & Lightfoot, L.L.P. know the struggles associated with burn injuries, which can leave victims with expensive medical bills, lost income, and lifelong pain and suffering. Our goal is to help burn injury victims seek recovery by investigating the negligence of third parties that contribute to burn injuries.
Burns are tissue injuries caused by exposure to heat, fire, chemicals, radiation, steam and/or friction. Burn injuries vary in their severity:
Burns of any degree can result in physical pain as well as psychological trauma. Therefore, if you have a severe burn, you are at risk for:
In addition to the physical pain and trauma of burn injuries, you may suffer from post-traumatic stress, depression and anxiety as well as cognitive changes that may leave you disoriented and confused. You may also face functional impairments for the rest of your life and are also likely to need long periods of rehabilitation and counseling, which can take a toll on your finances.
According to the U.S. Fire Administration, the majority of burn injuries and deaths are due to fires in the home. In 2015, the National Fire Protection Association estimated that out of 365,500 residential building fires, there were 2,650 deaths. Often caused by home-cooking equipment, open flames such as candles and cigarette smoking, fires injure approximately 40,000 children under age 14 every year. More than 250 of these children die. Other major causes of these types of burns include:
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) estimates that workplace fires and workplace explosions injure thousands of workers every year. Additionally, around three percent of fatal workplace accidents involve fires or explosions. Due to the type of work done on construction sites, construction workers face a much higher of risk of burn injuries than office workers do. Hazardous materials often raise the risk of these types of burns. These hazards may include:
In addition to construction workers, there are a number of other occupations where workers face a high risk of burn injuries if employers are negligent:
If you suffer a burn injury at work during the course of your duties, you may be entitled to workers compensation for your injuries.
If you or a loved one has suffered burn injuries, then contact the Virginia, Maryland and Washington, D.C. burn injury lawyers at Koonz, McKenney, Johnson, DePaolis & Lightfoot, L.L.P. Our accident and injury lawyers will review your case, free of charge. Then, if possible, we will assist you in pursuing recovery for medical bills, lost income and pain and suffering.
Our law firm offers free consultations and also operates on contingency fees. This means that we will cover all of the upfront costs associated with bringing a legal claim for your burn injuries. However, if we are unsuccessful at obtaining recovery for your pain, suffering, lost wages and medical bills, we will not charge you at all. You can reach our Washington, D.C. office at (202) 659-5500; our Greenbelt, Maryland office at (301) 345-5700; or our Fairfax, Virginia office at (703) 218-4410. You can also contact us online by filling out our online contact form.