According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), 1.1 million Americans require medical treatment for a burn injury. The CDC also reports that every two hours someone dies in a fire, and that every 23 minutes someone sustains a burn injury.
Some common causes of burn injuries include:
- house or apartment fires
- defective products
- car crash caused fires
- scalding liquid
- electrical malfunctions
- gas line explosions
- construction accidents
A catastrophic burn injury affects the survivor in many ways, including physically, emotionally, and mentally. These injuries include damage to the nerves, muscles, tendons, ligaments, fat, and skin of your body and can require amputation.
Severe burns require a lifetime of treatment and will often leave you with disfigurement. The medical care and treatment is often very expensive and can cause a serious strain on your finances unless you take legal action to help pay for those expenses.