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Burns and Caustic Injuries

Each year, over 1 million people are seriously burned, over 3,500 of them fatally, as a result of an explosion, fire or burn injury.  According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, one-quarter of all serious burn accident injuries happen as a result of occupational or work related accidents. Workers in agriculture, food services, roofing, electrical, chemical and energy industries are at a higher risk of being burned or electrocuted.

We have extensive experience in litigating burn injury cases. We know intimately how to investigate the causes of explosions in homes or businesses, what the OSHA safety standards require of construction sites, and how to prove a defective or recalled product caused or accelerated a fire. We also know the medicine intimately — like how subsequent infections, and not the initial burn, is what threatens burn victims the most — and how to convey that to a jury to ensure our clients obtain full and fair compensation.

Burns can be caused by a number of different things such as:

  • Motor vehicle accidents
  • Motorcycle accidents
  • Airplane or aircraft crashes
  • Electrocution or electric currents
  • Exposure to hot liquids or scolding
  • Exposure to acids or solvents
  • Exposure to industrial cleaners
  • House, apartment or condominium fires
  • Fuel fed fires due to defective gas lines
  • BBQ pit fires
  • Propane tank explosions
  • Fireworks
  • Caustic hair or beauty products used to dye or straighten hair
  • Hotel fires
  • Inhalation of toxic gases
  • Tar burns
  • Grease burns
  • Petroleum burns

Burns are classified according to their severity or amount of damage:

  • First degree burn – only the top layer of the skin is burned, red, painful and with some swelling.
  • Second degree burn – the top and second layer of skin is burned with blisters and pain.
  • Third degree burn – is the most severe burn injury where all three layers of the skin are burned or charred.  Third degree burns can involve damage to the underlying muscles, tendons and ligaments.
  • In addition to skin burns, toxic chemicals or fumes can also cause blisters, burns and scarring to the esophagus, throat, trachea, lining of the lungs, corneas or eyes and other mucus membranes.

Because burns can be caused by so many different things, potential burn injury law suits require a law firm who is familiar and experienced in product liability, premise liability, construction, occupational or workplace injuries and negligence.  Here at the Beasley catastrophic injury law firm, our experienced attorneys are familiar with how burn injuries and burn accidents can lead to devastating injuries, pain, suffering, scarring, intense medical care and financial difficulties.  If you or a loved one has been injured due to a fire or burned please feel free to contact one of our burn lawyers, doctors or nurses at 1.888.823.5291 for a free and confidential consultation.