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Suffering a burn can be a minor inconvenience or a life changing event. A burn injury may not seem extreme as most affect only the skin, however most people don’t realize that a burn may injure deeper tissues, such as muscle, bone, and blood vessels. Proper burn care is paramount as more serious burns may result in disfiguring and disabling scarring, amputation of affected parts or death in severe cases.

Improper care may cause shock, multiple organ failure, breathing difficulty and infection. Infection is one of the most dangerous and painful side effects of a burn.

Risk factors of burn wound infection include:

  • A burn which covers over 30% of the body
  • A full-thickness burn
  • Age (the very young and very old are the most prone to infection)
  • Diabetes or other preexisting disease
  • Resistance to infection
  • Failed skin graft
  • Improper¬†burn care
  • Prolonged open wound

Treatment for infection of a burn site can be extremely painful and traumatic. Our Los Angeles burn injury lawyers will tell you it is important to ensure that your medical provider has experience with the treatment of burn infection.  Regrettably, in addition to the trauma of burn infection treatment, burn survivors may also endure emotional trauma, disfigurement, organ damage, body chemistry damage and sensitivity to temperature change.

While treatments steadily improve, still approximately 4 out of every 100 people who suffer burns will die from their injuries.

Burn Injury Causes

  • The leading cause of fire-related death and injury among children ages nine and under is carelessness. Ahrens M., Smoke Alarms in U.S. Home Fires. Quincy (MA): National Fire Protection Association; 2009b.
  • The most common causes of product-related thermal burn injuries among children ages 14 and under are hair curlers, curling irons, room heaters, ovens and ranges, irons, gasoline, and fireworks. Ahrens M., Smoke Alarms in U.S. Home Fires. Quincy (MA): National Fire Protection Association; 2009b.
  • Most scald burns to children, especially small children between the ages of six months and two years, are caused by hot foods or liquids spilled in the kitchen, or other areas where food is prepared and served. Ahrens M., Smoke Alarms in U.S. Home Fires. Quincy (MA): National Fire Protection Association; 2009b.
  • The leading cause of home fires and related injuries is home-cooking equipment. However, most fire-related deaths are from residential fires ignited by smoking materials such as cigarettes. Ahrens M., Smoke Alarms in U.S. Home Fires. Quincy (MA): National Fire Protection Association; 2009b.
  • Cooking is the primary cause of residential fires. Ahrens M., Home Structure Fires. Quincy (MA): National Fire Protection Association; 2009a.
  • Smoking is the leading cause of fire-related deaths. Ahrens M., Home Structure Fires. Quincy (MA): National Fire Protection Association; 2009a.
  • In 2008, fire departments responded to 403,000 home fires in the United States, which claimed the lives of 2,755 people (not including firefighters) and injured another 13,560, not including firefighters. Karter MJ., Fire Loss in the United States During 2008. Quincy (MA): National Fire Protection Association, Fire Analysis and Research Division; 2009.
  • On average in the United States in 2008, someone died in a fire about every 158 minutes, and someone was injured every 31 minutes. Karter MJ., Fire Loss in the United States During 2008. Quincy (MA): National Fire Protection Association, Fire Analysis and Research Division; 2009.

If you or a loved one has suffered a burn injury the law limits the time in which you may file a lawsuit. Be Aware: if you fail to file in the time provided you may lose your chance to seek recovery for your burn injuries.

Resources for Burn Injury Victims

Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation
The Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation is a California-based nonprofit organization dedicated to preventing burns and fires and providing services to those who have been affected by a burn injury.

Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation
2501 W Burbank Blvd, Suite 201
Burbank, CA 91505
Toll Free (800)242-BURN
Phone (818) 848-0223
Fax (818) 848-0296
info@aarbf.org


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